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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Great Barrington Advances to District Final with Win Over Adams-Cheshire
By Stephen Dravis,
08:21PM / Tuesday, July 12, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. – Kasen Raifstanger went 2-for-2 with a double and scored three times Tuesday as the Great Barrington Little League 12-year-old All-Stars needed just three innings to take a 15-0 win over Adams and advance to the championship game of the Don Gleason District 1 Championship.   Great Barrington, the designated home team, pounded out six hits – four for extra bases – in a 12-run third inning to end the game when George Drager scored on a pitch to the backstop with one out.   Oliver Donovan struck out six and allowed two hits on the mound to pick up the win as Great Barrington (3-1) advances to Thursday’s final, a rematch against the PIttsfield


Attorney General Funds Summer Jobs for Young People
12:00PM / Sunday, July 10, 2022
BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey  announced that her office is awarding more than $262,000 in grant funding to 70 organizations across the state to fund summer jobs for young people that are focused on promoting health and wellness.   In Berkshire County, Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, the Berkshire South Regional Community Center and Greenagers in South Egremont will receive funding to support jobs for young people.   "For eight years, we've worked closely with inspiring organizations in every corner of the state to create safe, positive summer experiences for young people," said Healey. "These



UPDATE: Motorcyclist Dies in Great Barrington Collision
09:00AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
Update: The Great Barrington Police Department reported Wednesday that the victim of the July 4 motor vehicle accident was Antonio Desousa, 68 years of age, from Danbury Conn.   The accident remains under investigation by the Great Barrington Police, Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit, Massachusetts State Police CARS Unit, and the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office.   _______________________________________________________________________________________________     GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A 68 year old Connecticut man died from injuries sustained from a collision with a car near Bistro Box.   On Monday July 4 at 12:02 PM, a


The Classical Beat: Tanglewood, Sevenars, Taconic Music this Week
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
08:00AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
Tanglewood enters its second week, and the glories are many; indeed, every concert will be memorable. Here's a listing of the outstanding scheduled performances and related events – all highlights for this weekend and into next week, Friday through Monday, July 8-11.   Be sure to also consider the marvelous and diverse programs listed below at Sevenars Music Festival in Worthington, Mass, and by the Taconic Music Festival in Manchester, Vt.   Tanglewood Four Shed Concerts with the Boston Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra     • Friday, July 8, at 8:00 p.m.: Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in a

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Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
09:06AM / Monday, July 04, 2022

A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule.

The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent


Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
08:01AM / Saturday, July 02, 2022

Festivities marking the nation's 243rd birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Thursday July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.


The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are July 3 night practice (no fireworks) and Thursday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops, which begin at 8. This year's event features a flyover, Queen Latifah and Arlo Guthrie. MBTA usually runs free after the July 4 concert. More information here.


Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual free celebration with music and activities, with

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CHP Rolling Out Vaccines for Young Children
08:00AM / Saturday, July 02, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs (CHP) is now offering COVID-19 pediatric vaccines for children between 6 months through age 4.   These vaccines have been clinically tested and approved for use in young children to prevent serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19.    Full information about pediatric vaccines for children of all ages can be found on the CDC's website.   The CHP Mobile Health Unit (MHU) provides free vaccines to all, regardless of whether they are a CHP patient. The MHU travels throughout the Berkshires to various locations with vaccines and community-based health services, and the schedule calendar can be found


Berkshire Waldorf High School Has Plans for Old Stockbridge Town Hall
02:23PM / Friday, July 01, 2022

Stephen Sagarin, Teresa O'Brient, and Cathy Clark on the steps of the Old Town Hall.   STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Waldorf High School is proposing to turn Procter Hall into its future home.    School officials on Friday announced a multiyear fundraising campaign to begin the first phase of renovation to the two-century-old structure.    "The town of Stockbridge can finally realize its two-decade old dream of finding a permanent use for this 1839 historic structure," said Teresa O'Brient, chair of the school's trustees and owner of the Stockbridge Country Store, in a press release. "We are so excited to finally have the

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
10:55AM / Friday, July 01, 2022

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Monday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was written by


Construction Begins in Castle Hill Neighborhood In Great Barrington
12:10PM / Thursday, June 30, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Beginning July 5, 2022 contractors for the Town of Great Barrington will be working in the Castle Hill neighborhood, conducting investigative drilling on various streets.   Work will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., for about 10 days. Contractors will be using a drilling rig to bore holes through the pavement and sub-base of the road, at various locations.    This work is a preliminary step in planning for future replacement of much of the sewer and drainage infrastructure in this neighborhood.   Work will occur on Castle Street, Castle Hill Avenue, Hollenbeck Avenue, Prospect Avenue, Sumner Street, and Taconic Avenue. Minor detours


CHP CEO Stepping Down After Nearly 7 Years
12:00PM / Wednesday, June 29, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs (CHP) CEO Lia Spiliotes, who has led CHP since 2015, has announced she is stepping down from CHP.    In a statement to staff and colleagues, Spiliotes said she intends to refocus on family health priorities in Boston and New York. She stated she is also turning her professional attention to broader advocacy efforts around public and economic policy related to community health. Her last day is June 30.    "We have accomplished so much by advancing and accelerating CHP's mission and vision," said Spiliotes in a statement. "CHP reaches so many in our community in need, regardless of their ability


The Classical 'High Season' Bursts Upon the Scene
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
08:00AM / Wednesday, June 29, 2022
It's well known that the Berkshires and environs are a mecca for classical music lovers. With the tourist high season – from mid-June through Labor Day – concert activity increases exponentially, offering listeners a cornucopia of musical delights to please every taste.   This week, two magnificent presenter "T"s share the spotlight, offering fabulous musical pleasures: Tanglewood and Taconic Music.   Tanglewood Music Festival Tanglewood in Lenox, among the world's grandest outdoors summer music festivals, is the summer home of the Boston Symphony, and offers outstanding and varied classical performances. Beginning July 8, the Festival will present a


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