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SBA Touts Small Business Success Stories of The Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, September 20, 2018

Steve Oakes has a really cool washing machine — well, actually four of them. LENOX, Mass. — For most of her life, Suzanne Merritt always played it safe and conservative.    Then she got cancer and her perspective changed. For years she had it in her mind that one day she would be able to own the gym where she was a trainer but always saw it as an intimidating risk.   But after cancer, she realized the worst thing that would happen with a business is that it would fail, not kill her.    So she went all in for it. It took some 10 months to finally work out a deal but eventually, she purchased Lenox Fitness Center and Spa — now called Lenox Fit

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Central Berkshire Habitat Condo Project Receives Permits
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:51PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity's Gordon Deming project is a go.    The non-profit received the local permits needed on Tuesday for the six-unit, three-building condominium project. The project has been in the works for a decade since Berkshire Gas first donated the property on Deming Street and Executive Director Carolyn Valli believes it will be out to bid in March.    The $1.1 million project was anticipated to break ground this fall and had been heralded by city and state officials when Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito awarded a $425,000 grant toward it last November but lining up permitting has proven to be a challenge.

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Fall Foliage Festival Kicks Off Sept. 22
03:13PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Fall Foliage Children's Parade, set for Friday, Sept. 28, is always a highlight of the annual Fall Foliage Festival.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.  — The 2018 Fall Foliage Festival kicks off this weekend with the theme "Year of the Dog."

Traditionally, the Fall Foliage Parade takes place on the first Sunday of each October. The exception to that tradition is when the first Sunday in October falls during Columbus Day weekend. In this instance, the parade and festival are usually moved a week earlier.

Detailed descriptions and information about events can be found online or links accompanying individual events.

 

Saturday, Sept. 22

10 a.m.-noon: The Children's

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BCC, AHEC Announce Fall Workshops
02:04PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College, in collaboration with Berkshire AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), through the recently created "BCC Area Health Education Collaborative," will offer the following workshops this fall on BCC's main campus at 1350 West St.

"Cultural Competency: Immigration, Acculturation and Implications for Social Identity" (WKS-1914-E1) is an informational session regarding how the attitudes and behaviors of people from one culture are modified as a result of contact with a different/host culture. Discussion will include applying the role of the interpreter and their functions. Sunday, Sept. 30, is International Translation

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Offers Classes, Groups
01:57PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care offers classes and events to help patients learn more about their health in groups.

* Early Intervention Play Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, every Monday, except holidays, Catamount Connections, 504 Main St., Suite 1 in Bennington: Children's Integrated Services and Early Intervention host a play group for children birth to age 3 and their parents and siblings. The play group includes a snack, story time, art activities, and free play. Coordinators also provide education to parents and caregivers.

* Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors, 5-6 p.m. Mondays, Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in

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BerkshireWorks Marks National Employ Older Workers Week
01:43PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BerkshireWorks, in collaboration with Elder Services of Berkshire County, Age Friendly Berkshires and AARP of Massachusetts, is hosting a 50-Plus Job Fair, featuring companies that are age-friendly or thinking about developing a multi-generational workforce.

The targeted job seekers who are looking for full-time or part-time work will be able to use their age and experience to their advantage. Job seekers will also have the opportunity to learn about free resources from AARP and other organizations to help with their job search.

In Berkshire County, 40 percent of the population is over the age of 50 and many are actively looking for employment opportunities both

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Women Business Owners: Don't Forget About Your Retirement Plan
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:24PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

American Business Women's Day is celebrated on Sept. 22. And there is indeed cause for celebration, because, in recent decades, the number of women business owners has risen sharply, to the point where nearly 40 percent of all businesses are now women-owned, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

If you are one of these owners, or thinking about becoming one, you'll always have a lot to think about when running your business, but there's also an area you can't ignore – your retirement. Specifically, you need to consider establishing your own retirement plan.

Most plans available to you are fairly easy to establish and maintain, and are not terribly costly to

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Caccaviello Announces Write-In Campaign For District Attorney
Staff Reports,
10:31AM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The bell has been rung to start Round 2.    Paul Caccaviello announced on Wednesday that he intends to run a write-in campaign for district attorney. The announcement comes two weeks after he lost the Democratic primary.   Caccaviello released a statement confirming his intention to continue to seek the office of district attorney. After releasing the statement, Caccaviello did not respond to multiple messages left with him.   "For thirty years, my commitment has been to the citizens of Berkshire County. Many of the voters who have reached out to me over the last two weeks have expressed two common concerns: the importance of a

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Marijuana Businesses Eyed For Former KFC — Again
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The former Kentucky Fried Chicken on East Street is yet again eyed to be a marijuana facility.   Just two years ago the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a permit for Happy Valley Compassion Center to operate a medical marijuana facility at the vacant restaurant. Now, Heka Health is proposing to use that and the neighboring Tailored Events properties for a recreational marijuana dispensary.   The plan would be to demolish the former KFC, turning that space into a parking lot, and renovate the Tailored Events building.   "The front of this building will face west, face the parking area so it will have a different orientation to the property,"

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Guest Column: The Explosion of Vaping and Youth Use
By Joyce Brewer, Guest Column
07:00PM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

To the Editor:

Last spring, I was inundated with requests from curious and concerned parents and schools about vaping. Vaping among youth had skyrocketed. Particularly I heard questions about the use of one product, JUUL, and adults were trying to figure out how to respond. Many had no idea that vaping products contain nicotine that can damage a teenager's developing brain and lead to addiction.

As young people go back to school this fall, some schools will have developed successful strategies to address this public health issue and yet new challenges will need to be addressed as the tobacco and vaping industries continue developing new tactics to addict young people to nicotine;

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Merlins Abide at Spruces Park
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:30PM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A closeup of a small merlin hawk.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Look aloft, for I hear wings stirring the air and the primeval cry of a falcon in the spruce!   Also known as pigeon hawk, a family of merlin falcons occupies a significant niche in the open meadow known for its tall Norway spruce, seeded when these 38 acres was formerly a thriving mobile home park.   While I was surveying this moist meadow for butterfly diversity, both resident and migratory, walking the dirt roads between weedy quadrants, I heard a deliberate outcry from above, and looked up to behold some large hawk-like birds swiftly flying between the tall spruces that punctuate the grassy meadow like

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Berkshire OB/GYN of BMC Continues to Expand With New Doctor
04:44PM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Margaret Gordon-Fogelson, an obstetrician/gynecologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire OB/GYN of BMC. 

Dr. Gordon-Fogelson is accepting new patients in need of obstetrical and gynecologic care and is teamed with doctors Herbert Kantor, Robert Benner, Miriam Goldfarb, Lindsay Miller, Charles O’Neill, Kalpesh Patel, Jill Samale, Cassandra Service, Kathleen Sheridan, Michael Shreefter and Lauren Slater, nurse practitioner Sharon McLaughlin-Carvajal and certified nurse midwives Patricia Giardina, Kirsten Kowalski and Maribeth Pomerantz at Berkshire OB/GYN of

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