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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

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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Mount Greylock Family Forest walk
04:17PM / Friday, April 15, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. — There will be a Mountain Mindfulness: Family Forest Walk at the Mount Greylock State Reservation on April 16 as part of DCR's school vacation week state park programming.    The Baker-Polito Administration announced that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will offer free and low-cost family-friendly programs during the upcoming April school vacation week.    "At DCR we know that the best way to celebrate spring is to get outside and enjoy nature, so the Baker-Polito Administration is especially pleased to be able to offer expanded programming across the state for the upcoming April school vacation week,"

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
11:07AM / Friday, April 15, 2022

Monday, April 18, 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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Mass RMV Preparing for High Customer Volume During April Vacation
08:29AM / Friday, April 15, 2022
BOSTON — The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is preparing for a high volume of in-person customer service transactions during school vacation week which is scheduled to take place the week of April 17, 2022.     The RMV traditionally sees a high volume of customers at its statewide Service Center locations during this annual vacation week, and encourages customers to schedule appointments for required in-person transactions and avoid unnecessary visits by using Mass.Gov/RMV to conduct more than 40 RMV online transactions.     Customers should also note that Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices, including RMV Service Centers, will be closed on Monday,

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Flying Cloud Institute Welcomes New Board Members
08:09AM / Friday, April 15, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) announced that Catherine Burns, Daniel Medwed, and Dana Vorisek have joined the Board of Directors.   Catherine (Kate) Burns has worked in the financial services profession for over 10 years and has been elected FCI's Treasurer. She began her career in higher education, where she developed a passion for helping families plan for the costs of college. In her current role as a financial advisor with Apella Capital, she helps families navigate and plan for their financial futures.    Kate says, "Flying Cloud Institute's involvement in our local schools inspires me, as I attribute my career to the

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Great Barrington Public Theater Tickets Now on Sale.
11:48AM / Thursday, April 14, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— The season opens June 3 with Solo Festival, five weeks of daring, single-actor shows that run the spectrum of sensibilities, emotions, drama, comedy, history and music; written, performed and directed by local and nationally renowned artists.   Great Barrington Public Theater (GBPT) starts its fourth season in the Daniel Arts Center, Liebowitz Black Box Theater, on the campus of Bard College at Simon's Rock, with four new solo performances that run over the course of five weeks.   Tickets can be purchased and more information can be found on GBPT's website.

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Easter Events in the Berkshires
10:23AM / Thursday, April 14, 2022

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way this April 17 ... and so are family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at info@iberkshires.com.

  Saturday, April 16

CLARKSBURG: The Veterans of Foreign Wars annual egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. at Peter Cooke Memorial Town Field. 

  DALTON: Dalton Community Recreation Association hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt on the CRA Memorial Lawn with the first hunt beginning at 9 a.m. It will be a busy weekend for the bunny because there will be a visit from the Easter Bunny and candy donated by the Benefit Association.   LENOX: The Lenox Community Center hosts its annual Easter egg

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Furry Friends Join Lee Elementary School's 'Walking Bus'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:06AM / Thursday, April 14, 2022

Children pet one of the pups who participated in the walk. Started in 2019, the Walking School Bus invites an organization to walk with it each month.  LEE, Mass. — Furry friends escorted Lee Elementary pupils to school on Wednesday as part of a monthly event called the Walking School Bus.   They began at the town park, walked down Main Street, and then up the hill to Greylock Street led by several canine pals.   "It's a big community effort every month," physical education teacher Jennifer Carlino said. "It's great for all-around, for the kids for the community, we love it."   Berkshire Humane Society joined the procession with

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New Funding Helps CHP Complete Phase 1 of Dental Expansion Project
01:08PM / Wednesday, April 13, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — With the addition of clinical space in North Adams, Community Health Programs (chp) has completed the first phase of its countywide dental expansion project, and design work is now under way for a new dental practice facility in Adams.   These steps are part of CHP's multi-year plan to improve dental care access in the Berkshires who rely on MassHealth. Due to low reimbursement rates, fewer dental practices accept MassHealth. CHP intends to fill this widening gap.   A $60,000 award from the Gilson Family Foundation is supporting the dental expansion in Northern Berkshire, along with a $25,000 gift from the William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund

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Great Barrington to Hold Earth Day Cleanup
04:00PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — To commemorate Earth Day this year, Great Barrington invites residents to join a roadside cleanup on Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m.-noon throughout Great Barrington and the Housatonic village.    Earth Day is the day before, April 22.   The town will provide free refuse bags, which can be picked up at Town Hall and Mason Library downtown and at Ramsdell Library in Housatonic, on clean-up day. The town will collect those that are filled and left along roadsides.   "This is a great opportunity for a community Earth Day event, and we hope everyone will come out for an hour or more to join neighbors in this cleanup," said Town Manager

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Central Berkshire Habitat Begins Work on Great Barrington Home
01:36PM / Monday, April 11, 2022

The house at 40 Grove St. was sold to Habitat by the town and its Affordable Housing Trust to create an affordable housing opportunity for a local family.  GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is working on a newly purchased property located at 40 Grove St.     This late 1800s home is being renovated as the first step to Habitat providing affordable homeownership in South County.  The town of Great Barrington and its Affordable Housing Trust chose to sell this three-bedroom home to Habitat as part of their ongoing efforts to keep the area affordable for those hard-working families that work in the

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