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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Berkshire Taconic Announces First Round of 2016 Grant Deadlines for Berkshire County
11:32AM / Thursday, December 24, 2015

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the first round of deadlines for competitive grants in fiscal year 2016. Covering the period from January through March, the winter cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, students and schools.


For nonprofits

Harvard Business School’s "Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management" program (SPNM) is an intensive six-day program for nonprofit CEOs, presidents or executive directors who are responsible for shaping the direction, policies and major programs of their organizations. Applications are due March 1 and the program runs in July.

The Green Pastures Fund supports nonprofit


Stockbridge Photo Contest Seeks Submissions
10:57AM / Thursday, December 24, 2015

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge Land Trust have launched their first annual photo contest.

“The contest celebrates Stockbridge’s natural beauty and supports our organizations’ conservation efforts,” said contest coordinator and SLT board member Stewart Edelstein. “We invite people to submit up to ten photos of Stockbridge’s natural environment, in any season, by March 1 — including photos taken before now. There is no fee for submission.”

Some of the photos will appear on the Laurel Hill Association website, and the winning photos will appear on cards and other items Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge


Greylock Announces 'Spirit of Giving' Campaign Recipients
02:27PM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has announced the recipients of donations from its “Spirit of Giving” campaign.

The donations resulted from 14 department/teams within the credit union choosing worthy organizations or causes, to which Greylock donated $1,000 each. Additionally, Greylock gave each of the chosen organizations a $250 gift card from a local grocery store, to “pay forward” to a charity, or worthy cause of their choice.
“The ‘Spirit of Giving’ campaign was conceived, not only as a way for Greylock to give to worthy causes, but also to help others experience the best gift of all – the gift of giving


Conservation District Seeks Endowment of UMass Forestry Scholarship Fund
02:01PM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Adrian “Beau” Meyer UMass Forestry Scholarship fund was established in memory of the late district chairman in 2005 by Berkshire Conservation District.

The scholarship has been actively awarding scholarships of $750 annually since 2013 to a student from Berkshire County or Western Massachusetts enrolled in a forestry program at UMass Amherst. The district is currently seeking $6,000 in donations before the end of 2015 in a campaign to endow the fund so that it may continue in perpetuity.

The UMass Foundation has offered to donate the remaining funds necessary for endowment should the district reach this goal.

Donations of $100 or more will


Berkshire Co-op Market Hires New General Manager
11:22AM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - After an extensive national search, the Berkshire Co-op Market's board of directors has appointed Daniel Esko to be the next general manager. He will assume the position on Feb. 1.

Esko was a 10-year veteran at the cooperatively owned Great Barrington grocer, serving as Grocery & Wellness manager and Operations manager before he assumed the role of operations manager for Shire City Herbals in Pittsfield in 2014. During his tenure at the co-op, he also provided support, training, and consulting services for a number of other co-ops.  Prior to that, he worked at the Kushi Institute Store in Becket and Whole Foods in Boston.

“I’m incredibly


Simon's Rock Grad Named School's New Provost
11:09AM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Ian Bickford, a 1995 graduate of Simon's Rock, has been named provost of the Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College.

Bickford will begin his term in January, succeeding Peter Laipson as leader of the nation's only B.A.-granting residential college of the liberal arts and sciences designed for younger students, and the founding site of Bard College’s network of nationally influential public early-college programs.

At the end of this semester, Laipson will depart his administrative post as provost at Simon's Rock to become the Emily H. Fisher Research Fellow of Bard College, a position he will hold through June of 2017. He


What to Look For From a Financial Adviser
10:53AM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

There’s a lot to know about investing, so it’s a good idea to get some professional help. But with so many financial advisers out there, how can you choose one that’s right for you?

You may have to interview several prospective financial advisers before deciding on one. When you talk to them, see if you can get a sense of how they might work with you. Specifically, try to answer the following questions:

Does this financial advisWhat to Look For From a Financial Advisoror …

… Understand you? Perhaps above all else, you want a financial advisor who will take the time to get to know you and your family, your goals and what’s important to you.


Baker, Polito Sign Compacts With 17 South County Towns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:44PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Lenox Board of Selectman Ed Lane signs the compact with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — It started with the six Southern Berkshire school districts.    School officials were looking at the cost of operating each district while noticing student population dropping. They realized they couldn't do it alone.   It started with the six school districts spanning three towns. Now a collaborative has grown to include all 17 South County towns and has funding from the state and private sector to increase the sharing of services.   "The community has really rallied around this thing and it is unprecedented," said state Rep. William


Baker Cheers, Challenges BArT Charter Students
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2015
ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday congratulated the students of Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School on their accomplishments and challenged them to keep building for their futures.   "If we work it right, if we work hard and work smart and make good decisions, you wake up when you're 59 years old and think you're the luckiest man alive," Baker told an all-school assembly. "But those habits, those skills, those foundations are what you're building now.   "You guys are building a great foundation, the kind of foundation where students get to go to the great places like that list I just saw."   Baker was in


Berkshire Tidbits: Christmas Goodies, Year's End Events
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
12:48PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Charles H. Baldwin & Sons
Has Extracts Galore & Plenty More

When you are on tiny Center Street in tiny West Stockbridge, you cannot miss noticing that Charles H. Baldwin & Sons, aka Baldwin's Extracts, isdressed for Christmas. Even from outside.

Giant handmade pink and blue wreaths of oversize shiny-wrapped candies, ornaments, ribbons and flowers surround the two front windows, making spirits bright as soon as you see them. If you fade the nicely paved street and overhead wires, you could be back in the 19th century when Charles Baldwin opened.

After three previous generations had made extracts before them, Charles H. Baldwin and his father, H. M. Baldwin, started the


Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 15
Staff Reports,
02:31PM / Monday, December 21, 2015
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, Dec. 15.   Kevin Fowler, 45, of Rocky Hill, Conn. pleaded guilty to 11 counts of larceny over $250, 11 counts of uttering, and 11 counts of forgery.   He was ordered to serve two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Fowler admitted to creating false checks and cashing them in Berkshire County between June 4, 2015 and June 6, 2015. The checks totaled $27,967.


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