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Berkshire Healthcare Communities Earn 11 National Awards
11:59AM / Monday, December 24, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Of the few long-term care and senior living providers in Massachusetts recognized this year by National Research Corporation for exceptional customer and employee satisfaction, Berkshire Healthcare communities captured almost half – 11 out of 23 - of the Massachusetts awards.

In the Berkshire region, Berkshire Healthcare’s Excellence in Action award winners are:

For customer satisfaction: Kimball Farms Life Care, Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center, and Williamstown Commons.

For workforce satisfaction: HospiceCare in The Berkshires and North Adams Commons.

For both customer and employee satisfaction: Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility (Pittsfield)

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May All Your Christmases Be White
11:10PM / Sunday, December 23, 2018

If you are in need of a little injection of Christmas spirit amid all of the chaos of the season, you are in luck: It looks like we might have a white Christmas here in northern Berkshire County.

That will make us pretty special, according to Accuweather.com: The standard for a white Christmas is an inch of snow on the ground during the morning. The regions most likely to have a blanket of snow on the ground this Christmas include, the Northeast, the Upper Midwest and the mountains of the West.

Most of the forecasts agree that snow showers will start in North County overnight Sunday night into Monday morning, Christmas Eve, then becoming more scattered later, with showers more likely

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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
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Former Adrien's Diner Transformed Into New Vegan Restaurant
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:48AM / Sunday, December 23, 2018

Despite being unable to accommodate wheelchairs inside the building, Peltier doesn't want anybody to miss out. She installed an intercom for those in wheelchairs to place orders to go and staff will bring the food to them.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shari Peltier's daughter is a vegetarian and it is difficult when they go out to eat in local establishments.    "Whenever we would go out to dinner the only thing the kid could order was pasta. There was never any options for her," Peltier said.   That will change in a couple weeks. Peltier is opening Thrive, a vegan diner, in the former Adrien's location on Wahconah Street.   She

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@theMarket: The Trump Dump
By Bill Schmick,
09:52AM / Saturday, December 22, 2018
The sell-off in stocks has now exceeded the 2016 decline. Investor sentiment is as low as it has been since May of that year. The Fed refuses to save us, and Donald Trump insists on his wall or he will lay off thousands of federal workers. Did I say Merry Christmas?   The reasons for this rout are well-known by now. The latest disappointment was on Wednesday when, contrary to investor's expectations, the Fed stood firm in their quantitative tightening agenda. For a more in-depth view of the reasons for their stance, please read my Thursday column "The Fed Stands Tall."   The markets expressed their unhappiness by declining 1.5 percent in the last four days. But it

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Letter: Congressman Neal & Medicare for All
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Friday, December 21, 2018

To the Editor:

It was recently reported that Congressman Neal is at last open to exploring the feasibility of a Medicare for All approach to health care. As a longtime nurse and one of the millions of people in this country with family members of my own who are now deceased because of a lack of timely access to basic health care, I greeted this news with relief and hope.

This week, given the latest effort to kill the Affordable Care Act which, while flawed, is still the best (and sometimes the only) option for millions, I am even more concerned that Congressman Neal approach the health care crisis with a real sense of urgency as he assumes chairmanship of the House Ways and Means

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Holiday Hours: Christmas & New Year's
04:02PM / Friday, December 21, 2018

Businesses, schools and government offices will be taking breaks over the next week as the nation celebrates Christmas and New Year's. Christmas falls on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, and New Year's on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. 

Christmas is now a state holiday but it wasn't always. The General Court under the control of the Puritans outlawed the holiday in 1659.

There was too much eating, drinking, wassailing and other festiveness for the colony's righteous rulers. Even after the ban was lifted, Christmas was treated as a regular day until its popularization during the Victorian era. Thank goodness. Can you imagine Norman Rockwell not painting Stockbridge at Christmas?

