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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

West Stockbridge Flu Vaccination Clinic
02:30PM / Monday, October 23, 2023
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Berkshire Health Alliance will be holding a Flu and COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on October 26 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM at the Town Hall Community Room.     Registration is required. Register here.   Unregistered clients will be vaccinated as time and supplies allow.    Wear short sleeves.    

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Lee, Becket, Otis Construction Operations
06:07PM / Sunday, October 22, 2023
LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that crews will be conducting overnight hour work finishing paving and bridge repair operations on I-90 eastbound and westbound in Lee, Becket, and Otis.    The work will be conducted at various times and locations from Monday, Oct. 23 through Friday, Oct. 27.    Lane closures will be in place during the construction operations and traffic will be able to travel through the work zones.  The schedule for the work and lane closures will be as follows:    Lee  Paving finishing work will be conducted nightly on I-90 eastbound and westbound from mile marker 7.4 to mile

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Egremont Rejects School Merger; Advocates Say 'May Be Options'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
03:20PM / Saturday, October 21, 2023
    SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Egremont’s special town meeting Saturday morning overwhelmingly rejected a plan that would have merged the Southern Berkshire Regional School District with the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.   By a vote of 143-78, members said no to a new Southern Berkshire Hills Regional School District that would have joined the five towns in the SBRSD with the three in the BHRSD and eventually replaced the existing Mount Everett and Monument Mountain high schools with a new 9-12 school on the Monument Mountain campus.   The merger of the two districts was dependent on a positive vote in all eight of the proposed member towns. The other

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Child Care Offered at Great Barrington Special Town Meeting
03:28PM / Friday, October 20, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Child care for children 3-8 years will be offered at the Oct. 23 Special Town meeting to vote on a proposed merger of the two South County school districts.   The meeting starts at 6 p.m., and child care will open at 5:30, provided by students at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   MMRHS requests that parents reserve their child care spot by 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 23, by calling the Town Clerk's office, (413) 528-1619

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Simon’s Rock to Host 'Kim’s Video'
08:01AM / Friday, October 20, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, Simon's Rock will host a screening of the documentary "Kim's Video" at 6:30 p.m. at the McConnell Theater in the Daniel Arts Center on campus.    This event is free, open to the public, and does not require prior reservation.    Straight from Sundance and Tribeca Film festivals, filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin will screen their new documentary film "Kim's Video," followed by a Q and A with both Redmon and Sabin.    According to a press release:   "Kim's Video" follows modern-day cinephile and filmmaker David Redmon on a seemingly quixotic quest to

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Berkshire County Historical Society Cemetery Tour: Woods Cemetery
08:00AM / Thursday, October 19, 2023
MONTEREY, Mass. — Berkshire County Historical Society will host a cemetery walk at Woods Cemetery   The walk will take place on Wednesday Oct. 25 at 4:30 pm.   Join historian Robert Hoogs as he explores the historic Woods Cemetery. Take a walking tour of the oldest cemetery in Monterey where Rev. Adonijah Bidwell and two of his wives are buried along with many of the early settlers of what was once Township #1 (modern day Tyringham and Monterey).    Meet at the Bidwell House Museum parking lot at the end of Art School Road. Participants will carpool from there to the cemetery as parking is limited on Beartown Mountain Road. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and

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Simon’s Rock to Host Symposium Week on Social Justice and Inclusion
12:07PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Simon's Rock will host the Symposium on Social Justice and Inclusion, which is an annual program sponsored by the Council for Inclusive Community (CIC).    This Symposium provides designated time and space for the Simon's Rock community to deconstruct barriers to action on important social justice issues — in the classroom and in day-to-day life, using a theme. This year the theme is Collective Activism.   This year's keynote guest  will be activist and author Shanae Watkins, speaking on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. in the McConnell Theater at the Daniel Arts Center on campus. The event can also be streamed virtually on

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Great Barrington Begins Housatonic Rail Trail Improvements
04:07PM / Tuesday, October 17, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A section of  the Housatonic Rail Trail south of Main Street will be closed starting the week of Oct. 16, to make way for trail improvements that will improve conditions for accessibility, bikes, strollers and pedestrians.   The closure begins at Main Street and runs approximately 3,100 feet south on the town-owned section of the trail, toward AmeriGas. Work will stop just north of the AmeriGas property, where the trail is privately owned.   Public Works Superintendent Joe Aberdale said only essential trees alongside the trail will be removed to accommodate the project, and the tree removal plan is under review. The trail will be closed for

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Toasting and Tasting for Berkshire South Fundraiser
11:46AM / Friday, October 13, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Share a taste of community at Toasting & Tasting for Berkshire South, the Community Center's beer, wine and spirit tasting fundraiser supporting its financial assistance program.    Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5-9 p.m., the event features the Michael Junkins Trio, light fare from KJ Nosh, beverages from local alcohol purveyors, a silent auction, a mystery Wine Pull, a free photo booth, and more activities.   "Berkshire South Regional Community Center awards nearly $125,000 annually through our financial assistance program. We live our mission that all are welcome regardless of ability to pay," said Jenise Lucey, Executive Director

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South County Road Construction Operations
08:26AM / Friday, October 13, 2023
LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that crews will be conducting overnight hour paving, bridge repair, and traffic marking operations on I-90 eastbound and westbound in Lee, Becket, and Otis.    The work will be conducted at various times and locations from Monday, Oct. 16 through Friday, Oct. 20.    Lane closures will be in place during the construction operations and traffic will be able to travel through the work zones.  The schedule for the work and lane closures will be as follows:    Lee  Paving operations will be conducted nightly on I-90 eastbound between mile marker 12.2 and mile marker

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Makers, Martha and Music: A Fall Afternoon at the Bidwell House
04:00PM / Thursday, October 12, 2023
MONTEREY, Mass. — From 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 visitors can experience early Berkshire history through craft, music and performance; while also enjoying local cider and donuts at the Bidwell House's Makers Martha and Music.    Activities that day will include: Historian Dennis Picard demonstrating traditional broom making, a craft he has been exploring for over 40 years. Blacksmith Chris Templin will demonstrate and explain the process he uses for working and shaping iron. Artisan Lynne White will share her skills in bobbin lacemaking while her husband Harold White will share his skills in molding and painting redware.  Both will have hands-on examples

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South County School Merger Advocates Make Their Case
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:32AM / Thursday, October 12, 2023

School district planning Chair Lucy Prashker and consultant Jake Eberwein lead the presentation on Tuesday in West Stockbridge. WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — School officials in the Southern Berkshire and Berkshire Hills Regional School Districts are hoping voters in their member towns will make history later this month.   It is the best way those officials can see to ensure the future of the region's students.   Later this month, voters in eight South County towns will be asked whether they want to merge the area's two regional school districts, creating one preK-12 district to educate youngsters in the eight communities and, ultimately, one new high school

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