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Youth Baseball Registration Underway for 2024 Season
iBerkshires.com Sports,
10:20AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Registration is underway for the newly restructured Pittsfield Little League for the 2024 season.   In the offseason, the Pittsfield Little League National Division and American Division merged to form a single league.   The youth program is encouraging all returning and new players eligible for the 2024 campaign to register at www.pittsfieldll.com.   Registration for the Adams-Cheshire Little League is available here. Dalton-Hinsdale Little League registration is here. Sign up for the Great Barrington Little League here.   Northern Berkshire NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Youth Baseball League is looking for players aged 7 to 16 to

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Photo Contest for Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Annual Brochure
04:10PM / Monday, February 19, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce is calling on all photographers, amateur and professional, to submit an image or images that represent enjoying the Southern Berkshires.   The Chamber is looking for photos that show off the region as a four-season destination. Subjects could include the outdoors, food, arts & culture, shopping, sports, recreation, agriculture and more.   As in past years, a photo entry cannot contain any distinguishable advertising or business entity.   There is no limit on the number of entries per person.   Winners will be selected via an anonymous vote by our Membership and PR Committee.   The winning

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Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Event Celebration at Bard College at Simon's Rock
01:57PM / Monday, February 19, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock presents the 27th annual W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Event entitled "A Celebration of Soul with Ursula Rucker" on Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. Historically presented as a lecture, this year, the event will be a celebration.    This event is part of the Town of Great Barrington's W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival.    According to a press release:   The community is invited to enjoy an evening of cultural celebration, music, and soul. Poet, recording artist, activist, teacher and revolutionary, Ursula Rucker, is a certified veteran of the global music and poetry scene. A skilled writer and dynamic

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Great Barrington Select Board Member Running for 3rd District Seat
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:48PM / Sunday, February 18, 2024

Leigh Davis says housing is her No. 1 priority having seen personally and professionally how instability in housing affects people, businesses and communities.  GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— Leigh Davis launched her run for the State House from the steps of Town Hall in Friday surrounded by supporters holding campaign signs.   The area deserves someone who will constantly show up and advocate for the community, the vice chair of the Select Board said. She pledged to be that person.    "This has been my mission for the past 15 years since I landed here with my three children from Ireland," Davis said.   "I'm running for this office because I

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
02:00PM / Friday, February 16, 2024

Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775.

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 19.

The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of the federal holiday remains Washington's Birthday, it is more often referred to as Presidents Day to include the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12.

Washington was born in 1732 (or Feb. 11, 1731, according to the old-style calendar) in Colonial Virginia. A Founding Father, he would lead the new nation as head of the Continental Army in the Revolution and as

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Berkshire Grown Elects New Officers and Trustees
12:34PM / Friday, February 16, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — At their Annual Board meeting, Berkshire Grown Board of Trustees approved a slate of four new board members and elected officers.    Officers are Amy Rudnick, President; Peter Platt, Vice President, Katy Sparks, Treasurer, Lee Venolia, Clerk; Jake Levin, Member-at-Large and Kat Hand, Member-at-Large.   Joining the Board in 2024 are three food and farming-focused Berkshire residents:   Susan Bronson, Monterey   Susan Bronson has lived in Monterey for 27 years.  For the last 13 years she has served as executive director of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. Prior to assuming that position, Susan was director of development and

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New Members Join the Flying Cloud Institute Board
01:22PM / Thursday, February 15, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) announced that Alison Brigham, Leigh Doherty and América López have joined the organization's Board of Directors.   Alison Brigham is the AVP of Marketing & Community Engagement at Lee Bank and the Treasurer of the Lee Bank Foundation. She has an extensive background in science with degrees in physiology, psychology, and genetics. Alison is a member of the Lenox Business Partners, Lenox Finance Committee, and EforAll Advisory Board, while also acting as a board member and programming committee member with the New England Financial Marketing Association. She also serves on the board of Link to Libraries

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CDCSB Announces Appointment of Interim Executive Director
08:00AM / Thursday, February 15, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Community Development Corporation South Berkshire (CDCSB), a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Great Barrington, announced the appointment of Philip Orenstein as Interim Executive Director.   Philip will lead the CDCSB's dual mission to create housing and economic opportunity for low- and moderate-income households in the southern Berkshires. Mr Orenstein has stepped down from his role as CDCSB Board member and Treasurer to take on this role.    Philip is qualified to assume the role of Interim Executive director. His past participation as a Board member and Treasurer enabled him to develop an intimate knowledge of the CDCSB's

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CHP: How to Love Your Heart, for Heart Month
Submitted by Jonna Gaberman, MD ,
04:17PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024
It's National Heart Month, so now is a good time to give some TLC to your body's most important muscle. Prevention is always the first step in keeping your heart healthy, but you can also make changes to address any existing heart conditions.    Key risk factors impacting the heart include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking, including second-hand smoke exposure.    What are some meaningful changes you can make to care for your heart? First, have a basic heart health screening with your primary care provider or with CHP Mobile Health. This will include a blood pressure check and screening for high cholesterol and

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Construct Launches Winter Fundraising Campaign for Emergency Assistance
01:33PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— Construct is launching its Warm Up the Winter Fuel Crisis 2024–No One Should Be Cold fundraiser, which provides critical funding to South Berkshire County residents needing emergency assistance for fuel, utility, rental payments, and emergency accommodation.    According to a press release, this year, over 10,000 Berkshire households have applied to a state-funded fuel assistance program (LIHEAP), but funds have run out. To help fill this void, to meet demand, Construct has increased this year's campaign goal to $150,000.   "Warm Up the Winter has always provided a winter safety net for those who need it most," said Jane

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Nominations Sought for Berkshire Nonprofit Awards
10:59AM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC), in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle, will host the 7th annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards on Tuesday, May 21 at Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge.    The awards recognize exceptional work being done by individuals in the nonprofit sector.   "The COVID years were tough on everyone," said NPC founder Liana Toscanini. "Partnering with Kripalu in 2024 seems fitting as nonprofits focus on recovery and wellness. We look forward to celebrating amazing nonprofit folks and networking with both the nonprofit and business communities."   Nominations are being solicited from across

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Letter: Contrast Between Parties
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024

To the Editor:

Good government is harder than it looks. Good government, like good political leadership, requires getting things done even when people fundamentally disagree, while keeping those same people on speaking terms. Good government serves all of the people, not just those who voted for it. Good government builds on laws and regulations, on debate and compromise.

Only one of our national political parties cares any more about good government. Democrats argue among themselves about particulars, but not about the goals of social justice and good government. Today's Democrats are heirs of the Roosevelts' Progressive movement — which began when the relevant Roosevelt

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