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CHP Berkshires Board Welcomes New Member
02:17PM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Rachel Melendez-Mabee has been named to the board of CHP Berkshires.      As vice president of culture and brand and DEI officer at Greylock Federal Credit Union, Melendez-Mabee brings to CHP her skills in corporate workplace diversity issues, training and initiatives. She has previously worked for the PGA of America, as PGA WORKS' workforce development and lead manager-DEI.      She has also worked as social and digital brand manager for Berkshire Bank, and as a senior account executive for Roberts Communications, a public relations firm. Earlier, she worked as a sales and marketing specialist for PGA of

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Berkshire Farms, Organizations Receive Food Access Grants
01:31PM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024

BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced $8.2 million to support greater food access to residents in underserved Massachusetts communities. 

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is awarding the Urban Agriculture Program, the Local Food Policy Council Program, the Massachusetts Food Ventures Program, and Local Food Purchase Assistance Plus Program grants to 42 businesses and organizations that will help strengthen the local food system and address food insecurity. 

"One of the most effective ways to combat hunger and food insecurity in our state is to strengthen our local food systems," said Governor Maura Healey.

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Berkshire Running Sets Full Year of Charity Runs
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06:42AM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Berkshire Running Foundation has released the 2024 Race Calendar for the local nonprofit with several new events scheduled throughout the county.   Following its first official year operating as a nonprofit entity in 2023, the 501c3 organization, which has a mission of advancing and expanding on the positive impact the running community has on the neighborhoods we live, produced, and directed eight events in 2023. The Foundation donated just more than $48,000 to local nonprofit entities which benefit from each event.    The Foundation has also incorporated that all students in Berkshire County can run in these races for free. To encourage families to

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Du Bois Freedom Center Welcomes New Executive Director
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:34PM / Thursday, February 08, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The chance to educate people about the legacy of civil rights pioneer W.E.B Du Bois drew Ny Whitaker to become the first executive director of the Du Bois Freedom Center.   "I really think that there is just a new potential for the center to be a partner in the dialogue around W.E.B. Du Bois, around civil rights, around African American history and culture, and the contributions of African Americans to the overall discourse in America," Whitaker said.   "And I'm so looking forward to growing our partnership programs both locally in the Berkshires, regionally, and nationally."   It is important to recognize how

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Softball, Baseball Winter Vacation Camps Offered
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11:39AM / Thursday, February 08, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Infield Berkshire Baseball Academy is offering winter vacation day camps for baseball and softball players aged 8 to 12.   The baseball camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 19 and 20. The softball camp is 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 21 and 22.   The cost is $50 per day.   The camp will focus on basic offense and defense skills. Campers are asked to bring a snack, indoor shoes, glove and bat.   The Infield is located at 10 Lyman St.   To register, email theinfieldbba@gmai.com.

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Great Barrington Announces Hires in Town Hall, Other Departments
10:25AM / Thursday, February 08, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town has named new personnel to positions in Town Hall, and others have been hired or promoted to new roles in town operations and public safety.   Josh Risen is the office administrator for the Town Manager and Selectboard office. He earned his law degree from Western New England University Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2011. Josh formerly worked as an administrative assistant for multiple boards in the town of Sheffield.   Natalie Amendola is an administrative assistant who has also joined the office of the Town Manager and Selectboard. She graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and has most

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Berkshire Waldorf High School Open House
08:14AM / Thursday, February 08, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Waldorf High School is holding an Open House on Thursday, Feb 15 at 7:00 pm at the school: 14 Pine Street, Stockbridge, MA, on the corner of Pine and Shamrock.   The program will include a student panel, during which guests are welcome to ask questions about the students' high school experience, the work they've done this year, and their plans for the future.    Students will also present a scene from their upcoming spring play, "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder.   A specially-curated presentation of student work will be on view, including math, science, humanities, and technology projects.   The school offers

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West Stockbridge Dog Park Community Forum
08:01AM / Thursday, February 08, 2024
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — On Feb. 24 at 3PM the West Stockbridge Dog Park Advisory Committee invites residents from West Stockbridge and our neighboring communities to attend a forum.   During the forum the committee will report on its work thus far and seek feedback and suggestions from town residents.   Topics will include:   ? The grant that we have been awarded by the Stanton Foundation ? The benefits for our community (for dogs and humans) ? Potential Dog Park locations ? Plans for long term care & maintenance ? Volunteer opportunities ? Q&A Session

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Stockbridge Grange Community Dinner
04:00PM / Wednesday, February 07, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Stockbridge Grange is having a community dinner Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024 featuring roast pork, mashed potato, vegetable, and coleslaw with dessert choices of chocolate cream or lemon meringue pie.     Dinner is $15.00 per person, take out only with noon-1:30 pm pick up at the Stockbridge Grange Hall at 51 Church Street, Stockbridge, MA.     Orders may be made by calling 413-243-1298 or 413-443-4352.     Reservation deadline Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024.

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Pignatelli Stepping Down After 22 Years as Representative
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
12:13PM / Tuesday, February 06, 2024

State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli speaks with students at DuBois Middle School. The legislator has also served as a selectman, county commissioner and planning board member.  LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli will not run for re-election this fall.   The dean of the Berkshire delegation has served in office for 22 years representing the citizens of Central and South Berkshire County.   Pignatelli made his announcement on Tuesday, saying it came with mixed emotions.   "Driven by a deep desire to make our community better and fueled by the support and love of family,friends, constituents, and 'Team Smitty' through the

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Wheatleigh Going Up for Sale
01:25PM / Monday, February 05, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — One of the county's most exclusive hotels is not completely closing this Valentine's Day.    But the owners of Wheatleigh, L. Linfield and Susan Simon, did confirm to The Berkshire Eagle that they will on putting the 1893 Italian-style villa up for sale later this year.   It will close as a hotel but will be open for private rentals and for weddings and events that were booked through the summer.    iBerkshires and other media posted an announcement made Monday on the hotel's Facebook page:    "It is with great sadness, we bid you all a fond farewell. The Wheatleigh ownership has made the difficult decision to

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Dewey Hall's Celestial Ball
12:00PM / Monday, February 05, 2024
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Dewey Hall is Celebrating the final night of its Reaching for the Stars annual fundraising campaign with a Celestial Ball on Lunar New Year.    The ball will be held on Feb. 10 from 7 pm to 10 pm. It will be held at Dewey Memorial Hall located on 91 Main St in Sheffield.   This event is a fundraiser for Dewey Memorial Hall.   According to a press release:   Attendees are encouraged to dress to shimmer, shimmy, and shine in sequins, sparkles, and glitter and come prepared to dance the night away to DJ BFG (or sip sparkling beverages and munch on treats) in a magical, shining hall. There will be music for dancing, hors ‘d'oeuvres by

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