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Berkshires Beat: Real Women Essay Contest Entries Sought

Founded in 1986, the Real Women Essay contest, invites Berkshire County students K-12 to participate by writing an essay, poem, scripted conversation, first-person monologue or journal recognizing a woman in their lives that has inspired them.

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Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Free for Berkshire County Residents Through Jan. 19

Since Mass MoCA’s inception, various campaigns have steered patrons to the galleries free of charge. Mass MoCA's annual Free Day, which typically falls during the winter season, waives admission to all museum-goers, attracting an influx of visitors. This year, Free Day falls on Saturday, Jan. 20.

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Berkshires Beat: Fairview Earns National Recognition as a Top Rural Hospital

This is Fairview's fifth year of being named a top rural hospital in America.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire 4-H Holds Awards, Recognition Event

About 100 people gathered to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of 4-H'ers, volunteers and others on Dec. 2.

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Berkshires Beat: BArT Students Help Puerto Rico, Local Community

The students put on a dance and hosted a "Penny Wars" event to reach their fundraising goal.

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Berkshires Beat: Habitat for Humanity Giving One Family Ultimate Christmas Present

More than 700 volunteers and over 17,500 hours of volunteer labor helped build the DelSonno house during the last seven months.

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Berkshires Beat: Home Instead Kicks Off 'Be A Santa To A Senior' Program

Holiday shoppers are invited to support Be a Santa to a Senior by visiting a participating location where Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display from Nov. 10 to Dec. 29.

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Berkshires Beat: Center for EcoTechnology Wins 2017 Composting Challenge

CET receives $100,000 for its past work and the exclusive invitation from the Rathmann Family Foundation to apply for an Even Bigger Idea grant of $200,000.

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Berkshires Beat: Coalition Holds Fall Neighborlies Awards Night

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: SVMC Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., has scheduled two events designed to help area women lessen the effects of breast cancer on their lives.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc Participates in BIAMA's Walk & Roll

Berkshire County Arc opened its first residential program for individuals with developmental disabilities in 1971, and, in 2002, the agency opened its first residential program for individuals with brain injuries.

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Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Lights Up Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Although childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children, childhood cancer research is tremendously underfunded in the United States and around the world.

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Berkshires Beat: Fall Foliage Children's Races Winners Announced

This annual event kicks off the Fall Foliage Festival going on through Sunday, Oct. 1, when the Greylock Federal Fall Classic 5k Road Race and the 62nd annual Fall Foliage Parade round out the festivities.

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Berkshires Beat: CATA Artists on Display at Pittsfield Guido's

The curated exhibit includes a variety of stylistic expression and techniques in water-based media, such as watercolor, tempera and ink, and feature both abstract and representational work.

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Berkshires Beat: New Art Exhibit Now Open in SVHC Corridor Gallery

The pieces in this exhibit are for sale. Proceeds benefit the artists and the SVHC Auxiliary, which has given more than $1 million to support services and equipment upgrades to SVHC over the past 20 years.

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Berkshires Beat: Brain Injury Association Returns to Cheshire for Walk & Roll

Participants throughout western Massachusetts are encouraged to attend as BIA-MA returns to the same venue as last year's event. Residents can register as individuals, set up a team, start a fundraising page or provide a one-time donation.

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Berkshires Beat: Stockbridge Photo Contest Winners To Be Displayed

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives will host a month-long exhibition of framed prints of the winning photos in September. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 1, from to 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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Berkshires Beat: Jacob's Pillow Opens New Studio Building

The Pillow's 85th Anniversary Festival Finale, on Aug. 26, will be the first event in the brand new space, which marks the first major on-site construction project at the Pillow since 1992.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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