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Crumbling of Slavery in Massachusetts Celebrated on 'Elizabeth Freeman Day'

On Sunday, Aug. 20, The Trustees of Reservations will host a day of activities to celebrate the story of Elizabeth Freeman at the Ashley House in Sheffield. Activities will include guided tours of the Ashley House and a performance by storyteller and actress Tammy Denease, with her dramatic re-telling of "Mumbet's Story."

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Review: 'Company' Hits A Home Run at Barringston Stage

"Company" premiered in April of 1970, and while it's not quite as relevant today as it was back then – when marriage was more de rigueur – it still resonates with its humor and irony. Practically the whole show is built on irony.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 16-22

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Dalton Events to Mark Appalachian Trail Community Designation

The town of Dalton become the third Appalachian Trail Community in the state on Saturday with a celebration including hikes, music and a cookout.

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Berkshires Beat: Naumkeag Celebrates New Greenhouse With Party

The evening featured the celebration of the construction of the new Naumkeag greenhouse complex in Fletcher Steele and Mabel Choate's historic and recently restored gardens as well as the launch of Naumkeag’s new flower fields.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 9-15

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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As Eclipse Nears, Williams College Crew Prepares

Pasachoff will be viewing his 66th solar eclipse, the most of anyone ever. He serves as chair of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Solar Eclipses, and as such is also helping coordinate visitors from China, Japan, Bulgaria, Venezuela and other countries to the U.S. for eclipse observing.

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Review: WTF's 'Romance' Is Confusing But Promising

And that is the problem with this new, not-yet-fully-realized, small-scale musical playing through Aug. 20 at the Main Stage of the Williamstown Theatre Festival: It's very confusing. The story itself is trying to cover too much ground. As with an opera, it's best to read a story synopsis before you attend.

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Williams College Museum of Art to Receive Landmark Gift of African Art

The collection includes works from the late 19th through late 20th century and represents numerous cultures from West Africa with decorative, religious and utilitarian objects.

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Berkshires Beat: 350Vermont Brings Summer Pop-Up Series to Bennington

350VT's Jen Lazar describes the pop-up as a "mix of a traveling roadshow, a listening tour, a fierce commitment to climate justice, a set of powerful workshops and trainings, the excitement of overnight summer camp, and incredible climate leaders from across the state."

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Clinton Church Restoration Hires Architects to Prepare Historic Structure Report

Clark & Green Architects is one of five firms that responded to a request for proposal issued by CCR, the nonprofit that recently purchased the Elm Court property from the North Eastern Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Zion Conference.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 2-8

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Zogics Awarded Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit

Wellness has long been a cornerstone of Zogics, an e-commerce company that serves the health and fitness industry.

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Berkshires Beat: Williamstown Residents Riding in Pan-Mass Challenge

Many riders participate in the PMC to honor a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for, cancer. More than 600 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients, considered "Living Proof" of the PMC mission to find a cure.

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SVMC Becomes 24-Hour Drug Take-Back Location

The MedSafe collection receptacle is located in the lobby of SVMC at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. It looks like a mailbox, featuring a one-way medicine drop. It can be used to dispose of unused or expired controlled substances, non-controlled substances, and even over-the-counter medications. The lobby is open 24 hours a day.

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State Council to Address Aging Holding Pittsfield Listening Session

Gov. Charlie Baker's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts will hold listening sessions to hear ideas about how to make the commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages. The council will meet in Pittsfield on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10 to noon at Elder Services of Berkshire County, 877 South St., Suite 4E.

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Classical 'High Season' Approaches Its Zenith

As always, the place to be for great classical and stimulating new music is right here in our own centrally located, intimate corner of the world - the Berkshires - a so-designated "cultural capital," where artistic boundaries are nonexistent.

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North Adams Happenings: July 26-Aug. 1

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Congressman Neal's Staff Holding Office Hours in North Adams

A staff member from the office of U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal will hold office hours at North Adams City Hall on Thursday, July 27.

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Biz Briefs: BerkShares Looking For 'Ambassadors'

The goal is to create a cadre of community economists – young people who can be effective and confident advocates for locally owned businesses and community-driven economic development.

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Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood, Mass Audubon Team Up for Celebration of Birds and Music

The series, which pairs guided bird walks with performances of birdsong, will be highlighted by performances by world-renowned pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, lectures and bird walks by Mass Audubon Ornithologist Wayne Peterson, and performances by Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's BSO's preeminent summer music academy for the advanced training of young professional musicians.

