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Simon's Rock Professor Awarded Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships
12:14PM / Friday, April 29, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Peter Filkins, Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature at Bard College at Simon's Rock, has been awarded a 2022-2023 Guggenheim Fellowship in Biography and a Spring 2023 Fulbright IFK Senior Fellowship in Cultural Studies in support of his writing a biography of Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973).   Bachmann is a 20th century Austrian writer and poet.   Nearly 40 years after Filkins was awarded a student Fulbright in 1983-84 to translate Bachmann's poems, he will return to do research in her archive at the National Library in Vienna, Austria.    Over the course of the next academic year, Filkins will spend seven months in Vienna, part

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William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty's Berkshire Brokerages Names New Broker
08:29AM / Friday, April 29, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty announced that Stephanie McNair will assume the role of Brokerage Manager for the firm's two Berkshire brokerages, located in Great Barrington and Lenox.    According to a press release, McNair brings to the position knowledge and experience in the real estate market in the Berkshire region. McNair has been working in real estate since 2009, representing buyers and sellers throughout western Mass. McNair ran her own boutique real estate agency, Harvest Moon Realty, from 2012 to 2017.    Before that, she held various roles in marketing, public relations and crisis communications for

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Cain Hibbard & Myers Broadens Hire Three Attorneys
08:09AM / Thursday, April 28, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Cain Hibbard & Myers, PC announced its expansion with the recent hire of three additional attorneys to serve the firm's network of clients in Western Massachusetts and New York.   Susan Herman, Jeff O'Connor, and Kyle Patzwahl bring an array of skills and expertise to enhance the firm's established practice areas, as well as build on its legacy of excellence and its philosophy that success is measured by client service.   Susan Herman joins the firm as Of Counsel with over 40 years of experience in the private and public sector. Susan's experience includes 15 years as a private practitioner with a firm in Lewiston, Maine, where her

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Simon's Rock Alum Awarded Fulbright to Teach English in Italy
12:35PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. —Simon's Rock alum Chazlee Myers ‘12 was awarded an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant by the US-Italy Fulbright Commission to provide assistance to local English teachers in Italy and act as a cultural ambassador for the U.S from October 2022 to June 2023.    Myers is one of only ten ETA grant awardees for Italy.   Myers majored in German Studies and Photography at Simon's Rock and studied abroad in Germany at the University of Marburg. While there, she found that German schools already emphasize teaching English as a second language, whereas the emphasis is different in Italy, hence why she selected Italy for her

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Great Barrington Participating in National Drug Take Back Day
12:08PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Police Department (GBPD) is participating in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30.   Anyone wishing to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription medications may drop these off at the GBPD.    Substance use often starts with the misuse of prescription drugs found in medicine cabinets in homes all across America. These prescription drugs can be dropped at participating police departments, with no questions asked and no consequences.   Participating police departments in South County include Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Otis, Sheffield and Stockbridge.

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Berkshire Economic Recovery Program Announces Additional Offerings
04:02PM / Tuesday, April 26, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, in partnership with Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and with support from the United States Economic Development Administration, announced additional cohorts being added to the Spring 2022 slate of technical assistance offerings of the Berkshire Economic Recovery Program (BERP).   The Berkshire Economic Recovery Program Technical Assistance series has supported more than 35 businesses through targeted, need-specific offerings. In order to address more demand and specific needs, they announced the addition of 3 new cohorts, with one being offered entirely in Spanish.    These cohorts include: May 5 - "Branding Para

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ArtWeek Berkshires 2022 Welcomes Submissions
12:10PM / Tuesday, April 26, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County's five Cultural Districts are partnering again to  expand ArtWeek Berkshires 2022 that will take place from Sept 15 to Sept 25.    The coalition recently posted its first call for artists. The non-juried event is free to all Berkshire County individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in showcasing creative work. Submissions from actors, cartoonists, crafters, dancers, designers, filmmakers, illustrators, mimes, multimedia artists, musicians, performance artists, poets, puppeteers, theater artists, visual artists, writers are welcome.   Representatives from the five Cultural District began meeting in February to

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Simon's Rock Awarded Early College Full School Impact Planning Grant
04:02PM / Monday, April 25, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. —Simon's Rock announced that the institution was awarded an Early College Full School Impact Planning Grant of $150,000 from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   "The purpose of this competitive grant is to provide significant planning and resources to support a district and/or high school and college partner in designing and developing an impactful, large scale, or "full school" immersive Early College program model."    The grant will support a three-year pilot program for Simon's Rock to partner with Southern Berkshire Regional School District (SBRSD) to

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Berkshire Botanical Garden Hosts 'Shimmer' Art Exhibit
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:16AM / Saturday, April 23, 2022

'Frozen in Time' by Art Evans, one of two works on display.  STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — There's still a week left to experience "Shimmer" at Berkshire Botanical Garden.   Curated by Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll, it brings together drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures from 38 artists in an attempt to encourage "being in the present" while also recording the condition of life.    Each artwork and artist provides a different conversation to encourage viewers to be open to new perspectives and challenges the viewer to contemplate the complexities of light in the darkness.   COVID-19 and the War in Ukraine has

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Grant Supports Ecological Restoration and Climate Resilience in the Berkshires
05:12PM / Friday, April 22, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On behalf of the Berkshire Clean, Cold and Connected (BCCC) Restoration Partnership, the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) has entered into a three-year Cooperative Agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) to support healthy aquatic systems and address climate change in Berkshire County.   The Cooperative Agreement is expected to provide approximately $350,000 in grant funding to support a new BCCC Restoration Partnership Coordinator position based in HVA's Stockbridge office, and further aquatic habitat enhancement projects like culvert replacement and stream restoration.   Funds

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Weekend Outlook: Daffodils & All That Jazz
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:35PM / Friday, April 22, 2022
Berkshire County will be hosting a variety of indoor and outdoor events this warm weekend including festivals, dance parties, museum activities, and performances from world renowned performers.    Daffodil and Tulip Festival Naumkeag, Stockbridge   Naumkeag is kicks off its 4th annual Daffodil and Tulip Festival this weekend that will run throughout the months of April and May.    The event will showcase more than 130,000 daffodil, tulip and minor bulbs across their 8 acres of land.    The 48-acre estate will be decorated with "with a variety of blooms, containers, displays and decorations against the backdrop of stunning views of Monument Mountain

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Moderate Spring Weather In Store This Week
12:20PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Temperatures will slowly inch up to the low 60s this week but expect a mix of cloudy skies and sun.   Wednesday, April 20 will be sunny, but temperatures will only top out at 51, predicts Accuweather.   Expect cooler temperatures overnight with a low of 28.   Thursday will be a bit warmer with a high of 59. The day should start sunny but expect cloud cover in the afternoon with some brief rain showers.   Friday should be nice with mostly sunny skies and a high of 61. Expect the same thing Saturday, April 23.   Sunday should be cloudier. Temperatures should linger in the high 50s - low 60s.

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