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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Berkshire Natural Resources Council Receives State Conservation Grant
12:00PM / Monday, June 13, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state awarded the Berkshire Natural Resources Council a Landscape Partnership Grant of $1,250,000 grant to conserve 836 acres in Monterey and Tyringham.   The grant will go toward the Mount Hunger Conservation project and the continued forest management of the area, expanding public access for passive recreation, and building climate resilience by adding to a connected conservation corridor of over 14,000 acres.   "Investing in these important projects will make our communities more resilient to climate change, protect critical drinking water supplies, and ensure communities benefit from access to open space," said Gov. Charlie Baker.

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The Universal Harpsichord with Mariken Palmboom
08:12AM / Monday, June 13, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Bach Society concludes its 2021-2022 season on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 4pm with harpsichordist Mariken Palmboom in a concert of harpsichord music from Germany, England, Italy, and France at the New Marlborough Meeting House.   "We have so many harpsichord fans in our audience we thought we'd indulge them by presenting a program dedicated solely to music for the instrument," said Terrill McDade, Interim Executive Director of The Berkshire Bach Society.  "There is such a wide variety of repertoire to choose from. As with the church organ, the harpsichord was truly universal in the Baroque era and it's

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Du Bois Middle Schoolers: 'No More Silence, End Gun Violence'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:59AM / Sunday, June 12, 2022

This was the second rally at the school and was sanctioned by school authorities. 

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Seventh- and eighth-grade students at W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School should be awaiting final grades for the school year and planning for summer. Instead, they have spent the last couple of weeks organizing to take a stand against gun violence.

Two weeks ago, the students walked out of the school in response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers. On Friday, they stood outside of the school with signs reading "Abolish the NRA," "Protect kids NOT guns," and "Our futures are more important than

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Southern Berkshire Schools Awarded Grant for Students to Attend Curiosity Camp
12:39PM / Saturday, June 11, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Southern Berkshire Regional School District has been awarded a grant amounting in $15,000 for Early College Supports by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).   The Early College Support grant will allow for five students to attend a two week summer program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Curiosity Camp is an academic program for students in grades 9, 10, and 11. The grant will cover tuition, room, board, and off campus excursions.    "We are so thankful that we are able to offer this incredible opportunity to our students this year," said Superintendent Beth Regulbuto. "Curiosity Camp is perfect

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'Imprinted: Illustrating Race' at Norman Rockwell Museum
08:28AM / Wednesday, June 08, 2022
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Norman Rockwell Museum announced "Imprinted: Illustrating Race," an exhibition on view June 11 through Oct. 30, 2022.    This special exhibition examines the role of published images in shaping attitudes toward race and culture. More than 150 works of art and artifacts of widely circulated illustrated imagery will be on view, produced from 1590 to today.    According to a press release, the exhibition will explore harmful stereotypical racial representations that have been imprinted upon people through the mass publication of images and the resulting noxious impact on public perception about race.    It culminates with the

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Bidwell House Museum: Introduction to Shinrin-Yoku
03:55PM / Tuesday, June 07, 2022
MONTEREY, Mass.— Join certified field naturalist and meditation practitioner, Thomas Lewis, for a nature walk on the Bidwell House grounds, and up to two sit-down meditation sessions.   According to a press release, Shinrin-yoku, also known as "forest bathing," is a meditative practice that can deepen one's connection with nature.   Attendees will need adequate clothing and footwear for temperature, weather, and New England trail conditions. Attendees should have the ability to walk up to a mile; the ability to lower oneself to a seated position on the ground, and to get up, without assistance; an open mind ready to calmly absorb our environment.   A

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CHP Seeks Designer/Contractor for 'Food Depot'
02:47PM / Monday, June 06, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — With $70,000 in grant funding in hand, Community Health Programs (CHP) has plans for a new 'food depot' to support its food security programs based on Great Barrington.   But CHP's 900-square-foot food distribution building is competing with more costly, larger-scale projects for design and construction talent around Southern Berkshire.   "We have the funds, we have the plan, we have the need, and we sure have a lot of food," said Mary Feuer, director of CHP Family Services and WIC which oversees a range of food programs for CHP patients and the general public.   During the COVID-19 pandemic food insecurity issues grew,

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Bidwell House Museum Board President Passes the Baton
12:44PM / Monday, June 06, 2022
MONTEREY, Mass. — After twelve years as President of the Bidwell House Museum Board of Directors, Rob Hoogs, finished his final term on Saturday May 21 and was honored by the Board of Directors for his service.   Hoogs worked with former Director Martha Dailey on a land history and mapping project in 2007 and then joined the Board of Directors in 2008. He was elected President in 2010. During his tenure he has guided the Museum through a Capital Campaign; a multi-year renovation and preservation project that included a new roof and an accessible entrance; the creation of the Native American Interpretive Trail on the grounds; an expansion in Museum programming online and into the

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Monument Students Reminded to 'Maintain Balance'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
05:14PM / Sunday, June 05, 2022

The class of bid farewell to Monument Mountain on Sunday. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — Maya Isabelle Velasco put a lot of effort into earning the grades that earned her the title of valedictorian at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   Perhaps, she reflected on Sunday, at times a little too hard.   "I sacrificed balance in my life to get the best grades," Velasco said during her valedictory address in Tanglewood's Koussevitzky Music Shed. "I prioritized school over everything: relationships, sports, sleep, my health. I should've stopped working on that paper to go to my friend's birthday party or finished some assignments another

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Lee High Class of 2022 Lovingly Referred to as 'Looney Tunes'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:30PM / Saturday, June 04, 2022

Lee high graduated 57 seniors on Saturday. See more photos here.

LENOX, Mass. — Lee High valedictorian Emma Puleri was at a loss for words while writing her commencement speech and consulted her peers. They suggested that she rap her remarks, walk up to the podium and say nothing, and pass the microphone to several other students.

This led Puleri to the conclusion that the class of 2022 is the Looney Tunes.

"Each one of us is different and unique. We all are total goofballs in our own way, yet we still accept each other for who we are as individuals," she said during Saturday's graduation under the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood.

"And I think that this

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Mount Everett Grads Reminded to 'Stay Gold'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Saturday, June 04, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — Mount Everett Valedictorian Nadia Makuc instructed her classmates to be a person that their younger selves would be proud of at the high school's commencement.   "As we grow to be productive members of our communities, let us stay young in spirit.  Stay fun, stay humble, stay silly.  We have the rest of our lives for the world to challenge us, but in the meantime drink the Dr. Pepper, sign your name with a smiley face, wear the Pokémon converse – don't be afraid to keep piglet in your backpack," she said during the sunny morning ceremony at Tanglewood Saturday.   "Make your inner first-grade self happy.  More

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Lee High School Scholarships & Awards 2022
12:53PM / Saturday, June 04, 2022
LEE, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the Lee High School class of 2022.    Marjorie Wickham Memorial Scholarships: Madison LaRock, Caroline Maloney, Emma Puleri, Emma Puntin, Emilie Resca, Evan Trombley   Henry T. Zukowski Memorial Scholarships: Carina Brown, Elizabeth Brown, Dylan Ely, Ariana Hall, Joshua Hartman, Brianna Kelly, Matthew Kinney, Mason Mihlek, Kyle Morandi   BRP Scholarship: Donnalee D’Ambrosi   Drs. Charles & James Stratton Memorial Scholarship: Aiden Blackedge Hawley   Allan Wurtzbach Prize: Brandon Bartkus, Paige Plankey   Eugenio Bonafin Award: Wilder

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