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Here's a look at the 'New Retirement'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:00AM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Once you retire, what can you expect from your life? You might be surprised by the things that current retirees are saying about their lifestyles, priorities, relationships and hopes for the future. And you also might find this knowledge quite helpful as you prepare for the day when you become a retiree.   First of all, retirement today is far different – and potentially far more rewarding – than was the case a generation or so ago. Of course, people are living longer now, but the new retirement environment isn't just about longevity – it's also about using one's time in a meaningful way, deepening connections with family and contributing to communities.

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BCC Upcoming Admissions Info Sessions
08:07AM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) invites prospective students to its next series of free Virtual General Information Sessions: Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 5 pm, Thursday, Aug. 19 at 12 pm, and Saturday, Aug. 21 at 12 pm.    The 30-minute info sessions, presented by admissions counselors on Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.      Virtual General Information Session participants can:     Ask questions about the admissions

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MCLA Athletics Golf Classic Returns
04:04PM / Monday, July 19, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The MCLA Athletics Golf Classic will make its return Monday, Aug. 2 at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield after a one year absence due to the pandemic.    The Golf Classic serves as a major fundraiser for the College's Athletics Department. Over the years, the Classic has netted more than $40,000 in funds to support the MCLA's student-athletes.    Jointly hosted by the offices of Institutional Advancement and Athletics, this year's event will honor 2020 and 2021 senior student-athletes, who either had significant portions of their season cut short or were unable to begin their season as a result of the

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Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Announces New Board Members
09:01AM / Monday, July 19, 2021
The Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) elected eight members to the Board of Directors at the virtual Annual Meeting on June 23, 2021.    The essential business of the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts' (GSCWM) annual meeting was conducted virtually via Zoom.   "I am pleased to welcome, and thrilled to have the privilege to serve on the board with these new members," said  GSCWM Board President Joan Bertrand of Sterling. "They are dynamic individuals with diverse talents and experiences to help oversee the operations of the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts and further our mission to build girls of

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Harvesting for Health: CHP and Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative
08:10AM / Monday, July 19, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has received $350,000 from MassHealth, via the Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative (BFHC), to expand a nutrition program focused on patients with diabetes and those at risk of the disease.   This award more than doubles the 2020 program funding and includes the purchase of CSA farm shares for eligible participants.   "We are so pleased that MassHealth is putting funding behind diabetes management prevention by addressing lifestyle and nutrition education," said Lia Spiliotes, CEO of CHP.  "This program improves individual and community health, reduces health care costs and improves the lives of people

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Agricultural Commissioner Visits Southern Berkshire Farms
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:15AM / Monday, July 19, 2021
NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Farming is hard enough without having to worry about losing the very land you farm.   "This year, I've just been hearing a lot...about the lack of access to land, not really related to the pandemic. It just seems to have come up more and more," Executive Director of Berkshire Grown Margaret Moulton said during a tour of Southern Berkshire farms with Agricultural Commissioner John Lebeaux. "So we're trying to give them a sense of what it means to be a farmer without a farm, particularly for a newer younger farmer who doesn't have the wherewithal to buy."   On Tuesday, Lebeaux toured four South County farms to hear their

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Berkshire County Summer Camps Receive Funding Boost
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11PM / Saturday, July 17, 2021
BECKET, Mass. — Summer camps took a significant hit during the past year and the Massachusetts delegation has stepped up to support them as they welcome back eager campers.   State Senator Adam Hinds visited the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Friday with a giant check for $3,000,000 in hand for summer camps across the state - including $700,000 for camps in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden districts.   "This has been a rough year, as we all know. A year and a half with basically camps going more than a year without income, and we know very well that in Western Mass and in the Berkshires, especially, that camps play such a critical role for so many

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CHP Names Interim Chief Medical Officer
12:36PM / Friday, July 16, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Kenneth Faber, has been named interim chief medical officer at Community Health Programs.   Faber was recently vice president of clinical care at Grand Rounds Inc., a San Francisco-based health care company, where he focused on accelerating development of the practice's remote care services following the COVID-19 shutdown.   From 1997-2019, he worked with Colorado Permanente Medical Group in a series of leadership positions. He served in roles from clinical care provider, senior physician director, chair of the internal review board, physician director for process improvement and most recently, as vice president.    As a practicing

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Venable Theater Renovations to be Completed for MCLA Student Return
Staff Reports ,
12:06PM / Friday, July 16, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Venable Theater renovations at the Massachucetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) are slated to be completed before students return for the fall semester.   Students return in-person this fall and will be able to begin working immediately on the College's 2021-2022 Theatre Season.   "The changes to the theater will provide students with the opportunity to work with the most up-to-date lighting technology in the field," said Jeremy Winchester, chair of MCLA's Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "Since theatre is so reliant on entertainment technology, this will give our students a substantial competitive advantage as they

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Construct Welcomes Five New Board Members
09:29AM / Friday, July 16, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Construct, a nonprofit provider of affordable housing and supportive services to south Berkshire County residents in need, has appointed five new members to the Board of Directors.    Joining the board are Hinda Bodinger, Wanda Houston, Laura Jordahl, Christa Montano, and Richard Slutsky.    "We regularly evaluate our board and concluded that the time was right to fill the limited available seats," Board President Elizabeth Rosenberg said. "The newest members bring a wealth of complementary and diverse perspectives and skills. We are honored and excited that they chose Construct and look forward to their partnership and

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Berkshire County Historical Society Annual Hike
07:46AM / Friday, July 16, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society will celebrate Herman Melville's birthday Aug. 1 with a hike on Monument Mountain in Great Barrington at 9 am.    The hike takes approximately 2 ½ hours and is appropriate for families. Hikers should meet at the Monument Mountain Reservation Parking lot on Route 7 and should be prepared with their own water, proper footwear, hiking gear and bug repellent.   The hike commemorates the Aug. 5, 1850, first meeting of Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. At the time, Melville was working on his greatest novel, Moby-Dick, while Hawthorne was a literary sensation having just published The Scarlett Letter. The

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Berkshire County DA Participates in Plea Bargain Tracking Project For Judicial Equity
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Friday, July 16, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In an effort to promote equity and fair sentencing within the judicial system, the Berkshire District Attorney's office participated in the making of a digital tool that opens the "black box" of plea bargains.   The project was done in collaboration with the Durham County, NC District Attorney's Office, and Berkshire District Attorney's Office.  It was formally announced on Thursday at a virtual press conference.   "Historically, prosecutors have relied on scare tactics instead of facts which has built this system of mass incarceration," Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said. "And the communities that

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