New Dentist Joins CHP Great Barrington Family Dental

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Taphaphene Young, D.M.D., has joined the dental medicine team at CHP Great Barrington Family Dental. 
 
She provides dental care for adults and children. 
 
Young is a 2020 graduate of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She earned her master's in health science at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and a bachelor's degree in psychology and pre-medical studies from Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga.
 
While at Tufts, Dr. Young was a student ambassador and served as Student National Dental Association Diversity Officer. She was chapter fundraising officer for the Academy of General Dentistry at Tufts, and at Spelman College she was president/vice president of the Spelman chapter of the Pre-Dental Institute.
 
She has also been affiliated with the Operation Smile nonprofit, which raises funds for surgeries for children with the cleft palate condition.
 
Dr. Young is now accepting new patients of all ages at Great Barrington Family Dental. CHP accepts all forms of dental insurance, including Berkshire Fallon, and offers sliding scale payment arrangements for patients as well. 
 
For information or an appointment:(413) 528-5565. 

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MDAR Commissioner Marks 'Green Friday' at Seekonk Tree Farm

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Seekonk Tree Farm was selected for the annual 'Green Friday' pronouncement. MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux traveled to the family-owned farm to present Peter Sweet Jr. and family with the state proclamation encouraging state residents to buy their greenery local.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — State Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux traveled to Seekonk Tree Farm to celebrate "Green Friday" with the cutting of a Christmas tree.  The day is meant to encourage residents to source holiday plants from local farms.

Lebeaux presented the owners of the farm, the Sweet family, with a proclamation that marked Nov. 26 as Green Friday and outlined the many benefits of their line of work.

This includes adding $3.5 million to the state's economy each year with the sale of about 83,000 trees, providing a renewable source of energy when burned, producing biomass and removing carbon dioxide from the air, and providing stable refuge for wildlife.

"We try to rotate every year and it was the Berkshires turn this year," Lebeaux explained.

The farm has been in business since 1979, when Peter Alden Sweet Sr. married Carol Joan Wright. With the help of a $50,000 grant from MDAR, the family was able to build a gift shop/workshop that was completed about a year ago.

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