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Letter: Bosley, Fresh & Ready to Be Our State Representative
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To the Editor:

When Stephanie Bosley says she is ready to be our 1st Berkshire District state representative, by making positive change from a fresh perspective, I believe her.

Stephanie is genuine, a local North Adams girl, where she lives with her husband, Josh, and their dog Striker, and whose father, Dan Bosley, served in the state Legislature for 24 years. So working for the people of this district through government is a passion she has inherited — and she has made sure to get the right education and experience to accomplish that.

Educated in the North Adams Public Schools, she has a B.S. in Political Science from UMass Amherst and M.S. in Public Affairs from UMass Boston.

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Health Alliance Offering Flu Vaccinations
03:37PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Public Health Alliance will offer flu vaccination clinics with no out-of-pocket charges around the county over the next month.

People should bring their insurance card(s) with them and wear short sleeves, or a shirt that has easily rolled-up sleeves.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends getting an annual flu vaccine as the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. In 2017, a study in Pediatrics was the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination also significantly

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
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Letter: Recovery in North Berkshire
Letters to the Editor,
03:00PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To the Editor:

On Saturday, Sept. 23, the community is invited to come together to celebrate recovery from addiction and mental illness in our region at the Voices for Recovery Walk, Rally and Vigil. It will take place at Colegrove Park on Church Street in North Adams from 1-3:30 p.m. This event, organized by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, is part of a national observance of Recovery Month, a time to talk about and celebrate recovery.

Addiction, and the mental health issues that surround it, are challenges that many find hard to talk about and feel helpless to address. However, there are positive and affirming actions we can take to respond to the epidemic of

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HospiceCare Offers Several Grief Support Groups
01:34PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — HospiceCare in The Berkshires hosts monthly grief support groups around the county.

The loss of a loved one can be difficult and talking with others who have had a similar experience can help ease the burden. Call HospiceCare in The Berkshires at 413-443-2994 for information.

A grief support group for those who have lost a child before the age of 25 meets Monday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at HCIB's main office, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. "Grieving the Death of a Child" is a drop-in group that is free and open to the public.

Also, a monthly grief support group meets at Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Ave., in Great Barrington. The drop-in group

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SVMC Seeks Hospital Artifacts, Personal Histories as Hospital Turns 100
01:13PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — A handwritten letter describing a hospital stay. A nursing school graduation program. A photo taken of employees celebrating a retirement. Nothing communicates history like stories, photos, and objects from the time.

As Southwestern Vermont Health Care prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2018, its art and archives department is seeking photographs, memorabilia, medically related antiques, and even patients, long-time employees, and their family members to help document the health system's history.

"We are looking for people who were born here or worked here in the early days and who can share interesting stories and memories or objects from that

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Five Tips for Women Business Owners
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:58AM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Women are an integral part of the workforce, but they have had to overcome many obstacles along the way. Of course, challenges still remain, but women's success in the working world is worth commemorating – which will happen on American Business Women's Day on Sept. 22. Are you a woman considering "setting up shop"on your own? If so, here are five tips to consider:

* Balance your goals. It's possible – perhaps even likely – that your business goals will conflict with your personal financial goals. After all, if you’re purchasing new equipment or services for your business, you've got less money – at least for the time being –

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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Regionalization Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday echoed the school committees at its feeder elementary schools by endorsing a plan to fully regionalize the district while maintaining local control of the elementary schools in Lanesborough and Williamstown.   Like the committees at Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary, the Mount Greylock School Committee voted unanimously to move forward with the plan, which would partition K-6 funding apart from the shared operating expenses at the junior-senior high school and see each town pay for its own elementary school.   "As the working group members from the elementary school

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Women's Political Caucus Endorses Blackmer for State Representative
11:52PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017
BOSTON — Lisa Blackmer has earned the endorsement of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus' Political Action Committee for state representative.   The North Adams city councilor is running in the special election for the 1st Berkshire district, which includes the communities of Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford,  Williamstown and city of North Adams.    The primary election will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and the general election to follow on Tuesday, Nov. 7, to fill the unexpired term of the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, the first woman to hold the seat.   "MWPC is proud to endorse Lisa for the

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Guest Column: Why Are Smoke-Free Homes So Important?
, Guest Column
07:00PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Secondhand smoke comes from a lit tobacco product, like a cigarette, cigar or pipe — and it's not just a nuisance — it's a health hazard and it's dangerous. 

Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and poisons, and at least 50 of these are known to cause cancer. It stays in clothing, hair, furniture, curtains, and carpets even after a cigarette is put out and can harm people who come in contact with it, especially children. Keeping your home smoke free is important to ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, guests, neighbors, and even your pets.

Secondhand smoke is dangerous, even if you can't smell it. Opening a window, sitting in a separate

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Letter: First Berkshire District Needs John Barrett
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

To the Editor:

A recent article in The Boston Globe titled "Tourism booms but locals struggle: Behind the two worlds of the Berkshires" simply confirmed what most of us already knew; while tourism and the second home market are growing substantially in the Berkshires, the poverty rate has risen by almost a third since the year 2000.

Livable wage jobs are few and far between and our population continues to decline. And probably the most frightening statistic was provided by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, which recently conducted a survey to learn more about the pressing issues facing our region. As mentioned in The Boston Globe column, Berkshire Taconic states that

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Democratic Candidates for State House Discuss Issues in Lanesborough
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Paul Mark, who represented Lanesborough when it was part of the 2nd Berkshire, moderated the 90-minute panel.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Education and transportation were among the chief topics of conversation at a Monday forum for Democrats running to fill the unexpired term of deceased state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.   The four candidates on the ballot in the Oct. 10 Democratic primary discussed their platforms and qualifications to represent the 1st Berkshire District on Beacon Hill in a 90-minute forum hosted by the town's Democratic Committee and moderated by state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru.   North Adams' John Barrett III, Lisa Blackmer and Stephanie Bosley

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Education Task Force Keeps Focus on Creating Opportunities for Students
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017
DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force on Saturday pressed forward less than 48 hours after one school district voted to step back from its participation in the effort.   The committee had a full agenda for its regularly scheduled meeting at Nessacus Middle School, but Thursday's decision from the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee to withdraw from the task force colored the conversation.   Chairman John Hockridge opened the meeting by addressing the vote head on.   "I just wished they'd put off the discussion for one more meeting to give us the opportunity to tell them where we're coming from," Hockridge said of the

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