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Transit Survey Seeks Feedback on TriTown Connector
11:27AM / Friday, February 02, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The TriTown Connector, in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, asks South County residents, students, employers and employees to complete a brief survey of the TriTown Connector transit service in South County.   Survey participants can choose to enter into a drawing to win a $25 gift card to local businesses, including Big Y.   Researchers aim to learn how the TriTown Connector (TTC) has altered the travel patterns of its riders since the program began in May 2023, and also to obtain a baseline for what travel patterns may look like in rural neighboring communities that don't have a similar "call-for-service"

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GBPT Adds Development Director
03:45PM / Thursday, February 01, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Now entering its sixth season, Great Barrington Public Theater (GBPT) announced the inclusion of Serena Johnson as Development Director.     She brings accomplished fundraising, community outreach, audience engagement and non-profit management skills to the company.    A graduate of Cal State, Northridge, and an experienced performer herself, Johnson was a key player in the establishment of fundraising processes and infrastructure for the community-based Glendale Arts, 18th Street Arts Center, and was on the development team that managed the successful capital campaign for the newly constructed permanent theater for the Antaeus

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Great Barrington Fire Department Responds to Manville Street Fire
10:31AM / Thursday, February 01, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — At approximately 8:51 p.m. Tuesday evening the Great Barrington Fire Department (GBFD) was dispatched for a 911 call reporting a person yelling "fire" at 4 Manville St.   Police cruisers arrived on the scene and found fire in a wall and below the floor of an apartment above a storage garage. Officers evacuated the building as Great Barrington Engine 3 was arriving.  Fire units found smoke in the garage space, and apartment, and coming from the eves of the multifamily apartment building.   Great Barrington Car 2 requested a first alarm. Great Barrington's Engine 3 crew quickly located the origin of the fire in a soffit in the

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Alleged Drug Dealer Charged in Great Barrington
03:52PM / Monday, January 29, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — On Thursday, Jan. 25, the Great Barrington Police Department and the Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant for 47 Grove Street in Great Barrington and Jonah Christianson.    Upon execution, law enforcement recovered approximately 146 grams of cocaine that was located within the residence and approximately $1,868.   The combined worth of the street value of the drugs and cash and credit recovered from the residence totals $16,618.   All subjects involved in the execution of the investigation were detained in the Great Barrington Police Department.   Jonah Christianson was held on $50,000 bail. Additionally, his

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County Residents Earn Bay State Games Skating Medals
02:12PM / Monday, January 29, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Dozens of local figure skaters competed in Bay State Games USFS Figure Skating Competitions over the weekend at Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink.   Nine athletes took home gold medals in their groups at the competition.   Among the local residents competing in the event were:   Basic 2 Girls Group A Samantha Anderson, Lanesborough, Christmas Brook, bronze   Aspire 3 Girls Free Skate Group C Amelia Art, Williamstown, Christmas Brook, bronze   Basic 3 Boys Lukas Benson, Adams, Christmas Brook, gold   Excel Preliminary Girls Free Skate Group D Madlyn Benson, Adams, Christmas Brook, gold   Basic 4 Girls  Group B Ava

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Berkshire Organizations Awarded MassWildlife Habitat Grants
04:00PM / Friday, January 26, 2024
BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced over $365,000 to restore 234 acres of wildlife habitat across Massachusetts.    The Department of Fish and Game's (DFG) Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is awarding MassWildlife Habitat Management grants to five organizations and two municipalities. The MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Program (MHMGP), provides crucial financial assistance to private and municipal owners of conserved lands to improve habitat for wildlife, steward biodiversity, enhance climate resiliency, and promote public recreational opportunities. Since 2015, MassWildlife has funded 112 projects that have restored over

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Great Barrington Pedestrian Killed on Route 7
02:46PM / Thursday, January 25, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Great Barrington man was killed Wednesday morning after being struck by a vehicle on Route 7.    The victim was identified as Niall Nordoff, 41. According to his Facebook page, he attended Mount Everett Region School and worked in landscape design.    Police reported that they had received two calls early Thursday -- one at 5:55 a.m. reporting a man wearing dark clothing walking in the middle of the roadway and another that he had been struck by a pickup as officers were responding.    Officers arrived on scene moments later and discovered a man on the southbound shoulder of the roadway. Medical treatment was immediately

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Free Composting Drop Now Offered at Great Barrington Transfer Station
10:21AM / Tuesday, January 23, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — In collaboration with Berkshire Compost, the town Transfer Station will now accept composted food waste from residents of Great Barrington and Housatonic.    The program is free.   Compost is food waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill: scraps leftover from cooking or meals, cardboard and certain paper products.    Composting food waste significantly reduces the garbage that heads to the landfill. Compost is filled with nutrients used in farming and agriculture to fertilize soil.   "Composting is a natural, sustainable way to recycle food waste, it is used to build healthy soil for gardening and agriculture,"

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North Berkshire Waste District Interested In Hydrogen Facility Project
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
02:50PM / Monday, January 22, 2024

ADAMS, Mass.— Members of the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District (NBSWMD) were intrigued by a plan by Local Power to work towards community-wide decarbonization through a waste hydrogen facility in Western Massachusetts. 

In a presentation on Jan. 11,  Local Power President Paul Fenn told the district members that Local Power helps local governments set up community-wide decarbonization with a focus on localization "as a core strategy in an industry defined by centralized energy and capital sources." 

He said the community choice aggregation firm helped usher in community choice power supply programs to many towns and cities in Berkshire

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Great Barrington Public Theater Hosts Conversation With Jeff Zinn
12:17PM / Monday, January 22, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Public Theater kicks off 2024 with the first in a series of free public interviews with industry influencers on Monday, Jan. 29, 6pm, with a sit-down Conversation With Jeff Zinn, director, writer, actor, producer and founder of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.    Great Barrington Public Theater Artistic Director Jim Frangione will talk with Zinn on stage at St. James Place, Great Barrington about Zinn's podcast GURUS: The Story of Acting, from Stanislavsky to Succession, and to get Zinn's take on trends in American theater today.    This is a free live event, with a $10 suggested donation, but space is limited.

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Applications for Berkshire Art Center's Summer Internship Program Open
08:10AM / Monday, January 22, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Art Center announced applications are now open for its Summer 2024 Internship Program.    Students ages 15+ are encouraged to apply for a Teaching Assistant position in Berkshire Art Center's Summer 2024 Camp Season, which provides an opportunity to work alongside local artists and aid children ages 4 to 14 years old in visual art exploration.    Berkshire Art Center's camp season runs for 9 to 10 weeks from June through August and the Teaching Assistant position is from approximately 8:30am–4:30pm daily with camps occurring Monday through Friday. Preference is based upon availability and experience, and is given to high

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Mass Humanities Announces 2024 Funding Opportunities
11:34AM / Sunday, January 21, 2024
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Humanities, the Commonwealth's leading funder of humanities programs, announced upcoming opportunities for its 2024 grant season.    Application materials for Expand Massachusetts Stories (EMS) grants are available now on the website, with the application window opening on February 5.   EMS grants support projects that collect, interpret, and share stories about the Commonwealth. Special consideration is given to humanities programming, events, and creative works that emphasize the voices and experiences of residents that too often go unrecognized, or have been excluded from public conversation and public history.   This year, Mass

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