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Hinds, Mark Re-File Bill Aimed To Help Volunteer Ambulance Services
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A bill to change the staffing requirements of an ambulance service could be a game changer for struggling volunteer services.   But, the state Department of Public Health has opposed the bill in previous legislative sessions.   State Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. Paul Mark have sponsored a bill that would alleviate the requirement that two emergency medical technicians be on every basic life support transports. The change would allow for first responders, who are slightly less trained, to be drivers during those calls while a certified EMT handles patient care in the back.   "There are a number of communities in the district that bump up

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Gov. Charlie Baker Delivers Second State of the Commonwealth
08:49PM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Baker kicked off his speech focusing on economic growth through the state. BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his second State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night highlighting successes in a number of areas and setting the groundwork for the next year.   Baker highlighted work on the economy, fiscal management, the Department of Children and Families, energy, high-speed internet, education, local municipal help, and more to say the "state of the Commonwealth is strong."   But, he said there is more work to do and despite changes on the federal level, he vowed to continue focusing on moving Massachusetts forward.   His remarks as prepared

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Mount Greylock Grads Competing on College Ski Circuit
12:24AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The collegiate ski season got under way this weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y., where several Mount Greylock alumni were in action for their respective collegiate teams.   Williams College senior Luke Costley helped the Ephs finish sixth at the season-opening St. Lawrence Carnival. On Day 1, Costley placed 13th in the 1.5-kilometer classic sprint race.   Williams’ ski teams -- downhill and cross country -- combined to finish in sixth place after two days of competition at Whiteface and Mount Van Hoevenberg.   Colby College senior Kat Chenail helped the Mules place fourth in the event. Chenail was 67th on Saturday in a 5K skate race.   Freshmen Grace Smith and Ian

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Biz briefs: Cosmetologists Sought for Cancer Society Makeover Program
01:35PM / Monday, January 23, 2017

Looking good: The American Cancer Society is seeking Pittsfield-area volunteer cosmetologists for its Look Good Feel Better program that instructs women who are undergoing cancer treatment beauty, skin care and hair techniques. The program runs at many locations in Massachusets, including Berkshire Hematology Oncology.

Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, salon and product-neutral program offered through a collaboration between the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association. The program offers complimentary group, individual and online sessions that teach beauty techniques to help cancer survivors face their

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Berkshire Country Day School Students Win Classics Day Awards
12:13PM / Monday, January 23, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School's Upper School Latin students (grades seven to nine) joined the Pioneer Valley Classical Association annual Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College on Jan. 20.

BCD's Latin students enjoyed participating in workshops and contests with their peers from Academy Hill, Amherst Middle School, Belchertown, Herberg, Lenox Memorial High, MacDuffie, Pittsfield, Taconic and Williston. The BCD students were accompanied by teachers Eugénie and James Fawcett, Associate Head of School Leigh Doherty, and Head of School Paul Lindenmaier.

BCD students received the following awards:

 

Art contest

Sculpture: First Place: ninth grader

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Berkshire County Women Head to DC Women's March
10:24PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — iBerkshires rarely gets a chance to report outside its coverage area because of our focus on local news.

There's the occasional jaunt to Boston, Greenfield, Springfield, Bennington, Vt., and even Albany, N.Y.

But Friday night I'll be on a bus headed to the Women's March on Washington with a group from North County. Readers can follow along on my Twitter feed @iBerk_Editor and we'll have a story posted later on the front page.

Those interested in the march can also attend a free event the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield from 10 to 2 on Saturday hosted by WAM Theatre. The event is being held thanks to an anonymous donor covering the rental fee but

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'Hidden Figures': Amounts to an Important Tale
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:51PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

Watching director Theodore Melfi's "Hidden Figures," about the African-American women working for NASA who were instrumental if not indispensable to getting our first man in space, we scratch our heads and can't help but ask ourselves, "How come I didn't know this?" But figuring the truth here isn't rocket science.

So many years after the fact, it's the same depth of prejudice that hampered Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and their sister colleagues from convincing the space agency of their genius that has squirreled away their story.

This is a civics lesson, especially important at this tremulous juncture when a sizable portion

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SVMC OB/GYNs to Appear on WAMC's Medical Monday
12:41PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — At 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, SVMC OB/GYNs Anika Chadee and Themarge Small will appear on WAMC's Northeast Public Radio's Medical Monday program.

Dr. Chadee received her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, N.Y., which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She joined the SVMC medical staff and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians in 2016.

Dr. Small received her medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles' Geffen School of Medicine and completed the

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'Travel Photography for Everyone' Begins Jan. 25
11:37AM / Friday, January 20, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — One of the joys of traveling is creating enduring photographic images of the sights that fill you with wonder, delight, and surprise.

Learn how to capture even better images next time you travel with award-winning photographer Thaddeus Kubis in OLLI: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College's winter course, "Travel Photography for Everyone." No experience is necessary.

The class begins Wednesday, Jan. 25, and runs for four weekly sessions from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Berkshire Community College's South county Center, located at 343 Main St. in downtown Great Barrington.

Whichever media you use — film, digital,

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MountainOne Unifies Branding of Divisions
04:20PM / Thursday, January 19, 2017

The clock also has a new lighting array installed.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MountainOne Financial, the parent company of MountainOne Bank and three additional financial service divisions, has rebranded each of its divisions under the MountainOne name.

The rebranding includes a new blue and white logo, replacing the tan and white one that MountainOne has used for several years.

"For nearly two decades, the individual companies of MountainOne have worked together to successfully build a complete portfolio of banking, insurance, and investment services in the Berkshires and throughout our region," President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Fraser said. "In 2013, our

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United Way, Habitat For Humanity Launch Free Tax Prep Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:14PM / Thursday, January 19, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's coming up on tax time, a chance to catch up on bills, build up savings, or make investments. And there are community groups just waiting to help people with the preparation and filing.   The Berkshire United Way and the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity have put together a pool of volunteers to help individuals and families file income tax with the IRS securely and for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.   "Doing it through VITA means it is secure, direct with the IRS, and you are not paying anything. You are not paying interest on your return. It is the most secure way to do it and the cheapest way to do it,"

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Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest Theme: 'Trees are Terrific'
12:56PM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced the theme of 2017's fifth grade Arbor Day Poster Contest: "Trees are Terrific … from Berkshires to Bay!"

Fifth grade classes from both public and private schools across the commonwealth are encouraged to participate in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest by having the students create posters highlighting this year's theme, and then hosting a school poster contest. The winning poster from each school can then be submitted to the agency for review.

"I am delighted that students from across the Commonwealth continue to participate in the Department of Conservation and

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