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New Funding Opportunity to Support Air Quality Sensors in Communities
04:08PM / Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that $200,000 in grants is now available to communities to place 10 air quality sensors on homes, schools or businesses to measure fine particle pollution (PM2.5) throughout local neighborhoods.   These small sensors produce data that will be displayed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's AirNow Fire and Smoke Map online, along with data from PM2.5 monitoring stations operated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).    "Massachusetts is committed to helping communities affected by air pollution, especially those with Environmental Justice populations," said Energy

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Agricultural Commissioner Visits Southern Berkshire Farms
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:15AM / Monday, July 19, 2021
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NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Farming is hard enough without having to worry about losing the very land you farm.   "This year, I've just been hearing a lot...about the lack of access to land, not really related to the pandemic. It just seems to have come up more and more," Executive Director of Berkshire Grown Margaret Moulton said during a tour of Southern Berkshire farms with Agricultural Commissioner John Lebeaux. "So we're trying to give them a sense of what it means to be a farmer without a farm, particularly for a newer younger farmer who doesn't have the wherewithal to buy."   On Tuesday, Lebeaux toured four South County farms to hear their

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Never Thought You'd See a Bear? Think Again
By MassWildlife,
04:28PM / Thursday, July 01, 2021
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It's summertime in Massachusetts, which means more people will be spending time outdoors. With the increasing number of black bears found in many areas of Massachusetts, it is important for all residents to know how to prevent problems.

While people living in Western Massachusetts have been coexisting with bears for years, others in the eastern part of the state may be surprised to learn that black bears likely live nearby as well. This summer, a young bear made headlines as it traveled throughout southeastern Mass, and over the last few years, MassWildlife has also confirmed reports of bears in Newton, Chelmsford, North Andover, Amesbury, and even Provincetown!

In the mid-1970s,

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Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax Perform Benefit Show For Greenagers
12:46PM / Thursday, June 17, 2021
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ERGEMONT, Mass. — Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax will present a benefit concert for Greenagers, outdoors under a tent on July 7 at 6 p.m. outdoors under a tent at the April Hill Conservation Center.    An outdoor reception follows for top-tier ticket holders; tickets can be purchased at greenagers.org/tickets.   On learning of Greenagers' outdoor education and job programs for teens and young adults in the Berkshires, Ma and Ax offered to team up for this outdoor event. The evening includes a conversation with the musicians and Greenagers Executive Director, Will Conklin.   Ma and Ax, in a shared statement, commended Greenagers' commitment to

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Green Team Recycle and Shred Drive
12:20PM / Thursday, June 10, 2021
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — There will be a recycle and shred drive at the Cheshire Transfer Station to support the Youth Center.   The drive will be held Saturday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the Cheshire Transfer station located at 191 Church St.   The drive will be hosted by the Green Team, a local youth education program supported through MassDEP that teaches kids the importance of recycling.   Price List: $5: suggested donation for shredding. $5: Small computer related items, mouse, keyboard, telephone, answering machine, DVD player, VCR, etc. $10: Medium electronic related items, copy machines, printers, scanners, computer monitors, laptops, CPU towers,

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Arbor Day and Earth Day In Sheffield
12:37PM / Thursday, April 29, 2021
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — In celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day, and in appreciation for the Sheffield community, the Sheffield Tree Project and Sheffield Land Trust are partnering with the Bushnell-Sage Library and Sheffield Recycling Coordinator to offer a series of free activities for the public.    On Saturday, May 1, There will be a native tree and shrub give-away, a demonstration on how and why to mulch trees and an opportunity to learn more about composting.     There will also be a battery and clothing/textile collection and information on the Sheffield Transfer station and the next Hazardous Waste collection. Events take place in the center of Sheffield,

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Registration Underway for Canoe Meadows Community Gardens
04:44PM / Friday, April 23, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Canoe Meadows community garden spaces are now open to rent through Mass Audubon for organic gardening.   Every spring, Mass Audubon rents space in its organic gardens to members at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary on Williams Street in Pittsfield.  Participants have been growing vegetables, flowers, and herbs at the two-acre gardens site for over three decades.    "Canoe Meadows gardeners have developed great friendships over the years," said Diane Wetzel, Master Gardener. "They love to share their knowledge of growing vegetables with novices while enjoying the spectacular view of the Berkshires."   In order to

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Clark Art Celebrates Earth Day
08:02AM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Clark Art Institute celebrates Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, with two guided programs that invite visitors to connect with nature and art on the Clark's campus.    Clark educators lead ninety-minute outdoor experiences that inspire participants to write, draw, move, and more as they explore the unique natural settings of the "Ground/work" exhibition. All participants will be provided with a blank "field journal" and pencil to record their thoughts and creations.   A 10:30 am walk starts at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill and features Nairy Baghramian's "Knee and Elbow," Eva LeWitt's "Resin Towers,"

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Expanded Historic Shaker Hiking Trail to Open This Summer
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:11AM / Sunday, April 18, 2021
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The new trail off the 14-year-old Farm and Forest Trail is a collaboration of Shaker Village, Mill Town and Greenagers.

HANCOCK, Mass. — Mill Town Capital, Hancock Shaker Village, and Greenagers are collaborating to reveal the archeological remains of five Shaker buildings from 1800 in a new trail that opens in mid-July.

The route will be a spur off the U-shaped Farm and Forest Trail that runs through the southern woods below the historic Hancock Shaker Village on Route 20.

In the spring 2021 session of the Berkshire Outdoor Recreation Summit, representatives from the entities explained how the partnership is tying in historical education, outdoor recreation, and art in this

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Local Environmentalists Demand Cleaner Berkshires Power Plants
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:39AM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local environmentalists are taking a stand against air pollution from power plants that are hardly used.   A Berkshire Environmental Action Team campaign "Put Peakers in the Past" is demanding that the three peaking power plants located in Berkshire County revert to only renewable and clean alternatives. "Peaking" plants are used to meet periods of high energy demand.   The decades-old plants at Pittsfield Generating Co. on Merrill Road, the Eversource substation on Doreen Street and the EP Energy plant on Woodland Road in Lee run off fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, and kerosene. Pittsfield Generating is a co-generating plant

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