Berkshire HorseWorks Reopens With COVID-19 Precautions

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RICHMOND, Mass. — Berkshire HorseWorks is reopened its facility to the public on Monday and implemented new "COVID Clean" restrictions while allowing clients to receive mental health treatment and engage in fun outdoor activities safely. 
Specializing in Eagala's Model Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Team Building, the nonprofit ranch will make programs available while implementing social distancing, the use of masks and hand-sanitizer, and the sanitizing of facilities before and after appointments.
"Everyone is hurting on so many levels. We would be remiss if we hadn't found a way to offer our services and activities in the 'new normal,'" said Hayley Sumner, founder and executive director. "We've taken the last few months to regroup and focus on our therapy herd's mental and physical well-being and to repair storm damage. We've devised new programming both for those with mental health needs and also for friends, visitors and families who are looking for something fun, safe and challenging to do outdoors. All precautions mandated by the governor are in place to move forward and have people come out to the ranch. Animal lovers can get their fix, too."
Wellness has always been considered integral to Berkshire HorseWorks offerings, where the philosophy of getting out of your head and into your body reigns. Equine-assisted psychotherapy, which integrates horses in ground-based metaphorical activities to facilitate change, can be an effective modality for individuals, couples or groups working on a specific treatment goal.
Tailored workshops use the interaction between people and horses as the basis for personal growth. Equine-assisted team building is available for both families and companies looking to create cohesion, reinforce teamwork and explore group dynamics before returning to school or the office, and for health-care workers and their families through the "Healers and Horses" workshop.
Sessions are by appointment only: email or call 310-488-9777.

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Pittsfield Cable Committee Seeks Lawyer Funds, Starts Ascertainment Plans

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council will tackle a $25,000 request on Tuesday from the Cable Advisory Committee to obtain legal counsel for the Spectrum contract renewal.

This includes a review of the license and charter, planning of ascertainment, gathering information on community needs, negotiations, and drafting the initial renewal license. The services from Stoneham attorney William Solomon come at a rate of $200 an hour.

The committee met last Thursday to draft a timeline for its ascertainment, or public input, process.  Because the chosen attorney was not present and funding has not yet been secured, they mapped out priority actions to be done by the fall.

Pittsfield's 10-year contract ends in September 2024 and it is recommended that the contract negotiations take place over 12 months.  

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