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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.

Articles by Hannah Van Sickle

Debut novel illuminates challenges of Alzheimer’s disease

Thursday, 19 Sep 2019 - At the root of Cohen’s novel is a successful woman who has always been focused on her career, meticulously preparing for every challenge in life, until she’s faced with an unplanned pregnancy in her late 40s and the possibility of carrying a rare gene for early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

All in the family: Celebrating 40 years of Guido’s

Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 - It’s no accident that Guido’s is considered the premiere purveyor of quality produce in Berkshire County. Locals to the Berkshires largely regard the store as a gem, as do visitors from near and far.

South Egremont School welcomes students for the first time in several years

Wednesday, 28 Aug 2019 - The village school was expected to open for the 2018-19 school year. A week before classes were slated to begin, Superintendent Beth Regulbuto decided to move the 13 students to the district’s main campus in Sheffield, citing the presence of lead as making the space unsafe for occupants.

Run4Uns to honor late MMRHS teacher and coach

Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 - The first annual Run4Uns will celebrate the indelible mark Chris Unsworth left on the school community in the more than two decades he spent there as a teacher, coach and mentor to many.

Reflections while participating in Yo-Yo Ma’s Day of Action

Saturday, 10 Aug 2019 - Yo-Yo Ma selected the Berkshires as one of 36 locations around the world on his tour, where he performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello … Alongside each concert, Ma has led a Day of Action, a series of conversations and collaborations to explore how culture can help us imagine and build a better future.

Courtney Maum’s new historical novel tackles art, coming-of-age themes

Sunday, 21 Jul 2019 - "It was really easy for me to imagine what it would be like for a young woman who wants to be an artist, who is watching her mother cavort with the world’s most famous artists, often talk all day about their art and then ignore her own creative production. So in that way, I identified very much with what that emotional neglect would feel like." --Courtney Maum

Meet Troy Bond, Berkshire Food Co-op’s new general manager

Friday, 12 Jul 2019 - "It’s a really interesting time—and I think it’s a real perfect time—for strategic planning. That’s the fun of it. What are we going to do this year—and in two years, three years, four years—to continue to grow and make this a fun, vibrant place that brings the community together?" --Berkshire Food Co-op general manager Troy Bond

Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Initiative launched

Thursday, 27 Jun 2019 - Thinking about all of the good that would have been done and the lives saved if Stumo had been given a chance to continue her work ultimately fueled the discussion about how to build her legacy.

YES! You can end the year-end school doldrums — at least at MVRMS

Friday, 14 Jun 2019 - Year End Studies—or YES, for short—is one local district’s answer to the end-of-year stagnation, a perennial phenomenon that often leaves students and teachers inching toward the 180th day of school with little, if any, enthusiasm for the work at hand.

Construct Inc.: Celebrating 50 years of helping the homeless

Tuesday, 4 Jun 2019 - “When I hear about 500 people on a waiting list to get housing that’s affordable, I think we all have a community obligation to step forward and solve this problem.” -- Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox.