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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Nearly 100 Compete in Berkshire Pride 5K
08:28AM / Monday, June 03, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Jay Santangelo of Lenox was the top nonbinary runner at the Berkshire Pride 5K on Sunday.   Santangelo covered the 5-kilometer course in 27 minutes, 14.53 seconds to place 16th overall among 94 finishers.   Pittsfield's Cam LaFerriere was the overall winner in 22.45.72, a 7:19 mile pace.   LaFerriere finished 24 seconds ahead of Canaan, N.Y.'s, Thomas Salaatte in second place (23:09.52).   The top woman in the field was Williamstown's Maya Filson, who placed seventh overall with a time of 24:09.06.   Full results are available on the Berkshire Running Center's website.

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Monument Mountain Class of 2024 Told to Be Best Versions of Themselves
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:53PM / Sunday, June 02, 2024

Valedictorian Ariel Caine takes a moment before giving their speech on Sunday. Right, salutatorian Madeleine Rocheleau-Holmes looked to her eighth-grade speech for inspiration. See more photos here. 

LENOX, Mass. — Valedictorian Ariel "Ari" Caine struggled to come up with a speech for Monument Mountain Regional High School's class of 2024.     They tried to spin a mystery with the crime as the "death of empathy" especially through the use of social media. But Caine said they didn't believe we are losing our humanity and that teenagers have been more than successful at resisting this pull than they are getting credit

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Monument Mountain Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2024
09:54AM / Sunday, June 02, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Ariel "Ari" Caine and Madeleine Rocheleau-Holmes have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Monument Mountain Regional High School class of 2024.   Both will speak at graduation ceremonies being held on Sunday, June 2, at 1:30 p.m. at Tanglewood in Lenox.    Caine is the child of Hanan and Rebecca Caine of Richmond. They are a member of the National Honor Society, Edith's Ensemble Chamber Music Group, Creative Writing Club, and are an integral member of Monument's Fall Festival of Shakespeare and the spring musical theater program, managing the lighting and sound design for all performances as well as

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Lee Graduates Told to Proceed With Optimism, Curiosity
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:31PM / Saturday, June 01, 2024

  Valedictorian Allen Ni urged his classmates to stay curious. Salutatorian Kira Johnson says they'll make the 'impossible possible.'  See more photos here.

LENOX, Mass. — The graduates in Lee High School's class of 2024 were encouraged to move forward with optimism and curiosity.

Fifty-seven seniors received diplomas on Saturday at Tanglewood. Valedictorian Allen Ni and salutatorian Kira Johnson have high hopes for their peers in college and beyond.

"We're going to be the generation that will make the impossible possible because what better time is there to start than now?" Johnson said, noting that some doubt her generation

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2024 Scholarships & Awards for the Lee High School Class of 2024
07:16PM / Saturday, June 01, 2024
LEE, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the Lee High School class of 2024.    Marjorie Wickham Memorial Scholarships: Grace Shepard, Maria Anaya   Henry T. Zukowski Memorial Scholarships: Korey Chen, Emily Holian, Shealynn Kelly, Shaun Kinney, Isabella Kotek, Conn LePrevost, Cooper Maloney, Taylor Salice, Autumn Schwab   Drs. Charles & James Stratton Memorial Scholarships: Shaelynn Kelly   Michael R. Coty Memorial Scholarship: Jackson Decker   Andrew J. Bartini Memorial Scholarship: Allen Ni   Eugenio Bonafin Memorial Scholarship, Class of 1936: Kali Ward   Comalli Electric Scholarship in Memory of James Mougin

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Mount Everett Class Touted as 'Little Engines That Could'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Saturday, June 01, 2024

State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli was awarded an honorary Mount Everett diploma on Saturday from Principal Jesse Carpenter. See more photos here. 

LENOX, Mass. — Mount Everett Regional School graduates were touted as the "little engines that could" in a world riddled with conflict.

