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Community Access to the Arts receives $2 million from MacKenzie Scott’s Yield Giving, only Berkshire County awardee

Out of the more than 6,300 that applied, CATA was among only 250 organizations nationwide to receive the award.

Stockbridge warrant seeks speed limit mandate for town-owned roads

The Select Board contemplated having the board appoint the town clerk and tree warden, rather than residents voting to elect those positions.

Edith Meininger (nee Goldfarb), 100, of Austerlitz, N.Y.

In keeping with Edith’s wishes, there will be no funeral. A private burial service for family will be held at Chatham Rural Cemetery.

Kathryn (Kannar) Aberdale, 70, of Westlake, Fla.

A funeral mass will be held for Kathryn at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Corpus Christi Church, on Main Street in Housatonic on Wednesday, March 27, at 10 a.m., before her body will be laid to rest in Saint Bridget's Cemetery on Van Deusenville Road in Housatonic. Family will receive friends on Tuesday March 26, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Birches-Roy Funeral Home.

Troubled property no more: Castle Street firehouse renovated

Earlier this month, after years of controversy over the building, and nearly two years after the Federal Trade Commission case, Warrior Trading announced that it was nearing completion of its restoration project.

Welcome to Real Estate Friday!

Kate Lascar of Berkshire Property Agents offers a hassle-free condo in a peaceful community, combining tranquility and accessibility. An analysis of potential changes in Berkshire real estate practices. Geoff Wilcox reports on the ‘transformation” of a run-down gambrel-roofed home in a small town in Massachusetts. Plus, recent sales, gardening columns and more.

Blackshires Leadership Accelerator Program goes forward for a second year

“It's important in the community at large to leverage those community members that have been historically disenfranchised and not supported,” Blackshires President and lead facilitator of the Leadership Accelerator Program Dubois Thomas said.

Lee refiles Monsanto PCB lawsuit, alleges illegal relationship with GE

Monsanto responds that it did not dispose of PCBs near Lee and was not a party to a remediation agreement.

Witnessing the power of the human body through dance: A new season at Jacob’s Pillow

“Jacob’s Pillow has been a haven and a refuge for dancers and dance companies for nearly 100 years,” said Jacob's Pillow Executive Director Pamela Tatge. “Audiences should feel what I call the ‘Pillow Magic’ as they drive up George Carter Road, and when they arrive here to see a performance."

Digging into regenerative farming in the Berkshires

The practice is the focus of the documentary "Common Ground" screening in Lenox on March 22.

Ramsdell Library showing its age, Library Trustees asking town meeting voters, state for funds

“The town has used this library for over 120 years,” said Great Barrington Libraries Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick Hollenbeck. “This building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Where else do you see something like this?”

Morton ‘Morty’ Josel, 87, of Alford

Funeral service for Morton "Morty" Josel will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 10 a.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in Great Barrington. Burial will be held at New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, N.Y.

Thomas Joseph ‘Tom’ Poole, 84, of Great Barrington

The family wants to thank the staff at Mount Carmel Care Center in Lenox and the staff at Sugar Hill Assisted Living in Dalton for the care, compassion, and comfort they provided Tom during his days at these facilities.

Mt. Everett drone team finishes seventh at New England Championship

"After they graduate from school, students may go into the technology field or they may not," said school Technology Director Chris Thompson. "But the point is that children are having fun when they are working with technology, and I think it’s important for students to find inspiration and have fun.”

‘Once Upon a Mattress’ coming to Monument Mountain High School

"‘Once Upon a Mattress’ is still famous because it’s a musical that works for the whole family," said Director Chris Tucci. "There are jokes in the musical for both mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, brothers and sisters, and even little kids. Everybody who comes to the show will find something to laugh at.”

Jamie Minacci announces run for State House seat

Minacci joins Patrick White and Leigh Davis in the Democratic primary, with Marybeth Mitts running as an independent candidate.

School district looking at policy revisions concerning complaints about books, educational materials

"The School Committee will not permit any individual or group to exercise censorship over instructional materials and library collections, but recognizes that at times a reevaluation of certain material may be desired," reads the draft policy.