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Berkshire Bounty Hires First Executive Director
08:31AM / Friday, June 03, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Bounty announce the hiring of Morgan Ovitsky as their first Executive Director.    Ovitsky comes to Berkshire Bounty from Be Well Berkshires, a Mass in Motion funded initiative that supports equitable access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity.    As the Project Coordinator, she facilitated the Berkshire County Food Access Collaborative, a multi-sector collaborative platform to examine the regionally specific assets and challenges as it relates to local food access.    Ovitsky steps into leadership of the Berkshires nonprofit with a deep knowledge of the food and nutrition-related challenges facing

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Berkshire Farmers Markets Receive Grants
04:00PM / Thursday, June 02, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV) has awarded $100,000 in grants to nine Berkshire area farmers markets to support SNAP matching programs.    In Berkshire County North Adams Farmers Market, Pittsfield Farmers Market, West Stockbridge Farmers Market, Lee Farmers Market, Great Barrington Farmers Market and Sheffield Farmers Market received grants.   "When we started farming, it was important for us to be able to produce great food for more than just a narrow segment of our community," said Michael Gallagher of Square Roots Farm (Lanesborough). "The market match programs at our markets in Pittsfield and North Adams have been a

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Berkshire South Welcome Summer Festival
12:12PM / Thursday, June 02, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire South Regional Community Center's (BSRCC) second annual Welcome Summer Festival will be held at the community center on Saturday, June 4, from 11am to 4pm, rain or shine.    The outdoor event (indoors, if the weather is inclement) is free to attend and meant for the whole family. Additional activities will be available for a small charge, and all income earned will support Berkshire South's Community Programming.   "The festival is an opportunity for the community to come together to ring in the summer season," according to Jenise Lucey, Executive Director of Berkshire South. The day's events include a bounce

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Rain, Thunderstorms on the Horizon This Week
Staff Reports ,
12:00PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2022
Temperatures Today, Wednesday, June 1 should top out in the low 70s. Skies will be cloudy throughout the afternoon, and Accuweather predicts some rain this afternoon starting around 1 pm.   The Weather Channel predicts that about a quarter of an inch of rain could fall.   Possible thunderstorms with heavy winds in the afternoon are expected to begin around 6 pm.   Temperatures will be in the low 80s Thursday with cloudy skies. Expect some rain in the afternoon.    The Weather Channel predicts heavier rainfall overnight.   There should be more of the same Friday, June 3. Temperatures will be lower in the low 70s but showers can be expected earlier in the

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Fairview Hospital Named Among Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S.
11:19AM / Wednesday, June 01, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Fairview Hospital, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) in Great Barrington, has been named one of the 20 highest-ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the country as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health and announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).    Fairview achieved two Top 20 recognition awards, the first for Overall Hospital Performance based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX and its eight indices: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance. The second award was for Best Practice Achievement for

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Half Waif Returns To Race Brook Lodge
08:25AM / Wednesday, June 01, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Half Waif returns to the Race Brook Lodge to perform on June 11, 2022.   Half Waif is the project of singer, songwriter, and producer Nandi Rose. Half Waif, which blends pop, folk, and electronic styles, has been featured on NPR's Tiny Desk series, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Pitchfork; toured internationally with bands like Mitski, Iron & Wine and Calexico.   Rose recently announced her fifth full-length album Mythopoetics with ANTI-Records.   Half Waif will be supported by Albany-based folk artist Blue Ranger.    The concert will be held in the Race Brook Lodge Event Barn.   More info & Tickets:

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Bidwell House Museum Summer History Talk
08:34AM / Tuesday, May 31, 2022
MONTEREY, Mass.— Join the Bidwell House Museum on June 4 at 11 a.m. for the first lecture in our 2022 Summer History Talk series, The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano with Professor Robert Allison.   This lecture will be held at the Tyringham Union Church at 128 Main Rd in Tyringham. This will be an in-person lecture, with the option to also watch a livestream via Zoom. All Zoom participants will receive a link to access the lecture a couple of days in advance.   Tickets for this event can be purchased at https://www.bidwellhousemuseum.org/event/the-interesting-narrative-of-olaudah-equiano-with-robert-allison-2/.   Tickets for in-Person members is $10

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Veteran Spotlight: Army Sgt. Christine Zecker
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
06:07PM / Sunday, May 29, 2022

Christine Zecker served in the Army for nearly a decade, including working in a specialized psychiatric unit.  LEE, Mass. — Christine Zecker served her country in Army as a sergeant from 1989 to 1998. She enlisted on Halloween night at 21 years of age and was sent to basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., where she was platoon leader for her class.    "It was the first real basic training, on the verge of war. Lots of people went AWOL or had breakdowns. We were in lockdowns with newspapers and media outlets. They wouldn't let us see anything that would distract us from our training," she remembered of the lead up to Desert

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Great Barrington Seeks Town Meeting Volunteers
12:37PM / Sunday, May 29, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town clerk's office is seeking a few volunteers to help with on-site coordination of the annual town meeting on Monday, June 6, at 6 p.m.   The meeting will be held drive-in style, at Monument Mountain Regional High School. If the town meeting business is not complete on Monday, June 6, the meeting will continue on Thursday, June 9, at 6 p.m.   Volunteers will help to check in voters and distribute documents to voters as they arrive, tally hand votes and collect yes/no slips for votes on secret ballot articles on the town meeting warrant.    The clerk's office has six volunteers committed but is seeking at least four

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Lila Kanner joins Jacob's Pillow as Chief Philanthropy Officer
08:00AM / Friday, May 27, 2022
BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow announced that Lila Kanner has joined Jacob's Pillow as its new Chief Philanthropy Officer.    She started in her new role with the Pillow on May 23.   Kanner brings to the Pillow more than 20 years of experience in the arts and a decade in fundraising leadership. Most recently, she served as the Acting Director of Development at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London where she managed a development team to deliver campaigns, major gifts, membership, operations, alumni relations, and events. In her tenure at The Courtauld, she oversaw the strategy and management of the organization's fundraising efforts and led the

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Great Barrington Police Arrest 4 on Unarmed Robbery Charges
Staff Reports,
06:31PM / Thursday, May 26, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Four individuals from New York State were arrested after an unarmed robbery at Berkshire Bank on Thursday afternoon.    Desmond Collins, 34, of Queens; Adam Lamar Morrison, 30, of Irvingdale; Christopher Wright, 32, of the Bronx; and Shamina Cruz, 45, of Manhattan are all charged with larceny more than $1,200 and unarmed robbery. Police said more charges may be pending.   An employee of Berkshire Bank's Stockbridge Road branch reported the robbery at about 2:39 p.m.   A woman was attempting a fraudulent transaction when a bank employee identified the transaction as suspicious; the woman then grabbed the money and fled the bank. She got

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Storms In Store For Solid Sound Weekend
12:05PM / Thursday, May 26, 2022
It is a busy weekend in North County with the Solid Sound Music Festival opening its gates Friday and Memorial Day ceremonies Monday.    Hopefully, the weather cooperates.   Thursday, May 26, will be a cloudy spring day with temperatures in the mid-70s but come Friday, temperatures will creep up into the 80s with showers and thunderstorms expected.   Expect high humidity and cloud cover throughout the day. The Weather Channel predicts that storms should begin in the afternoon.   Same deal on Saturday, May 28. Although temperatures will be cooler in the mid-70s, expect clouds, showers, and thunderstorms mainly in the afternoon.   The weather looks more

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