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Fire Prevention Week Starts Oct. 3
04:15PM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
STOW, Mass. — National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3-9, 2021, and this year's theme is "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety."    This year's theme will draw attention to the different sounds that modern smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms make and what actions we should take when we hear them.   "Every home is required to have working smoke alarms and most are also required to have CO alarms," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "When these alarms beep or chirp, it's time to take action. Make sure everyone in your home recognizes these sounds, understands what they mean, and knows how to respond."   Hear a beep? Get

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DA Harrington Creates Task Force Section to Tackle Violent Crime
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:13AM / Thursday, September 30, 2021

Hinsdale Police Chief Susan Rathbun says the partnership will bring expertise and resources to the work local police do every day. HINSDALE, Mass. — Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington has expanded the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force to include a violent crime section.   This section will zero in on sexual assaults, high-risk domestic violence, and human trafficking cases by uniting county police departments to collaborate on investigating these crimes.   "I am honored to be the first female Berkshire district attorney, and I have made it my mission to use my position to lift women and girls up in our community," Harrington said during a press

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More Sun Expected This Week, Possibility of Rain On Parade Day
12:00PM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Fall temperatures will be in full swing this week, and as of Wednesday around noon, temperatures are in the high 50s in North Adams.   Sunny skies can be expected for the rest of the day and there should be a high of 62 in North Adams, according to Accuweather.   The low tonight is 44 degrees.   Similar weather conditions are to be expected in Central and South County.   On Thursday there is a 40 percent chance of rain in North and Central County. Variable cloudiness and scattered showers can be expected. Temperatures should be in the high 50s.   In South County temperatures will be in the 60s. No rain is expected, according to Accuweather.     Partly

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Gibson Girl Hat Decorating Workshop at Ventfort Hall
11:14AM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
LENOX, Mass.— To complement the exhibit "The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon," Ventfort Hall is hosting a hat decorating workshop with Nancy Whelan, a graphic designer and decorative artist.    The workshop will take place Oct. 2 at noon.   From the opulent "Merry Widow" to the simple straw boater, participants will create their own fashionable Gibson Girl style hat. Ventfort Hall will provide hats and trims – silk flowers, feathers, ribbon and lace. Nancy, who is a staff member at Ventfort Hall, will guide the workshop and have samples and images from the era as inspiration.   Whelan has had a life-long passion for all things Gilded Age.

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Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Found in Worcester County
04:03PM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
FITCHBURG, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced Tuesday that a small population of the invasive spotted lanternfly has been found in the City of Fitchburg, close to where a lanternfly nymph was reported earlier this summer.    Agricultural inspectors are in the middle of performing surveys in the area, but currently the infestation is limited to a single cluster of three trees. While MDAR has not been able to determine the origin of the infestation, spotted lanternflies have been known to travel out of infested states on cars, trucks, and trains, during shipments of produce, sheds, and gazebos, trees and shrubs for landscaping, and

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School Mask Mandate Extended to November
Staff Reports,
11:01AM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
BOSTON — The mask requirement in schools has been extended out another month.    Public school children aged 5 and older and all staff will have to wear masks inside school buildings until at least Nov. 1, with certain exemptions.   The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in August declared "exigent circumstances" and authorized the Commissioner Jeffrey Riley to institute universal masking based on a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state near the end of July.    The mandate was put in place until at least Oct. 1. On Monday, Riley determined to extend the mask requirement "after consulting with medical experts and state

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Prepare yourself financially for illness just in case
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:44AM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
All of us hope to live long, healthy lives, so we do what we can to take care of ourselves through proper diet, exercise and avoiding unhealthy activities. However, none of us can predict our future, so it pays to be prepared for anything – including a serious physical illness or the onset of some type of mental incapacity, such as Alzheimer's disease.   Of course, you may never face these infirmities, but you should be aware that they could upset your long-term financial strategy and place considerable stress on your loved ones. What steps can you take to head off these threats?   First, make sure you know what your health insurance covers and how much you might have to

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BCC Announces New Hires, Promotions
01:50PM / Monday, September 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the addition of ten new staff and faculty members, in addition to three promotions.     New to BCC     Chris Bodnar has joined BCC as Director of Procurement in the Administration and Finance Division, bringing 20 years of experience in buying, purchasing, planning and inventory management with KB Toys and a hardware store chain. He has studied business administration at the University of Connecticut, Houston Baptist University, Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT, and Berkshire Community College. A resident of Hillsdale, NY, he lives with his girlfriend Noreen and has three grown

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Berkshire Economic Recovery Project Launches Technical Assistance Cohorts
12:00PM / Monday, September 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, in partnership with Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and with support from the United States Economic Development Administration announced the launch and the opening of registration for its first round of small business and organization technical assistance cohorts.   With five experts as technical assistance providers, this initial round of seven cohorts looks to support up to 49 small businesses and organizations over the course of the fall of 2021. Each individual cohort will be limited to seven participating businesses/organizations and will kick off with a required two-hour workshop.    Following the workshop, participants in

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Lenox Library to Host Author Marilyn Haus
08:45AM / Monday, September 27, 2021
LENOX, Mass. — The Lenox Library will host local author Marilyn Haus on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss her new memoir, "Half of a Whole: My Fight for a Separate Life."   Due to recent COVID restrictions, the event will now be held via Zoom. Meeting details may be found on the Library's website at https://lenoxlib.org or the Library's Facebook page.   "Half of a Whole" explores the bond between a twin brother and sister, what occurs when one of them becomes mentally ill, and the courage required to break away when love is not enough.   Just when Marilyn Peterson Haus thought she had escaped life as the child of born-again

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BAAMS Appoints New Board, Expands Programming
04:00PM / Friday, September 24, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies, Inc. (BAAMS) announced the addition of a new Board of Directors and eBAAMS PLUS.    Richard Boulger, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, said he is delighted with the new leadership change.   "I could not be more thrilled to have a new board that is impassioned and truly understands the value, mission, and importance of BAAMS. Having a board that brings the same level of heart and commitment as our faculty is truly inspirational," Boulger said.   The new board is Edward "Ted" Wesley, President, Michelle Daunais, Secretary, and Maria Isotti,

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@theMarket: The Dip Buyers Return
By Bill Schmick,
03:54PM / Friday, September 24, 2021
Last week, investors suffered through the gloom and doom of a declining market. Many Wall Street equity strategists added to the angst by predicting terrible times ahead. I begged to differ, counting on dip buyers to save the day once again. And that is exactly what happened.   In case you missed it, last Friday, the S&P 500 Index was at an important level, hovering just below its 50 Day Moving Average (DMA). This had happened several times before since March 2020, and each time buyers appeared to "buy the dip."    "I suspect they will again," I wrote, "so, no, I won't get bearish quite yet. I will go the other way and predict that markets

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