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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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Daniel Pearl Scholarship Open for Applications
08:00AM / Friday, March 08, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Applications are available for the 22nd annual Daniel Pearl Berkshire Scholarship.    The $2,000 award is given in memory of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and killed in Pakistan early in 2002. Pearl earlier worked in the Berkshires at The North Adams Transcript and The Berkshire Eagle.   While Pearl's career was in journalism, he was also a gifted musician, trained as a classical violinist. He played guitar and mandolin as well, and while living in the Berkshires he performed in a bluegrass band. For this reason, the award is given to a student who intends to study and pursue a career in either journalism or

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Berkshire Green Drinks: Pollinator Paradise Lawns
08:01AM / Wednesday, March 06, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Rich Lassor of Nature Works Land Care will present at the March Berkshire Green Drinks on Wednesday, March 13.    This free hybrid event is taking place online via Zoom and in person at Barrington Brewery, 420 Stockbridge Rd, in Great Barrington. The in-person social gathering begins around 5:15 PM; the presentation and Zoom meeting start at 6:00 PM.   According to a press release:   The typical grass lawn is a monoculture that hinders biodiversity and is a detriment to the environment in multiple ways. Yet, it's estimated that between 40 to 50 million acres of land in the US are some form of manicured lawn (i.e., mowed grass).

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Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Event Celebration at Bard College at Simon's Rock
04:05PM / Tuesday, March 05, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock presents the 27th annual W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Event entitled "A Celebration of Soul with Ursula Rucker" on March 11 at 7:00 p.m. Historically presented as a lecture, this year, the event will be a celebration.   This event was rescheduled.     This event is part of the Town of Great Barrington's W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival.    According to a press release:   The community is invited to enjoy an evening of cultural celebration, music, and soul. Poet, recording artist, activist, teacher and revolutionary, Ursula Rucker, is a certified veteran of the global music and poetry

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Stockbridge Grange Community Dinner
04:00PM / Monday, March 04, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Stockbridge Grange is having a community dinner Sunday, March 10, 2024.   Corned beef, cabbage, potato, and carrots will be on the menu with dessert choices of chocolate cream or lemon meringue pie.     Dinner is $15.00 per person, take out only with 12-1:30 pm pick up at the Stockbridge Grange Hall at 51 Church Street, Stockbridge, MA.   Orders may be made by calling 413-243-1298 or 413-443-4352.  Reservation deadline Thursday, March 7, 2024.

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'Be Here Now' Opens at WAM Theatre
12:44PM / Monday, March 04, 2024
LENOX, Mass. — WAM Theatre kicks off its 15th Anniversary Season with a Fresh Takes Play Reading of "Be Here Now" written by Deborah Zoe Laufer and directed by Kelly Galvin on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 2pm and 7pm at The Foundry in West Stockbridge.    The play features a cast of professional performers: Tracy Grammer, Jeannine Trimboli,  Kristin Yates and Ryan Winkles.    Tickets are now on sale at wamtheatre.com.   According to a press release:   "Be Here Now" follows the story of deeply cynical and woefully underemployed Bari who is surrounded by painfully cheerful co-workers at a small-town packaging “Fulfillment

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Dewey Hall's 3rd Annual Sourdough Bread Contest
10:21AM / Monday, March 04, 2024
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Dewey Hall will hold its third annual sourdough bread-baking competition on Friday, March 15   Bakers will enter two full-size loaves of bread, one for tasting/judging and one to be raffled off. Attendees will be invited to sample the contestants' loaves of bread along with complementary cheese boards from Rubiner's Cheesemongers and wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages provided by DARE Bottleshop. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win loaves of freshly baked sourdough bread and other prizes via a raffle—please bring cash for tickets, which benefit Dewey Hall.    The emcee for the evening is Perry Grebin, a graphic designer

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Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists Call for Art and Judge Announced
12:08PM / Sunday, March 03, 2024
SANDISFIELD, Mass. — The Sandisfield Arts Center announced the 3rd annual Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists.    The Call for Art is open through April 7, 2024. Up to three artists will be selected as finalists, each receiving $400 to support their art practice. Winners will be notified no later than June 1, 2024. An exhibition of the finalist's work will be held in the fall at the Sandisfield Arts Center.   The contest will be judged by Josephine Halvorson, Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting at Boston University. Halvorson lives in western Massachusetts and is currently building a studio in Sandisfield.   Eligible artists are those

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W. E. B. Du Bois Center to Reflect on Democracy this Season
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Saturday, March 02, 2024

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— The W. E. B. Du Bois Center for Freedom and Democracy held a pre-birthday reception on Feb. 22, at Saint James Place in honor of civil rights pioneer W.E.B Du Bois. 

During the event community members met the center's first Executive Director Ny Whitaker and Michael Blake, the inaugural visiting scholar in democracy. 

"As Du Bois contemplated our collective challenges, he also set out a vision for what our democracy could be and called us to action for the role that we could take in making it a reality," Whitaker said. 

The night hinted at some of the topics the center will showcase during this year's programming themed

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Irish Music at Dewey Hall
04:18PM / Friday, March 01, 2024
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Breaking Trad will perform and host a workshop at Dewey Hall on March 8.   The workshop will be held from 6 to 7:15 pm. The concert will be held from 8 to 9:30 pm.   Tickets can be purchased here.   According to a press release:   Breaking Trad is made up of Dónal Murphy (Accordion), from Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, a winner of numerous All-Ireland titles on both Button Accordion and Melodeon, David Doocey (Fiddle) from Foxford, Co Mayo, a winner of multiple awards including the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition and the coveted Fiddler of Oriel trophy and also Mike Galvin (Guitar/Vocals) who has vast experience working in a wide range of

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