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BART Announces Junior Book Awards
11:28AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
ADAMS, Mass — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School presented Junior Book Awards during a ceremony on Friday, June 17 at an all-school assembly.   The recipients follow:   The Saint Anselm College Book Award goes to a junior who exercises a capacity for academic achievement and qualities in the areas of civic engagement and social responsibility. This award goes to Josiah Hylton.   The RIT Award is given to a junior or juniors who demonstrate high academic promise. The awardee will receive a waived application fee and a $32,000 scholarship ($8,000 annually) if they are accepted for admission to an RIT BS/BFA program, and enroll full-time in the fall

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Renovated Ted Shawn Theatre Reopens
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
08:36AM / Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Trustees Chairman Christopher Jones talks about the efforts that got Jacob's Pillow to this point.  BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival celebrated on Saturday the opening of the newly renovated Ted Shawn Theatre, a five-year project to restore the first theater in the nation dedicated to dance.    Built in 1942 as part of founder Ted Shawn's vision for presenting dance, the 80-year-old structure has been in dire need of upgrades to continue to support the dance community.    Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Jones explained that over the last 80 years, the growth of the Pillow over the Berkshire summers motivated the board to

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Fire Officials Urge Residents to Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
08:03AM / Tuesday, June 14, 2022
STOW, Mass. — Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and State Police Colonel Christopher S. Mason are reminding residents to leave fireworks to the professionals this summer.   Massachusetts fire departments reported more than 900 fires related to illegal fireworks between 2012 and 2021, officials said. In addition to the 43 fire service injuries and $2.1 million in damages attributed to these fires, Massachusetts medical facilities reported 31 severe burn injuries extending to 5 percent or more of the victims' bodies that were caused by illegal fireworks.   "People are injured and property is lost to illegal fireworks every single year in

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Berkshire Natural Resources Council Receives State Conservation Grant
12:00PM / Monday, June 13, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state awarded the Berkshire Natural Resources Council a Landscape Partnership Grant of $1,250,000 grant to conserve 836 acres in Monterey and Tyringham.   The grant will go toward the Mount Hunger Conservation project and the continued forest management of the area, expanding public access for passive recreation, and building climate resilience by adding to a connected conservation corridor of over 14,000 acres.   "Investing in these important projects will make our communities more resilient to climate change, protect critical drinking water supplies, and ensure communities benefit from access to open space," said Gov. Charlie Baker.

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'The Shot' To Be Performed At Simon's Rock
12:00PM / Monday, June 13, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— Robin Gerber's new play "The Shot" will be performed on stage in the Liebowitz Black Box Theater, located at Bard College at Simon's Rock, from June 16 until June 19.   Tickets and information can be found on the Great Barrington Public Theater website. There will be only five performances.   According to the press release, the play explores the journey of The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham as she struggles with the inner conflicts, fear, and deep faith in love and duty but persevered to survive and triumph and became a powerful publisher that brought down Richard Nixon's White House making her a model of

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The Universal Harpsichord with Mariken Palmboom
08:12AM / Monday, June 13, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Bach Society concludes its 2021-2022 season on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 4pm with harpsichordist Mariken Palmboom in a concert of harpsichord music from Germany, England, Italy, and France at the New Marlborough Meeting House.   "We have so many harpsichord fans in our audience we thought we'd indulge them by presenting a program dedicated solely to music for the instrument," said Terrill McDade, Interim Executive Director of The Berkshire Bach Society.  "There is such a wide variety of repertoire to choose from. As with the church organ, the harpsichord was truly universal in the Baroque era and it's

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Du Bois Middle Schoolers: 'No More Silence, End Gun Violence'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:59AM / Sunday, June 12, 2022

This was the second rally at the school and was sanctioned by school authorities. 

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Seventh- and eighth-grade students at W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School should be awaiting final grades for the school year and planning for summer. Instead, they have spent the last couple of weeks organizing to take a stand against gun violence.

Two weeks ago, the students walked out of the school in response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers. On Friday, they stood outside of the school with signs reading "Abolish the NRA," "Protect kids NOT guns," and "Our futures are more important than

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Southern Berkshire Schools Awarded Grant for Students to Attend Curiosity Camp
12:39PM / Saturday, June 11, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Southern Berkshire Regional School District has been awarded a grant amounting in $15,000 for Early College Supports by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).   The Early College Support grant will allow for five students to attend a two week summer program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Curiosity Camp is an academic program for students in grades 9, 10, and 11. The grant will cover tuition, room, board, and off campus excursions.    "We are so thankful that we are able to offer this incredible opportunity to our students this year," said Superintendent Beth Regulbuto. "Curiosity Camp is perfect

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'Imprinted: Illustrating Race' at Norman Rockwell Museum
08:28AM / Wednesday, June 08, 2022
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Norman Rockwell Museum announced "Imprinted: Illustrating Race," an exhibition on view June 11 through Oct. 30, 2022.    This special exhibition examines the role of published images in shaping attitudes toward race and culture. More than 150 works of art and artifacts of widely circulated illustrated imagery will be on view, produced from 1590 to today.    According to a press release, the exhibition will explore harmful stereotypical racial representations that have been imprinted upon people through the mass publication of images and the resulting noxious impact on public perception about race.    It culminates with the

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Bidwell House Museum: Introduction to Shinrin-Yoku
03:55PM / Tuesday, June 07, 2022
MONTEREY, Mass.— Join certified field naturalist and meditation practitioner, Thomas Lewis, for a nature walk on the Bidwell House grounds, and up to two sit-down meditation sessions.   According to a press release, Shinrin-yoku, also known as "forest bathing," is a meditative practice that can deepen one's connection with nature.   Attendees will need adequate clothing and footwear for temperature, weather, and New England trail conditions. Attendees should have the ability to walk up to a mile; the ability to lower oneself to a seated position on the ground, and to get up, without assistance; an open mind ready to calmly absorb our environment.   A

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CHP Seeks Designer/Contractor for 'Food Depot'
02:47PM / Monday, June 06, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — With $70,000 in grant funding in hand, Community Health Programs (CHP) has plans for a new 'food depot' to support its food security programs based on Great Barrington.   But CHP's 900-square-foot food distribution building is competing with more costly, larger-scale projects for design and construction talent around Southern Berkshire.   "We have the funds, we have the plan, we have the need, and we sure have a lot of food," said Mary Feuer, director of CHP Family Services and WIC which oversees a range of food programs for CHP patients and the general public.   During the COVID-19 pandemic food insecurity issues grew,

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Bidwell House Museum Board President Passes the Baton
12:44PM / Monday, June 06, 2022
MONTEREY, Mass. — After twelve years as President of the Bidwell House Museum Board of Directors, Rob Hoogs, finished his final term on Saturday May 21 and was honored by the Board of Directors for his service.   Hoogs worked with former Director Martha Dailey on a land history and mapping project in 2007 and then joined the Board of Directors in 2008. He was elected President in 2010. During his tenure he has guided the Museum through a Capital Campaign; a multi-year renovation and preservation project that included a new roof and an accessible entrance; the creation of the Native American Interpretive Trail on the grounds; an expansion in Museum programming online and into the

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