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Berkshire Organizations Awarded MassWildlife Habitat Grants
04:00PM / Friday, January 26, 2024
BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced over $365,000 to restore 234 acres of wildlife habitat across Massachusetts.    The Department of Fish and Game's (DFG) Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is awarding MassWildlife Habitat Management grants to five organizations and two municipalities. The MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Program (MHMGP), provides crucial financial assistance to private and municipal owners of conserved lands to improve habitat for wildlife, steward biodiversity, enhance climate resiliency, and promote public recreational opportunities. Since 2015, MassWildlife has funded 112 projects that have restored over

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Great Barrington Pedestrian Killed on Route 7
02:46PM / Thursday, January 25, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Great Barrington man was killed Wednesday morning after being struck by a vehicle on Route 7.    The victim was identified as Niall Nordoff, 41. According to his Facebook page, he attended Mount Everett Region School and worked in landscape design.    Police reported that they had received two calls early Thursday -- one at 5:55 a.m. reporting a man wearing dark clothing walking in the middle of the roadway and another that he had been struck by a pickup as officers were responding.    Officers arrived on scene moments later and discovered a man on the southbound shoulder of the roadway. Medical treatment was immediately

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Free Composting Drop Now Offered at Great Barrington Transfer Station
10:21AM / Tuesday, January 23, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — In collaboration with Berkshire Compost, the town Transfer Station will now accept composted food waste from residents of Great Barrington and Housatonic.    The program is free.   Compost is food waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill: scraps leftover from cooking or meals, cardboard and certain paper products.    Composting food waste significantly reduces the garbage that heads to the landfill. Compost is filled with nutrients used in farming and agriculture to fertilize soil.   "Composting is a natural, sustainable way to recycle food waste, it is used to build healthy soil for gardening and agriculture,"

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North Berkshire Waste District Interested In Hydrogen Facility Project
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
02:50PM / Monday, January 22, 2024

ADAMS, Mass.— Members of the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District (NBSWMD) were intrigued by a plan by Local Power to work towards community-wide decarbonization through a waste hydrogen facility in Western Massachusetts. 

In a presentation on Jan. 11,  Local Power President Paul Fenn told the district members that Local Power helps local governments set up community-wide decarbonization with a focus on localization "as a core strategy in an industry defined by centralized energy and capital sources." 

He said the community choice aggregation firm helped usher in community choice power supply programs to many towns and cities in Berkshire

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Great Barrington Public Theater Hosts Conversation With Jeff Zinn
12:17PM / Monday, January 22, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Public Theater kicks off 2024 with the first in a series of free public interviews with industry influencers on Monday, Jan. 29, 6pm, with a sit-down Conversation With Jeff Zinn, director, writer, actor, producer and founder of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.    Great Barrington Public Theater Artistic Director Jim Frangione will talk with Zinn on stage at St. James Place, Great Barrington about Zinn's podcast GURUS: The Story of Acting, from Stanislavsky to Succession, and to get Zinn's take on trends in American theater today.    This is a free live event, with a $10 suggested donation, but space is limited.

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Applications for Berkshire Art Center's Summer Internship Program Open
08:10AM / Monday, January 22, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Art Center announced applications are now open for its Summer 2024 Internship Program.    Students ages 15+ are encouraged to apply for a Teaching Assistant position in Berkshire Art Center's Summer 2024 Camp Season, which provides an opportunity to work alongside local artists and aid children ages 4 to 14 years old in visual art exploration.    Berkshire Art Center's camp season runs for 9 to 10 weeks from June through August and the Teaching Assistant position is from approximately 8:30am–4:30pm daily with camps occurring Monday through Friday. Preference is based upon availability and experience, and is given to high

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Mass Humanities Announces 2024 Funding Opportunities
11:34AM / Sunday, January 21, 2024
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Humanities, the Commonwealth's leading funder of humanities programs, announced upcoming opportunities for its 2024 grant season.    Application materials for Expand Massachusetts Stories (EMS) grants are available now on the website, with the application window opening on February 5.   EMS grants support projects that collect, interpret, and share stories about the Commonwealth. Special consideration is given to humanities programming, events, and creative works that emphasize the voices and experiences of residents that too often go unrecognized, or have been excluded from public conversation and public history.   This year, Mass

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Great Barrington Appoints New Libraries Director
12:00PM / Saturday, January 20, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town has appointed Dawn Jardine as the new director of the Great Barrington Libraries.   A free reception is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 20, 5-7 p.m. at Mason Library, to welcome Jardine and to showcase recent improvements to Mason's 1913 reading room.   The public is invited and refreshments will be served.   Jardine has worked in public libraries since 2012, most recently as interim library manager in Catskill, N.Y. She joined the Red Hook, N.Y., public library in 2012, first as a library assistant and then moving up the ranks to become library director, a role she held from 2016-2023. The Red Hook and Catskill libraries had

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It's Showtime For The Guthrie Center Instrument Lending Library
By Kim McMann,
05:00AM / Friday, January 19, 2024

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — George Laye, founder of the instrument loan program at the Guthrie Center, was inspired to create the "Check it Out" musical instrument loan library after taking a stroll down memory lane.

Laye said he was thinking about his mother participating in an orchestra as a young woman, and then he recalled years later discovering her long-forgotten violin in the attic.  It occurred to him that there were probably musical instruments in many attics, storing songs meant to be played. 

"People buy their children instruments and after a few months, they decide it's not for them," he said. "Eventually, those

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Construct Receives $2M for Renovation of Cassilis Farm in New Marlborough
10:34AM / Thursday, January 18, 2024
NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass – Construct, a nonprofit provider of affordable housing and support services in the Southern Berkshires, has received over $2 million in funding from Federal Home Loan Bank Boston's (FHLB) Affordable Housing Competitive Funding Program, in partnership with Greylock Federal Credit Union.   This award is a step toward providing New Marlborough with its first affordable housing units. The money will help Construct create 11 new apartments at Cassilis Farm, a Gilded Age estate set on eight acres. Two additional single-family houses on the property will be funded privately, providing more immediate homes for New Marlborough's essential workers.   FHL

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Jacob's Pillow Welcomes Associate Artistic Director
11:19AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2024
BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow announced that Kim Chan will join the organization's curatorial and leadership team as Associate Artistic Director, an enhanced full-time staff position that begins January 22.    In this role, Chan will oversee several administrative departments at the organization, with a program portfolio encompassing archives and preservation, audience engagement, community engagement, in-person performances, artist residencies, and The School at Jacob's Pillow.   Chan will also serve on the curatorial team at Jacob's Pillow, identifying artists to perform at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (which will celebrate its 92nd season in

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Great Barrington Sets Budget Planning Sessions
08:00AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Finance Committee and Selectboard have set a series of joint meetings to develop the FY 2025 town budget. Meetings will be held in person and online, starting Feb. 6.   The public is encouraged to become informed about the municipal spending plan that will be presented to voters at the Annual Town Meeting in May.   The first three meetings will review budgets for specific departments, so town residents can join whichever evening includes topics of interest.   Joint meetings are scheduled for: Tuesday, Feb.6, 6:00 PM Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:00 PM Tuesday, Feb.13, 6:00 PM  Wednesday, Feb.14, 6:00 PM A final public hearing to vote on

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