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McCann Tech Welding Grads Hope to Spark New Careers
Nick Lannan looks over his certificate of completion at Wednesday's graduation event.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Certificates of completion were awarded Wednesday to the dedicated graduates of McCann Technical School's evening welding course, part of a workforce development program to train for manufacturing
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The Independent Investor: Only The Rich Are Saving
Last quarter, the  percent age of Americans' personal savings rate stood at 5.9  percent of their disposable income, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis'. Given that number had fallen to as low as 1.9 percent in 2005, that's a large improvement. But who is saving and who is not is the real question to
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Health Screenings Save Time for Busy Moms
  Dr. Malcolm Paine Women lead busy lives. Many function in multiple roles in caring for their families every day including chauffeur, chief executive, banker, scheduler, professional organizer and cook.  When you’re a mom, taking care of yourself can seem like a extravagant luxury. But visiting your
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BMC, Nurses Remain at Odds During Contract Negotiations
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center has presented what it says will be its "best and final offer" to settle a contract with the Massachusetts Nurses Association.   A letter sent out by President David Phelps and Chief Operating Officer Diane Kelly was released on Wednesday outlining the hospital's
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Pittsfield Launches Coordinated Approach to Economic Development
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christopher Kapiloff has some big contracts in the works for Laminated Technologies Inc. and he'll be looking to expand.   He can expand anywhere and down South, where his competitors are based, it is less expensive to do business. But he is a Berkshires guy, grew his business in Pittsfield, and wants
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Weight Lifting Event Raises Money for Cancer Awareness
ADAMS, Mass. - This past weekend marked the inaugural Balls Out Bash Push Pull Powerlifting Meet to Benefit Barballs, Inc., and its mission to help our communities battle cancer.   With the support of our community, Iron Bred Strength and the sport of powerlifting, Barballs, Inc., was able to raise
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Lenox's Historic Walker House Finds New Life With Renovation
A historic placard which once was on the door now serves as decor.  LENOX, Mass. — The historic Walker House has found new life.   Allegrone Companies just completed a $1.5 million renovation of the building, which most recently served as a bed and breakfast, to create eight high-end rental
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Pittsfield Health Board Asked to Ease Tobacco Retailer Certification
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — David Bertolozzi has managed a gas station and convenience store for 27 years and hasn't been cited once for a tobacco violation.   Yet every three years, he has to pay $25 to the Tri-Town Health Department to watch a lengthy video with information such as the anatomy of a cigarette, to be certified.
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Berkshire Special Olympians Compete in Great Barrington
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Hundreds of athletes from throughout Berkshire County converged at Monument Mountain Regional High School on Wednesday for the 38th annual Berkshire Area Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.   Participants competed in running, throwing and jumping events, thrilling to their own accomplishments
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Pittsfield Man Arrested For Groping Woman
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was arrested for inappropriately grabbing a woman on Robbins Avenue, according to police.   But it isn't clear whether he is responsible for other assaults reported in recent weeks.   Edward Jennings, 30, of Pittsfield was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly grabbing a woman as
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