Connecticut Motorist Dies in Single-vehicle Collision

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BECKET, Mass. — A 23-year-old Connecticut man died in a single-vehicle collision early Monday morning in Becket.
Nicholas Musco, of Torrington, Conn., died after failing to navigate a curve on Jacobs Ladder Road near Jester Lane early Monday morning. He was traveling northeast in a 2008 Jeep Wrangler when the vehicle left the roadway and ultimately struck a utility pole.
Becket Police, state police, state police detective unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, State Police Crime Scene Services and Collision Analysis, and Reconstruction Section, Becket Fire, and Becket EMS all responded to the scene shortly before 5 a.m.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner took custody of the body.
The collision remains under investigation. Authorities ask anyone who may have information about the collision to contact Becket Police at 413-623-6010.

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Trustees Rename Monument Mountain Trails to Honor Indigenous Peoples

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — An organization known for preserving exceptional Berkshires — and beyond — destinations is taking steps toward preserving and honoring the history of indigenous peoples in the county.
On Thursday, The Trustees of Reservations announced that it has officially changed the names of its two Monument Mountain trails as a result of working with indigenous descendants of the Mohican Tribe who first settled in the Southern Berkshires nearly 300 years ago.  
"We have worked for a long time with them, and have a relationship going pretty far back," Director of Southern Berkshires Properties Brian Cruey said in regard to the collaboration. "They're making sure that what we are saying is accurate, having language approved when we put in materials and also working on giving some of the objects we do have on our collection back to the tribe."
The former Indian Monument Trail has been renamed "Mohican Monument Trail" and Squaw Peak is now called "Peeskawso Peak," which means virtuous woman in the Mohican language. The name changes were carefully deliberated and approved by the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohicans.
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