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MassHire Workforce Uses $235K Grant to Address Health Care Worker Shortages
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The MassHire board meets virtually. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A state grant of $235,000 is being used by the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board for free health-care training programs to aid a sector that was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.   The funding supported certified nursing assistant refresher courses for Red Cross training, the continuation of a blended online CNA program, North County CNA courses, and a Berkshire Health Systems medical assistant training.     The Berkshire Healthcare Hub grant of $235,000 will support the development and management of the new programs for the next two years.   The hub is a partnership that aims to expand training

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Carr Hardware Expanding With the Purchase of Lee Hardware
04:44PM / Monday, September 13, 2021

Lee Hardware has been in business since the 1940s and will continue as True Value store.  LEE, Mass. — Carr Hardware announced on Monday that it expects to close on its acquisition of Lee Hardware on Sept. 27.   Carr Hardware will continue operating as Lee Hardware True Value with no interruption in service.   In business since the 1940s, Joseph Scapin Jr. has owned and been running the Lee store since 1991 and will stay on to ensure a smooth transition.   "In making this decision, it was important that the qualities I value for my employees, customers and community continue. I am confident that uniting our two family business legacy will do

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MassDOT Announces Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest
01:00PM / Monday, September 13, 2021
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to announce entries are now being accepted for the eighth annual statewide high school video contest:  Safe Streets Smart Trips.     The contest, which began in 2014, encourages high school students to showcase their understanding of roadway safety across all travel modes to try to decrease pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities. The contest serves as an initiative of the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth.   "We look forward to seeing the videos created by high school students to

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William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Registration
12:41PM / Monday, September 13, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center is currently offering registration for free classes in HiSET/GED preparation, Adult Basic Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).    Please contact Bridget Manarchik to make an appointment by phone at 413.499.9530 or email bmanarchik@pittsfield.net by Friday, Sept. 17.    

 

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Jeff Rodgers Steps Down as Berkshire Museum Executive Director
12:00PM / Monday, September 13, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jeff Rodgers stepped down as Executive Director of the Berkshire Museum on Sept. 10, 2021, after two and a half years in the position.   "Thanks to the hard work of many, the museum has made tremendous progress. We are financially secure, deferred maintenance issues have been addressed, and we have just celebrated the re-opening of our second-floor galleries and learning spaces after extensive renovations," Rogers said. "The strength of the museum's current position makes my decision easier."   Rodgers was appointed in 2019. Prior to the appointment, Rodgers was the provost and chief operating officer of the South Florida

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Ventfort Hall: Showcasing 18th Century, Victorian and Jazz Age Fashions
10:20AM / Monday, September 13, 2021
LENOX, Mass. — Diane Shewchuk, Curator at the Albany Institute of History & Art, will provide at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum and via Zoom a glimpse into what is involved in the creation of exhibitions featuring historic clothing.     She will make her presentation called "Showcasing 18th Century, Victorian & Jazz Age Fashions" on Sept. 14 at 4:00 pm at Ventfort Hall's concluding 2021 Tuesday Talk.   In this behind-the-scenes presentation, Shewchuk will discuss how dresses made of fragile silks and beaded chiffons are carefully put on mannequins. She will also talk about creating the proper silhouette and show you secrets of the

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Lenox Library to Host Author Hannah Wohl
10:01AM / Monday, September 13, 2021
LENOX, Mass. — The Lenox Library welcome Lenox native Hannah Wohl on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss her new book, "Bound by Creativity: How Contemporary Art Is Created and Judged."   Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of The Bookstore.   According to a press release:       Hannah Wohl is assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her PhD in sociology at Northwestern University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. Her research examines judgment and decision-making in creative industries, such as art, literature, technology, and academia. Her

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Raid on Township #1: Living History Event
09:24AM / Monday, September 13, 2021
MONTEREY, Mass. — The Bidwell House Museum s hosting a weekend long living history event Raid on Township #1 on Sept. 18 and 19.   Visitors will experience a recreation of raids conducted by British Regular Forces along with Native and Loyalist allies in the Mohawk Valley after the Saratoga Campaign.    From 1778-1783, battles were fought all over upstate New York and the 'frontier' over control of land that had long been in dispute between the Native Americans and Colonial Settlers.   Reenactors will put on two public battle demonstrations to show how the raids were conducted. Throughout the weekend visitors can walk through both the American and

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BCC's '40 Under Forty' Awards Night Scheduled
08:05AM / Monday, September 13, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold its annual 40 Under Forty awards celebration on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 5-7 pm.   The event will be held under a large tent near Paterson Field House. Tickets are $65 and are available at www.berkshirecc.edu/40-under-forty.   40 Under Forty honors talented millennials and Generation Z professionals in the Berkshires who have shown their support for the region through leadership, community service, and a dedication to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the community.   Because COVID-19 caused last year's event to be rescheduled, this year's celebration will honor 2020

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LitNet Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Literacy and Advocacy
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:15AM / Monday, September 13, 2021

Executive Director Leigh Doherty, left, board member Leslie Shatz and board President Merle Duskin Kailas.   STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Literacy Network of South Berkshire, known as LitNet, has been empowering adult learners with education and advocacy for 30 years, most of them being immigrants working on English to speakers of other languages (ESOL.)   "On this, our 30th anniversary we are here today to celebrate our learners, and when we say LitNet has been transforming lives for 30 years, it's a full realization that we are and have been in partnership with brave and committed people who choose to participate and transform their lives," President

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@theMarket: Some Brokers Are Getting Bearish
By Bill Schmick,
12:31PM / Saturday, September 11, 2021
For four days in a row, the markets closed down. That is in itself unusual. It has only happened four other times since the March 2020 low. Does this portend further downside in September?   On Friday, the markets tried to bounce back. The damage to the averages has been minimal thus far. But given how far we have come, more and more brokerage houses (Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and Morgan Stanley, among others) are warning that the September-through-October time frame could see a 10 percent correction. How much weight should you give these gloomy predictions?   If you are a short-term day, or swing trader heed their call, since we are probably overdue for such a downdraft. This

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The Retired Investor: Japan Is Worth a Look
By Bill Schmick,
02:27PM / Friday, September 10, 2021
It has been 30 years since the Nikkei 225 last touched the 30,000 level. However, many investors look beyond this island nation and focus instead on its Chinese neighbor. That may prove to be a mistake.   To some investors, it is the epitome of value investing. Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway made some sizable bets on several Japanese trading companies last year. Japan's stock market is cheap compared to many other markets. But deservedly so, say the bears, since investors have had to put up with years of sluggish growth and perennial deflation.   Japan is home to many well-known companies, (think Sony and Toyota) that have balance sheets flush with cash. More than half

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