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Half Waif Returns To Race Brook Lodge
08:25AM / Wednesday, June 01, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Half Waif returns to the Race Brook Lodge to perform on June 11, 2022.   Half Waif is the project of singer, songwriter, and producer Nandi Rose. Half Waif, which blends pop, folk, and electronic styles, has been featured on NPR's Tiny Desk series, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Pitchfork; toured internationally with bands like Mitski, Iron & Wine and Calexico.   Rose recently announced her fifth full-length album Mythopoetics with ANTI-Records.   Half Waif will be supported by Albany-based folk artist Blue Ranger.    The concert will be held in the Race Brook Lodge Event Barn.   More info & Tickets:

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Bidwell House Museum Summer History Talk
08:34AM / Tuesday, May 31, 2022
MONTEREY, Mass.— Join the Bidwell House Museum on June 4 at 11 a.m. for the first lecture in our 2022 Summer History Talk series, The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano with Professor Robert Allison.   This lecture will be held at the Tyringham Union Church at 128 Main Rd in Tyringham. This will be an in-person lecture, with the option to also watch a livestream via Zoom. All Zoom participants will receive a link to access the lecture a couple of days in advance.   Tickets for this event can be purchased at https://www.bidwellhousemuseum.org/event/the-interesting-narrative-of-olaudah-equiano-with-robert-allison-2/.   Tickets for in-Person members is $10

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Veteran Spotlight: Army Sgt. Christine Zecker
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
06:07PM / Sunday, May 29, 2022

Christine Zecker served in the Army for nearly a decade, including working in a specialized psychiatric unit.  LEE, Mass. — Christine Zecker served her country in Army as a sergeant from 1989 to 1998. She enlisted on Halloween night at 21 years of age and was sent to basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., where she was platoon leader for her class.    "It was the first real basic training, on the verge of war. Lots of people went AWOL or had breakdowns. We were in lockdowns with newspapers and media outlets. They wouldn't let us see anything that would distract us from our training," she remembered of the lead up to Desert

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Great Barrington Seeks Town Meeting Volunteers
12:37PM / Sunday, May 29, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town clerk's office is seeking a few volunteers to help with on-site coordination of the annual town meeting on Monday, June 6, at 6 p.m.   The meeting will be held drive-in style, at Monument Mountain Regional High School. If the town meeting business is not complete on Monday, June 6, the meeting will continue on Thursday, June 9, at 6 p.m.   Volunteers will help to check in voters and distribute documents to voters as they arrive, tally hand votes and collect yes/no slips for votes on secret ballot articles on the town meeting warrant.    The clerk's office has six volunteers committed but is seeking at least four

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Lila Kanner joins Jacob's Pillow as Chief Philanthropy Officer
08:00AM / Friday, May 27, 2022
BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow announced that Lila Kanner has joined Jacob's Pillow as its new Chief Philanthropy Officer.    She started in her new role with the Pillow on May 23.   Kanner brings to the Pillow more than 20 years of experience in the arts and a decade in fundraising leadership. Most recently, she served as the Acting Director of Development at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London where she managed a development team to deliver campaigns, major gifts, membership, operations, alumni relations, and events. In her tenure at The Courtauld, she oversaw the strategy and management of the organization's fundraising efforts and led the

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Great Barrington Police Arrest 4 on Unarmed Robbery Charges
Staff Reports,
06:31PM / Thursday, May 26, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Four individuals from New York State were arrested after an unarmed robbery at Berkshire Bank on Thursday afternoon.    Desmond Collins, 34, of Queens; Adam Lamar Morrison, 30, of Irvingdale; Christopher Wright, 32, of the Bronx; and Shamina Cruz, 45, of Manhattan are all charged with larceny more than $1,200 and unarmed robbery. Police said more charges may be pending.   An employee of Berkshire Bank's Stockbridge Road branch reported the robbery at about 2:39 p.m.   A woman was attempting a fraudulent transaction when a bank employee identified the transaction as suspicious; the woman then grabbed the money and fled the bank. She got

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Storms In Store For Solid Sound Weekend
12:05PM / Thursday, May 26, 2022
It is a busy weekend in North County with the Solid Sound Music Festival opening its gates Friday and Memorial Day ceremonies Monday.    Hopefully, the weather cooperates.   Thursday, May 26, will be a cloudy spring day with temperatures in the mid-70s but come Friday, temperatures will creep up into the 80s with showers and thunderstorms expected.   Expect high humidity and cloud cover throughout the day. The Weather Channel predicts that storms should begin in the afternoon.   Same deal on Saturday, May 28. Although temperatures will be cooler in the mid-70s, expect clouds, showers, and thunderstorms mainly in the afternoon.   The weather looks more

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Memorial Day Events 2022
By Staff Reports,
03:00PM / Wednesday, May 25, 2022


*Adams
The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the Memorial Building and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street. Lineup begins at 8:30.

The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School band and the Berkshire Highlanders. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.

Adams American Legion Post 160 will make its 88th pilgrimage to the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial on Sunday May 29, 9 a.m. There will be a ceremony and firing squad and

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2022 State of the County Report Released
12:30PM / Tuesday, May 24, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, in conjunction with the Berkshire Leadership Impact Council, has released the Berkshire Benchmarks 2022 State of the County Report.    This report summarizes data and trends that help identify the region's successes and challenges.   Throughout the last two years, more than 100 individuals and community organizations from throughout Berkshire County have worked to identify indicators to track how the region is performing across eight sectors: Economy, Education, Environment, Government, Health, Housing, Social Environment, and Transportation.    A revamped BerkshireBenchmarks.org website

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Bidwell House Museum Begins Season with a Concert and Reception
12:28PM / Monday, May 23, 2022
MONTEREY, Mass.— The Bidwell House Museum announced that they will open for their 31st season on Memorial Day weekend.    Tours by appointment will begin on Monday, May 30 and on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m there will be an opening concert and reception with singer-songwriter Diane Taraz, who will perform her new show "No Such Thing as Idle Hands: The History of Women's Work."   Following the show there will be a small reception to usher in the new season. Tickets can be purchased on the Museum website, https://www.bidwellhousemuseum.org/event/no-such-thing-as-idle-hands-opening-concert-and-reception/   Admission to the show and reception is free for

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Naumkeag's ViewEscapes Encourages Individuals to be part of Nature
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
03:44PM / Sunday, May 22, 2022
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Naumkeag encourages individuals to visit nature and experience culture through there new exhibit ViewEscapes which display sculptures that are one with nature.    The exhibit, curated by associate curator for the Trustees of Reservations Mark Wilson showcases 12 large sculptures outside the historic Choate family cottage. Participants can also find eight sculptures and three works of art inside the home.   This is not the first time George Rickey's kinetic work has been on display at Naumkeag. He had two exhibitions of sculptures, in 1994 and 1997. The current exhibit will be the first time his work has been on display at Naumkeag after his

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Great Barrington Community Preservation Committee to Review Funding
08:00AM / Saturday, May 21, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town's Community Preservation Committee will host a virtual meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. to review CPA funding recommendations for the FY2023 year.    The spending plans are subject to approval by voters at the June 6 Annual Town Meeting. The May 24 meeting and log-in links can be found on the town calendar here.   The CPC has recommended the following expenditures:   $200,000 for the town's Affordable Housing Trust Fund, for down payment and rental assistance for buyers or residents living in Great Barrington. $50,000 in pre-development funds to support Construct's proposed affordable housing development at

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