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North Adams Happenings: July 19-25

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Bank Donation to SVMC Funds Child-Friendly Waiting Areas

Dubbed Kids Korner, the first two interactive play waiting areas will be developed at the pediatrics practice and on the Women's and Children's unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

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North Adams Eagle Street Logo, Artist Commissions Sought

New signage, outdoor seating, public art, and the addition of a seasonal parklet are just some of the new additions that this grant, submitted through the NAMAzing Eagle Street Initiative (NESI), will help support.

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Berkshires Beat: Brain Injury Group Raises Awareness at Pittsfield Suns Game

There was a table for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, and to share brain injury knowledge and help raise awareness, the Pittsfield Suns hosted a trivia game.

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Mark, Neal Staff Holding Office Hours in Heath

The public is welcome and encouraged to meet their representatives from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 1 East Main St.

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Region Hosting Variety of Classical Musical Offerings

With programs across the region, concertgoers will have a wide range of classical music to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo piano and orchestral to opera and musical theater in concert; from chamber music to a thrilling Bach Brandenburg Concerto.

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North Adams Happenings: July 12-18

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for July

Hinds will convene his next Speak Up Western Mass public forum/community office hours event in Shelburne on Monday, July 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Selectmen's Meeting Room of Shelburne Town Hall, located at 51 Bridge St.

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‘Party in the Park’ Returns to North Adams

People are encouraged to bring and display their classic cars.These are family-friendly events and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

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'Live on the Lake' Lineup Starts 16th Season on July 5

License to Groove opens this year’s concert series on July 5. Whiskey City follows on July 12, with The Bomb on July 19 and Shyne on July 16 rounding out July. In August, On Tap will perform Aug. 2, Wildcare on Aug. 9, Legal Tender on Aug. 16 and Hotshot Hillbillys on Aug. 23.

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Biz Briefs: Architect to Focus on Houses for Adults With Autism

When designing full-time living spaces and communities there are considerations most firms would not naturally consider, such as creating visually calm living areas, sound proof rooms, spacious hallways as well as common areas that promote physical activity, she said. The design should include appropriate ventilation and use all-green, non-toxic products.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire United Way Celebrates Day of Caring

At the heart of the 2017 event was distribution of 1,200 "literacy backpacks" - one for every incoming kindergarterner in Berkshire County.

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day

Independence Day will be celebrated Monday, July 4. It is a federal holiday.

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YMCA to Host Camp Green Mountain in Bennington

The YMCA Camp Green Mountain develops the necessary building blocks for youth development by providing a safe, creative learning environment for young people to feel empowered, build self-esteem, explore personal interests, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories.

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Berkshire Immigrant Center Director Steps Down After 18 Years

Greene will be remaining at the center as a case worker, representing clients through this transitional period and until the center can hire additional staff. Brooke Mead, who has been BIC for 15 years, for many of them the center's only full-time staff member, will step into the role of director. Ben Fish is one of two new case workers also being hired.

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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks

Festivities marking the nation's 241st birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Tuesday, July 4, unless otherwise noted.

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North Adams Happenings: June 28-July 4

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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SVMC Announces Winners of SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest

The contest drew nearly 70 entries between January and April. Participants' photos were judged based on creativity, photographic quality, genuineness, connection to local community, and relation to an active life. Judges included Dr. Jonathan Cluett and a team from SVMC Orthopedics; local artist Rita Dee; and photographer Greg Nesbit. They selected nine winning photos.

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Review: 'Ragtime' at Barrington Stage Company A Relevent, Beautiful Musical

The societal problems of "Ragtime" - police prejudice against blacks, prejudice against all immigrants, the privileges of the rich - remain the problems of today, which is why "Ragtime" is both deeply thought-provoking and spectacularly entertaining.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc's 23rd Annual Golf Classic Raises $43,000

More than 180 golfers on 45 teams participated in the tournament, which raised $43,000 to support individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties.

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DownStreet Art Ready to Kick Off Its 10th Season

Over the past decade, DSA brought 150,000 visitors to downtown North Adams. During the past two seasons alone, DSA supported the work of 237 artists. In 2015, 93 percent of visitors who were surveyed said they planned to return to the city for another DSA Thursday.

