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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

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.

28th annual walk to prevent homelessness honors Construct Inc.’s Executive Director Cara Davis

Saturday, 24 Sep 2016 - Amid the prosperity and singular culture of the Berkshires, it was clear that affordable housing was beyond the reach of many residents and workers, especially minorities. “Our homeless are invisible, hidden ... Being with people in crisis is a very, very profound experience and I honor that. It’s always a privilege and an honor to sit and talk with [the population Construct serves] to try and come up with solutions.” --- Cara Davis, Construct Inc. director, who is stepping down after 26 years

Popular, eclectic Riverbend Café to close October 15

Thursday, 15 Sep 2016 - A convivial atmosphere, friendly staff and bucolic, grassy grounds overlooking a bend in the Housatonic River made the Riverbend Cafe establishment a popular gathering spot for locals and tourists alike.

Berkshire HorseWorks: Therapeutic programs for those at risk

Thursday, 15 Sep 2016 - Since opening its doors, Berkshire HorseWorks has provided services to nearly 300 clients, most of whom are suffering from mental and behavioral challenges. On Saturday, September 17, Berkshire HorseWorks will host the first annual “Horses and Hikers for Healing” event.