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Mass Audubon West Director Recognized by Garden Club of America
12:25PM / Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — Becky Cushing-Gop, director of Mass Audubon West, is one of the 2021 cohort of winners of the  Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award, a distinction that comes with a certificate of commendation and $1,000 honorarium from the Garden Club of America.   As director of Mass Audubon West's network of 18 wildlife sanctuaries, which includes Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, Cushing-Gop is the driving force behind the successful Berkshire Environmental Literacy Program, a core component of environmental education for elementary students in western Massachusetts.   "Our work with teachers and schools throughout Berkshire County is critically

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Learn About Baseball Gloves Saturday at Williamstown Historical Museum
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09:50AM / Monday, May 10, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires will present a special program titled "Catch of the Day" on Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m. outside the Williamstown Historical Museum.   Come learn how gloves have evolved from hand protection to the specialized equipment that they are today.   The discussion is offered in conjunction with Baseball in the Berkshires' summer-long exhibit "Sliding Baseball Across Williamstown," at the museum, which is located near the junctions of Routes 7 and 43 in South Williamstown.

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Arbor Day and Earth Day In Sheffield
12:37PM / Thursday, April 29, 2021
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — In celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day, and in appreciation for the Sheffield community, the Sheffield Tree Project and Sheffield Land Trust are partnering with the Bushnell-Sage Library and Sheffield Recycling Coordinator to offer a series of free activities for the public.    On Saturday, May 1, There will be a native tree and shrub give-away, a demonstration on how and why to mulch trees and an opportunity to learn more about composting.     There will also be a battery and clothing/textile collection and information on the Sheffield Transfer station and the next Hazardous Waste collection. Events take place in the center of Sheffield,

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Registration Underway for Canoe Meadows Community Gardens
04:44PM / Friday, April 23, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Canoe Meadows community garden spaces are now open to rent through Mass Audubon for organic gardening.   Every spring, Mass Audubon rents space in its organic gardens to members at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary on Williams Street in Pittsfield.  Participants have been growing vegetables, flowers, and herbs at the two-acre gardens site for over three decades.    "Canoe Meadows gardeners have developed great friendships over the years," said Diane Wetzel, Master Gardener. "They love to share their knowledge of growing vegetables with novices while enjoying the spectacular view of the Berkshires."   In order to

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Berkshire Adult Baseball League to Hold Tryouts
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10:21AM / Thursday, March 11, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Adult Baseball League will hold tryouts for its 2021 season on Saturday, April 3, at 5 p.m. at the Berkshire Baseball Academy at 10 Lyman St.   The BABL welcomes players aged 20 to 50 to compete in two divisions, 20-and-over and 35-and-over.   The season starts May 2 and runs through Aug. 15. Teams will play one game per week on Saturday mornings.   To register for the tryouts or sign-up for the season, go to www.league.ineup.com/orazl or call Lou Orazio at 413-663-0741 for more information.

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Hancock Shaker Village Improves Internship Program With Donation
04:02PM / Thursday, February 25, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A grant from the Feigenbaum Foundation will allow Hancock Shaker Village to offer paid internships for up to ten people during the 2021 season.    Launched in 2017, the Village's internship program engages undergraduate students in a living history museum and farm to develop professional skills and connect to career opportunities. In addition to the gift from the Foundation, an anonymous donor in 2020 supported the creation of onsite intern housing, thereby also providing interns the option to live on campus beginning in the summer of 2021.    "We are grateful for the Feigenbaum Foundation's generosity and long-standing commitment

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Feigenbaum Grant Helps Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Improve Accessibility
08:09AM / Thursday, February 25, 2021
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Lenox, Mass. — With a gift from the Feigenbaum Foundation, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary's Opening Doors to Nature capital campaign is within $50,000 of its $1,125,000 goal.   The $100,000 grant will help improve Pleasant Valley's accessibility, allowing the  wildlife sanctuary in Lenox to welcome a broader and more diverse audience for outdoor recreation and creative nature-based education programs.   Opening Doors to Nature supports construction of an addition to the sanctuary's 18th-century program barn that includes accessible visitor amenities and outdoor learning spaces.   The new building will open this spring and allow Pleasant Valley to

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Mathias Bartels Community Goes Virtual
04:23PM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Due to COVID - 19, the 11th annual Mathias Bartels Community Nordic Ski event is going virtual and global.   Skiers will be able to participate anytime during the week of Feb 14 through the 21. Participants can ski, run or choose another outdoor activity.   Participants are asked to take a photo or video of themselves and to submit it no later than Feb 22.   On Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. a virtual celebration will be held to share experiences and celebrate Bartels. Awards will also be announced.   There will be a local course option: A 6-kilometer course will be set up at Mt. Greylock Regional High School (weather

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BNRC Re-opens Access Trail to Mahanna Cobble
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:21AM / Friday, January 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Hikers can now enjoy a new access trail to Mahanna Cobble that is open during the winter.

Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town Capital on Wednesday re-opened the improved trail to  the cobble, a conservation reserve owned and managed by BNRC.

"BNRC appreciates a strong partner in Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town as we seek to offer improved hiking experiences close to community centers, year-round. We are thrilled to finally have four-season access to this beautiful new trail and destination in central Berkshire," BNRC President Jenny Hansell wrote in a press release. "Thanks to the generosity of Mill Town and

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Berkshire Outdoor Shorts: 'King Corona'
09:17AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Public Theater, in collaboration with Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, presents Berkshire Outdoor Shorts, an online series of short, solo films centered on the natural environment of the Berkshires.    Each film is written by a local writer and produced in a socially-distant, outdoor location in Berkshire County.   "Artists everywhere are struggling, everyone is struggling. In recognition of all the weeks and months that we've had limited opportunity to interact, we wanted to give writers and actors a safe, enjoyable space for creativity, an outlet to respond to the world we're all living in right now.

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