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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

Landing in the Berkshires: Jerry Pinkney

Friday, 17 Jan 2020 - Much has been written about Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington, but there's little on his legendary speech and how King came to write it.

‘Creative Aging’ exhibit highlights growing older in the Berkshires

Monday, 6 Jan 2020 - “As our Berkshires community — and the world’s population — grows older, this exhibit reminds us all to look beyond stereotypes and to know that growing older can encompass more curiosity, creativity and community engagement than ever.” -Megan Whilden, Berkshire OLLI executive director

PROFILE: Berkshire Center for Justice offers legal help for those in need

Sunday, 15 Dec 2019 - Her exposure to other cultures, and how they deal with cultural and social issues, got Eve Schatz thinking: Could a holistic approach, to address a trinity of issues simultaneously, be employed? Her answer was a resounding “yes,” and the Berkshire Center for Justice was born.

Jerome Edgerton Jr.: Creating a wave with Pittsfield youth

Monday, 9 Dec 2019 - If Jerome Edgerton Jr. had to distill his message down to a single takeaway, it would be this: “No matter where we go . . . we’re going to step out as a powerful unit, and we’re going to create this wave of momentum and positivity that will affect our community.”

Illustrating the passage of time is a family affair

Wednesday, 4 Dec 2019 - The product, now surpassing 2,000 each year, is something individuals from far and wide have come to look forward to not only hanging on their wall but also connecting with throughout the year.

Winter is just the beginning at The Farm New Marlborough

Friday, 15 Nov 2019 - Farmer Tom is a one man-show, unless you count the dozens upon dozens of animals that are slowly transforming the rugged land through rotational grazing patterns, proving, in short, that many hooves make light work.

Don’t just stand there: Volunteer!

Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019 - Underwritten by AARP Massachusetts, the volunteer fair at St. James Place in Great Barrington will give 35 nonprofits as well as municipalities the opportunity to meet face to face with prospective volunteers.

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