Great Barrington Police Partnership Initiative With Deaf Recovery Coaches

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Police Department has partnered with Karran Larson, coordinator of Statewide SUD and Recovery Services and Deaf Recovery Coach Supervisor.
 
In an effort to collaborate with the deaf and hard of hearing community, Chief Storti has added this partnership to the co-responder program.  Larson will be utilized as a recovery coach for the community.
 
Larson will also train officers on how to best interact with the deaf and hard of hearing community in an emergency and in other aspects of police duties.
 
"With this partnership, we hope to be able to connect her services to other departments across the county and beyond," Storti said.
 
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, please visit the GBPD website for a visor card. Utilizing this resource will make it easier to communicate with officers in the event they are seeking help or are stopped while driving.
 
The Police Department stated in a press release that they are continuing to expand outreach efforts and  urge other groups to reach out to begin a conversation with the department. 
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Berkshire Agricultural Gives $10,000 Grant To Greenagers

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures' (BAV) announces a $10,000 grant to Berkshire-based nonprofit, Greenagers. 
 
The grant will both support Greenagers' second year of apprenticeships ($2,800) at their farm at April Hill Conservation and Conservation Center as well as offset the cost of a pilot year of Greenagers Helping Farm Hands project ($7,200). 
 
"We are happy to be supporting Greenagers training the next generation of farmers through their apprenticeship at April Hil. We also see a big win/win getting young adults working for Greenagers exposed to a variety of farms through the Helping Hands Program, all while giving the farmers the extra hands needed for big projects," Dan Carr, outreach and technical assistance coordinator at BAV said.
 
Specifically, this grant will help Greenagers apprentices learn how to re-engage the agricultural land at April Hill Farm from pasture and hay production to a diversified farm that will include tree nuts, tree and vine fruits, vegetables, beef, lamb, duck eggs, chicken eggs, conservation nursery stock, pollinator habitat, and honey.
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