The

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Williams' Wells, Two Other Mounties Head to World Snowshoe Championships
Williams College Sports Information,
12:24PM / Friday, December 21, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Williamstown resident and a freshman member of the Williams College women's cross country and track & field teams Lilly Wells will compete in the World Junior Snowshoe Championships Jan. 5 in Val di Non, Italy.    The Mount Greylock Regional School graduate is new to the sport of snowshoe racing.   "My dad started snowshoe running several years before and he encouraged me to try it," Wells said. "As an avid runner, it was a natural transition. I started snowshoe racing last year.   Wells qualified for the junior world championships last year at the U.S. National Junior Snowshoe Championships that were held at nearby

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The Independent Investor: The Fed Stands Tall
By Bill Schmick,
06:25PM / Thursday, December 20, 2018
Sometimes it takes a while, but financial markets almost always test a new incoming Federal Reserve Bank chairman. On Wednesday, Jerome Powell faced his test and passed with flying colors. Of course, a glance at the stock market averages at the end of the day on Wednesday would have the casual observers scratching their heads.   As most readers know, the stock market has been declining since October. One of the reasons for the sell-off is the fear that the Federal Reserve Bank's gradual tightening policies have gone too far. Their continuous interest rate hikes coupled with the selling of $50 billion of U.S. Treasury bonds every month had started to reduce the excess liquidity from

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Weather Whipping Up a Rainy Christmas Weekend
05:42PM / Thursday, December 20, 2018

FUTURECAST Winds...

Winds will increase rapidly later tonight into Friday-Especially the higher elevations where winds may gust to 50+mph from the SSE.

Wind Advisory is in effect for the Berkshires/S Vermont/Taconics...Catskills and Adirondacks. Especially East Facing slopes. pic.twitter.com/lGPz3q2sBE

— Steve Caporizzo (@SteveCaporizzo) December 20, 2018

The coming Christmas weekend may be more wet than white this year.

After a mild sunny day Thursday, there's rain in the forecast for much of the region with a flood advisory into the early hours of Friday.

Some areas could get up to 3 inches of rain, particularly in the higher terrain across the Berkshires. The National

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Berkshire United Way CEO Kristine Hazzard Stepping Down
12:40PM / Thursday, December 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire United Way will begin the new year searching for a new leader.    Kristine Hazzard will step down as president and chief executive officer by June 30, 2019. Hazzard has led the charitable organization for the past decade.   "While it will clearly be a challenge to replace Kris, we fully expect to find a very strong and driven professional who will take on the role of CEO and continue the great work being done by Berkshire United Way, as well as help map out and drive strategies and execution to meet the changing needs of our community," said Richard E. Rowe, chairman of the United Way board, on announcing her

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BMC Practices Emergency Evacuation at North Adams Campus
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:44PM / Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Evacuating patients. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Sure there was some giggling and a little overdramatic acting in the dialysis unit on Tuesday evening, but the purpose was deadly serious.    Berkshire Medical Center was holding a fire drill at its North Adams campus to ensure that the staff had the process down cold on how to save their patients if things got too hot.    "We wanted to create an environment that would be challenging," said Lucy Britton, emergency management director for Berkshire Health Systems. "They're going to have to get them out in the chairs, what they would do in a real emergency."   The drill was based on a

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Kimball Farms Awarded Five-Year CARF accreditation
02:42PM / Wednesday, December 19, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — Kimball Farms Life Care has earned a Five-Year Term of Accreditation from CARF International.

"Only about 10 percent of the continuing care retirement communities in the country have achieved five-year accreditation status," said Bill Jones, president of Berkshire Healthcare, which operates Loomis. "This is a tremendous source of pride for all of us and it speaks volumes about the terrific work the team here does."

In Massachusetts, only seven CCRCs hold five-year CARF accreditation. Two of those, including Kimball Farms and Day Brook Village Senior Living (formerly Loomis House) in Holyoke, are Berkshire Healthcare Systems affiliates.

An

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