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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Grant Supports Ecological Restoration and Climate Resilience in the Berkshires
05:12PM / Friday, April 22, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On behalf of the Berkshire Clean, Cold and Connected (BCCC) Restoration Partnership, the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) has entered into a three-year Cooperative Agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) to support healthy aquatic systems and address climate change in Berkshire County.   The Cooperative Agreement is expected to provide approximately $350,000 in grant funding to support a new BCCC Restoration Partnership Coordinator position based in HVA's Stockbridge office, and further aquatic habitat enhancement projects like culvert replacement and stream restoration.   Funds

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Weekend Outlook: Daffodils & All That Jazz
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:35PM / Friday, April 22, 2022
Berkshire County will be hosting a variety of indoor and outdoor events this warm weekend including festivals, dance parties, museum activities, and performances from world renowned performers.    Daffodil and Tulip Festival Naumkeag, Stockbridge   Naumkeag is kicks off its 4th annual Daffodil and Tulip Festival this weekend that will run throughout the months of April and May.    The event will showcase more than 130,000 daffodil, tulip and minor bulbs across their 8 acres of land.    The 48-acre estate will be decorated with "with a variety of blooms, containers, displays and decorations against the backdrop of stunning views of Monument Mountain

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Moderate Spring Weather In Store This Week
12:20PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Temperatures will slowly inch up to the low 60s this week but expect a mix of cloudy skies and sun.   Wednesday, April 20 will be sunny, but temperatures will only top out at 51, predicts Accuweather.   Expect cooler temperatures overnight with a low of 28.   Thursday will be a bit warmer with a high of 59. The day should start sunny but expect cloud cover in the afternoon with some brief rain showers.   Friday should be nice with mostly sunny skies and a high of 61. Expect the same thing Saturday, April 23.   Sunday should be cloudier. Temperatures should linger in the high 50s - low 60s.

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State Police Chase on MassPike Ends With Suspect in Custody
Staff Reports,
09:12AM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Image from the Air Wing prior to the suspect's surrender. STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — State Police shut down a section of the Massachusetts Turnpike on Wednesday in pursuit of a car allegedly stolen by an Illinois man.   The chase started at about 7:30 and ended with suspect is in custody as of 9:20 a.m.   Authorities tweeted out updates after closing the westbound lane and then the eastbound lane near Exit 3 around 8:30. Images from the State Police Air Wing showed numerous cruisers surrounding a vehicle. Negotiators were being brought in but the suspect exited the car and surrendered.    According a release, Kevin Oldaker, 48, of Poplar Grove, Ill., is being

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Old Time Fiddle by Ear Workshop at Dewey Hall
08:15AM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — In this workshop Aaron Jonah Lewis will teach old time fiddle by ear on Friday April 22 with a workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and a concert at 7:30.    The old time fiddle styles of the Appalachian mountains are characterized by their syncopated bowing patterns and driving rhythms. The workshop will be spent discussing musical and technical aspects and learning a tune.    This workshop is for people who can already play their fiddle/violin, but will be taught by ear so you don't need to read music.   Tickets can be purchased here.   The event will take place at Dewey Hall at 91 Main St.   About the Aaron Jonah

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Peter Sykes plays the Roosevelt Organ In Great Barrington
04:07PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Bach Society continues its season on April 23, 2022 at 4 p.m. with organist Peter Sykes playing the great Roosevelt Organ at the First Congregational Church.    This is the second of two organ recitals presented by Berkshire Bach this season that provide an opportunity to explore the capabilities of two historic Berkshires instruments: Johnson & Son organ from 1893 and the Roosevelt organ from 1883.   Peter Sykes presents compositions by Bach and his followers—Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Reger—that showcase the organ that at its installation was considered "the finest in America." 

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Seasonal Safety Reminder: Be Aware of Mulch Fire Hazards
03:59PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
STOW, Mass. —State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey offered a fire safety reminder to homeowners and others who plan on using mulch in upcoming landscaping projects.   "Every spring, firefighters across Massachusetts respond to mulch fires on commercial and residential properties," State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said. "These include fires that start with cigarettes and other smoking materials. Remember that mulch is combustible and can easily catch fire."   The hazard is especially significant around residential structures because fires that start on the exterior of buildings are usually not detected early. By the time smoke and heat enter the building to

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Community Health Programs Names New Board Members
01:42PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Community Health Programs board of trustees has named two new members: Arlene D. Schiff and Katherine Westgate.   A resident of Lenox, Schiff is the national director of LIFE & LEGACY a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, which assists organizations in building their endowment. For 12 years, Schiff was the executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, and she previously worked as an administrator with the former Berkshire Children and Families (now 18 Degrees). She also led the North Adams Office of Community Development for seven years.    Schiff earned a master's degree from Harvard University and

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Violinist Francesca Anderegg To Play at South Berkshire Concert Series at Simon's Rock
12:33PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — On Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 pm, Francesca Anderegg will return to the Berkshires and Simon's Rock for a recital of music for violin and piano by women composers in the McConnell Auditorium of the Daniel Arts Center.     The concert is free and open to the public.    Reservations are recommended: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-berkshire-concert-francesca-anderegg-tickets-301498107957 and vaccination certificates and masks are required.    Anderegg, who grew up in the Berkshires and has performed here frequently, will be accompanied by pianist Matthew McCright. Their program will include works by Clara Schumann,

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Williamstown's Boyd 20th in Age Group at Boston Marathon
08:36PM / Monday, April 18, 2022
BOSTON, Mass. -- Williamstown's Stephanie Boyd placed 20th in her age group on Monday in the 126th running of the Boston Marathon.   Boyd covered the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 37 minutes, 40 seconds, maintaining a pace of 8:18 per mile to finished 20th in the women's 60-64 division.   The women's 60-64 age group had 450 finishers.   A pair of runners from Kenya won the event, which celebrated its return to the Patriots Day holiday for the first time since 2019.   Evans Chebet took the men's title in a time of 2:06:51. He was followed by countryman Lawrence Cherono (2:07:21) as Kenyan athletes took five of the top six places on the men's

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1Berkshire Welcomes Youth Leadership Class
08:07AM / Sunday, April 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire welcomes its 12th class into the updated and relaunched Berkshire Youth Leadership Program.   This group of 32 rising high school juniors from across the Berkshires were selected through a competitive application process to begin a year-long leadership development program that kicks off in June 2022 with a three-day, three-night retreat to be held at the newly-renovated Camp Arrow Wood retreat.   The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program is focused on helping students in the region develop and grow through career opportunity awareness, leadership skill development, and the design and completion of a 10-month-long collective-impact project focused

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Dream Away 'Glamping' Proposal Draws Vocal Opposition
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Friday, April 15, 2022

Illustrations provided to the Planning Board on what the tents and cabins would look like. 

BECKET, Mass. — Nearly 150 people logged into a virtual public hearing on Wednesday to express their concerns about a proposed 48-acre glamping facility at Dream Away Lodge.

A Change.org petition has generated almost 500 signatures of people who are opposed to the development of the County Road property at this scale.

Citizens and Planning Board members expressed fears of negative effects on traffic and the environment, and even questioned if the plan could be considered camping at all.

"Pave paradise, put up a parking lot, is that what the world really needs right now?

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