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Bidwell House Museum: Introduction to Shinrin-Yoku
03:55PM / Tuesday, June 07, 2022
MONTEREY, Mass.— Join certified field naturalist and meditation practitioner, Thomas Lewis, for a nature walk on the Bidwell House grounds, and up to two sit-down meditation sessions.   According to a press release, Shinrin-yoku, also known as "forest bathing," is a meditative practice that can deepen one's connection with nature.   Attendees will need adequate clothing and footwear for temperature, weather, and New England trail conditions. Attendees should have the ability to walk up to a mile; the ability to lower oneself to a seated position on the ground, and to get up, without assistance; an open mind ready to calmly absorb our environment.   A

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CHP Seeks Designer/Contractor for 'Food Depot'
02:47PM / Monday, June 06, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — With $70,000 in grant funding in hand, Community Health Programs (CHP) has plans for a new 'food depot' to support its food security programs based on Great Barrington.   But CHP's 900-square-foot food distribution building is competing with more costly, larger-scale projects for design and construction talent around Southern Berkshire.   "We have the funds, we have the plan, we have the need, and we sure have a lot of food," said Mary Feuer, director of CHP Family Services and WIC which oversees a range of food programs for CHP patients and the general public.   During the COVID-19 pandemic food insecurity issues grew,

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Bidwell House Museum Board President Passes the Baton
12:44PM / Monday, June 06, 2022
MONTEREY, Mass. — After twelve years as President of the Bidwell House Museum Board of Directors, Rob Hoogs, finished his final term on Saturday May 21 and was honored by the Board of Directors for his service.   Hoogs worked with former Director Martha Dailey on a land history and mapping project in 2007 and then joined the Board of Directors in 2008. He was elected President in 2010. During his tenure he has guided the Museum through a Capital Campaign; a multi-year renovation and preservation project that included a new roof and an accessible entrance; the creation of the Native American Interpretive Trail on the grounds; an expansion in Museum programming online and into the

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Monument Students Reminded to 'Maintain Balance'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
05:14PM / Sunday, June 05, 2022

The class of bid farewell to Monument Mountain on Sunday. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — Maya Isabelle Velasco put a lot of effort into earning the grades that earned her the title of valedictorian at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   Perhaps, she reflected on Sunday, at times a little too hard.   "I sacrificed balance in my life to get the best grades," Velasco said during her valedictory address in Tanglewood's Koussevitzky Music Shed. "I prioritized school over everything: relationships, sports, sleep, my health. I should've stopped working on that paper to go to my friend's birthday party or finished some assignments another

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Lee High Class of 2022 Lovingly Referred to as 'Looney Tunes'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:30PM / Saturday, June 04, 2022

Lee high graduated 57 seniors on Saturday. See more photos here.

LENOX, Mass. — Lee High valedictorian Emma Puleri was at a loss for words while writing her commencement speech and consulted her peers. They suggested that she rap her remarks, walk up to the podium and say nothing, and pass the microphone to several other students.

This led Puleri to the conclusion that the class of 2022 is the Looney Tunes.

"Each one of us is different and unique. We all are total goofballs in our own way, yet we still accept each other for who we are as individuals," she said during Saturday's graduation under the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood.

"And I think that this

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Mount Everett Grads Reminded to 'Stay Gold'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Saturday, June 04, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — Mount Everett Valedictorian Nadia Makuc instructed her classmates to be a person that their younger selves would be proud of at the high school's commencement.   "As we grow to be productive members of our communities, let us stay young in spirit.  Stay fun, stay humble, stay silly.  We have the rest of our lives for the world to challenge us, but in the meantime drink the Dr. Pepper, sign your name with a smiley face, wear the Pokémon converse – don't be afraid to keep piglet in your backpack," she said during the sunny morning ceremony at Tanglewood Saturday.   "Make your inner first-grade self happy.  More

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Lee High School Scholarships & Awards 2022
12:53PM / Saturday, June 04, 2022
LEE, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the Lee High School class of 2022.    Marjorie Wickham Memorial Scholarships: Madison LaRock, Caroline Maloney, Emma Puleri, Emma Puntin, Emilie Resca, Evan Trombley   Henry T. Zukowski Memorial Scholarships: Carina Brown, Elizabeth Brown, Dylan Ely, Ariana Hall, Joshua Hartman, Brianna Kelly, Matthew Kinney, Mason Mihlek, Kyle Morandi   BRP Scholarship: Donnalee D’Ambrosi   Drs. Charles & James Stratton Memorial Scholarship: Aiden Blackedge Hawley   Allan Wurtzbach Prize: Brandon Bartkus, Paige Plankey   Eugenio Bonafin Award: Wilder

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Monument Mountain Regional Names Val & Sal for 2022
10:09AM / Saturday, June 04, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Maya Velasco and Bailey Carlson have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Monument Mountain Regional High School's class of 2022.   Graduation will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at Tanglewood in Lenox.    Velasco is the daughter of Zhivago and Marcie Skowron Velasco of Lee. She is a member of National Honor Society, PATHways Community Service Organization, Project Sprout and the Varsity Basketball and Lacrosse teams.   She is the recipient of the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Bausch and Lomb Science Award, the National School Development Council of Academic Growth and Leadership, the

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Mount Everett's Top Students Announced
04:58PM / Friday, June 03, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Mount Everett Regional School is proud to announce that Nadia Makuc has been named valedictorian and Grace Makuc has been named salutatorian of the class of 2022. They will graduate at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, during ceremonies at Tanglewood in Lenox.   Nadia Makuc has completed a rigorous course of study during her years at Mount Everett that included five Advanced Placement courses, 12 honors courses, and four early college courses. She has demonstrated leadership with her involvement in the following groups: Interact Club, National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Competitive Vex Robotics, and Student Council. She has received many accolades,

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Lee High Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2022
02:24PM / Friday, June 03, 2022
LEE, Mass. — Emma N. Puleri and Emma S. Puntin have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Lee High School's class of 2022.     Graduation ceremonies will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood.   Puleri is the daughter of Richard and Michele Puleri of Lee. She is a member of the National Honor Society, student government, class steering committee, and the soccer and basketball teams. She is a recipient of the George Eastman Young Leaders Award and the Cornell University Award.     Puleri will be attending Utica College in New York State, majoring in exercise science and

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Berkshire Bounty Hires First Executive Director
08:31AM / Friday, June 03, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Bounty announce the hiring of Morgan Ovitsky as their first Executive Director.    Ovitsky comes to Berkshire Bounty from Be Well Berkshires, a Mass in Motion funded initiative that supports equitable access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity.    As the Project Coordinator, she facilitated the Berkshire County Food Access Collaborative, a multi-sector collaborative platform to examine the regionally specific assets and challenges as it relates to local food access.    Ovitsky steps into leadership of the Berkshires nonprofit with a deep knowledge of the food and nutrition-related challenges facing

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Berkshire Farmers Markets Receive Grants
04:00PM / Thursday, June 02, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV) has awarded $100,000 in grants to nine Berkshire area farmers markets to support SNAP matching programs.    In Berkshire County North Adams Farmers Market, Pittsfield Farmers Market, West Stockbridge Farmers Market, Lee Farmers Market, Great Barrington Farmers Market and Sheffield Farmers Market received grants.   "When we started farming, it was important for us to be able to produce great food for more than just a narrow segment of our community," said Michael Gallagher of Square Roots Farm (Lanesborough). "The market match programs at our markets in Pittsfield and North Adams have been a

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