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The Classical Beat: Summer 2017 Music Festival Begins

With programs in Lenox and in Manchester, Vt., concertgoers will have a wide selection of music in a multiplicity of styles to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo jazz piano to the stellar Chris Botti with the Boston Pops, followed by a celebration of beloved show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein at Tanglewood.

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North Adams Happenings: June 21-27

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Free Fun Fridays Return This Summer

Since its inception in 2009, Free Fun Fridays has drawn more than 1,000,000 visitors to venues throughout the commonwealth. Last year alone, the program reached more than 160,000 people with many partner institutions, such as The Mount in Lenox, The Old State House in Boston, Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich and the EcoTarium in Worcester, experiencing record-breaking attendance.

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Berkshires Beat: Fishing Derby Winners Announced

The 25th annual Harry Bateman Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby was held on June 3.

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Biz Briefs: Two Local Students Granted Lee Outlets Scholarships

Simon, a global leader in retail real estate ownership, is proud to support Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) in its efforts to increase educational opportunities for at-risk students through Simon Supports Education.

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MountainOne Provides Funding for Scholarships for MCLA Camps

NBUW and WCC will work closely with area youth agencies to refer young people into the summer programs and coordinate transportation when needed.

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The Cassical Beat: Tanglewood, Tannery Pond, Taconic Music Prepare to Open

After an arduous winter, the summer's musical offerings will be balm to both popular music and classical aficionados, who anticipate the cornucopia of music these diverse festivals and series present.

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North Adams Happenings: June 14-20

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Berkshires Beat: YMCA Opening Childcare Center at Mountain Brook School in Lenox

The center is currently licensed for 15 preschool children ages 2.9 years to pre-kindergarten. The YMCA’s Childcare Director Laurie Vanuni has plans to grow it further.

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Biz Briefs: Beacon Cinema Getting $500,000 Facelift

The renovation will run from mid-July to mid-October. Three theaters will closed at a time. To kick off the new project, the Beacon will be offering a number of promotions and contests throughout the entire renovation period.

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Williams College 'Still In' on Paris Climate Agreement

The "We Are Still In" statement says, in part, that "the Trump administration's announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world's ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of climate change. Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States."

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North Adams Happenings: June 7-31

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Financial Gifts – and Tips – for New Graduates

But what should you give to your newly minted diploma holder? You might want to consider offering a combination of financial gifts and tips, which, taken together, could set your graduate on a path toward a successful, independent life.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Closing at Noon on June 7 for Day of Volunteering

Xtraordinary Day provides all Berkshire Bank employees the opportunity to volunteer in communities the Bank and its affiliates serve.

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Rudolf Steiner School Hosts Eigth Grade Portfolio Exhibit

The Class of 2017's 22 soon-to-be graduates have journeyed together from first through eighth grade and will present their handmade books in core academic subjects including history, mathematics, biology, chemistry, botany, language arts and foreign language, and portfolios of work in handwork, woodwork, geometry, 2D and 3D art.

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Berkshires Beat: Eighth-Graders Sew Patriotic Pillowcases

Vivori set the class up like a manufacturing company with students picking different areas of production. Some students chose laying out patterns and pinning, others cut out the patterns, and the rest sewed or ironed the pillowcases.

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Concerts on the Lake Run June 7-Aug. 30

The series runs every Wednesday at 6:30pm through August 30th (excluding August 16th for the Downtown Celebration).

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National Trails Day Activities Planned at Great Barrington River Walk

From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., guests can meet at the Dubois River Garden Park (corner of Church and River Streets in Great Barrington) to explore the natural landscape through a variety of activities including hiking, paddling, history walk and a riverside activity for children. A potluck picnic will be held at 12:30 p.m.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 2-8

Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than 20 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

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Law Enforcement Golf Tournament Supports Child Abuse Victims

Local law enforcement, prosecutors and members of the community will tee it up at Berkshire Hills Country Club to support the programs and services provided by Berkshire County Kids' Place, a children's advocacy center that provides services to approximately 400 child victims and their non-offending family each year at no cost.

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Unpublished Edith Wharton Play Discovered by Scholars

The Edith Wharton Review, published by Penn State University Press, have published this finding, by Laura Rattray, a reader in American literature at the University of Glasgow, and Mary Chinery, a professor of English at Georgian Court University in New Jersey, in a journal article titled "The Shadow of a Doubt: A Play in Three Acts by Edith Wharton." The article includes the play in its entirety.

