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Simon's Rock Alum to Host Book Reading
08:09AM / Thursday, May 12, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Simon's Rock Alum C. Jane Taylor will host a book reading of her new book, "Spirit Traffic," on May 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Black Box Theater at the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock.    The book reading at Simon's Rock is part of Taylor's North American Book Tour for Spirit Traffic from May-August 2022. The reading and book signing will be followed by a discussion and moth-style storytelling with audience members sharing their own adventure stories.    Registration to attend the event must be made here. Social distancing and masking are required. The event will also be live-streamed over Zoom

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Violin Concert in Stockbridge
04:07AM / Thursday, May 12, 2022
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Board of Music of the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge, in partnership with artistic adviser Carl Shuster, will present Yevgeny Kutik and Benjamin Luxon in "The Reflected Voice: Music for Violin and Spoken Word" on Saturday, May 14.     The concert will feature two works by British composer Richard Pantcheff: the US premiere of To Autumn, featuring British poetry on the theme of autumn, and the world premiere of New England Elegy, with a text by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Kutik will also perform works of JS Bach for solo violin.   The texts will be narrated by baritone and Berkshire County resident Benjamin Luxon, who has

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Summer Temperatures Expected this Week
12:36PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2022
The Berkshires can expect an early glimpse at some summer temperatures this week.   We are looking at a high of 74 in North Adams today, according to Accuweather.   But be warned, the National Weather Service released a special weather statement that indicated that a  very dry airmass combined with gusty winds will result in elevated fire weather concerns today.   This warning expires at 8 pm   Wednesday, May 11 gets even better with a high of 80 predicted. Thursday, Temperatures could hit 85.   Friday, May 13 could truly feel like summer with a high of 89 predicted.   A high of 86 is predicted Saturday.   Sunday, temperatures should wind down into

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CHP Names Director of Behavioral Health
08:21AM / Tuesday, May 10, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Sherri-Lee Ryanmann has been named as Community Health Programs' Director of Behavioral Health.    A licensed independent clinical social worker, Ryanmann earned her master's in social work from the State University of New York/Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. She completed undergraduate studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams.    She has worked previously in several roles with Berkshire Health Systems and Berkshire Medical Center, collaborating with primary care providers in clinical assessment and treatment of patients' behavioral health needs. She has also worked in

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BArT Third Quarter Honor Roll
12:00PM / Monday, May 09, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School has announced the students who made the honor roll for the third quarter of the 2021-2022 school year.     Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of Honors.  Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of High Honors.   Students in Grade 6 who earned High Honors are Isabella Campoli, Holly Dawson, Quentin Durand, Mary Harty, Molly Isham-Morton, Presley Kelley, Stasiu Kozak, Amelia Lancto, Lucas Lapointe, Nova Leinbaugh-Chelukhova, Andrew Post, Liam Smith, Gabrielle Thomas, Maria Valdivieso,

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West Stockbridge Seeking Community Preservation Committee Members
08:00AM / Sunday, May 08, 2022
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Town is seeking applicants to volunteer as a member of the Community Preservation Committee.   The Town is looking for residents that may be interested in serving on the Community Preservation Committee.     The Committee needs three at Large Citizens that are currently not on any elected or appointed other committee of board in Town.    Those interested can contact the Town Administrator, Marie Ryan either by email at admin@weststockbridge-ma.gov or by phone at (413) 232-0300 ext. 319.     The deadline to show interest is Tuesday, May 31.

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Camp Wagalot Owner Finds Her Passion in Caring for Dogs
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:13AM / Sunday, May 08, 2022
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — After being laid off, Jennifer Andrews found herself in a depression. She was 40 years old, had never been laid off before, and couldn't find a job. She found herself snuggling up to her two Labradors and had an epiphany — she wanted to do something where she could spend the day with her dogs.   The result was the opening a decade ago of Camp Wagalot, a dog day-care facility that has grown over the last decade to have a waiting list of 50 to 60 dogs.   "Most of the time I can get in the field and play with them and all. It's a gift. That's the best part," she said.    Andrews' love for dogs shines through in the

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Berkshire South 5K Returns In Person
12:10PM / Saturday, May 07, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire South Regional Community Center's (BSRCC) annual 5K fundraiser returns in-person this year after two years with a "distanced" format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    The Walk/Run takes place at the Great Barrington Airport on Saturday, May 14, with check-in at 9 a.m. and a race start at 10 a.m.  The annual event is a fundraiser for Berkshire South's Community Youth Programming, including the free Teen Outreach Nutrition and Exercise program (TONE).   New this year is a Children's Fun Color Run, which takes place at 9:30 a.m. and is appropriate for children ages 10 and under.   "Students in the TONE

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Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists Applications Open
08:00AM / Saturday, May 07, 2022
SANDISFIELD, Mass. — The Sandisfield Arts Center announced the Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists applications are available and those interested need to apply by June 15.   Three artists will be selected as finalists and each will receive $350 in support of their art practice, as well as a group show of their work at the Sandisfield Arts Center on Aug. 13, 2022.   The prize was created by Adam Manacher and Carol Birnbaum, the parents of Daniel Manacher, in memory of their son and his passion for art.   "Daniel worked on different surfaces, always hand-drawn," said his father, Adam Manacher. "He loved interacting with people in their love for art. We

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Mass REAL ID Drivers Licenses Required By This Time Next Year
08:23AM / Friday, May 06, 2022
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is reminding customers of the federal requirement that anyone traveling by plane domestically, or wishing to enter certain federal buildings, will need acceptable identification credentials, effective May 3, 2023.   Acceptable credentials can include an RMV-issued REAL ID driver's license or ID, or a valid passport. The Registry is encouraging customers who are seeking a REAL ID compliant license or identification card to make an appointment at a statewide RMV Service Center to secure this credential before the federal requirement takes effect next year.    "While federal REAL ID travel requirements

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Soccer Officials Sought
Community submission,
10:41AM / Wednesday, May 04, 2022
People 14 and up are invited to apply to become soccer referees for youth sports.   For information, contact Nigel Gayle at 413-329-3635.

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Jewish Federation of the Berkshires' Dignity Drive
04:02PM / Tuesday, May 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will accept new, Packaged menstrual and incontinence products from May 5 through May 31.   Volunteers from the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will be collecting the donations on a weekly basis and organizing them to be distributed through local food banks and social services organizations across the region.   Products will be given to neighbors in need and can be donated here: The Berkshire Food Co-op (34 Bridge Street, Great Barrington) Concepts of Art (65 Church Street, Lenox) Jewish Federation of the Berkshires (196 South Street, Pittsfield) Williams College Bookstore (81 Spring Street,

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