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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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State Urges Residents to Report Signs of Invasive Spotted Lanternfly
08:49AM / Monday, September 28, 2020
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BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced that it has identified two dead specimens of the spotted lanternfly (SLF) in communities, and is urging residents to report any sign of the invasive pest.    The specimens were recovered in the towns of Milford and Norwood and were brought into Massachusetts on materials shipped from Pennsylvania counties currently under a spotted lanternfly quarantine.   Additionally, MDAR was recently notified that nursery stock with spotted lanternfly egg masses and adults may have been unintentionally imported and planted in several parts of Massachusetts.   MDAR is urging anyone who has

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Q&A: Pothier Tickled Pink To Still Be Wearing Blue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:00PM / Saturday, September 19, 2020
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DALTON, Mass. — After 3,000 games and tens of thousands of judgment calls, Rich Pothier is a fixture on Berkshire County baseball diamonds and a walking advertisement for the recruitment of young umpires.   Moments before stepping behind the plate for his milestone 3,000th career game on Saturday, Pothier sounded as enthusiastic as ever and not the least surprised that career has lasted this long.   "Strangely enough, yes," Pothier said when asked whether he thought he would be umpiring well into his fifth decade. "Because I've loved it right from the first day I did it. I could envision myself doing it.   "I didn't have any talent as a

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State Awards Grants to Support Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership
02:06PM / Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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ROWE, Mass. — The Baker-Polito Administration announced $225,000 in grant funding to eight municipalities and a regional economic development organization to support forest stewardship and conservation, trail improvements, and nature-based tourism in the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership region.     The funding builds upon the Commonwealth's Shared Stewardship Agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, which established a framework for partnerships between local governments and stakeholders to advance the goals of the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership (MTWP) to conserve forests and enhance regional economic

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Youth Soccer League Offering Competitive Opportunity for High Schoolers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, September 11, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As a dad, Stephen Nesbit knows how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been for youngsters.   As an officer in the North Adams Soccer Club, he can do something about it.   "I'm a father, I have a 9-year-old and a 16-year-old," Nesbit said on Thursday morning. "Kids have been trapped in the house since March. They want to get out and run around with their friends. We're giving them a responsible option for that."   The NASC and its corresponding youth groups throughout the county are working to put together competitive opportunities for players of all ages, up to and including high schoolers, who likely will not have the

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Bousquet Announces General Manager And Partnership With Olympic Skier
12:33PM / Friday, September 04, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Bousquet Mountain announced the hiring of new General Manager Kevin McMillian and a partnership with Olympic Skier and Pittsfield native Krista Schmidinger.   General manager Kevin McMillian, currently general manager at Zoar Outdoor, will oversee the day to day operation of the mountain. He will be responsible for building out the Bousquet management team and staff and implementing an effective operating model to run the business.     McMillian has been with Zoar since 1992. He brings knowledge of the outdoors and background as an experiential educator with regional schools. He was the 1996 recipient of the Massachusetts Office of Travel &

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