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North Adams Happenings: May 31-June 6

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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MCLA to Host North County Eighth-Grade Career Fair

Funded in part by a $7,500 grant from the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in Pittsfield, and sponsored by MCLA and the Berkshire Compact for Education, the fair will help students learn about different types of jobs and careers so that they can make informed decisions about course selection in high school and begin to think about higher education and a career.

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Berkshires Beat: Cancer Center Community Crusaders Annual Event Joins with Survivors Day

Both events will be held on Saturday, June 3. The program schedule begins with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Cupcake tasting, raffles, music and kids’ activities — like inflatable bounce houses and face painting—continue throughout the day.

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day

Holiday closures for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day Events 2017

All events are on Monday, May 29, unless otherwise noted.

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McGovern Tapped as Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club

McGovern will replace the current CEO, Chris Jacoby, who will retire June 30. Jacoby is expected to resume his position as a member of the board of directors.

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On '529 Day,' Think About College Savings Plans

This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people’s awareness of the need to save and invest for the high costs of higher education. And that need has never been greater.

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Spring Neighborlies Celebrate Community Individuals Groups

Friends, family and many supporters gathered to honor and congratulate individuals and groups in the Northern Berkshire communities whose acts of kindness and volunteer efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of their neighbors and the community.

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Berkshires Beat: Williams Environmental Center Earns Petal Certification

Twelve months of consecutive data showed that the center qualified in six of the seven environmental performance criteria for the Living Building Challenge, but fell short for the energy standard, just missing full certification as a Living Building.

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Biz Briefs: CompuWorks Celebrates 30 Years in IT Services

Founded in 1987 by David Hall and Alan Bauman, CompuWorks' mission has always been to help its clients maximize the business impact of technology. T

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Math Major Wins MCLA's '29 Who Shine' Award

In addition to two years of service to the Adams Youth Center program as a mentor and a tutor, LaVoice is the creator of the "Pathways to College" program, which sends MCLA students to Drury High School in North Adams to help the younger students with professional development and college access-related activities.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 19-25

Join the Berkshire Museum to celebrate the "electric" opening of its newest exhibit, Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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North Adams Happenings: May 17-23

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Clothing Sale, Now a Decade Old, Set for Saturday, May 20

The sale features gently used clothing and shoes sized from infant to teen styles, including pajamas, swimwear and outerwear, as well as infant bedding/gear, sporting and dance apparel, costumes, accessories and maternity items. The sale featuring items for all seasons, including high-quality winter coats. All items will be 50 percent off from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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St. Stan's Team Wins Battle of the Books

Held on May 9 at Mater Dolorosa School in Holyoke, the grade five-six team, The Plot Twisters, won first place in their division. Going head to head with St. Mary's Academy from Longmeadow, the win marked the second year in a row this group had a first place finish.

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Biz Briefs: Greylock's Annual Shred Day Benefits Berkshire United Way

The credit union suggested a $1 donation per box from people looking to dispose of personal documents.

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Berkshires Beat: Brien Center Receives Donation from Williams Rugby Football Club

The team has been organizing the John Donovan Memorial Tournament in memory of their former teammate who lost his battle to mental illness.

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Senior Citizens Prom Set for Tuesday, May 16

The 2017 theme is "Bash on the Bayou” to help celebrate the southern carnival and Mardi Gras.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 12-18

Next Thursday, May 18, is the first 3rd Thursday of 2017!

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North Adams Happenings: May 10-16

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Berkshires Beat: Great Barrington Police Department Earns State Accreditation

Under the leadership of Chief William Walsh Jr., the Great Barrington Police Department was evaluated by a team of commission-appointed assessors. The Assessment Team found the department to be in compliance with all applicable standards for accreditation.

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Letter Carriers Food Drive to Benefit Local Pantries

Letter carriers will be collecting non-perishable food items for distribution to local food pantries and meal programs. Non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice are welcome and appreciated.

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Biz Briefs: Yummy Treasures Named Microenterprise of the Year for Massachusetts

In early October the store opened with a goal to not only have an incredible array of new and vintage product, but to foster a sense of community. This was done through a series of beading classes, Mother's Day events, Trunk Shows, and open tables for crafters to work at anytime

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 5-11

Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by over 20 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m.at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

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North Adams Happenings: May 3-9

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Berkshires Beat: Adams Native Stars in ‘Peppa Pig’ Stage Show

Pinsonnault is a 2001 graduate of Hoosac Valley High School, where he performed in a number of theatrical productions.

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