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Memorial Day Events 2022
By Staff Reports,
03:00PM / Wednesday, May 25, 2022


*Adams
The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the Memorial Building and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street. Lineup begins at 8:30.

The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School band and the Berkshire Highlanders. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.

Adams American Legion Post 160 will make its 88th pilgrimage to the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial on Sunday May 29, 9 a.m. There will be a ceremony and firing squad and

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2022 State of the County Report Released
12:30PM / Tuesday, May 24, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, in conjunction with the Berkshire Leadership Impact Council, has released the Berkshire Benchmarks 2022 State of the County Report.    This report summarizes data and trends that help identify the region's successes and challenges.   Throughout the last two years, more than 100 individuals and community organizations from throughout Berkshire County have worked to identify indicators to track how the region is performing across eight sectors: Economy, Education, Environment, Government, Health, Housing, Social Environment, and Transportation.    A revamped BerkshireBenchmarks.org website

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Bidwell House Museum Begins Season with a Concert and Reception
12:28PM / Monday, May 23, 2022
MONTEREY, Mass.— The Bidwell House Museum announced that they will open for their 31st season on Memorial Day weekend.    Tours by appointment will begin on Monday, May 30 and on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m there will be an opening concert and reception with singer-songwriter Diane Taraz, who will perform her new show "No Such Thing as Idle Hands: The History of Women's Work."   Following the show there will be a small reception to usher in the new season. Tickets can be purchased on the Museum website, https://www.bidwellhousemuseum.org/event/no-such-thing-as-idle-hands-opening-concert-and-reception/   Admission to the show and reception is free for

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Naumkeag's ViewEscapes Encourages Individuals to be part of Nature
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
03:44PM / Sunday, May 22, 2022
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Naumkeag encourages individuals to visit nature and experience culture through there new exhibit ViewEscapes which display sculptures that are one with nature.    The exhibit, curated by associate curator for the Trustees of Reservations Mark Wilson showcases 12 large sculptures outside the historic Choate family cottage. Participants can also find eight sculptures and three works of art inside the home.   This is not the first time George Rickey's kinetic work has been on display at Naumkeag. He had two exhibitions of sculptures, in 1994 and 1997. The current exhibit will be the first time his work has been on display at Naumkeag after his

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Great Barrington Community Preservation Committee to Review Funding
08:00AM / Saturday, May 21, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town's Community Preservation Committee will host a virtual meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. to review CPA funding recommendations for the FY2023 year.    The spending plans are subject to approval by voters at the June 6 Annual Town Meeting. The May 24 meeting and log-in links can be found on the town calendar here.   The CPC has recommended the following expenditures:   $200,000 for the town's Affordable Housing Trust Fund, for down payment and rental assistance for buyers or residents living in Great Barrington. $50,000 in pre-development funds to support Construct's proposed affordable housing development at

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Clinton Church Restoration Announces New Funding
12:00PM / Friday, May 20, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Clinton Church Restoration has been awarded a $117,000 capital grant from MassDevelopment and the Mass Cultural Council, part of a round of Cultural Facilities Fund grants.   The funds will be used to help complete architectural and engineering plans for the African American cultural heritage center the nonprofit is creating in downtown Great Barrington. This is the project's second award from the Fund, whose planning and capital grants provide investments in cultural facilities throughout the Commonwealth.    "It's wonderful to see this funding from the Cultural Facilities Fund," said Dan Bolognani, executive director of the

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Bidwell House Museum Online: 'The Thieves of Threadneedle Street'
08:22AM / Friday, May 20, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Join the Bidwell House Museum on May 21 at 4 p.m. for a talk about the Thieves of Threadneedle Street and learn how two Bidwell brothers perpetrated one of the biggest forgeries in the Bank of England's history.    According to a press release, in 2008, as the world's economies were collapsing, writer Nicholas Booth wondered when the first ever global economic collapse had taken place. It was 1873, and for the author himself, so began a journey which led to his unearthing the true story surrounding something known as "The Great Forgeries Upon The Bank of England." Had the perpetrators been successful, they would have got away with

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Dewey Presents Considering Your Community Presentation and Concert
08:32AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Folk duo Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will continue Massachusetts Walking Tour in Sheffield Friday, May 20 from 7 to 9 pm at Dewey Hall.   The Massachusetts Walking Tour strives to celebrate local artists and to help raise awareness of recreational greenspace throughout the state while its core group of musicians walks with instruments along the chosen tour route.   The first 20 tickets sold will be subsidized by LCC grants and will be $10. The remaining tickets sold will be $18 in advance and $25 day of/at the door   Mandeville and Richards will first offer a 45 minute presentation and 15 minute Q&A where they will discuss: how to

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Becket Glamping Proposal Facing Loud Oppposition
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:18AM / Tuesday, May 17, 2022

BECKET, Mass. — Residents of the County and Yokum Pond roads sent a clear message during the second night of a public hearing for the Dream Away Lodge glamping proposal: not in our neighborhood.

Last week, nearly a dozen residents spoke against Hit The Road LLC's special permit request to re-open the Dreamaway restaurant and establish a glamping facility at 1342 County Road.  

Concerns about traffic and environmental impacts were repeatedly voiced. Many gave rather emotional testimonies about the quiet, serene atmosphere of Becket that attracted them in the first place.

"Even after approximately 500 signatures against this glamping project, and almost the entire

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The Wallflowers to Perform at Mahaiwe
08:33AM / Monday, May 16, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center announces the American rock act the Wallflowers, Jakob Dylan's Grammy-winning outfit, will perform live on its stage on Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m.    "We're excited to bring the Wallflowers to the Berkshires," says Mahaiwe Executive Director Janis Martinson. "A headlining talent like Jakob Dylan is a great reason to shake off the winter and come out for live music this spring."    According to a press release, ror the past 30 years, the Wallflowers have stood as one of rock's most dynamic and purposeful bands – a unit dedicated to and continually honing a sound that

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Monument Mountain High School To Perform 'The Addams Family'
08:13AM / Monday, May 16, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Monument Mountain Regional High School theatre department announced the return of its annual musical after a hiatus of three years.    The show is directed by Jolyn Unruh and assistant directed by Rachel Siegel.    Actors include Zach Annand, Carlin Beacco, Kate Goble, Lucy Ernst, Gavin Santos, Teal Pratt, Nic Kierstead, Anika Thiemann, Sofia Adams, Aria Grossman, Niko Friedmutter, Sarah Cull, Tytiauna Wheeler, Coco Hartcorn, Madeleine Rocheleau Holmes, Isabella DeFelice, Hyatt Tucci, Owen McDougall, Rosie Dohoney, Noah Kramer, and Maddie Rundle, is designed by John Hartcorn and Annika Wainwright, and is stage managed by Paige Lussier

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State Awards $1.3 Billion in Loans and Grants to Fund Wastewater and Drinking Water Projects
12:37PM / Sunday, May 15, 2022
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that 183 projects across the Commonwealth are eligible to receive approximately $1.3 billion in low-interest-rate loans and grants to fund construction, planning and asset management projects designed to improve water quality, upgrade or replace aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and cut treatment plant energy use and costs.    These offerings include nearly $189 million in additional funding that Massachusetts expects to receive from federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and $100 million from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds this year.   "Wastewater and drinking water facilities play a

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