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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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State Police Chase on MassPike Ends With Suspect in Custody
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09:12AM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Image from the Air Wing prior to the suspect's surrender. STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — State Police shut down a section of the Massachusetts Turnpike on Wednesday in pursuit of a car allegedly stolen by an Illinois man.   The chase started at about 7:30 and ended with suspect is in custody as of 9:20 a.m.   Authorities tweeted out updates after closing the westbound lane and then the eastbound lane near Exit 3 around 8:30. Images from the State Police Air Wing showed numerous cruisers surrounding a vehicle. Negotiators were being brought in but the suspect exited the car and surrendered.    According a release, Kevin Oldaker, 48, of Poplar Grove, Ill., is being

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Old Time Fiddle by Ear Workshop at Dewey Hall
08:15AM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — In this workshop Aaron Jonah Lewis will teach old time fiddle by ear on Friday April 22 with a workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and a concert at 7:30.    The old time fiddle styles of the Appalachian mountains are characterized by their syncopated bowing patterns and driving rhythms. The workshop will be spent discussing musical and technical aspects and learning a tune.    This workshop is for people who can already play their fiddle/violin, but will be taught by ear so you don't need to read music.   Tickets can be purchased here.   The event will take place at Dewey Hall at 91 Main St.   About the Aaron Jonah

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Peter Sykes plays the Roosevelt Organ In Great Barrington
04:07PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Bach Society continues its season on April 23, 2022 at 4 p.m. with organist Peter Sykes playing the great Roosevelt Organ at the First Congregational Church.    This is the second of two organ recitals presented by Berkshire Bach this season that provide an opportunity to explore the capabilities of two historic Berkshires instruments: Johnson & Son organ from 1893 and the Roosevelt organ from 1883.   Peter Sykes presents compositions by Bach and his followers—Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Reger—that showcase the organ that at its installation was considered "the finest in America." 

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Seasonal Safety Reminder: Be Aware of Mulch Fire Hazards
03:59PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
STOW, Mass. —State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey offered a fire safety reminder to homeowners and others who plan on using mulch in upcoming landscaping projects.   "Every spring, firefighters across Massachusetts respond to mulch fires on commercial and residential properties," State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said. "These include fires that start with cigarettes and other smoking materials. Remember that mulch is combustible and can easily catch fire."   The hazard is especially significant around residential structures because fires that start on the exterior of buildings are usually not detected early. By the time smoke and heat enter the building to

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