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Hannah Van Sickle

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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

Walking to prevent youth suicide: One mother’s story

Monday, 24 Sep 2018 - Berkshire County ranks highest for suicide rates in the state. Between 2007 and 2016, rates rose dramatically for individuals between the ages of 15 and 19: There was a 50 percent increase for females and a 31 percent increase for males.

Reflections on a golden river, the work and legacy of Rachel Fletcher

Thursday, 20 Sep 2018 - “We started with nothing. It was just a rubble heap. As more and more people came forward, I had to struggle to keep up with their desire for bringing the river back into the community.” -- Rachel Fletcher, describing the beginnings of the Housatonic River Walk

Members of Monument Mountain’s first class gather for 50th reunion

Monday, 25 Jun 2018 - Despite the schools’ regionalization at the start of the 1967-68 academic year, Monument Mountain Regional High School was not ready to be occupied. As a result, juniors and seniors were assigned to one of the two high schools—Searles in Great Barrington or Williams in Stockbridge—depending on which courses they had signed up for.

MVRMS 8th graders just say YES to community service

Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 - “It’s really an opportunity for us to connect to our community in a way that feels purposeful and meaningful.” --- Monument Valley Regional Middle School math teacher Fred Erickson of Year End Studies -- YES for short

Berkshire Baby Box: Linking new families to Berkshire resources

Friday, 11 May 2018 - The primary mission of Berkshire Baby Box is to celebrate new families in the Berkshires; the boxes are given out at workshops where parents receive education, support and vital connections to one another and to area resources as they transition into parenthood.

MMRHS senior Sophie Shron earns award for W.E.B. Du Bois mural

Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018 - “This was my opportunity to teach Great Barrington the relevance of Du Bois’ writing, especially in today’s political climate. The community has had nothing but wonderful reactions, and it was very rewarding to have the opportunity to educate people through art and to see their reactions to it.” — Monument Mountain Regional  High School senior Sophie Shron

Pops Peterson: Art as a force for social change

Saturday, 31 Mar 2018 - Pops Peterson's critically acclaimed series “Reinventing Rockwell” was driven by his mission not only to update the paintings to reflect modern-day advances, but also to show the evolution of gender roles, sexuality and ethnic diversity. 

‘Modern Loss’: Candid advice about dealing with grief

Tuesday, 6 Mar 2018 - The co-founders of Modern Loss have taken the plunge and transitioned from an online community to a printed book, one that is wise and funny and seeks to change the dialogue around the messy experience of grief.

Sneak peak: The legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois at center stage

Friday, 23 Feb 2018 - More than 35 singers and dancers rehearsed a performance piece choreographed to the song “We are Here” by Alicia Keys, the oft-repeated refrain of which is a fitting tribute to the nature of Du Bois’ work: “We are here. We are all here for all of us. That’s why we are here.”

Mastheads: Summoning Berkshires’ literary landscape

Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 - Founded in 2016 upon the legacy of five American Renaissance authors who wrote in Pittsfield, the Mastheads is at once an urban architectural experiment, a literary research initiative, a writers’ residency and an educational program.