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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Faculty Forum at Simon's Rock
12:02PM / Thursday, October 13, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Faculty Forum series at Bard College at Simon's Rock returns for the fall semester and is open to the public, beginning on Monday, Oct. 17.   The Faculty Forum provides an opportunity to hear from Simon's Rock faculty about the scholarly and creative work they do outside the classroom.    In an informal setting that encourages discovery and dialogue, faculty will discuss their works-in-progress or their recently completed projects, according to a press release.   Faculty Forums will be held in-person at 4:15 p.m. on various Mondays during the fall semester and in various locations on campus at Bard College at Simon's


31 New Americans Sworn in at Naumkeag
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:47AM / Thursday, October 13, 2022

Federal Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson swears in the new citizens on Wednesday. See more photos here.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Thirty-one people from 26 countries took the oath of citizenship at Naumkeag on Wednesday.

The new American citizens waved their flags with a smile and were congratulated by family, friends, and the community.

The annual naturalization ceremony held by the Berkshire Immigrant Center included immigrants living in Berkshire County and from throughout the state.

"I've been working at the center for five years and every time that we close a ceremony and I go back home, my husband would ask me 'Did you cry?' to what I usually respond 'I

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Great Barrington to Host Housatonic Water Works Information Meeting
05:00PM / Wednesday, October 12, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Selectboard will hold a special meeting about ongoing issues with the Housatonic Water Works on Monday, Oct. 17 at 4:15 p.m.   The meeting will be open to the public via Zoom, and the meeting details will be posted on the town calendar on the town website on meeting day.   The meeting includes an informational conversation with Aquarion Water Company, which operates a nearby privately owned water supply in Sheffield.   The town has been reviewing potential options for addressing persistent water quality problems impacting a number of customers of Housatonic Water Works, a privately owned water company.    The Oct. 17 meeting is


ThinkFood Conference at Simon's Rock
03:00PM / Wednesday, October 12, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock will host the 9th annual ThinkFOOD conference, at Bard College at Simon's Rock on Oct. 15, 2022.    The theme of the 2022 ThinkFOOD conference, hosted by the Center for Food Studies, is "Regenerative" and will explore food practices and traditions that honor shared roots and empower the restoration of the food system, according to a press release.   The 2022 ThinkFOOD conference will be held at the Fisher Science and Academic Center at Simon's Rock with in-person and virtual workshops on Saturday, Oct. 15.   The conference is free for all students. Tickets are $25 for access to all


Holiday Hours: Indigenous Peoples Day / Columbus Day
03:18PM / Thursday, October 06, 2022

Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín's 'First landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World,' at San Salvador, W.I., Oct. 12, 1492, from 1862.

Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day is being observed Monday, Oct. 10. As Columbus Day, it commemorates Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492. As Indigenous Peoples Day, it commemorates the harm to their cultures and communities that followed Columbus' arrival. 

Columbus' voyage had been celebrated on significant anniversaries but did not become an official holiday until being recognized by Colorado in 1905. It was declared a federal holiday in 1937.

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Dream Away Lodge Reopening in 2023 Under New Ownership
Staff Reports,
05:28PM / Tuesday, October 04, 2022

BECKET, Mass. — The historic Dream Away Lodge is expected to reopen in the spring under new ownership.

It was announced on Sunday that former owner Daniel Osman sold the restaurant to The Dreamaway Lodge RE LLC. 

The plan is to bring back everything that the Dream Away is known for and make it even better.

"The intention is to return the Dream Away to service and to offer all the things we did before but even better — great food, great music, a beautiful place to make a wedding, retreat, or private event, an awesome outing for you and your friends, your partner, your lover, your grandma or your kids," according to a press release from the new


Adams Community Bank Hires Branch Officers for Lenox, Lee
06:50AM / Saturday, October 01, 2022

ADAMS, Mass. — Charles P. O’Brien, President, and CEO of Adams Community Bank, announces a new branch hire and a recent promotion.

Kara Clark has been promoted to Branch Officer of the Lenox branch. Clark began with Adams Community Bank five years ago as a Customer Service Representative in Williamstown. After only two years of customer service and extensive ACB product and service knowledge, she was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager at our Park Street location.

Don Disbrow joins Adams Community Bank as the Branch Officer at the bank's Lee location. Don comes to us from CARR Hardware, where he worked as the General Manager for multiple locations, including the Lee


Great Barrington Police Utilizing Bodycams
10:46AM / Friday, September 30, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Police Department's bodycam program rollout will be complete by the end of this week.     All officers will be utilizing body-worn cameras to help document investigations and incidents.   The use of a body-worn camera system provides persuasive documentary evidence and helps defend against civil litigation and allegations of officer misconduct, said officials. The goal of this program is to ensure that audiovisual recordings provide a true and accurate a depiction of events in order to provide the best possible evidence and documentation.   The purpose of body-worn cameras is to assist with community relations by fostering


Fall Seniors Golf Tour Tees Off at Berkshire Hills
Community submission,
11:39AM / Friday, September 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Ralph Distoli and Bob Linn had the low gross score at Berkshire Hills Country Club in the inaugural Berkshire County Fall Seniors Golf event.   The pair carded a 62 on their home course to edge runners-up Matt Ortega and George Candelet, who finished at 65.   The event on Wednesday was the first of a five-week series for golfers 50 and up to raise funds to support Berkshire County Junior Golf. Each year, the organization awards scholarships to young golfers to support junior memberships at their home club.   Dastoli and Linn won for gross score in the Blue Division, one of two groups based on the combined ages of the pairs.   In the Green Division,


The Great British Walkoff: Koperniak Scores Game-Winner as Team GB Advances Sports,
08:12PM / Tuesday, September 20, 2022
REGENSBURG, Germany -- Hoosac Valley graduate Matt Koperniak Tuesday scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th as Great Britain came from behind to beat Spain, 10-9, and advance from a qualifying tournament to play in March's World Baseball Classic.   Koperniak, a native of London, was the "ghost runner," starting the 10th inning on second base.   After a failed bunt attempt, Great Britain's Justin Wylie reached on a fielder's choice.   Koperniak was called out at third, but after a British challenge, the umpires ruled he was safe.   With runners at the corners and one out, Alex Crosby hit a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Koperniak


Allen Heights Veterinary Repeats as Josh Billings Runaground Champ Sports,
05:48PM / Sunday, September 18, 2022
LENOX, Mass. -- Hundreds of amateur athletes Sunday won the 46th Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon where, as the motto goes, "To finish is to win."   The day's fastest finishers featured familiar names as the four-man team from Allen Heights Veterinary was the first across the finish line at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, which took over this year from Tanglewood as the triathlon terminus.   As usual, teams headed out from downtown Great Barrington for a 27-mile bike ride to the boat launch at the Stockbridge Bowl, where pedalers gave way to paddlers for a 5-mile spring around the lake. The final leg of the event is a 6-mile run.   Athletes compete in teams of two, three or


Great Barrington Rally Seeks to 'Smash the Stigma' of Addiction
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:05AM / Thursday, September 15, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Rural Recovery Resources will be hosting a rally and event this Saturday to "Smash The Stigma" surrounding addiction and to shine a light on the services available to people.    "The spirit of 'Smash the Stigma' is exactly what the title is, to address the stigma that's attached to substance use disorder, and to normalize, having conversations about that," said project manager Gary Pratt said.   "So stigma, perhaps the hardest thing that anybody that's dealing with a substance use disorder can overcome. It's pervasive in the society and forever. It's just something that's not talked


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