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BHS Diabetes Education Program Launches Weight Loss & Lifestyle Change Program
01:41PM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Health Systems Diabetes Education Program has implemented a Weight Loss and Lifestyle Change Program for those with Medicare, with new classes beginning in November, at multiple locations across the Berkshires.

The program is aimed at adults 18 and older who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes by a blood test within the past year. To be eligible for this program, participants must have a need to lose weight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or higher. The program involves 16 weekly classes over the first six-month period, and six monthly sessions over the remaining six months, for a year-long program. Participants must also be willing to log food that they

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Biz Briefs: North Adams Verizon Wireless Zone Gives $1,000 to Food Pantry
12:30PM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Verizon donation

Keith Parzych, owner of the Verizon Wireless Zone store at 43 Main St. in North Adams, presented a check for $1,000 to Mark Rondeau, co-founder of the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative, on Tuesday at the food pantry on Eagle Street.

The donation came from the Wireless Zone Foundation of Giving, which is made up of Verizon Wireless Zone stores across the country who take small donations then sponsoring local charities. Founded in 2003, raises significant amounts of money and supports a large number of local and national charities and causes, including Make-A-Wish, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and

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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
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this
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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019
10:20AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Oct. 19

Dalton: The annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held at the Dalton Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dalton Council on Aging to support programs at the Senior Center, the fair will include quilts, woodwork, paintings, jewelry and other items produced by local crafters. There will also be a bake sale of the Friends of the Dalton Free Public Library and raffle items. A hot lunch may be purchased from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The

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Be Creative When Withdrawing from Retirement Accounts
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:09AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Like many people, you may spend decades putting money into your IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. But eventually you will want to take this money out – if you must start withdrawing some of it. How can you make the best use of these funds?

To begin with, here's some background: When you turn 70 1/2, you need to start withdrawals – called required minimum distributions, or RMDs – from your traditional IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 457(b) or 403(b). (A Roth IRA is not subject to these rules; you can essentially keep your account intact for as long as you like.) You can take more than the

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2019
09:40AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2010. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns that are crossed out have not been confirmed so check back. The towns with the asterisks are the same times every year.

If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at info@iberkshires.com.

There are also plenty of other fun holiday-related events happening in the Berkshires, too!

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Helping Hands Founder Gathers Group to Tackle Homelessness
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Flood House in North Adams has been the temporary home the Louison House transitional living facility, but Louison officials are looking forward to returning to their original location in Adams within the next few months.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When Marilyn Honig was a child, her family suffered a devastating house fire that left four members of her family dead and the rest of them homeless.

That's why when a spate of house fires tore across North Adams at the beginning of the year, Honig immediately knew she wanted to do something to help.   "My heart really went out to the fire victims. I remember that feeling of being really scared," said Honig, a Stamford, Vt.,

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Dalton CRA Holds 23rd Annual Just for Kicks Tournament
09:36AM / Monday, October 14, 2019
DALTON, Mass. -- The hosts from Dalton won two divisions and placed two more teams in the finals of six divisions at the 23rd annual youth soccer CRA Just for Kicks Tournament over the weekend.   Fifty-nine teams competed in the event, which uses the fields at Wahconah Regional High School and Nessacus Middle School.   Dalton teams won the fifth- and sixth-grade Division 1 girls competition and the seventh- and eighth-grade girls division.   Dalton's girls also were finalists in the fifth- and sixth-grade Division 2 girls, and Dalton boys were finalists in the seventh- and eighth-grade boys.   Williamstown won the fifth- and sixth-grade boys Division 1 division,

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Mount Greylock Parents Split on Merging Winter & Spring Vacations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:14AM / Monday, October 14, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With a Monday holiday this week and a Friday off for students to make time for professional development, the prospect of more four-day weekends was contemplated by a districtwide survey recently conducted at Mount Greylock Regional's three schools.   Mount Greylock's director of academic technology reported on results of a survey to gauge support for revising the school calendar to consolidate the February and April vacation weeks into a single week off in March. Eileen Belastock said 457 parents and 95 teachers and staff responded to the survey, which was conducted online and in hard copies that were available at all three schools' start-of-year

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Innovation Center on Schedule For January Opening
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:58AM / Monday, October 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Innovation Center is still on schedule to open sometime in January.   The center's Executive Director Ben Sosne gave a brief update to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority last week and said board should expect a grand opening in the first half of January.     "I was just through the building and it looks fantastic," he said on Tuesday. "I am really excited to get this thing open and welcome everybody in."   He said in the next few months they will be moving in tenants and figuring out final specs.   "Like painting and lighting and everything that is going in," he

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Williamstown Playground Project Nearing Completion
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Monday, October 14, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After more than a year of planning, fund-raising and advocacy, efforts to rebuild a town playground are in the homestretch.   Last week, the poured rubber surfacing was scheduled to be laid at the new playground at Linear Park, off Water Street, and one of the volunteers helping lead the project said the hope is that the site will be ready for youngsters before the end of the fall.   "It's starting to look like a playground," Amy Jeschawitz said as she surveyed the partially installed equipment that will be finished off once the rubber padding and wood fiber infill are installed.   The brightly-colored, modern play pieces are a far

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Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Mulls Possible Expansion
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
06:50AM / Sunday, October 13, 2019
ADAMS, Mass. — The solid waste district is hoping for a decision from North Adams, and possibly Dalton, before considering service contracts.   The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management Commission on Thursday discussed the bid process for servicing the district and, with the possibility of North Adams coming on board, Program Coordinator Linda Cernik wants to ensure they use every resource available.   "This is a very, very important bid coming up. There can't be any mistakes, any hiccups, nothing. With the possibility of North Adams joining the district, and maybe Dalton, we have to get this right," Cernik said. "We met with Williams College and the

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Williams Volleyball Earns Five-Set Win at Home
07:31PM / Saturday, October 12, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Erin Denham had 22 kills Saturday to lead the Williams College volleyball team to a five-set win over Colby.   Lydia Kurtz had 16 kills, and Alexandra Newton had 38 assists in the 25-11, 26-28, 23-25, 25-16, 15-9 win.   Williams (11-5, 4-2 NESCAC) goes to the New England Challenge at MIT on Friday.   Football WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bobby Maimaron threw for 191 yards and five touchdowns to lead Williams to a 35-10 win over Hamilton.   Frank Stola caught eight passes for 168 yards and four TDs.   Williams (4-1) hosts Bates next Saturday.   Women's Soccer WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Emma Lynch scored a goal, and Leyla Kamshad made one save to

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