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Big Y Donates to Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Relief
12:37PM / Monday, May 02, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y World Class Markets added to the collected donations from customers and employees from March 17 through March 30 through their traditional registers, online and myExpress check out for Ukraine Humanitarian Relief.   Community and employee donations along with additional support from Big Y resulted in a donation of $100,000 which will be donated to the global Red Cross network response to provide humanitarian relief to people affected by the crisis in Ukraine.   "We have all witnessed the heartbreaking effects particularly on children and families in Ukraine," Big Y President and CEO Charles L. D'Amour said. "We are grateful to

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Pignatelli Secures Funding for Four Nonprofits in Fiscal 2023 Budget
04:17PM / Friday, April 29, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli has secured $260,000 in earmarks in the House budget for local nonprofits in the 4th Berkshire District.    The state House on Wednesday passed a fiscal 2023 budget of $49.73 billion. The budget passed the House of Representatives 155-0 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.   Pignatelli secured $75,000 for Community Access to the Arts, $75,000 for Greenagers Inc., $75,000 for Volunteers in Medicine and $35,000 for the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires.    "The FY23 budget focuses on investments that will have immediate impacts in communities across the commonwealth, from the

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Great Barrington Local Food System Study Now Available
02:06PM / Friday, April 29, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Growing Better Great Barrington, a report and action plan to strengthen the town's local food system, is now complete and available to the public.    Completed by The Conway School, the study was funded with a grant from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.   "We care a great deal about food in our community— where it comes from, how it is grown and how all members of our community can have equitable access to healthful food," said Chris Rembold assistant town manager and director of planning and community development  "This is especially important as climate disruption and economic

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Simon's Rock Professor Awarded Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships
12:14PM / Friday, April 29, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Peter Filkins, Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature at Bard College at Simon's Rock, has been awarded a 2022-2023 Guggenheim Fellowship in Biography and a Spring 2023 Fulbright IFK Senior Fellowship in Cultural Studies in support of his writing a biography of Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973).   Bachmann is a 20th century Austrian writer and poet.   Nearly 40 years after Filkins was awarded a student Fulbright in 1983-84 to translate Bachmann's poems, he will return to do research in her archive at the National Library in Vienna, Austria.    Over the course of the next academic year, Filkins will spend seven months in Vienna, part

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William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty's Berkshire Brokerages Names New Broker
08:29AM / Friday, April 29, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty announced that Stephanie McNair will assume the role of Brokerage Manager for the firm's two Berkshire brokerages, located in Great Barrington and Lenox.    According to a press release, McNair brings to the position knowledge and experience in the real estate market in the Berkshire region. McNair has been working in real estate since 2009, representing buyers and sellers throughout western Mass. McNair ran her own boutique real estate agency, Harvest Moon Realty, from 2012 to 2017.    Before that, she held various roles in marketing, public relations and crisis communications for

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Cain Hibbard & Myers Broadens Hire Three Attorneys
08:09AM / Thursday, April 28, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Cain Hibbard & Myers, PC announced its expansion with the recent hire of three additional attorneys to serve the firm's network of clients in Western Massachusetts and New York.   Susan Herman, Jeff O'Connor, and Kyle Patzwahl bring an array of skills and expertise to enhance the firm's established practice areas, as well as build on its legacy of excellence and its philosophy that success is measured by client service.   Susan Herman joins the firm as Of Counsel with over 40 years of experience in the private and public sector. Susan's experience includes 15 years as a private practitioner with a firm in Lewiston, Maine, where her

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Simon's Rock Alum Awarded Fulbright to Teach English in Italy
12:35PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. —Simon's Rock alum Chazlee Myers ‘12 was awarded an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant by the US-Italy Fulbright Commission to provide assistance to local English teachers in Italy and act as a cultural ambassador for the U.S from October 2022 to June 2023.    Myers is one of only ten ETA grant awardees for Italy.   Myers majored in German Studies and Photography at Simon's Rock and studied abroad in Germany at the University of Marburg. While there, she found that German schools already emphasize teaching English as a second language, whereas the emphasis is different in Italy, hence why she selected Italy for her

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Great Barrington Participating in National Drug Take Back Day
12:08PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Police Department (GBPD) is participating in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30.   Anyone wishing to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription medications may drop these off at the GBPD.    Substance use often starts with the misuse of prescription drugs found in medicine cabinets in homes all across America. These prescription drugs can be dropped at participating police departments, with no questions asked and no consequences.   Participating police departments in South County include Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Otis, Sheffield and Stockbridge.

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Berkshire Economic Recovery Program Announces Additional Offerings
04:02PM / Tuesday, April 26, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, in partnership with Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and with support from the United States Economic Development Administration, announced additional cohorts being added to the Spring 2022 slate of technical assistance offerings of the Berkshire Economic Recovery Program (BERP).   The Berkshire Economic Recovery Program Technical Assistance series has supported more than 35 businesses through targeted, need-specific offerings. In order to address more demand and specific needs, they announced the addition of 3 new cohorts, with one being offered entirely in Spanish.    These cohorts include: May 5 - "Branding Para

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ArtWeek Berkshires 2022 Welcomes Submissions
12:10PM / Tuesday, April 26, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County's five Cultural Districts are partnering again to  expand ArtWeek Berkshires 2022 that will take place from Sept 15 to Sept 25.    The coalition recently posted its first call for artists. The non-juried event is free to all Berkshire County individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in showcasing creative work. Submissions from actors, cartoonists, crafters, dancers, designers, filmmakers, illustrators, mimes, multimedia artists, musicians, performance artists, poets, puppeteers, theater artists, visual artists, writers are welcome.   Representatives from the five Cultural District began meeting in February to

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Simon's Rock Awarded Early College Full School Impact Planning Grant
04:02PM / Monday, April 25, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. —Simon's Rock announced that the institution was awarded an Early College Full School Impact Planning Grant of $150,000 from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   "The purpose of this competitive grant is to provide significant planning and resources to support a district and/or high school and college partner in designing and developing an impactful, large scale, or "full school" immersive Early College program model."    The grant will support a three-year pilot program for Simon's Rock to partner with Southern Berkshire Regional School District (SBRSD) to

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Berkshire Botanical Garden Hosts 'Shimmer' Art Exhibit
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:16AM / Saturday, April 23, 2022

'Frozen in Time' by Art Evans, one of two works on display.  STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — There's still a week left to experience "Shimmer" at Berkshire Botanical Garden.   Curated by Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll, it brings together drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures from 38 artists in an attempt to encourage "being in the present" while also recording the condition of life.    Each artwork and artist provides a different conversation to encourage viewers to be open to new perspectives and challenges the viewer to contemplate the complexities of light in the darkness.   COVID-19 and the War in Ukraine has

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