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Scholarship Deadline Approaching for Girls Inc. Awards
12:28PM / Friday, March 27, 2015
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Girls Inc. of the Berkshires is offering $10,000 in scholarships to senior girls attending high school in Berkshire County and entering a two- or four-year college in the fall. Applications must be postmarked by March 31.

For the first time, Girls Inc. of the Berkshires is awarding a $1,000 scholarship through the Rotary Club of Pittsfield.

“Rotarians come together to take action in their community. With a commitment to achieving lasting change, we work together to empower youth and to advance our community. This scholarship will do exactly that. This scholarship, awarded to a young woman in this community, will allow her to further her education and to make an impact on her

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Applications Accepted for Lola Greene Legacy Scholarships
12:24PM / Friday, March 27, 2015
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Applications are now being accepted for the Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship.

A one-time grant of $250 to $500 will be awarded to a graduating high school senior from Berkshire County who is planning to continue to study Latin and/or the Classics in college. The scholarship will be awarded based on scholastic achievement with emphasis on Latin study and related activities, future plans to continue Latin and Classics studies, and demonstrated leadership and good moral character.

Lola Greene worked at Mount Greylock Regional High School from 1984 through 2000. During this time, she developed the school’s Latin program and Junior Classical League into one of the most successful programs

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Mass MoCA Summer Filled With Music, Photography ... and 'Top Gun'
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:12PM / Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Joseph Thompson, director of Mass MoCA, talks about the art of photography that will be a big part of the upcoming summer season. He is standing in front of a photo by Clifford Ross taken of Mount Sopris near Aspen, Colo. Ross invented and patented his so-called R1 camera, using it to create some of the highest-resolution single-shot landscape photographs ever produced.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's no secret that Wilco is bringing its Solid Sound Festival back to Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this summer. 

But in a packed summer season announced Wednesday morning, Wilco is being bookended by other high-quality musical performances, including Brooklyn-country stars

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Lenox Planners OK Solar Bylaw Language; Public Hearing Set Tuesday
By Stephanie Salvini, Special to iBerkshires
03:53PM / Monday, March 23, 2015
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Lenox will hold a public hearing on Tuesday evening on a proposed bylaw to regulate commercial solar arrays.

LENOX, Mass. — The Planning Board approved language for a proposed bylaw concerning solar panel installations on Thursday, and further discussed potential changes to commercial parking and loading regulations in the downtown area.

Board members combed through the bylaw that would regulate the installation, maintenance and the social/environmental impact of Large-Scale Ground-Mounted (LSGM) solar photovoltaic installations.  

The town of Adams recently approved a similar bylaw; in fact, Lenox's is modeled after Adams' — which Lenox Chairman Kameron

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Berkshire School of Etiquette to Begin New Six-Week Children's Series April 7
02:06PM / Monday, March 23, 2015
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LENOX, Mass. — The Berkshire School of Etiquette will host a six-week Children’s Dining Etiquette & Social Skills Program for boys and girls in grades one through five beginning April 7 and running through May 19.

Class will run consecutive Tuesdays — April 7, 14, 28, May 5, 12 and 19 — from 4 to 5 p.m. There will be no classes during the April school break.  

The six-week course will focus on teaching children social skills, communication and listening techniques and dining etiquette. Lessons are hands-on and engaging with instruction in how to make proper introductions, the power of eye contact and a smile, listening techniques, remembering names,

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Berkshire Humane Society's Catwalk Reopens on March 27
01:49PM / Monday, March 23, 2015
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Humane Society’s Catwalk Resale Boutique will reopen on Friday, March 27, with a new assortment of stylish women’s clothing and accessories.  

Purge those winter “blahs” by stopping in to look at Catwalk's wonderful spring fashions. Besides its famous “Designer” rack, the shop also has a rack of “Boho Chic” fun and fanciful 1970’s-style clothing and a rack of cool and comfy “Eileen Fisher” items.

As always, Catwalk features gorgeous tops, skirts, dresses, pants, and jackets as well as handbags, shoes, scarves, jewelry, and belts – all hand-picked and reasonably

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center Holding Teen Short Story Contest
01:37PM / Monday, March 23, 2015
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SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — Spencertown Academy Arts Center has announced its first-ever Teen Short Story Contest.

The contest is open to Berkshire and Columbia County teenaged writers in grades 9 through 12. Contest judges include book editors, authors, and other publishing professionals. The top three winners will receive cash prizes ($100, $75, and $50 respectively) and be invited to read their stories at the Academy’s annual Festival of Books over Labor Day weekend.

Jill Kalotay and Academy Board member David Highfill co-chair the Festival of Books, during which the Academy welcomes numerous acclaimed and well-known writers and nearly 2,000 readers.

“Our mission at

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Steiner School Hires Grad For First-Grade Teaching Post
12:48PM / Monday, March 23, 2015
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School is welcoming Veronica Horowitz as first grade teacher for the 2015-16 school year.

A GBRSS graduate, Horowitz began her teaching career as an intern at the school for the 2012-13 school year. She spent the following year as an assistant in early childhood, and joined the GBRSS Waldorf Teaching Apprenticeship Program (TAP) for the 2014-15 school year. During her teacher training this year, Horowitz interned in first and third grades, and took the current first grade full time for several months while the class teacher was absent on leave.

Horowitz continues her close relationship with first grade, in charge of the

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Senator Warren to Speak at BCC Commencement
11:27AM / Monday, March 23, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 55th commencement exercises to be held May 29 at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Warren was elected to the Senate in 2012 and is recognized as one of the nation's top experts on bankruptcy and the financial pressures facing middle class families. She has introduced the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which, if passed, would allow borrowers to refinance their public and/or private student loans to lower interest rates. The Federal Reserve estimates that Americans have amassed $1.3 trillion in student loan debt.

"We are elated to have Senator Warren serve as

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'America's First Hippie': O.B. Joyful Left Indelible Local Legacy
By Joe Durwin, Special to iBerkshires
06:34PM / Sunday, March 22, 2015
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Fabulist, hermit, hippie, loveable scoundrel and raconteur O.B. Joyful in 1920.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — "Hermit," "renowned poet-philosopher," "local eccentric," "criminal," "pioneer hippie" — these were all labels applied to him at one time, depending on whose opinion you asked.

Clad in rumpled clothes, typically shirtless and shoeless in the summer, with a wild beard and long hair held back with a rusty nail, he could often be seen traveling the roads of central Berkshire County in a stripped down Model T,  holding court over a checkerboard at the YMCA on Pittsfield's North Street, or at various local landmarks

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