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Thanks to a middle schooler, there is plenty for Pittsfield residents to read this summer

BB’s Book Nook, a Little Free Library, opens to offer free books to the community.

George G. Francis, 76, of Lenox, former owner of the Berkshire Courier  

Mr. Francis was a past member of the Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad, Great Barrington Rotary and the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.

Bits & Bytes: First Fridays Artswalk; ‘Bach and More’; artist Neumann at Berkshire School; Kapteyn Prize for Mount Greylock teacher

The 'Bach and More' concert will feature James Bagwell conducting an ensemble of 12 a cappella voices in sacred and secular music from the early Baroque period.

High Peaks Festival moves to Berkshires, explores ‘The French-Russian Connection’

For the ninth year, an international group of violinists, violists, cellists and pianists will converge for intensive instrumental study and chamber music coaching with distinguished faculty during Close Encounters With Music's High Peaks Festival, this year being held at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass.

Eunice McCracken, 88, of Housatonic

Throughout her lifetime, she worked in the kitchens of the Great Barrington Healthcare Center, Berkshire School and the former Hillside Restaurant.

Bits & Bytes: Shepard to discuss new book; ‘Honoring Du Bois’; ‘Alison Larkin LIVE!’; waste oil & paint collection; Berkshire School student wins songwriting...

The W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series will offer “Honoring Du Bois,” which will feature a presentation by Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, of the State House resolution honoring Du Bois on the 150th anniversary of his Feb. 23, 1868, birth in Great Barrington.

Allan Bredenfoerder, 73, of Ashley Falls, acclaimed teacher at Berkshire School

In his 37 years at Berkshire School, he taught math, chaired the math department, coached boys’ tennis and worked with students in the outdoor program, among many other activities.

Business Briefs: High Peaks Festival moves to Berkshires; housing trust offers assistance loans; Williams College appoints new chaplain; Berkshire Children & Families promotes two;...

Less than a year after its formation, the Great Barrington Affordable Housing Trust Fund now has a total of $50,000 to lend to qualified first-time homebuyers.

Hundreds in Berkshire County join nationwide #MarchForOurLives protest calling for end to gun violence

"Let's keep the heat on the NRA ... don't let the NRA make this about mental health. This is about guns." -- Christopher Biernacki, a mental-health professional at Berkshire Medical Center, a veteran and former police officer

Bits & Bytes: ‘Hairspray’ at Berkshire School; Money School; fuel assistance concert; ‘Lovers’ Spat: Round Two’; Eleanor Roosevelt lecture

Money School is an award-winning financial independence initiative designed to create long-term safety and economic security for survivors of domestic or sexual violence.

James ‘Jimmy’ Phillips, 66, of Sheffield

Jimmy was a long-time member of the Olde Yankee Street Rods. He was a popular DJ at parties, weddings or just gatherings of friends and family.

MacGregor Robinson, 53, of Norfolk, Conn., longtime educator

MacGregor embarked on a 30-year odyssey throughout the independent school world: as an English teacher, administrator, student advisor and housemaster at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts; and then as an admissions professional and student advisor at the Gunnery in Washington Green, Connecticut; Trinity Pawling School in Pawling, New York; and King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan.

Bits & Bytes: Winona LaDuke to give Schumacher lecture; ghost stories at the Mount; Berkshire birding book; Housatonic Heritage talk; R.J. Rosegarten at Berkshire...

“Choosing the Path That Is Green” will be delivered by activist, community economist, author and member of the Ojibwe Nation of the Anishinaabe peoples Winona LaDuke.

Bits & Bytes: Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Mahaiwe; Ani Cordero at MASS MoCA; Saskia Laroo at Sandisfield Arts Center; artists’ studios tour;...

Singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist and Latin-American music researcher Ani Cordero cut her teeth as the touring drummer for the Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes.

W. Ross Hawkins, 80, of Sheffield, longtime teacher at Berkshire School

A dedicated educator for 37 years, Mr. Hawkins taught European history and French at Berkshire School until he retired in 2003.

David M. Ibáñez, 20, of Monterey

David loved cooking, baking, reading science fiction, snowboarding, playing hockey, and hiking. One of his favorite activities was to climb the hills of Berkshire County to see the sunrise and reflect on life.

John James Toffey IV, 85, of Canaan, Conn., writer, teacher and coach at Kent School, Simon’s Rock , and Berkshire School

John loved language, music, and tradition. He kept up his teaching to the very end, offering literature classes on Shakespeare, the Civil War and -- most recently – “Moby Dick.”
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