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Stockbridge Grange Community Dinner
03:56PM / Tuesday, April 16, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Stockbridge Grange is inviting the community to a dinner event scheduled for Sunday, April 21, 2024.    The menu features a stuffed breast of chicken with potatoes and vegetables, with dessert choices including chocolate cream or lemon meringue pie.   The dinner, priced at $15.00 per person, will be available for take-out only with pick-up times from noon to 1:30 pm at the Stockbridge Grange Hall located at 51 Church Street in Stockbridge. Orders can be placed by contacting either 413-243-1298 or 413-443-4352.

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Construct to Host Designer Showcase
12:06PM / Tuesday, April 16, 2024
NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Construct Inc., a nonprofit provider of affordable housing and supportive services to residents in 15 towns across the Southern Berkshires, will hold its first Designer Showcase event/exhibition.   Slated for the entire month of June 2024, the Designer Showcase will highlight the work of more than a dozen local and regional designers, as well as landscape architects and visual artists. Each exhibitor has been assigned a space at Cassilis Farm, a 27-acre, Gilded Age estate that Construct, along with the New Marlborough Housing Development Committee, purchased at auction with the intention of renovating and converting it into 11 much-needed affordable

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Local Runners Compete at Boston Marathon
09:16AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2024
BOSTON, Mass. -- Laura Stephen of Great Barrington finished 26th in the women's 60-64 age group at Monday's Boston Marathon, the top Berkshire County finisher in their division at the 128th running of the event.   Stephen crossed the finish line in 3 hours, 42 minutes, 52 seconds, 12,633rd in the overall field of more than 30,000 runners who made the trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square in Boston.   More than a dozen Berkshire County residents are listed among the finishers on the Boston Athletic Association website.   The fastest of that group was Dalton's Alex White, who finished in 2:38:34 to place 358th overall and 291st among men aged 18 to 39.   The

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Literacy Network to host KidNet at the Norman Rockwell Museum
08:26AM / Sunday, April 14, 2024
LEE, Mass. — Literacy Network (LitNet) will be holding a special event called KidNet for learners enrolled with its services and their families.   To be held at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Friday, April 19 from 10 am to 12 pm, during the regional public schools' April vacation, KidNet is a one-time event featuring children's songs by live musicians, multilingual story time with multiple readers, a literacy information session for parents, and a book giveaway. Readers will include Gloria Escobar (of Greylock Federal Credit Union) and Rachel Nicholson (Youth Librarian at Stockbridge Library), among others. Musicians will include Doug Mishkin (guitar and singing) and Otha

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MassDOT: South County Road Work
03:51PM / Friday, April 12, 2024
BECKET, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing crews will be conducting daytime and overnight hour guardrail repair, drainage work, bridge repair, and tree trimming operations at various locations and times on I-90 eastbound and westbound during the week of Sunday, April 14.   Lane closures will be in place during the construction operations and traffic will be able to travel through the work zones.  The schedule for the work and lane closures will be as follows:    Otis/Blandford  Guardrail repair operations will be conducted nightly on I-90 westbound between mile marker 21.0 and mile marker 26.0 from Monday, April 15,

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
11:00AM / Friday, April 12, 2024

Monday, April 15, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Senior Golf Series Returns in September
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10:26AM / Friday, April 12, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Fall Senior Golf series returns in September with events on five consecutive Wednesdays starting Sept. 18.   It is the 22nd year of the series, which is a fund-raiser for junior golf in the county, and it is open to players aged 50 and up.   The series will feature two divisions for each event based on the combined ages of the playing partners.   Golfers play from the white tees (or equivalent) with participants 70 and over or who have a handicap of more than 9 able to play from the forward tees.   Gross and net prices will be available in each division.   The cost is $55 per event and includes a round of golf, food and

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BAV Launches Market Match Fund Campaign for 2024
08:01AM / Friday, April 12, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures(BAV) kicked off its 2024 Market Match Fund campaign with a goal of raising $30,000 during the month of April to increase sales for local farmers and make fresh food more available to low-income households in the Berkshire region.   Thanks to a donor, the first $10,000 raised in the campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar.   This year's theme of "Boost SNAP, Build Community" recognizes the positive difference that SNAP matching makes in a community by addressing issues of food insecurity and food access—while also supporting the sales, and livelihoods, of local farmers.   Now in its third

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Great Barrington Launches Community Liaison Project
10:36AM / Thursday, April 11, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington has formed a partnership with a local consultant team to launch Community Liaison services.    Jovanina Pagano and Sylvana Proaño will work directly with community organizations and residents, particularly those community members who experience marginalization, to build meaningful, reciprocal relationships between residents and the town government.   "We are honored and excited to assist the town in its efforts to ethically serve the whole community, not just those who have historically had a place at the decision-making table," Team leader Jovanina Pagano said. "Our work will prioritize listening and

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Peter Sykes Plays the Roosevelt Organ in Great Barrington
04:07PM / Wednesday, April 10, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Bach Society continues its regular 2023-2024 season with The Organ Masters-II:  Peter Sykes plays the great Roosevelt Organ at 4pm on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington.    Berkshire Bach will show a documentary about the organ in the Parish Hall before the concert, at 2:45 pm.     "We are delighted to have Peter Sykes perform for us again on the Roosevelt organ, one of the great historic organs in our region, and one that retains much of their original character," said Terrill McDade, Executive Director of The Berkshire Bach Society.  "The power and

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WAM Theatre's Reading of 'Far, Far Better Things'
04:03PM / Tuesday, April 09, 2024
LENOX, Mass. — The 15th Anniversary Season of WAM Theatre continues with a Fresh Takes Play Reading of "Far, Far Better Things" written by Geetha Reddy and directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo on Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 2pm at The Foundry in West Stockbridge.    "Far, Far Better Things" will also be viewable online on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14.    According to a press release:   Inspired by Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities", this new play tells the tale of two women – Pilar, a Latina domestic worker, and Zoe, a young South Asian doctor – separated by class, race, and the unspoken rules of modern womanhood. The two

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Triplex Cinema, GBPT Fundraising Screening of 'Freud's Last Session'
04:00PM / Monday, April 08, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Triplex Cinema and Great Barrington Public Theater announced a special screening of the recent film "Freud's Last Session" based on the Mark St. Germain play that originally premiered in 2009 at the Barrington Stage Company.    The filmed version of "Freud's Last Session" is written by St. German and Matthew Brown, who also directed the film. The St. Germain play was based on a famous series of Harvard University lectures by professor of psychiatry Armand Nicholi, which Nicholi later turned into a book.   This event is the first collaboration and fundraising event between the Triplex and GB Public. The event

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