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Flying Cloud Institute Welcomes New Board Members
08:09AM / Friday, April 15, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) announced that Catherine Burns, Daniel Medwed, and Dana Vorisek have joined the Board of Directors.   Catherine (Kate) Burns has worked in the financial services profession for over 10 years and has been elected FCI's Treasurer. She began her career in higher education, where she developed a passion for helping families plan for the costs of college. In her current role as a financial advisor with Apella Capital, she helps families navigate and plan for their financial futures.    Kate says, "Flying Cloud Institute's involvement in our local schools inspires me, as I attribute my career to the

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Great Barrington Public Theater Tickets Now on Sale.
11:48AM / Thursday, April 14, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— The season opens June 3 with Solo Festival, five weeks of daring, single-actor shows that run the spectrum of sensibilities, emotions, drama, comedy, history and music; written, performed and directed by local and nationally renowned artists.   Great Barrington Public Theater (GBPT) starts its fourth season in the Daniel Arts Center, Liebowitz Black Box Theater, on the campus of Bard College at Simon's Rock, with four new solo performances that run over the course of five weeks.   Tickets can be purchased and more information can be found on GBPT's website.

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Easter Events in the Berkshires
10:23AM / Thursday, April 14, 2022

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way this April 17 ... and so are family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at info@iberkshires.com.

  Saturday, April 16

CLARKSBURG: The Veterans of Foreign Wars annual egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. at Peter Cooke Memorial Town Field. 

  DALTON: Dalton Community Recreation Association hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt on the CRA Memorial Lawn with the first hunt beginning at 9 a.m. It will be a busy weekend for the bunny because there will be a visit from the Easter Bunny and candy donated by the Benefit Association.   LENOX: The Lenox Community Center hosts its annual Easter egg

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Furry Friends Join Lee Elementary School's 'Walking Bus'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:06AM / Thursday, April 14, 2022

Children pet one of the pups who participated in the walk. Started in 2019, the Walking School Bus invites an organization to walk with it each month.  LEE, Mass. — Furry friends escorted Lee Elementary pupils to school on Wednesday as part of a monthly event called the Walking School Bus.   They began at the town park, walked down Main Street, and then up the hill to Greylock Street led by several canine pals.   "It's a big community effort every month," physical education teacher Jennifer Carlino said. "It's great for all-around, for the kids for the community, we love it."   Berkshire Humane Society joined the procession with

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New Funding Helps CHP Complete Phase 1 of Dental Expansion Project
01:08PM / Wednesday, April 13, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — With the addition of clinical space in North Adams, Community Health Programs (chp) has completed the first phase of its countywide dental expansion project, and design work is now under way for a new dental practice facility in Adams.   These steps are part of CHP's multi-year plan to improve dental care access in the Berkshires who rely on MassHealth. Due to low reimbursement rates, fewer dental practices accept MassHealth. CHP intends to fill this widening gap.   A $60,000 award from the Gilson Family Foundation is supporting the dental expansion in Northern Berkshire, along with a $25,000 gift from the William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund

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Great Barrington to Hold Earth Day Cleanup
04:00PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — To commemorate Earth Day this year, Great Barrington invites residents to join a roadside cleanup on Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m.-noon throughout Great Barrington and the Housatonic village.    Earth Day is the day before, April 22.   The town will provide free refuse bags, which can be picked up at Town Hall and Mason Library downtown and at Ramsdell Library in Housatonic, on clean-up day. The town will collect those that are filled and left along roadsides.   "This is a great opportunity for a community Earth Day event, and we hope everyone will come out for an hour or more to join neighbors in this cleanup," said Town Manager

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Central Berkshire Habitat Begins Work on Great Barrington Home
01:36PM / Monday, April 11, 2022

The house at 40 Grove St. was sold to Habitat by the town and its Affordable Housing Trust to create an affordable housing opportunity for a local family.  GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is working on a newly purchased property located at 40 Grove St.     This late 1800s home is being renovated as the first step to Habitat providing affordable homeownership in South County.  The town of Great Barrington and its Affordable Housing Trust chose to sell this three-bedroom home to Habitat as part of their ongoing efforts to keep the area affordable for those hard-working families that work in the

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COVID-19 Fund Partners Award Grants to 'Help the Helpers'
12:44PM / Monday, April 11, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Northern Berkshire United Way, and Williamstown Community Chest agreed to Help the Helpers with grants from the Berkshire County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.    “These Help the Helpers grants will ensure that over 380 frontline professionals in nonprofits across Berkshire County are seen, appreciated, and celebrated,” said Berkshire United Way President and CEO Tom Bernard. “The proposals we received were well thought out and focused on the unique needs of each organization and team. I’m grateful to our partners who stepped up and recognized the value and impact of

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Announces Spring Grant Deadlines
08:01AM / Monday, April 11, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced its spring deadlines for grants in Berkshire County.    Apply online at www.BerkshireTaconic.org/Grants.    For Nonprofits   Berkshire Taconic's Arts Build Community initiative supports innovation among Berkshire County's nonprofit arts, cultural and community organizations. Rapid-response small grants are available to test emerging ideas with a fast turnaround from application to fund disbursement. Grants range up to $7,500. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all funds are expended. Funding is still available.      New Grant Opportunity: Berkshire

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1Berkshire Starts Entrepreneurial Material Translation Project
10:00AM / Sunday, April 10, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire announced that it has begun a several month long project to collect materials and resources in the region focused on entrepreneurial resources and guidance, to then have them translated into Spanish.   This effort, in partnership with the Berkshire Immigrant Center and Berkshire Language Management, aims to help increase the accessibility of key information, resources, and marketing materials for Spanish speaking businesses and entrepreneurs in the region. 1Berkshire has been actively working with the Berkshire Immigrant Center for over 2 years to navigate opportunities and resources to support the needs of this critical group in our

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Simon's Rock to launch Curiosity Camp for Students
12:04PM / Friday, April 08, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Curiosity Camp at Simon's Rock is a two-week exploration of college living and learning designed for students currently completing grades 9, 10, and 11.    The camp will be held on Simon's Rock's campus from July 10- 23, 2022. Students can register for Curiosity Camp here.   Curiosity Camp at Simon's Rock is open to students interested in exploring their academic and creative interests in a college environment while they are currently completing grades 9, 10, or 11. Students will participate daily in Simon's Rock's signature Writing and Thinking Workshop along with a Seminar, and arts and science courses to experience

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1.2 Million Meals Donated to Food Banks from Big Y
08:27AM / Friday, April 08, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y's annual Sack Hunger campaign provides funds for the four food banks within their 2 state marketing area.    In turn, these food banks support local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, day care centers and many others of the 2,100 member agencies.    Their goal is to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security for those at risk of hunger.   For $5, customers supported Sack Hunger a Big Y's 71 supermarkets or Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors. Every $5 donation brings 10 meals to those in need of support. Last year Big Y and their customers donated 2.1 million meals

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