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Fairview Hospital Receives Awards for Stroke Care
10:03AM / Friday, July 19, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Fairview Hospital has been twice recognized for its stroke care by the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.    Berkshire Health Systems said Fairview was honored for "Achieving Door to CT Less Than or Equal to 25 Minutes From Arrival for at Least 85 percent of Stroke Patients" and "Dysphagia Screening Greater Than or Equal to 90 percent."   The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded quality improvement collaborative administered by DPH that supports Primary Stroke Service hospitals.   The

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CHP Berkshires Names Senior VP for HR
08:34AM / Thursday, July 18, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has named Eva Sheridan to the role of senior vice president for human resources.    Sheridan will lead a staff of 280 across the CHP healthcare network, which has practice locations in Great Barrington, Lee, Pittsfield, Adams, and  North Adams and Mobile Health.   Most recently, the vice president of human resources for Iredale Cosmetics, Sheridan, has previously led human resources operations at Boyd Biomedical in Lee, Main Street Hospitality Group, and Mountain One Financial Partners.   A graduate of American International College, Sheridan holds a master's degree in human resource development. She

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Presumed Drowning of Minor Being Investigated
08:15PM / Wednesday, July 17, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Authorities are investigating the presumed drowning of a 14-year-old at Benedict Pond on Wednesday afternoon.    According to Great Barrington Police, first responders received a 911 call shortly before 2 p.m. of a teen who was unaccounted for in the pond's beach area.    The youth was found unresponsive in the water prior to emergency personnel arriving. Several people assisted in removing the victim from the water and CPR was immediately started. The victim was transported to Fairview Hospital, but lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful.     The Berkshire District Attorney's Office is actively investigating the death

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Berkshire HorseWorks Annual Tag Sale Saturday
12:51PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
RICHMOND, Mass. — Berkshire HorseWorks Inc., 101-103 Patton Road, is holding its annual tag sale on Saturday from 9 to 3 to benefit programs for at-risk youth.    Items include horse gear, designer clothes, mens wear, Ski gear, antiques, crystal and fine china, exercise equipment, furniture, Harley-Davidson leather jackets and chaps, rugs, kitchen stuff, belts, jewelry, lamps, European fabrics, books, massage table, artwork, file cabinets, Hermes plates, pet supplies, shoes, pine armoire, purses and wallets.   Pet a donkey and receive 10 percent off any Berkshire HorseWorks activity booked before Labor Day, with any purchases. Refreshments available. No early

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BCArc’s Golf Event Raises Funds for Individuals with Disabilities
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11:11AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshire County Arc raised $45,000 at its 29th annual Golf Classic held this summer at Berkshire Hills Country Club.   The funds raised from the event go directly to individuals with disabilities for activities such as art classes, medical equipment, wheelchair swings, concerts, assistive technology, and dream trips to places like Disney, Celtics games, and deep-sea fishing.   The money also goes to scholarships to area high school students planning to pursue human service careers.   The lead supporters of the event this year were Berkshire Bank, Health New England, Greylock Federal Credit Union,  Notch Insurance Group, Synagex Modern IT, and

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Great Barrington Announces Personnel Changes
08:07AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Great Barrington, Mass. — Josh Risen has been promoted to the position of Great Barrington town clerk, one of several new appointments in Town Hall.    Risen joined the town in September 2023 as office administrator for the town manager and selectboard, after working in administrative roles in the town of Sheffield. He earned a law degree from Western New England University Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2011. As Town Clerk, Risen will serve as the town's chief election officer and maintain and preserve the town's archives and vital records, among other roles.   "I'm very much looking forward to working with Josh in his capacity

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CHP Van To Visit West Stockbridge
08:00AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2024
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — CHP will have their mobile van parked at Town Hall to assist with medical needs on Tuesday, July 16 from 1 to 3 PM.    The van will offer urgent care services, wellness checks, and COVID or flu vaccines.    The teams can also help with signing up for SNAP benefits.   To schedule an appointment call (413)528-0457. Walk-ins are welcome.  

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A Thousand Flock to Designer Showcase Fundraiser at Cassilis Farm
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:08PM / Sunday, July 14, 2024

NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — More than a thousand visitors toured the decked-out halls of Cassilis Farm last month in support of the affordable housing development.

Construct Inc. held its first Designer Showcase exhibition in the Gilded Age estate throughout June, showcasing over a dozen creatives' work through temporary room transformations themed to "Nature in the Berkshires."  The event supported the nonprofit's effort to convert the property into 11 affordable housing units.

"Part of our real interest in doing this is it really gives folks a chance to have a different picture of what affordable housing can be," Construct's Executive Director

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MassDOT: South County Road Work
03:10PM / Sunday, July 14, 2024

LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing crews will be conducting nighttime and daytime paving, guardrail work, and bridge repair operations at various locations and times on I-90 eastbound and westbound during the week of Monday, July 15.

Lane closures will be in place during the construction operations, and traffic will be able to travel through the work zones. The schedule for the work and lane closures is as follows:

Otis/Blandford

Paving operations will be conducted on I-90 westbound from mile marker 21.0 to 26.0 from Monday night, July 15, through Thursday night, July 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the next morning. The work is

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Fairview Hospital Will Honor Gov. Healey at Gala
04:01PM / Saturday, July 13, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Fairview Hospital announced the Fairview Hospital's 2024 "Looking to the Future" Garden Gala will take place on Wednesday, July 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gedney Farm in New Marlborough.   The event is a major fundraiser for Fairview Hospital, Berkshire Health Systems' 25-bed critical access hospital in Great Barrington.  Funds raised will support priority equipment needs at Fairview Hospital.   This year, the event will be held in honor of Maura Healey, Governor of Massachusetts, who will be in attendance and is being recognized for her work supporting access to healthcare in rural communities. Representative Smitty

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How to Apply for a Passport: A Step-by-Step Guide
12:12PM / Friday, July 12, 2024
How to Apply for a Passport: A Step-by-Step Guide   Getting your first passport or renewing an expired one can seem daunting, but with the right preparation, it's a straightforward process. This guide will walk you through each step of applying for a US passport, from gathering documents to receiving your new passport in the mail.   Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility and Type of Passport   Before you begin the application process, make sure you're eligible for a US passport. You must be a US citizen by birth or naturalization. If you're not sure about your citizenship status, check with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.   Whether you are applying

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State Awards $1.25M To Cooper Hill Farm Project
10:14AM / Friday, July 12, 2024
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The state awarded the Trustees of Reservations, She?eld Land Trust, and MA Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) a $1.25 million grant to support the Cooper Hill Farm Project.   The funds will help protect 538 acres that are part of a broader, regional e?ort to conserve 1,130 acres of critical ecological habitat, forestland, and active agricultural landscapes in She?eld and Salisbury, Conn.   "Investments in land conservation are critical to strengthening climate resilience in our communities. Thoughtfully conserving our natural landscapes is also essential for reducing emissions and safeguarding the diversity of our ecosystems," said EEA

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