Member Press Releases

Herrington’s Contributes $10,000 to Greenagers Youth Jobs Program and April Hill Acquisition

Egremont, Mass. – May 22, 2019 – Ed Herrington, Inc., the region’s largest supplier of lumber, millwork and building supplies, has contributed $10,000 to Greenagers in support of its operations and the acquisition of the April Hill conservation estate in Egremont.

The gift from Herrington’s in Hillsdale, N.Y., underscores Greenagers’ expanding impact in Columbia County, where Greenagers teen work crews will improve public access lands and install Front Lawn Food gardens – similar to Greenagers’ work in the Berkshires.

Meanwhile, Greenagers recently completed the purchase of the historic April Hill property in Egremont, to provide a permanent home for Greenagers’ programs with teens and young adults. Capital improvements are under way at the property.

“Herrington’s generosity helps us at home here at April Hill, to secure our investment in this incredible conservation property, and it helps to cover the costs of our teen work crews, who are improving our landscapes and access to affordable food,” said Will Conklin, executive director of Greenagers.

Richard Herrington, Herrington’s VP/GM said ”I am excited about the Greenagers Organization and we are happy to support it in this way because of their dedication and focus on the education of young people in our communities”.

This summer, Greenagers will deploy a total of seven work crews to improve public access properties in the Berkshires and Columbia County, install Front Lawn Food gardens and carry on middle-school programs at public schools in the Southern Berkshires.

In Columbia County, crews will install Front Lawn Food gardens at a Habitat for Humanity residence in Ancramdale, complete a trail for the town of Austerlitz, build, improve a trail in the Greenport area of Hudson and remove invasive water chestnuts at Hand Hollow in New Lebanon.  

Ed Herrington, Inc., DBA Herrington’s, is a fourth generation, local family-owned lumber and building materials business that was established in Hillsdale, NY. The company offers quality lumber, millwork, building supplies, paint, stone and associated services.  Today the company has six locations in Hillsdale, Hudson, Chatham and Millerton, N.Y., Sheffield, Mass. and Lakeville, Conn. For more information, visit www.herringtons.com or call 800.453.1311. Herrington’s can also be found at Herrington’s Lumber on Facebook and @edherringtoninc on Instagram.

Based at the April Hill estate in Egremont, Greenagers is a nonprofit organization serving teens and young adults in and around the Berkshires. Greenagers’ paid summer work crews maintain and build public access lands and install Front Lawn Food gardens, while middle-schoolers participate in summer outdoor education programs and climate awareness programs.

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Tonia Scalise Ranks No. 1 Agent in Central Berkshire County by Dollar Volume, as Firm Ranks No. 1 in Dollar Volume County-Wide

Berkshire County, Mass. — May 17, 2019 — William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Tonia Scalise of the company’s Great Barrington and Lenox, Mass., brokerages was the top selling agent in 2018 among all real estate agents in Central Berkshire County based on closed dollar volume, according to the Berkshire County Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Tonia Scalise

“I congratulate Tonia on an outstanding year in sales, a significant achievement that is a direct result of her relentless dedication to extraordinary service,” said Tim Donnelly, brokerage manager of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty’s Berkshires brokerages. “Her wealth of knowledge makes her an invaluable asset to the firm as well as the clients we serve. I am honored to have her representing the renowned Sotheby’s International Realty brand, and thank her for her loyalty and hard work.”

At the same time, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty as a firm achieved the ranking of No. 1 in closed dollar volume for 2018 county-wide, as well as No. 1 in sales of properties over $1 million county-wide, according to the MLS. This is the second year in a row that the company was the highest producing firm among all real estate firms throughout Berkshire County.

Scalise joined William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in 2017 after running her own brokerage firm for almost 10 years. She is consistently recognized as a top multi-million dollar producer in Pittsfield and the surrounding areas, with approximately 30 years of experience in the industry. She brings extensive knowledge of new construction and restoration, combined with a skill for intuitively matching her clients’ desires to the right home.

About William Pitt-Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Founded in 1949, William Pitt-Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty manages a $4.2-billion portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in 27 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt-Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty is one of the largest Sotheby’s International Realty(R) affiliates globally and the 34th-largest real estate company by sales volume in the United States. For more information, visit the website at williampitt.com.

Sotheby’s International Realty’s worldwide network includes 990 offices throughout 72 countries and territories on six continents.

