"Buying Local" interactive workshops begin Monday

BerkShares Inc. and the Berkshire Office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network are teaming up to co-facilitate five interactive workshops with host organizations across Berkshire County to strengthen efforts to "buy local" by aggregating community generated local business ideas.

The first workshop takes place at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Adams Council on Aging.

The other workshops are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Williams Inn in Williamstown; at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Blodgett House at Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington; at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at The Common in Pittsfield; and at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at a location to be announced.

Information: Alice Maggio,, 413 528-1737; Keith Girouard,, 414 499-0933.

Publication names Fairview top hospital

Fairview Hospital has been named as "One of 50 Top Critical Access Hospitals To Know" by the 2016 edition of Becker's Hospital Review.

Becker's recognizes outstanding critical access hospitals in the nation that play a crucial role in the health and well-being of their respective communities.


This is the second year that Becker's has published a list selected for inclusion based on rankings and awards from respected organizations, including iVantage Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the National Rural Health Association, Truven Health Analysis, the Women's Choice Award and the Leapfrog Group.

Cultural Council grant application workshop

The Pittsfield Cultural Council will host a grant application workshop and a question and answer session to assist anyone interested in applying for funds for a 2017 arts or culture related project.

The workshop will take place from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Hotel on North, 297 North St.

The session will be followed by a reception in honor of the Pittsfield Cultural Council's 2016 grant award recipients from 7 to 8 p.m. Both events are free and open to all.