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Bits & Bytes: New CHP pediatrician; Rainbow Seniors Pittsfield meetings; Susan Morse on cougars; Armchair Travel Series; ‘Lee Loves a Parade’

"The Cougar returns to the East" features information about the big cats attempting to recolonize their former habitats, which include a growing list of eastern states and Canadian provinces.

CHP welcomes new pediatrician

Dr Barbara Snyder
Dr. Barbara Snyder.

Great Barrington — Dr. Barbara Snyder has joined the Community Health Programs pediatric team, specializing in adolescent medicine. She was Chief of Adolescent Medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey from 1990-2015.

Snyder, who also holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, is a Fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Chair of its Executive Committee on Adolescent Health. She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles on stress, nutrition, and ADHD in adolescents. She has earned awards for her work with teens, and was named “Best Doctor” five years in a row by both New York magazine and by Inside New Jersey.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Snyder has had extensive teaching experience, including academic appointments at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the University of Rochester, and SUNY Upstate Medical Center. She is a resident of Stockbridge.


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Rainbow Seniors to launch Pittsfield meeting

Pittsfield — Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County — a program for the county’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender senior citizens and their friends — is beginning a new group that will hold its first meeting on Saturday, February 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Berkshire Athenaeum’s conference room. Following the get-acquainted meeting, Rainbow Seniors will continue to meet on the first Saturday of each month at the same time and location.

The group’s original meeting continues to take place on the third Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Williamstown. Both locations are in private settings and are handicap accessible. For more information, contact Ed Sedarbaum at or (413) 441-6006.


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‘The Cougar Returns to the East’

Cougar057_Frosted faced CREDIT SUE MORSE
Photo: Susan Morse.

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College (BCC), the Trustees of Reservations, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Berkshire Natural Resource Council, and the Berkshire Environmental Action Team will present biologist Susan Morse in a talk entitled “The Cougar Returns to the East” on Saturday, February 6, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. in BCC’s Robert Boland Theatre.

Susan Morse is the founder of Keeping Track, an organization formed in 1994 to train professional biologists, citizen scientist volunteers, land trust leaders and conservation planners to detect, record, and monitor the status of wildlife and habitat in their communities. The event will feature information about cougars attempting to recolonize their former habitats, which include a growing list of eastern states and provinces.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Elia Del Molino at or (413) 429-6416.


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Armchair Travel Series at Olana

Hudson, N.Y. — The Olana Partnership will continue its Armchair Travel Series in collaboration with the Friends of Clermont to host the program “Iceboating on the Hudson River Then and Now” on Saturday, February 6, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Brian Reid from Hudson River Ice Yacht Club will present historical photos of ice boats, and will also set up his ice boat for viewing in the parking lot (weather permitting). There will be a screening of the ice-yachting documentary “Against the Wind” and a roundtable discussion with its filmmakers Tomasz Gubernat and Christopher Nostrand and producer Rahul Chadha.

The cost of the program, which will take place at Olana’s Wagon House Education Center, is $10 for the general public and $5 for Olana members. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation and tea and cake will be served. See the Berkshire Edge calendar for tickets and more information or call Olana’s Education Department at (518) 828-1872 x105.


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Photo exhibit: ‘Lee Loves a Parade’

1930 Lee Tercentenary Parade
A float in Lee’s 1930 Bay State Tercentenary Parade.

Lee — The Lee Library is presenting the photo exhibit “Lee Loves a Parade” in its J. Peter Scolforo Gallery during February and March. The time span of the exhibit covers 1873 to 2015 and includes the Masonic Celebration in 1895, the Bay State Tercentenary parade in 1930, and Lee Founder’s Day parades from 1995 through 2015. Photos from the Lee Library’s historical collection as well as photos on loan from community members are included in the exhibit.

An opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 6, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. A short film from the Tercentenary parade will be shown throughout the reception. Contact the Library for more information at (413) 243-0385.



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