Great Barrington

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The town of Great Barrington is urging residents to sign up for its new emergency notification system.

A rendering of the affordable housing project at 100 Bridge St. Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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A Great Barrington town board has approved a controversial affordable housing proposal on a brownfield site.

Mark Ouillette from The Book Loft in Great Barrington, MA joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Mr. Eternity by Aaron Thier
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett
Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams
Surrender, New York by Caleb Carr
Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrick

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A hiker was pronounced dead after an 8-hour rescue operation and 4-hour recovery search on Monument Mountain in Great Barrington.

A rendering of the affordable housing project at 100 Bridge St. Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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An affordable housing proposal on a brownfield site in Great Barrington, Massachusetts is facing opposition as a town board considers its approval.

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The town of Great Barrington is looking at its options amid a host of complaints about drivers popping and tearing their tires on curbs installed as a part of Main Street reconstruction.

  The 11th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival will take place from June 2nd through the 5th in Great Barrington and June 3rd though the 5th in Pittsfield, MA.

The festival will bring films, filmmakers, industry professionals and film fans together for a celebration of independent film featuring documentaries, narrative features and short films – along with special tributes, parties, and discussions.

Kelley Vickery, Founder and Executive Director of BIFF and she joins us with a preview.

This is a rendering of the proposed The Berkshire hotel in Great Barrington.
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The Great Barrington Select Board is meeting once again tonight to discuss plans for a hotel at a shuttered downtown school. A change from 95 to 88 rooms earlier this year quieted some opposition.

This is an updated rendering of The Berkshire, a hotel proposed in Great Barrington
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Plans for a hotel at a shuttered school in downtown Great Barrington have changed once again, this time quieting some of the opposition.

This is a picture of the design for The Berkshire hotel
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Developers have updated plans for a proposed hotel at a shuttered Great Barrington school in hopes of preserving the building’s heritage, but some in town don’t think that’s enough.

This is a picture of the Searles school in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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A proposal to open a 95-room hotel at the site of a shuttered school in Great Barrington is drawing the ire of some residents while the developer sees it as a boost for the Southern Berkshire County town.

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A proposal to restructure Great Barrington’s tax system that became a divisive issue in town has been squashed — at least for the time being.

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An annual airplane and bicycle enthusiast celebration is returning to Great Barrington this weekend.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has announced an agreement that paves the way for a solar energy facility on a brownfield site in Great Barrington.

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  The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA is marking its 10th anniversary season with performances by, among others, Graham Nash, Art Garfunkel, Audra McDonald, Don McLean and many, many others.

The Castle Street theatre came alive 10 seasons ago and now Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly says they are ready for the next phase in the theatre’s development.

Three years ago the Mahaiwe’s Board of Director’s set a goal of raising $2.2 million to stabilize the Mahaiwe to the next level of programming excellence and financial stability as part of their Impact campaign. Since then they have raised $1.9 million towards that goal. With just $250,000 to go, they are turning to their loyal audience to help complete the historic campaign.

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A proposal to restructure Great Barrington’s tax system is being criticized as prohibitive to businesses and second home owners, but the man behind the idea says it’s about economic fairness.

  The BIFF is back! The Berkshire International Film Festival is celebrating 10 years at the end of this month. The BIFF is a world-class festival that is an integral part of the cultural fabric of the Berkshires.

The festival runs Thursday, May 28th through Sunday, May 31st in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, Massachusetts with screenings at The Triplex, The Mahaiwe, and The Beacon.

Kelley Vickery is the Founder and Director of BIFF and she joins us with a preview of this year's offerings.

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Great Barrington is holding an open house for residents to learn more about the town’s first ever community preservation projects which are up for approval at May’s annual town meeting.

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Massachusetts is funding downtown initiatives in communities at both ends of Berkshire County.

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For the second straight year, voters in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District have rejected a high school renovation project. The ballot items drove roughly 60 percent of the area’s voters to the polls.

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    Once a seasonally vibrant site for agriculture, concerts, horse racing and other dynamic community events, the Great Barrington Fairgrounds site has sat dormant for the majority the past 35 years.

In December 2012, the 57-acre property was purchased by Sheffield couple, Bart and Janet Elsbach. Now a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization, the mission of GBFG is to preserve and restore the environmental health of the Fairgrounds site and to provide agricultural, educational, recreational and other beneficial opportunities to the local community and to visitors. Great Barrington Fairgrounds will present a banquet “barn-raising” brunch on Sunday, September 21st at 12:00pm at Gedney Farm in New Marlborough, Mass.

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A fundraising event next week in Great Barrington will showcase both land and air-based travelers.

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A group of people are trying to reclaim the long-dormant Great Barrington Fairgrounds.

    This Sunday, April 27th at 4pm - jazz pianist Armen Donelian will perform works from his new CD: Sayat-Nova: Songs Of My Ancestors in a CD release gathering at Castle Street Cafe in Great Barrington, MA in association with Berkshires Jazz.

The legendary Hudson Valley pianist will perform in a trio with Dave Clark on bass and George Schuller on drums.

Great Barrington to Commemorate Civil Rights Leader

Aug 22, 2013
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At a time when millions of Americans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, people from the Berkshires are recognizing another civil rights milestone.

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A former high school teacher from Columbia County has completed a long trek to raise money so young people can have the opportunity to travel.

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal met with brewers from across the Bay State today to discuss the upcoming brewing industry and a bill that seeks to make microbreweries more competitive.

WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Rosalynn Frederick, a teacher from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who is planning to run from California to New York in order to raise money for a fund that will allow middle and high school students to travel outside the country.

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Great Barrington is now a sister-city with a community in West Africa. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

Great Barrington has become twins with Fada N’Gourma, a city of similar size in Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso is a landlocked country about the size of Colorado in Western Africa.

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Director of the Greenagers program Will Conklin puts it this way…

A program of the Berkshires-based Center for Peace Through Culture, Greenagers is a youth program based in environmental stewardship and service to community.

On Saturday, April 21st, Greenagers will begin its season by providing volunteer hours to clean up and pull weeds on the Housatonic River Walk in Great Barrington. Director Will Conklin…

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