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The Independent Investor: Time to Check Your Insurance Policies
With hurricanes to the left and right of us, maybe a review of your home owner's insurance policy makes sense. You may find out that at today's real estate values, you are underinsured.   If you are like me, the last time you visited the insurance subject was during the Katrina/Sandy hurricanes. Since then, houses in some
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Getting Your Snow Thrower Ready For Winter
HD Reynolds in Cheshire carries a full line ot Ariens snowblowers. If you're like most of us, you probably used your snow thrower a lot last winter. But then, winter finally came to an end, and you could put your snow thrower away. If you had fuel in the gas tank at that time and haven't thought about it since, you may
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Health Alliance Offering Flu Vaccinations
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
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Letter: Recovery in North Berkshire
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
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New Strength And Conditioning Gym Opens on Elm Street
The gym opened earlier this year and now Jennings is looking to expand its reach and add more training options. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Joseph Jennings used to push himself in the weight room and with his fitness training. And he kept getting injured.   "I was training so much that I found myself getting
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HospiceCare Offers Several Grief Support Groups
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
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SVMC Seeks Hospital Artifacts, Personal Histories as Hospital Turns 100
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
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Five Tips for Women Business Owners
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
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Letter: Rockwell Paintings Hold Special Meaning for Local Scouts
To the Editor: As a lifelong Berkshire County resident and a multi-year Boy Scout leader, I am appalled by the Berkshire Museum's plans to auction off the best of their art collection, including two original Rockwells, gifted by the artist himself. Scouts were a favorite subject of Rockwell's, and for decades he contributed to
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Guest Column: Why Are Smoke-Free Homes So Important?
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,
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