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A view of the property at the new East Chatham, N.Y., home of Flying Deer Nature Center. Photo courtesy Flying Deer Nature Center

Business Briefs: Flying Deer passes capital campaign goal; BerkShares accounting seminar; grants for Shake & Co.; Darrow selected as innovation lab school; BCC Awards Night

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By Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 Trade and Commerce

Flying Deer Nature Center exceeds capital campaign goal

East Chatham, N.Y. — Flying Deer Nature Center has announced that, as of June 11, its capital campaign, which was established in order to make necessary improvements to its new property at 122 Daley Road, has ended. The campaign exceeded its initial goal of $226,000, raising a total of $244,000 from individual donors.

The organization has already begun programming at 122 Daley Road, a 164-acre property that includes a 4,200-square-foot home and was gifted to Flying Deer by Jeanne and David Laskin. Through an agreement with the Columbia County Land Conservancy, all 164 acres of land will be conserved in perpetuity.

FDNC’s previous home base was the Abode of the Message retreat center in New Lebanon. Within the past five years, the number of children ages 4 to 17 served by FDNC has doubled, and its homeschool programs also continue to expand. Said FDNC executive director Michelle Apland: “We needed to find a permanent landing place. We are beyond grateful, thrilled and blessed to have been entrusted with the Laskins’ beautiful land.”

FDNC announced the launch of its first capital campaign in the fall of 2017, expecting to reach its goal by the end of August. With funds raised to date, the organization has made essential infrastructure changes that include building a parking lot and graded driveway, and creating office space and new trails. FDNC has also established the David Laskin Scholarship Fund to support program participation opportunities for children in Columbia County.


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BerkShares to offer accounting seminar

Lee — On Wednesday, June 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Lee Bank, accountant Alan Glackman will lead a seminar on the best accounting practices for BerkShares local currency.

As the accountant for BerkShares Inc., Glackman has extensive knowledge of the region’s local currency. Current and prospective BerkShares businesses are invited attend in order to learn more about handling BerkShares at their businesses. Bookkeepers and accountants are also encouraged to attend to learn skills that will benefit their small business clients.

The program is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, contact BerkShares at (413) 528-1737 or info@berkshares.org.


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Shakespeare & Company receives grants totaling $45,000

Lenox — Shakespeare & Company was recently awarded two education grants in the amounts of $25,000 from Arts Midwest’s Shakespeare in American Communities program to support the Company’s Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare, and $20,000 from the Arts Works II grant initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Fall Festival of Shakespeare.

Arts Midwest has awarded $1 million in Shakespeare in American Communities grants to 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies from 27 states and the District of Columbia. Participating theater companies will present plays by William Shakespeare to student audiences along with educational activities such as in-school residencies, workshops and post-performance discussions.

The NEA’s second round of funding for fiscal year 2018 included annual partnerships with state, jurisdictional and regional arts agencies as well as the categories of Art Works, Creativity Connects, Our Town, and Research: Art Works. The NEA awarded 1,071 grants totaling $81.76 million to support programs that provide jobs to artists, administrators, and other creative workers as well as arts experiences for millions of people.


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Darrow School selected as NAIS Innovation Lab School

New Lebanon, N.Y. — Darrow School was recently selected to be part of the inaugural cohort of National Association of Independent Schools’ lab schools, an initiative that aims to drive innovation in independent schools around the country.

Leaders from Darrow, a key contributor to the project, will work with four other schools to develop and test strategic planning frameworks and processes. In addition to Darrow, four other schools will participate in the first cohort of NAIS lab schools: Allendale Columbia School in Rochester; Grace Episcopal Day School in Kensington, Maryland; Grosse Pointe Academy in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan; and Providence Country Day School in East Providence, Rhode Island.

This summer, Darrow’s head of school Simon Holzapfel will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with the heads of other schools in the program and with NAIS leadership in advance of the program’s rollout in order to examine data and study the organization’s insights into school innovation.


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More than 175 Berkshire Community College students were awarded scholarships at an Awards Night ceremony held May 31 at BCC in Pittsfield. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

BCC Foundation bestows scholarships during Awards Night

Pittsfield —The Berkshire Community College Foundation and its donors awarded scholarships to BCC students in an Awards Night ceremony held May 31 in BCC’s Robert Boland Theatre. The BCC Foundation awarded nearly $315,000 to more than 175 students for the upcoming academic year. At an average of $1,800 per student, the awards represent more than 25 percent of the cost of attending BCC for a full year, now a bit over $6,000 including tuition, fees and the cost of textbooks.

In order to be eligible to apply for scholarships, students must be in good academic standing and meet both minimum grade point and earned credit requirements.

BCC’s marketing and communications manager Jonah Sykes acted as emcee for the event with support from BCC Alumni Committee Chair Melissa Myers and Beth Wallace, the assistant dean of students. A number of donors presented their scholarships to the winning students in attendance.


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