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CHP Berkshires Offering Second Senior Covid Vaccine
10:36AM / Thursday, March 21, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — CHP Mobile Health is now offering the second updated Covid-19 vaccine to adults 65 and older, and to people of all ages who are immunocompromised.    Vaccines are available with the CHP Mobile Health teams whenever they are on the road. The schedule can be found at chpberkshires.org/mobile.    Data continues to show the importance of vaccination to protect those most at risk for severe outcomes of COVID-19. An additional dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine may restore protection that has waned since a fall vaccine dose, providing increased protection to adults ages 65 years and older, according to the CDC.    Adults 65 years and

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Writers at the Rock: Poetry and Fiction Series at Simon's Rock
09:14AM / Thursday, March 21, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.—The Poetry & Fiction Series at Bard College at Simon's Rock returns to campus this spring and is open to the public, beginning on March 7.   The Writers at the Rock: Poetry & Fiction Series readings will take place in-person on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in Blodgett House on the campus of Simon's Rock. All readings are free and open to the public. The first reading in the series will take place on Thursday, March 7 with author Tiana Clark.    "We've had Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, Guggenheim Fellows, MacArthur genius grant winners, and rising literary stars whose work just continues to find new

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Authorities Search in Williamstown for Missing Eastern Mass Resident
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
10:05AM / Wednesday, March 20, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police are asking anyone with information about a missing eastern Massachusetts resident to contact the dispatch center at 413-458-5733.   On Tuesday morning, Williamstown Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near the end of Berlin Road, a hiking area near the New York State Line, according to a news release from the WPD on Wednesday.   Police determined the vehicle was registered to Fae Morgana Barbone, a missing person from the Abington/Hanson area on the South Shore, the release said.    "This person had been reported as missing several days earlier with unconfirmed sightings in North Adams and the Carolinas and a

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Boston Region Celebrates Haddad Toyota as Recipient of the 2023 President's Award
09:04AM / Wednesday, March 20, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Boston Region proudly announces Haddad Toyota as the esteemed recipient of the 2023 President's Award for the 16th year.    This prestigious accolade signifies excellence in Sales, Service, Customer Satisfaction, and Retention, embodying the pinnacle of achievement within our automotive community.    Amidst the challenges and triumphs of 2023, Haddad Toyota emerged as a beacon of resilience and performance. In a landscape marked by fierce competition, our dealers exhibited unwavering dedication and tenacity, surmounting obstacles to deliver unparalleled service and satisfaction to our valued clientele.  The President's Award

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Berkshire Horseworks Secures Grant From MountainOne Foundation
09:25AM / Saturday, March 16, 2024
RICHMOND, Mass. — Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc., a 501c3 mission-driven nonprofit, which for 10 years has offered Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Assisted Team building, and other therapeutic and recreational activities with horses, has secured funding through a grant of $1,000 from MountainOne Foundation to support local schools in Berkshire County with academic challenges to build literacy skills.    In addition, BHW welcomed new board member Beth Persing, a licensed social worker and substance abuse counselor. The news was announced by Hayley Sumner, founder and executive director.    The grant from MountainOne will fund

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Barrington Stage To Hold Auditions for Local Teens
12:04PM / Friday, March 15, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company will hold auditions for local teens ages 13-19 for The Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund's 2024 Devised Theatre Ensemble.   Auditions are March 23 at Barrington Stage's Wolfson Center, 122 North Street, from 10am-2pm. The day will start with a group warmup and audition, followed by individual auditions. Those auditioning should prepare a 16-bar cut from the musical theatre cannon. An accompanist is provided. Sides will also be available.    To sign up for auditions use this link https://forms.gle/5naP5EHH8sR9Xinw7. Students are paid a stipend for participation.    The Devised Theatre Ensemble

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Berkshire Farmers Markets Awarded State Grants
07:57AM / Thursday, March 14, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced that the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is awarding over $205,000 to help farmers markets grow and expand their outreach to consumers.    MDAR is awarding funding to 23 organizations representing 31 farmers markets through the Farmers Market Sustainability Grant Program. The new program provides funding to organizations that operate farmers markets to enhance their marketing, promotion, consumer education, planning and infrastructure efforts.   In Berkshire County: The Farmers Market of Sheffield: $14,945 for the Sheffield Farmers Market and Winter Market  Roots Rising:

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GB Public Theater hosts Conversation with Berkshire Theater Artists
03:28PM / Wednesday, March 13, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Public Theater (GBPT) holds the third in a series of live talks with theater professionals, Monday, March 18, 6:30pm at St, James Place.   GB Public Associate Artistic Director Judy Braha sits down with a group of stage artists who reside locally and, often working together, create nationally acclaimed theater right in the Berkshires.    The multi-accomplished group includes Director James Warwick, Playwrights Mark St. Germain and Jessica Provenz; Actor Peggy Pharr Wilson; Costume Designer Brittney Belz; and Lighting Designer Matthew Adelson.    They all work on GBPT productions and with the many other theater

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Bird Banding Event In West Stockbridge
08:00AM / Tuesday, March 12, 2024
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Ben Nickley, founder and executive director of the Berkshire Bird Observatory, will be the guest speaker at the second of West Stockbridge Historical Society's Berkshire Nature Talk Series on Friday, March 15, at 7 PM in the Old Town Hall, 9 Main Street, West Stockbridge.   The Berkshire Bird Observatory began as part of Green Berkshires' lower Taconic range biodiversity survey. Nickley, who started the program and leads the bird-banding in summer and fall at Jug End State Reservation in South Egremont, is now spinning off the observatory and pursuing its non-profit status.   He'll discuss the origins and goals of the observatory, along

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Patriot Armor Systems Awarded $200K State Grant for Equipment
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:29PM / Friday, March 08, 2024
LEE, Mass. — Patriot Armor Systems has been granted $200,000 from a state program for manufacturers.   The Healey-Driscoll administration announced on Monday the 17 grantees of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerate Program, which dispersed a total of $3,144,982 to manufacturers for the purchase of new capital equipment to support production, customer demand, and the workforce.   "Patriot Armor is a manufacturer of bullet resistant, blast resistant, and forced entry security glass. Our products are used in a number of applications but most importantly in military vehicles, law enforcement vehicles, and U.S. embassy buildings. We pride ourselves on the quality of our

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William Pitt Sotheby's Announce Team Addition
03:43PM / Friday, March 08, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — William Pitt Sotheby's is proud to announce that Richard G. Aldrich has joined the company.   Aldrich will be working with Steven J. Weisz, to expand the company's current market leadership role in commercial property sales and leasing.    "We are excited and proud of the partnership of Rich Aldrich and Steven Weisz," said Stephanie Mc Nair, Berkshire brokerage manager at William Pitt Sotheby's. "These two talented and experienced real estate professionals are already the leaders in their field and will bring a higher level of service to the commercial, development & business community."    Aldrich

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Human Remains Found Near Great Barrington Cemetery
10:34AM / Friday, March 08, 2024
Update: The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has identified the human remains found in Great Barrington to be those of Sascha Cameron (DOB 3/14/76, Great Barrington). The cause of death has not yet been determined. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — On Friday, Feb. 23 the Great Barrington Police Department and the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit responded to a report of human remains found in Great Barrington.    According to the District Attorney's Office, the remains were discovered approximately 20 feet in the woods surrounding the Mahaiwe Cemetery. They were discovered by an individual walking his dog on the grounds of the property.   The Office of the Chief

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