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  • Vaping and our youth

    Posted by Joyce Brewer on 10/15/2019

    Joyce Brewer from the Berkshire Area Health Educaiton Center wrote a powerful letter to health care professionals regarding the vaping epidemic among our youth. 

    "Vaping by youth has become what the U.S. Surgeon General calls an epidemic and many people are working to find solutions.  I’m asked frequently what can be done to turn the tide, and now new resources are available to educate youth and help those who want to quit vaping.  Sadly, many youth are unaware of the facts about and the dangers of vaping.  To help, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health developed a campaign designed for youth found at  It provides facts and materials for young people that compare vapes and cigarettes:  both put nicotine and cancer-causing chemicals in their body and both are highly addictive and dangerous for young people.  The vaping epidemic has led parents, schools and youth-serving organizations to struggle with how to help youth who are addicted to nicotine and want to quit.  Now, two new free programs, This is Quitting powered by truth® and My Life, My Quit™, are available to help Massachusetts youth become nicotine- and tobacco-free."

    Quitting vapes or other tobacco products can be hard. Here are some ways you can help young people get the support they need:

    • This is Quitting powered by truth® is a free and confidential texting program for young people who vape. Text “VapeFreeMass” to 88709.  In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
    • My Life, My Quit TM has youth coach specialists trained to help young people by phone or text. Young people can call or text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help. or sign up online at
    • Visit for tools and tips.
    • Encourage young people to ask their school nurse or counselor, athletic coach, doctor, parent or other trusted adult for help.
    • For more information, young people can visit
    • More information for parents/adults is available at

      Talking with young people about vaping is essential—youth need to know that vaping is harmful and that help is available for those who want to quit.  Visit to learn more or contact me at or (413) 842-5160

    Joyce Brewer
    TFCP Program Manager
    Berkshire AHEC
    395 Main St., Dalton, MA 01226

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    Mondays, November 11 and 18


    The Armory, 206 Ashland St., North Adams (look for the garage doors in the back)

    Bring your own bike or work on a bike at the bike collective. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from other community members on basic bike fixes, or team up with more experienced bike mechanics to rebuild a bike. Tools and stands are provided. All residents from Northern Berkshire are welcome! For more info, call Bret Beattie or Amanda Chilson at 413-663-7588.


    Wow Workshop: Introduction to Herbal Medicines for the Cold Season

    Wednesday, November 13


    UNO Community Center, 157 River St North Adams. 

    Learn about simples, tinctures, teas, infusions and decoctions, along with what herbs are good for the winter cold season. Samples will be available. For more information, contact Bret Beattie at (413) 663-7588 or


    The Neighborlies

    Wednesday, November 20

    5:00 to 7:00pm

    MCLA Church Street Center, North Adams (Please note venue change)

    Celebrate someone who has made a positive impact in your life or community. Recognize someone at Deadline for recognition submissions is November 4. For more information, call Glenda at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.


    nbCC Meet and Greet for Adams Residents

    Wednesday, November 20

    12:00 to 1:00pm

    The Daily Grind, 37 Park St., Adams

    The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition would like to get to know the residents of Adams better and hear about their concerns and interests! Stop in and chat with some of the friendly nbCC staff! No brochures, no flyers, just talk! Join Us! It’s nice to meet you!


    Christmas Tree Lighting Downtown Bike Around

    Wednesday, November 27

    Call (413) 663-7588 for time

    Downtown North Adams

    Decorate your bike with Christmas lights and lead Santa to the tree lighting ceremony. Wear a helmet, warm clothing and be sure to have lights on your bike. Call Amanda Chilson at (413) 663-7588 for more information.


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    The Family Place, 61 Main Street, Suite 208, North Adams.

     This is a group for grandparents who are actively parenting their grandchildren giving them a safe and confidential space to share similar experiences with other grandparents. For more info, call (413) 663-7588.


    Youth Leadership Program

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    5:00 to 7:00pm

    nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street, North Adams

    UNITY staff engage local teens in a wide variety of exercises related to leadership skills such as communication, problem-solving, team work, identifying community needs, and project/event planning. For more information, email Tim Shiebler at or call the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.


    Beacon Recovery Community Center Open Hours

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    The Beacon Recovery Community Center is a program of Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) to provide peer support to those seeking recovery from addiction. BRCC is a peer led effort that provides support groups, connections to networks that can assist anyone seeking recovery, and opportunities to socialize with others. The community center is free and open to all. For more info, please Susan at or call 413-663-7588.


    nbCC’s Teen Writing Workshop

    Wednesdays in November

    5:00 to 7:00pm

    nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street, North Adams

    An afterschool writing program for teens of all writing experiences. Teens will hone in on their skill with professional local writers and peers. For more information, call Tim at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.


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    UNO Community Center, 157 River St

    Come to the UNO Community Center to meet members of our Steering Committee, learn about our programs and events, and get to know your neighbors. The coffee will be hot and the snacks will be on display! Come in and say hi. For more information, contact Matt at (413) 664-4612, or


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    4-H Wacky STEAMsters Club

    November 12, 26

    4 - 5:30pm

    UNO Community Center, 157 River St

    The 4-H Wacky STEAMsters are a fun filled STEAM group (ages 5-18). We tackle it all! From physics, to beadmaking, to breaking down scientific principles with fun, user-friendly, hands-on experiments. Healthy snacks provided. Parents are welcomed and encouraged! No drop off hours available. Option to register as an official member of 4-H and participate in other local groups and events. For more information, contact Matt at (413) 664-4612, or

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