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BCC Offers GED and HiSET Testing
12:00PM / Wednesday, June 23, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College offers General Educational Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) exams, allowing students to earn a Massachusetts High School Equivalency diploma.   The BCC Testing Center also offers College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, allowing students to earn college credits by passing a nationally standardized exam.    "BCC offers the GED and HiSET exams because we know that students can experience barriers to finishing high school," said Liz Recko-Morrison, BCC Coordinator, Assessment and Testing. "Some have academic issues, while others face social and family difficulties that interfere

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Casey Throws No-Hitter in BABL
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11:34AM / Wednesday, June 23, 2021
LEE, Mass. -- Rich Casey threw a five-inning no-hitter to lead the Housatonic River Monsters to a 12-1 win over the Devils last week in Berkshire Adult Baseball League action.   Casey struck out six and walked four. Ben Snow, Tom Duffin and Nick Pow each had a pair of hits for the River Monsters. Pow drove in four runs, and Jake Simon drove in three.   Brandon Pettit's sacrifice fly plated Mike Carnevale for the Devils' run.   Millers 3, BBA 2 Elsewhere in the league's over-25 division, the pitchers for the Great Barrington Millers and Berkshire Baseball Academy combined for 41 strikeouts in the 12-inning marathon.   Alex Salazar drove in a run in the top of

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Bidwell House Museum Reopens
08:17AM / Wednesday, June 23, 2021
MONTEREY, Mass. — The Bidwell House Museum announced the reopening of the Bidwell House Museum on July 17.    After keeping the house closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Museum will welcome visitors back to the 18th century manse for guided tours of the architecture and interior.    Originally built in the 1760's for the first Minister of Township #1, Adonijah Bidwell, the house remained in the Bidwell family for close to 100 years. It was then owned by other families until purchased in 1960 by two men, Jack Hargis and David Brush. These men worked for close to 25 years to restore the home and furnish it based on Reverend Bidwell's death

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Vermont Fish & Wildlife: Pollinators in Peril
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12:33PM / Tuesday, June 22, 2021
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Many of Vermont's pollinator species are in peril, and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department would like to share a few simple suggestions to greatly benefit our essential pollinator species.   "The majority of our flowering plants need pollinators in order to produce seeds," said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department zoologist Mark Ferguson. "Vermont is home to hundreds of species of pollinators from bees to butterflies to beetles and other bugs that play a vital role in pollinating our flowers, trees and food crops. These insects are responsible for pollinating 60 to 80 percent of Vermont's wild plants and play a critical role in the

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Even 'singles' need estate plans
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:18AM / Tuesday, June 22, 2021
If you don't have a spouse or children, you might think you don't need to do much estate planning. But if you have any assets, any familial connections, any interest in supporting charitable groups – not to mention a desire to control your own future – you do need to establish an estate plan.   In evaluating your needs for this type of planning, let's start with what might happen if you die intestate – that is, without a last will and testament. In this scenario, your assets will likely have to go through the probate process, which means they'll be distributed by the court according to your state's intestate succession laws, essentially without

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Berkshire Money Management Promotes COO
10:02AM / Tuesday, June 22, 2021
DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management promoted Natalie Wheeler to Chief Operating Officer   Natalie Wheeler, who joined the firm at the very beginning of 2020 as Operations Manager, is now the Chief Operating Officer (COO).   "As experienced as she was, I didn’t have a position for Natalie when she came on board – but I hire smart people when I can," said CEO and founder Allen Harris. "Natalie is the iPhone of money management, but with a better battery – I didn’t know we needed her until we had her."   Upon joining Berkshire Money Management Wheeler streamlined operations, took on all human resources needs and

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Great Barrington's First Quarter Tax Bills Will Be Mailed by June 30
08:04AM / Tuesday, June 22, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. Town property owners can watch for their first quarter FY22 real estate tax bills in early July, with payments due by Aug. 2.   These bills will be mailed by June 30 and include payment stubs for both the first and second quarter FY22 taxes. Second quarter bills are due Nov. 1, but can be paid early if property owners wish to do so.   The new quarterly tax billing system was approved by voters at the 2020 Annual Town Meeting. The upcoming tax bills include real estate and personal property tax invoices.   Great Barrington was one of the last remaining cities/towns in the commonwealth with bi-annual billing.   Questions can be directed to the Town

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Monday Forecast: Severe T-Storms, Damaging Winds
01:14PM / Monday, June 21, 2021
Thunderstorms expected over central New York this afternoon are now expected to impact Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued an alert for most of Western New England for the risk of severe thunderstorms starting later Monday afternoon and into the evening.    The NWS' Storm Prediction Center says the potential for enhanced risk has increased for eastern New York and Southern Vermont and that there is "slight risk" for the Berkshires. Enhanced risk means "numerous" severe storms possible and slight means scattered but still severe storms.    Thunderstorms will be developing

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Greylock Federal Credit Union Donates $5,000 to Berkshire Community Diaper Project
12:39PM / Monday, June 21, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has donated $5,000 to the Berkshire Community Diaper Project (BCDP) to help them supply an anticipated need of 275,000 diapers in 2021.    Diapers are distributed free of charge to families in need, local shelters, childcare centers, food banks and through BCDP's large network of local non-profit partners.   "BCDP fills a critical need for our local families," said Greylock Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer JamieEllen Moncecchi. "With in-person donations limited due to COVID, cash is crucial to keeping the supply up with demand."   According to the BCDP, one out of three

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Berkshire NAACP President Reflects on Juneteenth Origins, Plans Rally
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
09:32PM / Saturday, June 19, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Juneteenth was celebrated Saturday for the first time as a local, state, and national holiday.     The city of Pittsfield added the holiday to its municipal roster in May, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill making Juneteenth a state holiday last July, and President Biden signed a bill making it a national holiday on Thursday.   Berkshire NAACP President Dennis Powell spoke to iBerkshires about the origins of the date and its implications in modern-day society.   Though he is glad to see it adopted nationally, Powell expressed mixed feelings about Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery and has been celebrated in some parts of the

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Juneteenth Celebrated as State, National Holiday
10:05AM / Friday, June 18, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Saturday is the first time that Juneteenth will be celebrated as state holiday but also as a national holiday.    The date has long been celebrated in parts of the country, sometimes as Emancipation Day, the day in 1865 when Union Army Gen. Gordan Granger proclaimed freedom for enslaved people in Texas, completing the end of slavery in the areas of the United States after more than 300 years. Juneteenth has been a state holiday in Texas for nearly 40 years.   President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation nearly three years earlier but it would take the advance of the Union Army into the Confederacy to make freedom a

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Health Together Wins Berkshire Health Technology Challenge
08:01AM / Friday, June 18, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A panel of expert judges declared Health Together the winner of Lever's Berkshire Health Technology Challenge.    The company, co-founded by Nicolas Boillot and Diedre Tomlinson, will use the $25,000 Challenge award to continue working on its innovative online health platform.    This is Lever's third BHTC, which focuses on health technology companies with fundable and scalable business models.    Finalists spent the past few months working with the Lever team, refining their pitches, learning from Lever's network of mentors, and deepening their entrepreneurship skills through Lever's Challenge

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