BFAIR Hires Director of ABI/MFP and Director of Homecare Services

North Adams, Mass.May 21, 2019 – Berkshire Family and Individual Resources, Inc. (BFAIR), hires for two key agency vacancies; Director of Acquired Brain Injury/Moving Forward Plan (ABI/MFP), and Director of Homecare Services.  Both positions are filled by veterans in the human services industry with over 20 years of experience in the field.  The first, filled by an internal promotion of Deanna Davila, and the second filled by Tim Brelsford, who came from Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth.

Deanna Davila

Davila holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and joined BFAIR in April 2017 as a House Manager in Northampton in the Acquired Brain Injury program.  She assisted in opening a new ABI/MFP home in Northampton and helped four individuals transfer out of nursing homes.  She became the Program coordinator of Hampshire/ Hampden counties in April of 2018.  “Deana’s promotion is well deserved, and I look forward to working with her in her new role,” said Michelle Carleton, VP of Residential Services. 

Brelsford’s experience in non-profit and human services field expands more than 30 years.  He started his career at sixteen years old volunteering at the Forest Hills Special School in Paducah, KY.  From there he went on to work at Lourdes hospital as an ER technician and a Nurse’s Aide in the Homecare and Hospice Department.    In 1996, he moved to the Berkshires where he started working at in the human service field eventually working his way up to management.  Most recently, Tim went on to be a Program Director at Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth.   The move to working with older adults brings Tim back to his youth sitting and listening to so many rich life stories.  Tim’s passion for helping the community has always driven his career in Human Services.  He looks forward to continuing that path with his new role at BFAIR. 

Tim Brelsford

 Tim holds a master’s degree in Business, a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an associate degree in Computer Science.

“Tim has been a great addition to the BFAIR team, his experience with management and supervision will be pivotal in the continued success, quality and growth of our Homecare Services Department,” said Theresa Gelinas, SVP of Day Services at BFAIR.

About BFAIR

Since 1994, BFAIR providing adult family care (AFC), residential, in-home clinical services, employment and day services for adults and children with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury, autism and homecare services for older adults. 

Celia Clancy Joins Community Health Programs Board

Great Barrington, Mass. – May 16 – The board of directors of Community Health Programs (CHP) has named Celia Clancy of Lenox as a new member.

Clancy is CEO of Celia Clancy Consulting and past CEO/president of The Fitzpatrick Companies. She brings to the board her background in retail and consumer goods business leadership and consulting.

She has worked with public, private, family-owned private equity and ESOP companies; her expertise includes strategic planning, business process improvement, merchandising, direct consumer marketing and manufacturing.

“Celia brings an extraordinary background in business leadership and marketing to the board,” said Lia Spiliotes, CEO of CHP.

“We look forward to her insights and contributions to our growing healthcare network.”

Clancy also serves on the boards of Tapestry Health and Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. She is a past member of the boards of the Fitzpatrick Companies and Ashley Stewart companies.

In addition to CEO roles at The Fitzpatrick Companies and Ashley Stewart, she held previous positions as president, AJ Wright division of TJX; senior operations consultant with Cerberus and senior vice president/general merchandise manager at Walmart.

Clancy holds a B.A. from Wellesley College. She completed graduate coursework at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College. Community Health Programs, Inc., is a healthcare network based in Great Barrington, Mass. serving more than 32,000 Berkshire region residents. CHP provides whole-person, comprehensive medical and dental services at multiple practice locations. Through its Family Services program, CHP provides a range of support, parent education and resources to families. CHP accepts most forms of private and public health insurance and offers sliding fee scales for qualifying patients. CHP is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

Norman Rockwell Museum Celebrates 50th with Founders Day; Free for Berkshire County Residents

Stockbridge, Mass. May 14 — On Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Norman Rockwell Museum will host Founders Day, welcoming Berkshire County residents for free in celebration of the Golden Anniversary of the opening of The Old Corner House. Family and friends of Rosamond Sherwood wanted to honor her memory and her contribution as one of the three Stockbridge women who in 1967 helped rescue the then 200-year-old building that would later become the original Norman Rockwell Museum.

“Rosamond Sherwood, with Norma Ogden and Patricia Deely led an effort to save this historic building and helped rescue the Old Corner House from demolition in 1967,” said Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director/CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum. “When the board was looking for programs and exhibitions for the house museum, which would include displays from the Stockbridge Historical Society, Rockwell generously offered, ‘Would you like to hang some of my pictures?’”

