National Blue Ribbon School: Morris Elementary First in Berkshire County to Earn Recognition

Morris Elementary School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School, the first time a Berkshire County elementary school has achieved that honor from the U.S. Department of Education. "That's pretty cool," said schools Superintendent Timothy Lee, a former principal of Morris. "It's really a great honor." Public schools are nominated for the federal

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Norman Rockwell Museum Receives $1.5 M. Grant from George Lucas Family Foundation

Today, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, announced it has received a $1.5 million grant from the George Lucas Family Foundation. The grant will be used to develop a set of interactive educational resources that the museum plans to use for a traveling exhibition that will be announced later this fall. Read more about

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Meet Your Pets’ Best Friends: The Women of Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital

For over 45 years, women have slowly been taking over the field of Veterinary Medicine. In 2010 the gender divide in the veterinary profession was 50% men and 50% women, but women made up 80% of the college enrollment in the field. Since then, women have become the majority. The Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital is no

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The Women of Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative

Since its inception in 2009, the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative has been responsible for facilitating numerous film, television and media projects right here in the Berkshires. Heading Berkshire Film is Diane Pearlman and she is assisted in this endeavor by Laura Gratz. Diane is a veteran of the film industry who has worked on

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Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees Elects New President

The gavel was passed to a new president at the annual meeting of the Berkshire Museum’s board of trustees. Elizabeth Hayes McGraw is taking the reins as president; she has been a trustee since 2008 and has served as vice-president since 2013. William Hines Jr. will resume his role as a trustee after serving as

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1Berkshire Celebrates What Makes the County Special

Many of Berkshire County’s most community-minded residents gathered at Tanglewood on Thursday, Sept. 15 as 1Berkshire honored the illustrious music venue and its summertime residents, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for “Putting the Berkshires on the Map.” As acknowledged by the evening’s speakers – 1Berkshire’s Jonathan Butler and Laurie Klefos, Mass. State Senator Ben Downing,

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State Higher Ed Commissioner Carlos Santiago Addresses Relationship Between Education, Business

Replacing the county's aging workforce by attracting and retaining younger skilled employees has been an ongoing conversation in the Berkshires. On Tuesday, state Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago probed the relationship between education and business, suggesting the state's higher education system needs to adapt to those changing demographics. That change begins at the local

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Arsema Abegaz – Spotlight

Arsema Abegaz, Chair of BYP’s Professional Development committee, is a Data Scientist at the wellness and fitness e-commerce company, Zogics, in Lee, MA. Hailing from Ethiopia originally, and raised in Botswana, Arsema discovered the Berkshires while doing her undergraduate studies at Williams College as an international student. After graduating in 2014 with a degree in

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BYP Scavenger Hunt at Third Thursday

At the height of the summer, 1Berkshire BYPers and friends gathered at the Berkshire Museum to take part in BYP's scavenger hunt. Teams hit the streets to find clues sprinkled throughout Pittsfield’s Third Thursday street festival in July. Solving some of the hunt's more unique clues took quick wits and a propensity to try new things as

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Claire Richards – Spotlight

To date, nine entrepreneurs have garnered a winning spot in a Berkshire Starts Pitch Competition. One of them was Claire Richards, who had an existing business called Jameela Imports. Claire started her business in 2014 after sampling a variety of delicious, fresh-pressed olive oils on a series of trips to Jordan. She then decided to

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