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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

Flying Deer Nature Day: A celebration of nurturing all life

Friday, 16 Jun 2017 - I will be at Flying Deer Nature Day, as the proud Mama to one of 13 girls in Moon Tribe, the rites-of-passage program for girls between the ages of 11-13, designed to support girls as they move through early adolescence, learning about themselves and the world and discerning their identities as young women.

Dewey Hall celebrates its 130th year as Sheffield’s cultural center

Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 - “I love that Dewey Hall provides an experience of history, a tangible sense of continuum… We're invited to create personal memories, to mark our family milestones and engage our friends and neighbors in a space that holds 130 years of collective history.” -- Erika Ludwig, Dewey Hall board member

On Writing: An interview with author Courtney Maum

Sunday, 11 Jun 2017 - Courtney Maum, the acclaimed author of ‘I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You,’ has just published ‘Touch: A Novel.’ Her book launch, signing and panel conversation will take place at 2 p.m. at 9 Greenwoods Road East in Norfolk.

1 in 100: A mother’s appeal for universal healthcare

Sunday, 14 May 2017 - While I had plenty to worry about, I could rest assured, because of ObamaCare, knowing that my daughter Cora would not face discrimination due to her pre-existing condition; I did not fear her being denied treatment coverage. At that time, seven years ago, I didn't have to worry about Trumpcare stripping my family of the ability to deal with a potentially debilitating diagnosis.

Deb Koffman’s ‘Pop-Up Paper Doodles,’ now on display

Thursday, 4 May 2017 - Koffman’s Pop-Up Paper Doodles are small scale, intimate, colored pencil and micron pen doodles, cut with an x-acto blade. The opening reception: Friday, May 4, 4-7 p.m., Deb Koffman's Artspace, 137 Front St., Housatonic, Mass.

PROFILE: Kira Payer, a girl and her bike

Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 - On Monday morning, when the Class of 2017 returns to Monument Mountain Regional High School following April break for the final push before graduation, senior Kira Payer will be waking up in the Netherlands or possibly driving across Germany representing Team USA in the final installment of the Junior Women’s Nations Cup.

Mahaiwe’s school-time field trips: Exceptional learning outside the classroom

Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 - The Mahaiwe has hosted more than 17,000 students from 57 schools since the program began. “Our goal is to share these performing arts experiences, engage students with their own unlimited potential, unleash their imaginations, and inspire their spirits.” -- Beryl Jolly, executive director of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

People’s Pantry reopens in its original home, St. James Place

Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 - Saint James Place is providing the space to the People’s Pantry at no cost. The pantry is staffed by seven teams of volunteers — four church teams, two synagogue teams, and one community team — that take turns working every Thursday.

Students celebrate life’s diversity – one drumbeat at a time

Thursday, 9 Mar 2017 - Using African dance and drumming as a vehicle to explore the concepts of folklore and storytelling came via a talented group of educators from Berkshire Pulse, an organization dedicated to building and strengthening community life through diverse and accessible programming.