For widely respected Berkshire journalist and effervescent personality Carrie Saldo, it's westward-ho!

She's embarking on the new frontier of her career as on-air anchor of "Arts District," a weekly TV newsmagazine on the Rocky Mountain PBS network, which includes stations in Denver, Pueblo-Colorado Springs, Durango, Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs with a total weekly audience of 900,000 viewers.

"It's absolutely exhilarating and bittersweet at the same time," Saldo told County Fare. "It's a great opportunity, but saying farewell to mentors who were incredible sources of inspiration is pretty tough."

Saldo is grateful for her learning experiences in the Berkshires.

"That helped me to build a solid foundation for the next portion of my career," she said.

In 2001, shortly after graduating from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., with degrees in theater and English, Saldo landed a reporting job at the North Adams Transcript. She went on to write for the Berkshire Eagle, then served as Berkshire bureau chief for WAMC Northeast Public Radio, before dipping into public relations at the Berkshire Visitors Bureau and Mission, Inc., in Pittsfield.

Saldo, 33, who grew up in nearby Stamford, Vt., is about to wrap up her stint as host, writer and producer of "Connecting Point," the nightly public affairs telecast on WGBY, the public TV channel in Springfield. In recent years, she has also contributed to The Eagle and other area publications.

Crediting her parents with nurturing her interests, Saldo expressed enthusiasm for the chance to meld her personal and professional passion for the arts and culture.

She'll hit the road with her mother, Diane Saldo, on March 25 and is seeking a Denver apartment. Her new job starts the following week and includes some reporting for KUNC, the public radio station in Greeley, an hour north of Denver.

"The support of my friends and family has been phenomenal and I'm incredibly grateful for it," she said.

"Carrie is an inquisitive, enthusiastic and highly capable young journalist with great dedication and a strong work ethic," said Clarence Fanto, a former Eagle managing editor who hired her at the newspaper and later took her aboard at WAMC when he served as news director there. "While she'll be greatly missed, her many friends and former colleagues wish her the very best as she pursues her dream."

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Berkshire Bank, the Berkshire Bank Foundation, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are teaming up to sponsor the Massachusetts leg of "Xtreme Hike 2013," a national event that aims to raise more than $150,000 in the quest to treat and ultimately cure cystic fibrosis.

The local event will take place on Saturday, June 22. Fifty well-trained hikers will trek a 25-mile trail in one day to the summit of Jiminy Peak in Hancock.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is holding Xtreme Hike 2013 events in 12 different states this year. The only other events scheduled for the northeast are in New York and Pennsylvania.

Information: Terry Waite, (508) 655-5000, or http://mass-ri.cff-org./Xtremehike.

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Beginning on Tuesday, April 16, the Berkshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will hold a "Medical Terminology Boot Camp" for bilingual and multilingual interpreters in Western Massachusetts.

The forum will take place on five consecutive Tuesdays between April 16 and May 14. The hours for each session are 6 to 9 p.m.

A nonrefundable training fee of $100 is required.

Classes will be held in the Private Dining Room (PDR) at Berkshire Medical Center.

The components of the program include comprehensive medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology vital to the preparation for the NBCMI & CCHI National Certification written exams. Daily assessments will be provided to familiarize participants with the format of the written certification exam.

A certificate of completion is provided upon finishing the workshop.

Registration can be completed online at www.berkshire
ahec.org.

Payment can be made with all major credit cards or by electronic check. 

Those unable to register electronically can call toll free at (866) 976-2432 or (413) 447-2417 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.