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Business Briefs: Crane donates property to BNRC; Austen Riggs named ‘Best Hospital;’ new Berkshire Music School trustees

The Jericho Woods property includes the Old Mill Trail, which is approximately two miles long and runs along the east branch of the Housatonic River.

Crane donates Jericho Woods property to BNRC

Dalton — Crane has announced that it has donated 126 acres of woodlands, known as Jericho Woods, to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC). The Jericho Woods property spans the communities of Dalton and Hinsdale and has been protected by Crane and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife under a wildlife conservation easement. In 2015 Crane donated 685 acres of land, known as the Boulders, to the BNRC.

The Jericho Woods property includes the Old Mill Trail, which is approximately two miles long and runs along the east branch of the Housatonic River. The trail was developed by the Housatonic Valley Association to provide increased recreational and educational opportunities to visitors.

–E.E.

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Austen Riggs named a ‘best hospital’ in psychiatry

The Austen Riggs Center.
The Austen Riggs Center.

Stockbridge — The Austen Riggs Center has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “best hospital” for 2016-17, ranking #9 in psychiatry nationwide. The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. For 2016-17, 153 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty, while 1,628 received a high performing rating in one or more specialties, procedures, or conditions.

–E.E.

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New officers and trustees for Berkshire Music School

Pittsfield – The board of trustees of Berkshire Music School elected officers and four new trustees at its annual meeting on June 21. Trustees Lyndon Moors, Vickie Hornstein, Sarah Kohrs, Paul Sundberg, Roger Suters and James Wojtaszek completed their terms and were recognized for their years of support:.

New officers for the 2016-17 fiscal year are Kate Barton, president; Jeffry Bradway, vice president; Marianne Hall, secretary; and Laura Rosenthal, treasurer. New Trustees are Brenda Burdick, Lynn Festa, Paul Houston and Jean Stackhouse. Trustees continuing in their current three-year terms are Gina Coleman, Michael Hinkley, Marianna Poutasse and Ingrid Richardson.

–E.E.

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