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Berkshire Grown Elects New Officers and Trustees
12:34PM / Friday, February 16, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — At their Annual Board meeting, Berkshire Grown Board of Trustees approved a slate of four new board members and elected officers.    Officers are Amy Rudnick, President; Peter Platt, Vice President, Katy Sparks, Treasurer, Lee Venolia, Clerk; Jake Levin, Member-at-Large and Kat Hand, Member-at-Large.   Joining the Board in 2024 are three food and farming-focused Berkshire residents:   Susan Bronson, Monterey   Susan Bronson has lived in Monterey for 27 years.  For the last 13 years she has served as executive director of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. Prior to assuming that position, Susan was director of development and

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New Members Join the Flying Cloud Institute Board
01:22PM / Thursday, February 15, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) announced that Alison Brigham, Leigh Doherty and América López have joined the organization's Board of Directors.   Alison Brigham is the AVP of Marketing & Community Engagement at Lee Bank and the Treasurer of the Lee Bank Foundation. She has an extensive background in science with degrees in physiology, psychology, and genetics. Alison is a member of the Lenox Business Partners, Lenox Finance Committee, and EforAll Advisory Board, while also acting as a board member and programming committee member with the New England Financial Marketing Association. She also serves on the board of Link to Libraries

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CDCSB Announces Appointment of Interim Executive Director
08:00AM / Thursday, February 15, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Community Development Corporation South Berkshire (CDCSB), a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Great Barrington, announced the appointment of Philip Orenstein as Interim Executive Director.   Philip will lead the CDCSB's dual mission to create housing and economic opportunity for low- and moderate-income households in the southern Berkshires. Mr Orenstein has stepped down from his role as CDCSB Board member and Treasurer to take on this role.    Philip is qualified to assume the role of Interim Executive director. His past participation as a Board member and Treasurer enabled him to develop an intimate knowledge of the CDCSB's

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CHP: How to Love Your Heart, for Heart Month
Submitted by Jonna Gaberman, MD ,
04:17PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024
It's National Heart Month, so now is a good time to give some TLC to your body's most important muscle. Prevention is always the first step in keeping your heart healthy, but you can also make changes to address any existing heart conditions.    Key risk factors impacting the heart include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking, including second-hand smoke exposure.    What are some meaningful changes you can make to care for your heart? First, have a basic heart health screening with your primary care provider or with CHP Mobile Health. This will include a blood pressure check and screening for high cholesterol and

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Construct Launches Winter Fundraising Campaign for Emergency Assistance
01:33PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— Construct is launching its Warm Up the Winter Fuel Crisis 2024–No One Should Be Cold fundraiser, which provides critical funding to South Berkshire County residents needing emergency assistance for fuel, utility, rental payments, and emergency accommodation.    According to a press release, this year, over 10,000 Berkshire households have applied to a state-funded fuel assistance program (LIHEAP), but funds have run out. To help fill this void, to meet demand, Construct has increased this year's campaign goal to $150,000.   "Warm Up the Winter has always provided a winter safety net for those who need it most," said Jane

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Nominations Sought for Berkshire Nonprofit Awards
10:59AM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC), in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle, will host the 7th annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards on Tuesday, May 21 at Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge.    The awards recognize exceptional work being done by individuals in the nonprofit sector.   "The COVID years were tough on everyone," said NPC founder Liana Toscanini. "Partnering with Kripalu in 2024 seems fitting as nonprofits focus on recovery and wellness. We look forward to celebrating amazing nonprofit folks and networking with both the nonprofit and business communities."   Nominations are being solicited from across

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Letter: Contrast Between Parties
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024

To the Editor:

Good government is harder than it looks. Good government, like good political leadership, requires getting things done even when people fundamentally disagree, while keeping those same people on speaking terms. Good government serves all of the people, not just those who voted for it. Good government builds on laws and regulations, on debate and compromise.

Only one of our national political parties cares any more about good government. Democrats argue among themselves about particulars, but not about the goals of social justice and good government. Today's Democrats are heirs of the Roosevelts' Progressive movement — which began when the relevant Roosevelt

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CHP Berkshires Board Welcomes New Member
02:17PM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Rachel Melendez-Mabee has been named to the board of CHP Berkshires.      As vice president of culture and brand and DEI officer at Greylock Federal Credit Union, Melendez-Mabee brings to CHP her skills in corporate workplace diversity issues, training and initiatives. She has previously worked for the PGA of America, as PGA WORKS' workforce development and lead manager-DEI.      She has also worked as social and digital brand manager for Berkshire Bank, and as a senior account executive for Roberts Communications, a public relations firm. Earlier, she worked as a sales and marketing specialist for PGA of

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Berkshire Farms, Organizations Receive Food Access Grants
01:31PM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024

BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced $8.2 million to support greater food access to residents in underserved Massachusetts communities. 

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is awarding the Urban Agriculture Program, the Local Food Policy Council Program, the Massachusetts Food Ventures Program, and Local Food Purchase Assistance Plus Program grants to 42 businesses and organizations that will help strengthen the local food system and address food insecurity. 

"One of the most effective ways to combat hunger and food insecurity in our state is to strengthen our local food systems," said Governor Maura Healey.

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Berkshire Running Sets Full Year of Charity Runs
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06:42AM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Berkshire Running Foundation has released the 2024 Race Calendar for the local nonprofit with several new events scheduled throughout the county.   Following its first official year operating as a nonprofit entity in 2023, the 501c3 organization, which has a mission of advancing and expanding on the positive impact the running community has on the neighborhoods we live, produced, and directed eight events in 2023. The Foundation donated just more than $48,000 to local nonprofit entities which benefit from each event.    The Foundation has also incorporated that all students in Berkshire County can run in these races for free. To encourage families to

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Du Bois Freedom Center Welcomes New Executive Director
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:34PM / Thursday, February 08, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The chance to educate people about the legacy of civil rights pioneer W.E.B Du Bois drew Ny Whitaker to become the first executive director of the Du Bois Freedom Center.   "I really think that there is just a new potential for the center to be a partner in the dialogue around W.E.B. Du Bois, around civil rights, around African American history and culture, and the contributions of African Americans to the overall discourse in America," Whitaker said.   "And I'm so looking forward to growing our partnership programs both locally in the Berkshires, regionally, and nationally."   It is important to recognize how

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Softball, Baseball Winter Vacation Camps Offered
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11:39AM / Thursday, February 08, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Infield Berkshire Baseball Academy is offering winter vacation day camps for baseball and softball players aged 8 to 12.   The baseball camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 19 and 20. The softball camp is 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 21 and 22.   The cost is $50 per day.   The camp will focus on basic offense and defense skills. Campers are asked to bring a snack, indoor shoes, glove and bat.   The Infield is located at 10 Lyman St.   To register, email theinfieldbba@gmai.com.

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