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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

LitNet Celebrates Keator Scholars and Thanks Donors
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:54AM / Monday, July 25, 2022

The event celebrated scholarship recipients who  have taken the advantage of tutoring in English and citizen test preparation.  Nineteen Keator scholarship recipients have become American citizens. STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Literacy Network of South Berkshire hosted a celebration Thursday at the Norman Rockwell Museum to honor its scholar and new Americans and the educators who helped guide them down the path toward citizenship.   Recipients received financial support to help cover the cost of the federal naturalization application and to obtain legal services during the screening and application process.   They are also assigned a tutor from LitNet


Agricultural Commissioner Visits Berkshire County Farms
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:57AM / Sunday, July 24, 2022
TYRINGHAM, Mass. — Agricultural Commissioner John Lebeaux visited three Berkshire County farms on Wednesday to learn about their diverse practices.   The tour began at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, then went to Robinson Farm in Becket, and ended at Woven Roots Farm in Tyringham.   "We're always impressed with the diversity of [agriculture] in Berkshire County," Lebeaux said.   Nonprofit Berkshire Grown organizes the farm tour each year with the commissioner. Executive Director Margaret Moulton feels that it is crucial to help state government get a clear understanding of the challenges that Berkshire farmers face.   Lebeaux recognized that the farmers



The Classical 'High Season' Approaches its Zenith
by Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
07:02AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2022
During late-July, the classical music festival "high season," anchored by concerts at Tanglewood and at other regional venues approaches its zenith, with both sure-fire and innovative programming. Offerings this week include Boston Symphony performances of both classic and rarely heard works by Berlioz, Chopin, Wagner, Brahms, Mahler and Rachmaninoff, as well as by two of today's prominent composers — Richard Danielpour and Pierre Jalbert.   Not to be outdone, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams is continuing its ongoing three-week Summer Music Festival of new music, curated by renowned Bang on a Can (BOAC) composers Michael Gordon, David


Great Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars Music Festival
Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
08:45AM / Wednesday, July 13, 2022
As Tanglewood enters its third week, massed stellar performances will take center stage in Ozawa Hall and in the Koussevitsky Shed. Why go? To experience world-class instrumental soloists, the Boston Symphony performs chamber and orchestral masterworks by iconic Czech masters Janacek, Dvorak, and to experience two landmark works: Mozart’s great operatic masterpiece “Don Giovanni” and Brahms’ resplendent choral magnum opus, “A German Requiem.”   If the offerings at Tanglewood aren’t enough to pique your musical interest, there are also outstanding chamber music performances to be enjoyed at the intimate and warm-spirited Sevenars Music Festival


Great Barrington Advances to District Final with Win Over Adams-Cheshire
By Stephen Dravis,
08:21PM / Tuesday, July 12, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. – Kasen Raifstanger went 2-for-2 with a double and scored three times Tuesday as the Great Barrington Little League 12-year-old All-Stars needed just three innings to take a 15-0 win over Adams and advance to the championship game of the Don Gleason District 1 Championship.   Great Barrington, the designated home team, pounded out six hits – four for extra bases – in a 12-run third inning to end the game when George Drager scored on a pitch to the backstop with one out.   Oliver Donovan struck out six and allowed two hits on the mound to pick up the win as Great Barrington (3-1) advances to Thursday’s final, a rematch against the PIttsfield


Attorney General Funds Summer Jobs for Young People
12:00PM / Sunday, July 10, 2022
BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey  announced that her office is awarding more than $262,000 in grant funding to 70 organizations across the state to fund summer jobs for young people that are focused on promoting health and wellness.   In Berkshire County, Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, the Berkshire South Regional Community Center and Greenagers in South Egremont will receive funding to support jobs for young people.   "For eight years, we've worked closely with inspiring organizations in every corner of the state to create safe, positive summer experiences for young people," said Healey. "These


UPDATE: Motorcyclist Dies in Great Barrington Collision
09:00AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
Update: The Great Barrington Police Department reported Wednesday that the victim of the July 4 motor vehicle accident was Antonio Desousa, 68 years of age, from Danbury Conn.   The accident remains under investigation by the Great Barrington Police, Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit, Massachusetts State Police CARS Unit, and the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office.   _______________________________________________________________________________________________     GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A 68 year old Connecticut man died from injuries sustained from a collision with a car near Bistro Box.   On Monday July 4 at 12:02 PM, a


The Classical Beat: Tanglewood, Sevenars, Taconic Music this Week
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
08:00AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
Tanglewood enters its second week, and the glories are many; indeed, every concert will be memorable. Here's a listing of the outstanding scheduled performances and related events – all highlights for this weekend and into next week, Friday through Monday, July 8-11.   Be sure to also consider the marvelous and diverse programs listed below at Sevenars Music Festival in Worthington, Mass, and by the Taconic Music Festival in Manchester, Vt.   Tanglewood Four Shed Concerts with the Boston Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra     • Friday, July 8, at 8:00 p.m.: Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in a

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Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
09:06AM / Monday, July 04, 2022

A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule.

The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent


Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
08:01AM / Saturday, July 02, 2022

Festivities marking the nation's 243rd birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Thursday July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.


The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are July 3 night practice (no fireworks) and Thursday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops, which begin at 8. This year's event features a flyover, Queen Latifah and Arlo Guthrie. MBTA usually runs free after the July 4 concert. More information here.


Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual free celebration with music and activities, with

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CHP Rolling Out Vaccines for Young Children
08:00AM / Saturday, July 02, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs (CHP) is now offering COVID-19 pediatric vaccines for children between 6 months through age 4.   These vaccines have been clinically tested and approved for use in young children to prevent serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19.    Full information about pediatric vaccines for children of all ages can be found on the CDC's website.   The CHP Mobile Health Unit (MHU) provides free vaccines to all, regardless of whether they are a CHP patient. The MHU travels throughout the Berkshires to various locations with vaccines and community-based health services, and the schedule calendar can be found


Berkshire Waldorf High School Has Plans for Old Stockbridge Town Hall
02:23PM / Friday, July 01, 2022

Stephen Sagarin, Teresa O'Brient, and Cathy Clark on the steps of the Old Town Hall.   STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Waldorf High School is proposing to turn Procter Hall into its future home.    School officials on Friday announced a multiyear fundraising campaign to begin the first phase of renovation to the two-century-old structure.    "The town of Stockbridge can finally realize its two-decade old dream of finding a permanent use for this 1839 historic structure," said Teresa O'Brient, chair of the school's trustees and owner of the Stockbridge Country Store, in a press release. "We are so excited to finally have the

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