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Berkshire Scenic Railway's Hoosac Valley Service was nominated for Newcomer of the Year.

1Berkshire Announces 2018 Berkshire Trendsetter Finalists

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire has announced the finalists for the 2018 Berkshire Trendsetter Awards that will be presented at the eighth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Sept. 13 at the new Proprietor’s Lodge on Pontoosuc Lake.
The 1Berkshire Trendsetter Awards showcase Berkshire-based individuals and businesses who demonstrate excellence in several areas. Each year these winners are the highlight of the annual Celebrate the Berkshires event. 
This year saw the most nominations were received this year since the awards began. More than 140 businesses, organizations and individuals were nominated in the following categories: Comprehensive Marketing Campaign, Creative Economy Standout, Entrepreneur/Visionary of the Year, Growing/Advancing the Berkshire Economy, Newcomer of the Year, Nonprofit Impact, and Under 40 Change-Maker.
Here is the list of all the 2018 Berkshire Trendsetter finalists:
Comprehensive Marketing Campaign
Berkshire Theater Festival 90th Anniversary Celebration
Community Access to The Arts (CATA)
Greylock Federal Credit Union
Greylock WORKS
The Mastheads
Creative Economy Standout
B&B Micro Manufacturing
Dr. Lisa Donovan / MCLA
The Stationery Factory
WAM Theatre
Growing/Advancing the Berkshire Economy
Berkshire Agricultural Ventures
Interprint USA
The New Taconic High School
The Norad Mill / Moresi & Associates
Newcomer of the Year
Berkshire Scenic Rail's Hoosac Valley Service
Allyn Burrows & Adam Davis, Shakespeare & Company
Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires
Peter Oleskiewicz of Desperados
David York of Museum of Dog/Bowlin on the River
Nonprofit Impact
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Berkshire Children & Families
Hillcrest Educational Centers
Mass Audubon Berkshire Sanctuaries
The Brien Center
Under 40 Change-Maker
Krystle Gallo
Rabbi Neil Hirsch
Mindi Morin
Colin Ovitsky
Geeg Wiles
Entrepreneur/Visionary of the Year
Stephen Boyd of Boyd Technologies / Berkshire Innovation Center
Becky and Caleb Miner of Miner Combat
Laura Shack of Firefly Gastropub & White Iris
Ben Svenson of Tourists
Eric Taylor of The Lake House & Proprietor's Lodge
To purchase tickets or to learn more about Celebrate the Berkshires, visit

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North Adams' Helme Named Woman of Achievement

Helme last year receiving the PopCares Community Partner Award for her efforts on behalf of local nonprofits and other groups. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's director of tourism has been named the 2019-20 Woman of Achievement by the Northern Berkshire Business and Professional Women's Club.
Suzy Helme began as the part-time events coordinator in 2015, later becoming the full-time director of tourism and community events. In her role, she organizes much of the city's annual events such as the Downtown Celebration and the concert series at Windsor Lake, as well as coordinating with organizations and institutions such as the Massachusetts  Museum of Contemporary Arts and local charities on affiliated activities within the city.
The club will make the award at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Bounti-Fare Restaurant
in Adams. Networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6.
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