Hannah Van Sickle is a Berkshire County native who resides deep in the woods of South County where she spent summers as a child and is now raising her own daughters. An English teacher by training, Hannah now works as a freelance writer, academic tutor and writing coach.
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Thursday, 25 Apr 2019 - The most alluring kernels in Giannini’s nearly five dozen poems seem to lie at the intersection of the past and the present.
Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019 - The pilot program, modeled on what a lot of markets across the country do, is rooted in a fundamental belief: The rich, local agriculture system belongs to everyone.
GB ArtWeek: Spoken-word performance by slam poet Kofi Dadzie plus youth poetry slam and open mic at Fuel Bistro
Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019 - As a genre, spoken-word poetry has its roots in oral traditions and performance. Spoken word can encompass or contain elements of rap, hip-hop, storytelling, theater, jazz, rock, blues and folk music.
Friday, 19 Apr 2019 - In keeping with WAM’s philanthropic mission, a portion of the proceeds from “Lady Randy” will be donated to selected beneficiary Tapestry Health Systems.
Thursday, 18 Apr 2019 - “The markets are where the life is, where the future connections are, and where I find others who are like-minded.” --Dori Pollinger of H.R. Zeppelin Fine Handmade Chocolates
Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 - The new organization soon expects to be collecting and distributing fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and baked goods to those in need at the rate of 100,000 pounds per year.
Monday, 15 Apr 2019 - During the intensive, weeklong program, Wohl was one of 160 finalists across 10 disciplines participating in master classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields.
Sunday, 7 Apr 2019 - Maple sugaring is an unpredictable business at best; those familiar with the task know that it takes a whopping 40 gallons of sap to yield one gallon of amber colored syrup.
Friday, 5 Apr 2019 - In contemporary circles, April is widely gaining recognition as National Donate Life Month, established as a means of raising awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation, a fact that resonates with me on a very deep level: A scant seven weeks before my youngest daughter’s death, an organ donor saved her life.
Monday, 1 Apr 2019 - As the founding members of Team Monument reach the tail end of their respective college application journeys, one thing remains clear: Monument students are passionate about rallying around their friend and classmate.
Wintertime produce: Mill River Farm extends the growing season with right combination of conditions, plants
Thursday, 14 Mar 2019 - Feb. 2 marked the return to 10 hours of daylight; as a result, Johnson’s seed house is currently brimming with all varieties of microgreens that are lush, healthy and being consumed at a rapid clip at the myriad local restaurants for which she is the supplier.
Have Kids Will Travel: Woman with Aussie roots helps families to find big adventures in a small world
Saturday, 9 Mar 2019 - From exploring a market in a foreign town and trying different foods to climbing a pyramid and learning to say “hello” and “thank you” in a foreign language, travel provides children and adults with memories that they will be talking about for months (and years) afterward.
The Hello It’s Me Project comes to Pittsfield: Dr. Claudia Gold at the helm of initiative to create healthy bonds between parents and infants
Wednesday, 6 Mar 2019 - The Hello It’s Me Project shines a spotlight on these tender new relationships, investing resources around the birth of a baby with the long-term goal of building a healthy community from the bottom up. While the project will serve the entire community, it is particularly well-suited to support parent-infant relationships impacted by the growing opioid crisis.
Local food businesses rely on community, creativity to weather the unpredictable Berkshire off-season
Monday, 25 Feb 2019 - So the next time your family (or belly) asks what’s for dinner, fear not: Creative, local options abound, which means you can think outside the kitchen—and the box—and make it through March well-fed and ready to tackle the long-awaited spring.
Saturday, 23 Feb 2019 - Newman invites writers from near and far to immerse into their creative muses at the 1791 Hart House in New Marlborough, where individuals will be one of an intimate group of up to six writers.
Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 - “We don’t see as much agriculture here as you would in a different part of the country,” Sean Stanton explained; as a result, “you end up with people wondering why the cows are outside in the snow and not understanding how their systems work.”
Tuesday, 12 Feb 2019 - Visitors are invited to explore the history of African-Americans in the Berkshires through compelling, contemporary stories from today as recorded by leaders from the local African-American community and the NAACP Berkshire chapter.
Thursday, 7 Feb 2019 - In a scant two years, Arts in Recovery for Youth has helped 57 suicidal young people to stay safe. On Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., the community is invited to enjoy a day of celebration, community education and awareness in support of youth suicide prevention.
Greenagers launches “Close the Gap” campaign to support expansion, acquisition, of Kellogg Conservation Center; more than $1.1 million raised so far
Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 - The care and stewardship of an historic property offers a unique opportunity for area youth to glean lessons of the past as they develop ideas for a sustainable future.
Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 - The guise is an old-school radio play, directed and performed by talented Berkshire County high school students and set to a backdrop of Gregory Manchess’ illustrations, which will be animated with sound effects.
Saturday, 26 Jan 2019 - Linda Barbadoro spends close to 90 days on the road each year, covering a circuit of more than 30 craft shows, music festivals and more obscure gatherings—think garlic festivals and asparagus festivals—which equates to more than a full-time job.
Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019 - Berkshire Immigrant Center is the only organization in the county offering comprehensive immigration services for the more than 10,000 foreign-born residents of Berkshire County—a number that equates not only to 10 percent of the County’s population, but also the only growing segment of the region’s population.
Saturday, 12 Jan 2019 - It has been through exhibiting vulnerability, via handwritten notes in black ink on lined paper, that Dinneen has simultaneously captivated the attention of an entire niche audience on Instagram and broken open a conversation revolving around emotions and authenticity.
Sunday, 6 Jan 2019 - Human trafficking is an issue that touches every community yet remains largely hidden; simply stated, the first step toward putting an end to human trafficking is to acknowledge its existence.
Wednesday, 26 Dec 2018 - After a six-year hiatus from the Berkshires incurred while Wayne finished his educational career in Virginia, the couple began putting in the vineyard, which, over time, got bigger and bigger.
Local business owner is finalist in $25,000 startup challenge to launch advanced manufacturing company
Saturday, 22 Dec 2018 - Alston’s groundbreaking method, designed around a series of eight essential movements, identifies an individual’s asymmetries while simultaneously building strength and mobility.
Thursday, 20 Dec 2018 - In the week leading up to Christmas, the needs of families run the gamut.
Young Choreographers Initiative performance to express students’ feelings around sexual assault, consent, gender
Friday, 7 Dec 2018 - For these choreographers, the dance studio has become a veritable incubation space. It is the opportunity to explore what matters most, regardless of where they are in physical space, that gives rise to crucial conversations.
Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018 - For all intents and purposes, she has taken a step back to the way vet practice used to operate, to the delight of pets everywhere.
Monument athlete Aubrey Blanchard celebrated at Harvard as a Positive Coaching Alliance Triple-Impact Competitor
Monday, 3 Dec 2018 - Blanchard is one of 16 New England high school scholar athletes to receive this recognition; in addition, she is a finalist for PCA’s Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Award Program, one that rewards ethical high school athletes who strive to make themselves, their teammates and the game better.
Sunday, 2 Dec 2018 - The world is full of darkness to be found at every turn; to acknowledge its presence -- to hold space for it -- is not the same as letting it engulf us and extinguish our light.
Wednesday, 28 Nov 2018 - Laiz, the author of eight books, focuses on subjects about which she is passionate—ranging from climate change and refugees to equal rights and friendship—and she does so in an approachable way, not from a proverbial soapbox.