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West Stockbridge Seeking Community Preservation Committee Members
08:00AM / Sunday, May 08, 2022
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Town is seeking applicants to volunteer as a member of the Community Preservation Committee.   The Town is looking for residents that may be interested in serving on the Community Preservation Committee.     The Committee needs three at Large Citizens that are currently not on any elected or appointed other committee of board in Town.    Those interested can contact the Town Administrator, Marie Ryan either by email at admin@weststockbridge-ma.gov or by phone at (413) 232-0300 ext. 319.     The deadline to show interest is Tuesday, May 31.

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Camp Wagalot Owner Finds Her Passion in Caring for Dogs
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:13AM / Sunday, May 08, 2022
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — After being laid off, Jennifer Andrews found herself in a depression. She was 40 years old, had never been laid off before, and couldn't find a job. She found herself snuggling up to her two Labradors and had an epiphany — she wanted to do something where she could spend the day with her dogs.   The result was the opening a decade ago of Camp Wagalot, a dog day-care facility that has grown over the last decade to have a waiting list of 50 to 60 dogs.   "Most of the time I can get in the field and play with them and all. It's a gift. That's the best part," she said.    Andrews' love for dogs shines through in the

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Berkshire South 5K Returns In Person
12:10PM / Saturday, May 07, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire South Regional Community Center's (BSRCC) annual 5K fundraiser returns in-person this year after two years with a "distanced" format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    The Walk/Run takes place at the Great Barrington Airport on Saturday, May 14, with check-in at 9 a.m. and a race start at 10 a.m.  The annual event is a fundraiser for Berkshire South's Community Youth Programming, including the free Teen Outreach Nutrition and Exercise program (TONE).   New this year is a Children's Fun Color Run, which takes place at 9:30 a.m. and is appropriate for children ages 10 and under.   "Students in the TONE

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Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists Applications Open
08:00AM / Saturday, May 07, 2022
SANDISFIELD, Mass. — The Sandisfield Arts Center announced the Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists applications are available and those interested need to apply by June 15.   Three artists will be selected as finalists and each will receive $350 in support of their art practice, as well as a group show of their work at the Sandisfield Arts Center on Aug. 13, 2022.   The prize was created by Adam Manacher and Carol Birnbaum, the parents of Daniel Manacher, in memory of their son and his passion for art.   "Daniel worked on different surfaces, always hand-drawn," said his father, Adam Manacher. "He loved interacting with people in their love for art. We

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Mass REAL ID Drivers Licenses Required By This Time Next Year
08:23AM / Friday, May 06, 2022
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is reminding customers of the federal requirement that anyone traveling by plane domestically, or wishing to enter certain federal buildings, will need acceptable identification credentials, effective May 3, 2023.   Acceptable credentials can include an RMV-issued REAL ID driver's license or ID, or a valid passport. The Registry is encouraging customers who are seeking a REAL ID compliant license or identification card to make an appointment at a statewide RMV Service Center to secure this credential before the federal requirement takes effect next year.    "While federal REAL ID travel requirements

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Soccer Officials Sought
Community submission,
10:41AM / Wednesday, May 04, 2022
People 14 and up are invited to apply to become soccer referees for youth sports.   For information, contact Nigel Gayle at 413-329-3635.

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Jewish Federation of the Berkshires' Dignity Drive
04:02PM / Tuesday, May 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will accept new, Packaged menstrual and incontinence products from May 5 through May 31.   Volunteers from the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will be collecting the donations on a weekly basis and organizing them to be distributed through local food banks and social services organizations across the region.   Products will be given to neighbors in need and can be donated here: The Berkshire Food Co-op (34 Bridge Street, Great Barrington) Concepts of Art (65 Church Street, Lenox) Jewish Federation of the Berkshires (196 South Street, Pittsfield) Williams College Bookstore (81 Spring Street,

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Women's Run, Community 5K Returns on Mother's Day
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01:55PM / Tuesday, May 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshire Running Center and MountainOne are sponsoring the 45th running of the Women’s Running Race and Community 5K on Sunday at BCC.   Historically held on Mother’s Day, this event makes the claim of being the longest held all female running event in the country. The event will be returning in person after a long hiatus with three races, all of which will raise funds for the Elizabeth Freeman Center.   “MountainOne is pleased to support the amazing work of both the Berkshire Running Center and the Elizabeth Freeman Center, not to mention honoring all of the wonderful women in our community,” MountainOne Vice President of

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Great Barrington Will Hold Drive-in Annual Town Meeting
04:00PM / Monday, May 02, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Selectboard voted unanimously to host this year's Annual Town Meeting as a "drive-in" event similar to those in the past two years.    The meeting will be held Monday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at Monument Mountain Regional High School. If business is not completed in one evening, the meeting will be continued to Thursday, June 9 at 6 p.m.   The board opted for the outdoor event again due to potential COVID-19 risks inside the high school, which has been the usual venue for the annual event.     Town residents have until May 17 to register to vote if they wish to vote in the Annual Town Meeting.   Registration can

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Big Y Donates to Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Relief
12:37PM / Monday, May 02, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y World Class Markets added to the collected donations from customers and employees from March 17 through March 30 through their traditional registers, online and myExpress check out for Ukraine Humanitarian Relief.   Community and employee donations along with additional support from Big Y resulted in a donation of $100,000 which will be donated to the global Red Cross network response to provide humanitarian relief to people affected by the crisis in Ukraine.   "We have all witnessed the heartbreaking effects particularly on children and families in Ukraine," Big Y President and CEO Charles L. D'Amour said. "We are grateful to

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Pignatelli Secures Funding for Four Nonprofits in Fiscal 2023 Budget
04:17PM / Friday, April 29, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli has secured $260,000 in earmarks in the House budget for local nonprofits in the 4th Berkshire District.    The state House on Wednesday passed a fiscal 2023 budget of $49.73 billion. The budget passed the House of Representatives 155-0 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.   Pignatelli secured $75,000 for Community Access to the Arts, $75,000 for Greenagers Inc., $75,000 for Volunteers in Medicine and $35,000 for the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires.    "The FY23 budget focuses on investments that will have immediate impacts in communities across the commonwealth, from the

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Great Barrington Local Food System Study Now Available
02:06PM / Friday, April 29, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Growing Better Great Barrington, a report and action plan to strengthen the town's local food system, is now complete and available to the public.    Completed by The Conway School, the study was funded with a grant from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.   "We care a great deal about food in our community— where it comes from, how it is grown and how all members of our community can have equitable access to healthful food," said Chris Rembold assistant town manager and director of planning and community development  "This is especially important as climate disruption and economic

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