NORTH ADAMS -- North Adams Regional Hospital has lifted visiting restrictions that were put in place during the height of the flu season.
NARH had 86 lab-confirmed cases of influenza during January. While the pace has slowed, there were still 13 cases reported in the first 10 days of February, according to NARH Infection Preventionist Michael Raczynski, R.N.
Visiting policies vary by patient area, and can be found on the hospital’s website, www.nbhealth.org, under North Adams Regional Hospital/For Patients and Visitors.
Voter registration session scheduled Friday
WILLIAMSTOWN -- A special voter registration session will be held Friday, Feb. 15, with the Williamstown Board of Registrars in the town clerk’s office in the Municipal Building.
The office will remain open until 8 p.m. on Friday for any new voter who would like to register for the upcoming Special Town Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26.
BCC to be closed on Presidents Day
PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Community College, (BCC) including the Paterson Field House and the college’s South County Center, will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents Day.
All college offices and facilities on the main campus in Pittsfield and the South County Center in Great Barrington will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Visit BCC online at www.berkshirecc.edu
Equus Therapeutic sets volunteer training
LANESBOROUGH -- Equus Therapeutic, a nonprofit equine-assisted therapy program for children and adults with special needs, will hold a volunteer training day from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Wedgewood Stable/Wirtes Farm, 705 North Main St.
New volunteers are welcome. Information: www.equustherapeutic.org or 413- 841-2709.
UNITY announces pet care product drive
NORTH ADAMS -- UNITY’s Youth Leadership Program is holding a pet food and pet care product drive for local animal shelters and pantries through Tuesday, March 12.
Donations boxes will be placed at Mount Greylock Regional High School and First Congregational Church in Williamstown; and McCann Technical High School, First Baptist Church, Northern Berkshire YMCA, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, and Price Chopper in North Adams.
There will be a separate one-time collection at Walmart on Saturday, March 9.
Any and all pet food and pet care products will be accepted. Items such as pet food (wet or dry), cat litter and flea medicine are in the greatest need.
Information: Annie Rodgers, program associate for UNITY, 413-663-7588 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Cross Babysitting course offered Feb. 23
ADAMS -- Youth Center Inc. will hold a Red Cross Babysitting Course on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The class is for boys and girls ages 11 and older. The cost is $50 for Youth Center members and $65 for non-members. The fee includes babysitter training participation set (hand book with CD-rom and emergency reference guide), certificate and instructor fee.
Bring a bag lunch. Call the Youth Center, 413-743-3550 to sign up.
Annual winter carnival, snowmobile ride slated
SAVOY -- The eighth annual Winter Carnival and the third Vintage On the Hill snowmobile ride will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Wandrei’s, 1254 Main Road, Route 116, located 2.8 miles south of the Savoy Town Park and .3 miles north of the Plainfield line.
The event is sponsored by the Savoy Kanary Kats in memory of Harold Rice. All proceeds will be donated to the Harold Rice Scholarship Fund.
There will be two separate snowmobile rides, a Marked Poker Run in the morning and the Vintage On The Hill ride which will be held regardless of weather.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $5. The event includes food, raffles and fun for all ages.