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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Poet Begins Six-Month Amy Clampitt Residency
12:42PM / Friday, March 10, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Poet Dora Malech has been named the 22nd recipient of the Amy Clampitt residency.

For 15 years, the Amy Clampitt residency has provided poets and literary scholars a paid six- or 12-month stay at Clampitt’s former residence near Lenox, Mass., where they can focus exclusively on their work. Residents are selected by a committee that includes prize-winning poet Mary Jo Salter; Clampitt’s editor at Knopf, Ann Close; and Massachusetts-based poets Karen Chase, of Lenox, and John Hennessy, a past residency recipient currently on the faculty at UMass Amherst.

This one-of-a-kind award was established through the generosity of Clampitt's late husband,


Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Taps New Development Director
11:50AM / Friday, March 10, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School welcomes Edward Brozman as director of development.

Brozman brings extensive experience in higher education, development and community building to the school. Most recently, Brozman was the Chief Advancement Officer at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. He has also served as vice president for Institutional Advancement at Saint Joseph’s College (Standish, Maine) and executive director of Development and Alumni Relations at Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.). 
In the corporate sector, Brozman has been a sales and marketing executive for companies including


Change Your Clocks, Check Your Alarms This Weekend
11:46AM / Friday, March 10, 2017

BOSTON — State fire officials are reminding people that as they change their clocks this weekend to check their smoke detectors as well.

"Prevent that annoying chirp of a dying smoke alarm battery by replacing the alkaline batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms now, unless you have newer alarms with 10-year sealed batteries,"  State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said. "Check the age of your alarms. Smoke alarms need to be replaced after 10 years usually, and carbon monoxide alarms after five to seven years."
Ostroskey said time is the enemy during a fire, and alarms offer precious seconds to evacuate before poisonous gases and heat make


Vascular Surgery Specialist Joins Berkshire Health Systems
11:30AM / Friday, March 10, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Elie S. Semaan, a vascular surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Dr. Semaan is accepting new patients in need of vascular care, and joins Drs. Michael Cohn, Eugene Curletti, Michael DiSiena, Christian Galvez, Andrew Lederman, Robert Lincer, Clayton Peterson and George Veinoglou at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Semaan comes to the Berkshires from New Hampshire, where he operated a vascular surgery practice for the past year. Previously, he was director of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at NYC Surgical Associates


The Independent Investor: America's Road Toward Universal Health Care
By Bill Schmick,
04:51PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017

The GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was introduced this week.  As one might expect, the Republican Party's long-awaited plan was met with a firestorm of protests from just about every conceivable lobbying group. That's exactly what one should expect, given that there is so much at stake.

Headlines throughout the week warned that if the plan were passed in its present form, health-care premiums could rise by 30 percent or more. Seniors could pay far more for coverage under the new plan, while between 6 million and 10 million people would lose their health insurance coverage altogether. The poor would get short shrift, while the wealthy would


'Logan': Makes Some Sharp Points
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:50PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017

Judged solely on its surface value, director James Mangold's "Logan," the third and reputedly final escapade of the Wolverine/Marvel Comics/superhero/X-Men series, rates a six on my excitement scale. However, bear in mind that loyal adherents of this franchise evaluate their cherished, alternate world of right, wrong and not so sure by their very own, entirely proprietary measure. They couldn't care less about what this fuddy-duddy thinks.

Well, good. There is much philosophical baloney and wisdom to be gleaned from the generation gap. Hence, knowing my place as the Brave New World thunders outside my slightly blemished ivory tower of pontification, kindly acknowledge


Girls AAU Basketball Team Seeks Players
12:02PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017
The Berkshire Mountaineers girls basketball team is looking for any girls interested in playing Spring AAU basketball.   Girls currently in the fifth thru 11th grade are eligible to participate. This is an advanced basketball program that will include weekend travel throughout New York and New England. The schedule has not yet been put together but is typically seven weekends beginning with the last weekend of April through June.  In addition, girls will practice two days a week.   For more information please contact Bill Robinson at 413-652-1055 or email     The Berkshire Mountaineers Girls Basketball Organization was established in 2009 by


Walk with Me in the Berkshires Returns for 15th Season
11:29AM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The popular community walking program, Berkshire Health Systems' Walk with Me in the Berkshires, is returning for its 15th year in late March, where it is expected that more than 3,500 people from across the region will participate in a program aimed at improving health and well-being through walking.

Community registration for the Walk with Me program is Tuesday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. sharp on the iBerkshires website. Up to 2,400 people from the community, formed as teams of between two and 20 people each, will receive a free step counter and be able to log-in to a step-reporting site on iBerkshires in order to participate in the six week walking


Biz Briefs: March Is 'Massachusetts Maple Month'
02:26PM / Monday, March 06, 2017

How sweet it is: Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday declared March as "Massachusetts Maple Month" in an effort to support the commonwealth's many maple producers and encourage Massachusetts residents to purchase locally produced maple products. To kick off Maple Month, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux joined local and agricultural officials at Steve’s Sugar Shack in Westhampton for a ceremonial sugar maple tree tapping.

Massachusetts is home to approximately 300 maple syrup producers, including many who are open to the public throughout the sugaring season. Last year more than 77,000 gallons of maple syrup was produced and


Berkshires Beat: Smoke Detectors Installed in Great Barrington Homes
01:08PM / Monday, March 06, 2017

Stay safe: The Great Barrington Fire Department partnered with the American Red Cross to provide free smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to residents in February. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Great Barrington firefighters installed smoke and CO detectors in 18 houses throughout town as part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, which aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from fires by 25 percent by 2020.

Additionally, as part of the campaign, members of the American Red Cross worked with the Great Barrington Fire Department to educate residents about fire safety while firefighters installed the smoke and CO detectors. Since launching the campaign in 2014,


Norman Rockwell Museum to Host Family Day for Muddy Brook Families
12:18PM / Monday, March 06, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — As part of its new Berkshire County Student Passport Program, Norman Rockwell Museum will host a special day for families of Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School students, who recently completed the education outreach program, on Saturday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Organized in collaboration with Muddy Brook, this special program is designed to engage students and families in immersive arts experiences," said Norman Rockwell Museum Deputy Director Stephanie Plunkett. "We hope to promote familiarity and involvement with the art of illustration and one of the region's premier cultural institutions."

Since starting the program


Youth Basketball Tournament Finals Held
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
07:39PM / Sunday, March 05, 2017
Housatonic’s boys and Dalton’s and Mount Greylock’s girls won Berkshire County seventh- and eighth-grade travel basketball titles on Sunday afternoon.   The Housy boys defeated the Boys and Girls Club Black team, 57-47, in the all-county title game at Mount Greylock Regional School behind 17 points from Ty Higgins.   At McCann Tech, the Greylock girls defeated Lenox, 32-30, thanks to a nine-point performance from Abby Hugger to win the South Division title.   In the North Division final, Maria Gamberoni scored 13 points to lead Dalton to a 43-27 win over the Boys & Girls Club.   In the final game of a busy weekend in North County, Housatonic’s

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