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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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.
On the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, local woman envisions a transitional home for women and children fleeing domestic violence
Sunday, 25 Nov 2018 - Statewide there are over 8,900 calls per year on the domestic violence hotline asking for shelter. There are fewer than 26 shelters with just over 400 beds in the entire state of Massachusetts to accommodate these calls.
Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018 - "A lot of different needs have come into the building that have been absorbed over a relatively short period of time, and how to accommodate all of theses needs while being as inclusive as possible has been a challenge. We are doing a lot of interesting things here to try and rise to that challenge, and I was really interested in being part of it." --Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School principal Timothy Lee
Tuesday, 13 Nov 2018 - In a world where many find it increasingly hard to connect, Elsbach sees food as a great connector, one capable of spanning even the greatest divides.
Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 - "Culture eats strategy for breakfast: If you don’t understand the school culture, you’re not going to be able to change things effectively and in a way that is sustainable." SBRSD elementary school principal Charles Miller
Tuesday, 6 Nov 2018 - The fledgling group that was conceived of seven years ago has grown from about a dozen people each week to 35-40 people singing three- and four-part harmony.
BOOK REVIEW: David Giannini’s ‘The Future Only Rattles When You Pick It Up’ are poems witty, wise, with bold truth straight on
Sunday, 4 Nov 2018 - "It is all a matter of persistence, discipline, and long love for what I must try to accomplish. I have the feeling, the sense, every day when I wake, of rising into poetry." -- David Giannini
Tuesday, 30 Oct 2018 - It was during an audience with the Dalai Lama the very next month that the Gendlers suggested the Tibetans might have more success if they learned new ways to struggle nonviolently.
Belle Fox-Martin’s ‘Stone Pears’ blends poetry, micro-stories in a refreshing, unexpected collection
Thursday, 18 Oct 2018 - Within her collection, Fox-Martin touches on those auspicious moments that mark the end of months, the change of seasons and the passage of time.
Tuesday, 9 Oct 2018 - In the summer of 2003, the Bizalions made a dozen trips to the Berkshires before settling on Great Barrington, where they decided their concept was “doable.”
Monday, 1 Oct 2018 - And at the center of this work is connecting people who are already interested in local food and farm-to-table ideas but don’t have on the ground experience; getting folks on the farms and in the field.
Friday, 28 Sep 2018 - Music Inn in Lenox that loomed large during a period where musicians ruled the roost and legendary concert experiences like Woodstock drew epic crowds to relatively unheard-of locales.
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.
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
Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018 - “Shakespeare Unchained” is a comedy hosted by a slightly demented college professor lecturing his students on the world’s greatest playwright.
Wednesday, 5 Sep 2018 - The Oldtone Roots Music festival, on a mission to preserve American Roots music and dance, features hand-picked artists dedicated to unique American traditions.
Sunday, 19 Aug 2018 - By creating original music together, participants wage peace, expand understanding, build confidence, strengthen communities and -- yes -- change the world.
Sunday, 29 Jul 2018 - The duo’s hard-hitting performance — one marked by the collision of Wanda Houston’s jazz edge with Sarah Kohrs’ country flare — creates playful, lively and penetrating interpretations of Kohrs’ original songs.
Thursday, 19 Jul 2018 - “Our day is about collaborating — in particular the collaboration of farmers,” said Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown, to an impressive group of participants who gathered at Sky View Farm in Sheffield to kick off the day-long farm tour.
Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 - Despite his relative youth, Mazursky was keen on one important fact: Spending time with one another is a simple yet effective way of getting a more robust and accurate picture for both sides.
Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 - Coupled with the wildly unconventional dialogue that ensues between her poems’ speaker and the composite character of Baby—as the pair navigate drug stores, strip clubs, arcade games and garden patches—the reader is both drawn in and captivated by each encounter.