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CHP's 'Big Orange Bus' to Provide Vaccines at BCC
12:47PM / Wednesday, September 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) welcomes Community Health Programs (CHP) to campus on Tuesday, Sept. 7 from 10 am to 2 pm for a visit from CHP's "Big Orange Bus."    The mobile health unit that will administer the first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the "one shot" Johnson & Johnson vaccine.    The bus returns on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 10 am to 2 pm for the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.    Vaccines are given free of charge, and no appointment is necessary.    In addition, Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) will be on campus the week of Sept. 20 to

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Flash Flood Watch In Effect This Afternoon As Ida Hits Berkshire County
12:00PM / Wednesday, September 01, 2021
Rain can be expected in Berkshire County on Wednesday and lots of it.   The National Weather Service had set a flash flood watch from 2 p.m. until Thursday, Sept 2, at 2 p.m.   The heavy rainfall is associated with Hurricane Ida and 3 to 6 inches of rain is expected to fall in the region.   The National Weather Service warns that flash flooding is most likely to take place in urban, low lying and poor drainage areas. They urge those in affected areas to monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.   Meteorologist Steve Caporizzo of News10 in Albany, N.Y., said the flood threat is mainly south and east of

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MassDOT Launches Education Effort to Raise Public Awareness on Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Use
08:07AM / Wednesday, September 01, 2021
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), in collaboration with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Highway Safety Division, is launching a new educational effort that seeks to highlight the importance of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHB) and encourage their use in communities statewide.    The Beacons, which are also referred to as High-Intensity Activated Cross-Walk (HAWK) signals, are regulatory traffic control devices designed to help stop vehicles traveling in areas of high traffic speed and volume and to allow pedestrians to safely cross roadways and intersections.     MassDOT has posted a new safety video, at

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Health Officials Ask Employers to Urge Workers to Get Vaccinated
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Wednesday, September 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems officials Tuesday urged area employers to motivate their workforce to get vaccinated against COVID-19, which the medical professionals called the "best we can do to push back" the pandemic.   "Our push and our plea and our reason for participating with you today is to say encourage, enforce, encourage, support, encourage, encourage, encourage, encourage vaccination among those people you have influence with, those people you care about, those people that you think might benefit," Dr. James Lederer said. "All of us need to do what we can to encourage vaccination as the No. 1 way to manage the delta

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Dalton ZBA Denies Special Permit for Halloween Fundraiser
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Wednesday, September 01, 2021

DALTON, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously denied a special permit request for the spooky fundraiser "Purgatory Road" to be held at Berkshire Money Management's property on Main Street.

After hearing from opposing abutters and supporters, the board decided that it was not eligible for permitting under zoning bylaws.

The haunted corn maze event has raised around $175,000 for suicide prevention over eight years of operation at its previous location on Cleveland Road.

"My friend and I have run Purgatory Road at my farm for eight years, we have raised $175,000 which has stayed local to Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, many of these

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MCLA Welcomes Three New Vice Presidents
12:20PM / Tuesday, August 31, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —This academic year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts welcomed three new vice presidents to its executive team: Joseph DaSilva, Vice President of Administration and Finance; Richard Glejzer, Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Jeannette Richards, Vice President of Student Affairs.     The three new vice presidents were hired after a search process that included multiple interviews and open meetings for campus community members including students, faculty, and staff.     "I'm excited to have three highly experienced vice presidents join our campus community at this pivotal moment in higher education," said MCLA

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Start thinking about your retirement income plan
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:20AM / Tuesday, August 31, 2021
If you're getting close to retirement, you're probably thinking about the ways your life will soon be changing. And one key transition involves your income – instead of being able to count on a regular paycheck, as you've done for decades, you'll now need to put together an income stream on your own. How can you get started?   It's helpful that you begin thinking about retirement income well before you actually retire. Many people don't – in fact, 61 percent of retirees wish they had done better at planning for the financial aspects of their retirement, according to an Edward Jones/Age Wave study titled Retirement in the Time of Coronavirus: What a

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McCann Technical School Bus Routes 2021
09:40AM / Tuesday, August 31, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School opens for the school year Friday, Sept. 3. Freshman should report to the cafeteria on arrival, sophomores and juniors to their technical areas and seniors to the gym.   Adams        (# 415/ 725) 7:08 127 Alger Street 7:13 Orchard St @ Lenoard St 7:14 Orchard Street @ Jenks Street 7:15 Orchard Street @ East Street 7:17 Summer Street @ Smith Street 7:19 North Summer Street @ Hoosac Street 7:21 North Summer Street @ Murray Street 7:22 North Summer Street @ Turners Ave 7:27 Route 2 @ Newark Street   Hancock/Williamstown/North                       6:33

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Berkshire Bike Path Council Kicks Off Berkshire Streets for All
07:59AM / Tuesday, August 31, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Bike Path Council (BBPC) will kick off its new bike safety campaign: Berkshire Streets for All to align with Bay State Bike Month.   In addition to the Berkshire Bike Path Council, the campaign committee also includes representatives from MassBike, MassDOT, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), and the City of Pittsfield. Along with consult ation from AAA, the committee developed materials to help users understand signage, basic cycling safety and best ways to share the road.   "During the pandemic, we know that bike sales were up and old models got tuned up as so many new cyclists hit the roads. This campaign is directed

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BCC Debuts Berkshire Culinary Institute
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The former BCC cafeteria is being transformed to a teaching classroom with electrical outlets coming from the ceiling for convenience when working with appliances.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community college has overhauled its hospitality and culinary program to meet the needs of an ever-growing industry in the Berkshires.

"Last year, Berkshire Community College put the Hospitality and Culinary program on hiatus, and it turned out to be terrific timing," Director of Workforce Development Jay Baver said.

"Because when the pandemic hit, we hired a new professor for the hospitality portion of the program who re-imagined the entire curriculum and updated

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Dalton BOH Encourages Indoor Masking, Universal Vaccination
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:48AM / Tuesday, August 31, 2021

DALTON, Mass. — The Board of Health recommends masking in public spaces of town buildings and strongly advises universal vaccination.

On Monday, the board unanimously voted to recommend that the Select Board encourage all employees and community members to mask in public spaces of town buildings regardless of vaccination status and that they strongly recommend universal vaccination.

Board members were not yet ready to suggest mandates for the two COVID-19 mitigation processes but exhibited concern for Berkshire County's recent rise in community spread. There were 100 new cases over the weekend.

They emphasized that the passed motion is a recommendation and not a

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Bird Club to Hold Golf Fund-Raiser on Sept. 10
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01:25PM / Monday, August 30, 2021
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. – The Hoffmann Bird Club of Western Massachusetts will hold its Eighth Annual “Hoffmann Hackers Golf Classic” on Friday, Sept. 10 at Donnybrook Country Club.   The event, which also could be known as "The Longest Bird" will have a shotgun start at 4 p.m.   The nine-hole tournament is a fundraiser for the ornithological society. The rain date is Friday, Sept. 17.   The entry fee of $45 per person includes placement on a team, nine holes of golf with carts included and an all-you-can-eat barbeque/cook-out following the event.   The format will be a “Captain and Crew” or “Best Ball”, but it comes with a

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