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Joanna Szwyd Joins William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty
10:18AM / Tuesday, August 31, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty announced that Joanna Szwyd, Licensed Real Estate Broker, has joined the company's Great Barrington brokerage.    In her nearly 20-year career in real estate, Szwyd has worked with buyers and sellers on a range of transactions. She comes to the firm from Stone House Properties, where she spent five years as an Associate Broker, and she also worked previously as an Associate Broker with Barnbrook Realty and Century 21.   "We are excited to have Joanna join us. Throughout her career in real estate, Joanna has developed a reputation for being experienced, motivated and accessible to her

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BCC Debuts Berkshire Culinary Institute
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The former BCC cafeteria is being transformed to a teaching classroom with electrical outlets coming from the ceiling for convenience when working with appliances.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community college has overhauled its hospitality and culinary program to meet the needs of an ever-growing industry in the Berkshires.

"Last year, Berkshire Community College put the Hospitality and Culinary program on hiatus, and it turned out to be terrific timing," Director of Workforce Development Jay Baver said.

"Because when the pandemic hit, we hired a new professor for the hospitality portion of the program who re-imagined the entire curriculum and updated

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Becket Arts Center Hosts Annual DriveAbout
03:51PM / Monday, August 30, 2021
BECKET, Mass. — The Becket Arts Center will present its third annual Open Studios DriveAbout on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.    The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Local artists, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, textile artists and a woodcraftsman will display their work, which will be for sale, at their studios or at the Becket Arts Center.   The Arts Center will also host readings by local authors at 2:30 p.m. and music by the Dogwalker band at 4:30. p.m.   More information and maps of the artists’ locations will be available at the Becket Center, 7 Brooker Hill Road in Becket, as well as at

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Stephen Schoenfeld Joins William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Great Barrington
02:02PM / Monday, August 30, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty announced today that Stephen Schoenfeld, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, has joined the company's Great Barrington brokerage.    With experience in both financial services and real estate and more than 30 years as a Berkshires resident, Schoenfeld acts as a resource for his clients.   "We are thrilled to welcome Stephen to the company. His distinguished background, real estate expertise, and deep local knowledge of the Berkshires region makes a valuable addition to our Great Barrington brokerage," said William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty Berkshires brokerage manager Tim

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Bird Club to Hold Golf Fund-Raiser on Sept. 10
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01:25PM / Monday, August 30, 2021
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. – The Hoffmann Bird Club of Western Massachusetts will hold its Eighth Annual “Hoffmann Hackers Golf Classic” on Friday, Sept. 10 at Donnybrook Country Club.   The event, which also could be known as "The Longest Bird" will have a shotgun start at 4 p.m.   The nine-hole tournament is a fundraiser for the ornithological society. The rain date is Friday, Sept. 17.   The entry fee of $45 per person includes placement on a team, nine holes of golf with carts included and an all-you-can-eat barbeque/cook-out following the event.   The format will be a “Captain and Crew” or “Best Ball”, but it comes with a

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St. Agnes Academy New Faculty Appointments
09:53AM / Monday, August 30, 2021
DALTON, Mass. — St. Agnes Academy has announced the appointment of several faculty members for the 2021-2022 school year.    The academy filled positions in math, English language arts, pre-K, art, and music. The school also announced that in-person classes will begin Wednesday, Sept. 1, with faculty, students, and staff required to wear masks.    The Academy enters the new year with an enrollment of 150 students, an increase of 19 students compared to the 2020-2021 school year.    "We're thrilled that these highly experienced educators are joining our staff,"  said Principal Fadia Makdisi. "They are passionate and committed about

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Lenox Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals
08:07AM / Monday, August 30, 2021
LENOX, Mass. — Applications for funding for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs will open on Sept. 1, 2021 and are due Oct. 15, 2021.      The Lenox Cultural Council, in accordance with Massachusetts Cultural Council guidelines, has set an Oct. 15 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.   According to Council spokesperson Arlene D. Schiff, these grants can help underwrite projects, programs, and events in the arts, humanities and sciences that foster a rich cultural life for Lenox residents. The Lenox Cultural Council is committed to supporting the work of

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Berkshire Thunder Rallies Late to Earn BABL 35-Year-Old Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
05:49PM / Sunday, August 29, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Berkshire Thunder Sunday afternoon was down three runs and down to its last three outs.   It was also down two of the starters it began the day with. It was reeling after allowing three unearned runs to lose the lead in the bottom of the fifth. And it was playing an opponent that went 14-0 in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League regular season and carried a 17-1 record into Game 3 of their best-of-three championship series.   But the Thunder found a way.   Paul McBride and Corey Lemuth delivered two RBIs apiece in the seventh, and Jake Barbarotta went the distance on the mound to lead Berkshire to a 6-5 win over the Adams Aces and a BABL 35-year-old

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Girls Inc. STEM Program 'Eureka!' Welcoming Third Cohort
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:56AM / Sunday, August 29, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Girls Inc. of the Berkshires has been empowering local girls with STEM skills through a program called "Eureka!" since 2018 and will welcome its third cohort this school year.

The five-year program encourages confidence, strength, and intelligence in its participants ranging from Grades 8 to 12 while directly connecting them with the sciences.  

Girls begin in middle school and are guided into science, technology, engineering and math career paths throughout high school and eventually mentored for college.

"The idea of the program to engage girls in STEM fields in order to give them more drive to pursue STEM-related careers," said

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Great Barrington Pitchers Dominate in BABL Title Series Opener
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
01:28PM / Saturday, August 28, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Chance O’Neill went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and the Great Barrington Millers defeated BBA, 8-1, in the first game of their best-of-three Berkshire Adult Baseball League Championship series on Saturday morning on Pellerin Field at Clapp Park.   Brooks Belter and Nick Arre combined to strike out 12 over seven innings, and Great Barrington scored four times in the top of the seventh to break open a close game.   The Millers can clinch the BABL 20-year-old Division title on Sunday at 10 a.m. with a win in Great Barrington. If BBA evens the series, the rubber match will be played a 1 p.m.   Saturday’s game started as a pitchers’ duel between

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Carr Hardware and Prize Winner Donate to Habitate For Humanity.
04:19PM / Friday, August 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Carr Hardware's annual Spring Merchandise Book Giveaway winner Jodi Joseph donated her $500 gift card to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, which Carr matched.    Carr reported in a press release that When Joseph found out she was a grand prize winner, she decided to donate her winnings to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.   Joseph also reached out to Carr Hardware and asked if they would match her donation. Alongside Joseph's donation, Carr also donated another $500 worth of Pratt & Lambert stain to their newest project on Sept. 15, Extraordinary Day, Westside Brush with Kindness.   "When I got the call from Carr

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SVMC Breaks Ground on New $28M Emergency Department
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:45PM / Friday, August 27, 2021

SVMC President and CEO Thomas Dee says the construction is the first step in a strategic plan to modernize and update the facility. BENNINGTON, Vt. — Health-care officials and supporters on Friday morning dipped gold-colored shovels into the ground to celebrate the start of construction for Southern Vermont Medical Center's $28 million emergency department project.    The Kendall Emergency Department will be the first phase of the $40 million Vision 2020 plan that will include the doubling in size of the cancer center on campus and the first steps in a strategic plan to modernize and update facilities throughout the campus.    "It certainly is a

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