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Bits & Bytes: First Saturday Documentaries; new chief medical officer for CHP; ‘Trends in Philanthropy’ talk; the Quartet at Spencertown Academy; Royal Hemlock Trail hike; High Holy Days at Hevreh

Chief Medical Officer for Community Health Programs, Dr. Everett Lamm is a board certified pediatrician who practiced in New Hampshire for 14 years before to relocating to the Berkshires. He served the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services as a legislative advocate, educator and speaker.

Great Barrington Libraries to offer First Saturday Documentaries for Everyone

Great Barrington — The Friends of the Great Barrington Libraries will kick off its new film series, First Saturday Documentaries For Everyone, on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Claire Teague Senior Center. The three-month pilot program will feature recent documentaries chosen to spark community discussion.

The screening on Saturday, Oct. 1 will be of “Here Come the Videofreex,” a 2015 film that uses restored footage shot by an underground video collective in the 1960s and 1970s that documents the collective’s work for CBS and subsequent creation of a pirate TV station in upstate New York. On Saturday, Nov. 5, “Outermost Radio,” a film about community radio station WOMR in Provincetown, Massachusetts, will be shown and a post-film discussion will be led by Barbara and Graham Dean of Great Barrington’s own community radio station, WBCR. The film “91%,” which uses personal testimonies on gun violence in America to show its devastating effects on individuals and communities, will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Mason Library will host a book display highlighting issues raised by each documentary and Friends volunteers will have information and handouts on library services at the events. When possible, the films will be donated to the library and available for circulation after the screenings.

All evenings will begin at 7 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception followed by the film at 7:45 p.m. An informal discussion and more refreshments until will follow the film until 10 p.m. All are welcome and everything is free. The films are not rated and some may contain strong language. For more information, call the Claire Teague Senior Center at (413) 528-1881.

–E.E.

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New chief medical officer for CHP

Dr. Everett Lamm.
Dr. Everett Lamm.

Great Barrington — Everett Lamm, M.D., F.A.A.P, has been named chief medical officer for Community Health Programs (CHP). He will also practice pediatrics and adolescent medicine in the CHP Great Barrington practice center.

Dr. Lamm is a board certified pediatrician who practiced in New Hampshire for 14 years before to relocating to the Berkshires. He served the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services as a legislative advocate, educator and speaker. He was the commissioner’s appointee to the New Hampshire Vaccine Association‘s board of directors and a member of the Immunization Program‘s advisory and vaccine selection committees. In 2014, Dr. Lamm was recognized nationally by the Centers for Disease Control as New Hampshire’s Childhood Immunization Champion. New Hampshire Magazine readers voted Dr. Lamm as the “Top Doctor” in pediatrics for five consecutive years. He was a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine, led Exeter Hospital‘s pediatrics department, and served on the New Hampshire Medical Society’s executive council and as an elected member of the Stratham School Board.

Dr. Lamm received his B.A. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, his post-baccalaureate in premedical studies at Harvard University, and his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital. He enjoys family time with his wife and two daughters, hiking, biking, soccer and serving his community.

–E.E.

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OLLI to present Abbie von Schlegell on ‘Trends in Philanthropy’

Abbie J. von Schlegell.
Abbie J. von Schlegell.

Pittsfield — On Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m. in the K-111 lecture hall of Berkshire Community College’s Koussevitzky Arts Center, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College will present philanthropy consultant and expert Abbie J. Von Schlegell in a talk entitled “Trends in Philanthropy: Here, Nationally and Worldwide.”

Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE, has worked in the development field for over 40 years, both as a consultant with national firms and as a senior development officer for four institutions. She heads an advancement consulting firm that she founded in 2007. In 2013, she was named a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Von Schlegell held key development positions at Stanford University and the University of Chicago. She was the chief development officer for both the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., and for Enterprise Community Partners in Columbia, Maryland, and she held senior consulting positions with Marts & Lundy and Brakeley Briscoe. She was the 1990 recipient of the President’s Award from the National Society of Fundraising Executives in recognition of her service to the profession. She is the editor of the best-selling handbook “Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists,” published in 1993 by Jossey-Bass.

The cost of the talk is $10 for OLLI members, $15 for nonmembers. Admission is free for BCC staff and students and youth ages 17 and under. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact OLLI at (413) 236-2190 or olli@berkshirecc.edu.

–E.E.

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Spencertown Academy Arts Center to present the Quartet

Stuart Quimby.
Stuart Quimby.

Spencertown, N. Y. — Spencertown Academy Arts Center will present a jazz concert by the Quartet on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. The group features Stuart Quimby on flute, Tony Kieraldo on piano, Terence Murren on bass, and Peter O’Brien on drums.

“Separately, The Quartet’s master players have all pursued careers as sidemen—playing in diverse styles and backing a roster of amazing musicians. They bring decades of musical experience to the stage, but now they’re playing for each other,” said Spencertown Academy volunteer Rob Fisch. “Their combined history yields an enormous collective repertoire, allowing them to select compositions that span several decades of jazz history.”

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call (518) 392-3693.

–E.E.

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Royal Hemlock Trail hike at Bidwell House Museum

Hikers enjoying the trails at the Bidwell House Museum.
Hikers enjoying the trails at the Bidwell House Museum.

Monterey — On Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. the Bidwell House Museum will offer a free guided walk on Museum lands and the Berkshire Natural Resources Council‘s nearby Hudson-Howard property. The hike will trace the route of the early Township No. 1 settlers between Tyringham valley and their first meeting house on the hill near the Museum. Richard Greene will lead the group on old roadways, past foundations and stone walls of long-ago homesteads. Flora and fauna will be explored along the way.

Participants are advised to dress for the weather, wear hiking boots or other sturdy footwear, and bring drink and/or snack. The walk is four miles long and should last about three hours. For more information, call the Museum at (413) 528-6888.

–E.E.

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Hevreh to hold High Holy Days services

Great Barrington — Hevreh of Southern Berkshire welcomes the community to join Rabbi Neil P.G. Hirsch, Rabbi Jodie Gordon, cantorial soloist Joshua Zecher-Ross, the Hevreh choir, the staff, and the congregation to celebrate 5777.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Erev Rosh Hashanah service will begin at 8 p.m. A Rosh Hashanah family service will take place on Monday, Oct. 3, from 9 – 9:45 a.m., followed by a Rosh Hashanah morning service at 10:30 a.m., and Taschlich at Great Barrington River Walk at 4 p.m. A second day Rosh Hashanah service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 10:30 a.m. A Kol Nidre service will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, a Yom Kippur family service will be held from 9 – 9:45 a.m. followed by a Yom Kippur morning service at 10:30 a.m., special programs at 1:15 p.m., and a Yom Kippur afternoon service including Yizkor and N’ilah at 2:45 p.m. A festive break fast will immediately follow the concluding service on Yom Kippur. Sunday, Oct. 16, will see a Yachad Sukkot religious school celebration at 10 a.m. A Sukkah Hop will be held on Monday, Oct. 17 from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m., and a Pizza in the Hut celebration will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 5:15 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., Hevreh will present a Torah celebration and new religious school student consecration.

Those who are interested in attending are asked to register online. For more information, contact Hevreh at (413) 528-6378 or info@hevreh.org.

–E.E.

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