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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Upcoming Convocation
02:10PM / Friday, October 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will recognize the academic achievements of 120 students during an Honors Convocation Program on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Each honored student ranks in the top 5 percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

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Adams: Rebekah L. Baker, Alexandria T. Brandon, Michelle M. Briggs, Laurie A. McArthur, Kelsy M. Nixon, Cameron J. Winter

Ashley Falls: Tracy M. Stoddard

Becket: Emily M. Linendoll

Cheshire: Shannon M. Gwozdz, Michaela M. Larkin, Melissa L. Pantano, Lillian R. Sartorius, Kia Yang

Chester: Ramsey A. El Taieb

Clarksburg: Stephanie J. Rogers

Dalton: Shaina R.

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018
11:20AM / Friday, October 19, 2018

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. 20

Cheshire: The Adams Cheshire School District PTG is hosting the Hoosac Harvest Vendor and Craft Fair at Hoosac Valley Middle and High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event  features 70-plus vendors, more than 70 raffle items, a stuffing station (where you can stuff your own animal) and a DIY with Bella Sky. All money raised from this event will go to Hoosac Valley Elementary PTG.

Dalton: A Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the

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Lee Middle and High School Announces New National Honor Society Members
11:08AM / Friday, October 19, 2018

LEE, Mass. — Lee Middle and High School conducted its annual induction ceremony for new members to the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society on Oct. 18.

After a rigorous selection process, in which prospective members are vetted by a faculty council based on criteria of scholarship, leadership, service and character, the following new members were inducted: Hailey E. Bartini, Brady S. Cook, Heather M. Dennis, Juliette J. Gagnon, Liana E. Hall, Zoe N. Hughes, Olivia H. Johnson, Suriana YS Lee, Emily M. Molino, Aliyah R. Noel, Jack T. Purcell, Taggart J. Roosa, Katy M. Schlaefer and Sierra B. Twing.

 

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Accreditors to Visit BCC's Nursing Program Wednesday, Public Meeting Scheduled
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Friday, October 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BCC's nursing program will be reviewed for accreditation during a site visit on Wednesday.   The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing's review includes a public forum on the accreditation process. ACEN has a full day scheduled and has set aside 1:45 until 2:45 p.m. to hear from the public on any questions, opinions, or concerns about the program.   "It is just an open conversation ... they look at stakeholders and the community is a stakeholder," said program adviser Ann Tierney. "They really want it to be a free-flowing conversation."   Tierney said program officials won't even be on hand during the

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The Independent Investor: The Student Loan Crisis
By Bill Schmick,
04:14PM / Thursday, October 18, 2018
  Student loans have now become the second-largest pile of consumer borrowing, after home mortgages. What's worse, it is the fastest growing slice of American household debt and shows no sign of slowing down.   Young Americans are going to college in droves. At the same time, the costs of higher education are at historical highs. That combination has become a lethal cocktail that could hamstring young workers over their entire life and along the way damage the overall economy.   Since the financial crisis and Great Recession over a decade ago, student loans have grown by almost 157 percent. Compare that to auto loans, which have risen 52 percent. In the case of mortgage

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Town of Lee Awarded $4.9M to Support Eagle Mills Redevelopment
11:45AM / Thursday, October 18, 2018

Great to start the day #InTheBerkshires with @repsmitty+ @adamghinds to announce a $4.9 million #MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to the Town of Lee to upgrade water lines and support residential and commercial development. #WMass https://t.co/bAZHhpF7Lt pic.twitter.com/2ZLLF8iIyD

— Karyn Polito (@MassLtGov) October 18, 2018 LEE, Mass. — A $4.9 million MassWorks grant was awarded to the town of Lee to develop infrastructure to served the planned renovation of the Eagle Mills.    State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli and state Sen. Adam Hinds were joined by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash and municipal

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Letter: Question 1 Will Hurt Small Hospitals
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

I work at Fairview Hospital as a critical care nurse. I have been with Berkshire Health Systems for 22 years and a registered nurse for 13 of those. I oppose Question 1.

In a small community hospital, we have the ability to utilize on another to accommodate our patients' needs. For example, The CCU may have three patients with low acuity but the emergency room (ER) is busy with patients, or possibly short a nurse. The three patients in CCU could be cared for by the second nurse so another nurse could be sent to the ER to help. Also in CCU we often see patients who need end-of-life care. In such times, a colleague takes over my other patients to allow me to spend

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Letter: Experience Matters in District Attorney
Letter to the Editor,
02:00PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

Few are those who come to public service with selfless motivation. These are the rare breed for whom the power that comes with responsibility is not intoxicating, but sobering. Career public servants put the community's well-being before their personal ambitions and spend their time protecting others; they become experts in their field, tireless in commitment and devoted for decades.

Andrea Harrington has no experience as a prosecutor and only a few years as a part-time public defender who tried her first case as a lawyer in 2011. The Democratic nominee for district attorney is the least qualified person to ever run, yet she is the beneficiary of help and support from

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New Doctor Joins BMC Cancer Center
11:51AM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Nisar Ahmad, a board-certified and fellowship-trained hematologist oncologist, to the Berkshire Medical Center medical staff and the physician staff of Berkshire Hematology Oncology of BMC.

Dr. Ahmad is accepting new patients in need of hematology oncology services at both the Berkshire Hematology Oncology of BMC offices in Pittsfield, at the BMC Cancer Center and, in North Berkshire, at the North Adams Campus of BMC. Dr. Ahmad is partnered with Drs. Michael DeLeo, Trevor Bayliss, Sean Mullally and Harvey Zimbler at Berkshire Hematology Oncology of BMC.

Dr. Ahmad received his medical degree from King

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Knight Backs Caccaviello in District Attorney's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:16PM / Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Despite Knight and Harrington both being considered the more progressive candidates in the field, Knight is opting to support Caccaviello instead of Harrington. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Judith Knight isn't going to be the next district attorney. But she hopes Paul Caccaviello will be.   Knight, who finished third in the Democratic primary in September, is putting her support behind Caccaviello's write-in campaign.   Knight made the announcement on steps of the Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday.   "This is probably not the best political thing for me to do. I know I will be criticized ... but this is the right thing to do," Knight

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Biz Briefs: Red Lion Inn Partners with Stash Hotel Rewards
03:05PM / Monday, October 15, 2018
New partnership

The Red Lion Inn is partnering with with Stash Hotel Rewards, the largest loyalty program for independent hotels in the United States. Guests at The Red Lion Inn are now able to earn points toward free nights at more than 150 independent hotels across the country. And Stash members can earn and redeem points to stay at one of the most quintessential Berkshires hotels in Stockbridge.

"Aside from being able to offer our guests rewards points for their stays, we wanted a loyalty program with a unique portfolio and a devoted following," said Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality, which owns and manages the inn. "Stash's network of community oriented,

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Berkshires Beat: BSO Going 'Into the Forest' for Pleasant Valley Concert
02:12PM / Monday, October 15, 2018
Into the Forest

On Friday, Oct. 19, beginning at noon, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with Mass Audubon, the BBC, and 99.5 WCRB in programming a special 150-minute performance to be broadcast live from the 18th century barn at Pleasant Valley in Lenox as part of the BBC's Radio 3's "Into the forest, In Tune." The live broadcast is available to a worldwide audience online. Limited outdoor seating for this broadcast may be available depending on the weather; check the Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley Facebook page on Friday morning, Oct. 19.

This special performance and live broadcast on BBC's Radio 3 will feature performances by violinist Yevgeny Kutik;

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