Thirty students crossed the Tanglewood stage Saturday morning under sunny skies. School Committee Chair Bonnie Silvers explained that when writing her address to the class, she turned to the American folktale "The Little Engine That Could."

"The Mount Everett class of 2024, in my opinion, is so much like that engine. It's small but, boy, is it mighty. These students had the

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MassDOT Advisory: South County Construction
03:34PM / Friday, May 31, 2024
LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing crews will be conducting daytime and overnight hour guardrail repair, drainage work, pavement marking, and bridge repair operations at various locations and times on I-90 eastbound and westbound during the week of Monday, June 3.     Lane closures will be in place during the construction operations and traffic will be able to travel through the work zones.  The schedule for the work and lane closures will be as follows:      Otis/Blandford    Guardrail and drainage work will be conducted on I-90 eastbound and westbound between mile marker 21.0 to 26.6 from

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Berkshire Waldorf High School Secures $4M Donation
08:00AM / Thursday, May 30, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Waldorf High School announced that it has received $4 million from an anonymous donor toward renovation of Procter Hall, the Old Town Hall at 6 Main Street.   The school has completed the architectural phase of the project design and construction is now underway. Pamela Sandler, AIA, is the lead architect on the project, and Marois Construction is on-site doing the actual renovation. The project includes remediation of asbestos and lead paint, the addition of an elevator and sprinkler system, a redesign of the interior, and preservation of the upstairs meeting room and other historical features.   Berkshire Waldorf High School Executive

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Lee High School Announces Graduation Speakers For 2024
12:12PM / Wednesday, May 29, 2024
LEE, Mass. — Allen Ni and Kira Johnson have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for Lee High School's class of 2024.   Ni is the son of Kong Liang Ni and Wen Hui Zheng of Lee. He is a member of the National Honor Society, varsity tennis team, band, student government, GSA, quiz team, Social Justice Club, Let's Talk, and the class steering committee. He is a recipient of the Harvard Club of Western Massachusetts Book Award, Clarkson University Achievement Award, and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Academic Excellence Award.   He will be attending Boston University in the fall, studying computer science.   Johnson

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Bidwell House: Exploring the History of New England Redware
11:24AM / Wednesday, May 29, 2024

MONTEREY, Mass.  Justin Thomas will speak about the museum's red earthenware collection.

These objects will be used to tell stories about red earthenware (and some stoneware) production all over New England, spanning the seventeenth through the early twentieth century. The notion of wares made by the rural country potter during the post-American Revolution period through about 1870 will be also discussed in comparison to the urbanized industries that existed in New England before and after the Revolutionary War.

The impact of the Industrial Revolution on this production will also be emphasized, as well as 275 years' worth of archaeology in New England. This talk will

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CDCSB Purchases Former Thornwood Inn
08:00AM / Tuesday, May 28, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Community Development Corporation South Berkshire (CDCSB), a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Great Barrington has completed the purchase of the former Thornewood Inn located at 453 Stockbridge Road.    The CDCSB is repurposing the property to create workforce housing for our area, with a soft opening planned in early June.   The purchase of this property was made possible by financial supporters including the Great Barrington Community Preservation Committee, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and CDCSB donors and friends.   The per unit cost of creating this housing option is about $85,000 — a fraction of the $400,000 to $500,000 cost

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BAC Announces Artists for Berkshire Artist Residency Program
04:00PM / Friday, May 24, 2024

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Art Center, formerly IS183 Art School, announced their five selected resident artists, Dai Ban, Grigori Fateyev, Stacy Scibelli, Kara Smith and Kyle Strack, for the Berkshire Artist Residency Program 2024. 

The Red Lion Inn, in their seventh year hosting a resident artist, will be welcoming Kara Smith. Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will be hosting three artists this year, Dai Ban, Grigori Fateyev and Kyle Strack. In their inaugural year hosting a resident artist, Ventfort Hall Gilded Age Mansion and Museum will be welcoming Stacy Scibelli.

Since 2012, Berkshire Art Center has coordinated Artist

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