The doors to the Old Corner House opened for business in May 1969 and a few years later the building originally intended as a home for the Stockbridge Historical Society would become known as the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Rosamond “Ros” Sherwood (1899-1990), grew up in family of visual and theatrical artists in the Stockbridge house on Yale Hill Road known as Strawberry Hill. Sherwood spent summers in the Berkshires with her mother, Rosina “Posie” Emmet Sherwood and her aunt Lydia Emmet Field, both notable portrait painters, and four siblings. Brother Robert E. Sherwood was a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Ros became a year-round resident early in her life and an integral part of the Stockbridge community.  A ragtime piano player, artist, gardener, and accomplished golfer, she supported the arts in the area and was an early trustee on the Museum’s board from 1973 to 1982.

Founders Day will feature special gallery talks recounting the early days of the Museum, [from its original home on the corner of Main and Elm Streets to its current location 2 miles down the road]. Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop will be on view, by special loan from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. A special talk by Curator of Education, Tom Daly at 1 p.m., will explore Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge years. Art activities throughout the day include “Curate Your Own Rockwell Exhibit” and “Create a Museum Sign”. A historic property site walk and guided tour will take place at 3 p.m., weather permitting.  Free admission for Berkshire County residents with ID, courtesy of the Family and Friends of Rosamond Sherwood. https://www.nrm.org/event/founders-day-honoring-rosamond-sherwood/

About Norman Rockwell Museum
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2019, the Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the legacy of Norman Rockwell. The Museum holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of art and archival materials relating to Rockwell’s life and work, while also preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting a growing collection of art by other American illustrators throughout history. The Museum engages diverse audiences through onsite and traveling exhibitions, as well as publications, arts and humanities programs, including the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, and comprehensive online resources. www.nrm.org/

Located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life, the Museum is open seven days a week, year-round; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Museum hours from May through October are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays during the month of August; from November through April: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Rockwell’s studio is open May through November 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Museum admission is $20, $18 for seniors, $17 for military veterans, $10 for students, and free for children 18 and under.
 
Norman Rockwell Museum welcomes EBT cardholders and active U.S. military members with free admission throughout the year. Additionally, we are a Blue Star museum and offer active U.S. military personnel and their immediate family, complimentary admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
 
Visit the Museum online at www.nrm.org.

Great Music on Small Stages: Aston Magna Music Festival Brings Classical Fare to the Berkshires, July 6-Aug 8

Great Barrington, Mass. – May 15 – The Aston Magna Music Festival brings its virtuoso musicians and vocalists to Berkshire stages again this summer: “Music of Three Centuries” runs weekly from July 6-Aug. 8 in Great Barrington, with  classical and early music performed exclusively on period instruments. The 2019 vocalists and instrumentalists are of masters of historical performance.

The Aston Magna ensemble and guests

Concerts take place on five Saturday evenings, July 6-Aug. 3 at 6 p.m., at Saint James Place. The Berkshire season finale is Thursday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Each event is preceded by a pre-concert talk with Artistic Director Dan Stepner, 45 minutes before the concert; Great Barrington concerts are followed by a “Meet the Artists” wine and cheese reception.

The Berkshire season opens July 6 with “The Birth of the String Quartet,” featuring music by Castello, Telemann, Mozart, Hayden and others. On July 13, Dr. Richard Savino directs “Music in the Age of Paul Rubens,” with projections of the Dutch master’s work as backdrop to music by composers of the era from Italy, Holland, England and Spain.

On July 21, Aston Magna presents “The World of Henry Purcell” with the Aston Magna ensemble and vocalists Kristen Watson, soprano; Deborah Rentz-Moore, mezzo-soprano; Jason McStoots, tenor, and David McFerrin, baritone. The evening includes trio sonatas, vocal quartets and more.

Bach, Pachelbel and Villa Lobos comprise the July 27 program, with acclaimed soprano Dominique Labelle, joined by eight musicians. Selections include Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue, J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras. On Aug. 3, Aston Magna presents an evening of Schubert and Beethoven, with Frank Kelley, tenor; Joshua Rifkin, fortepiano, and Todd Williams, natural horn.

A season finale “Bouquet of Baroque Concertos” is presented at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Aug. 8. at 6 p.m. The evening includes 18 musicians performing Bach, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins, Van Wassenaer’s Concerto Armonico and Zelenka’s “Hypochondrie,” and other selections.

Aston Magna also performs in the Boston area, the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires each summer; it is the longest running summer festival of early music performed on historical instruments.

Saint James Place Tickets are $40/45; Mahaiwe tickets $25-$50. astonmagna.org

The Story of Chris Herren Presented to Promote Community Conversation and Commitment in the Fight Against the Opioid Crisis

Great Barrington, Mass. – May 13 – On Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m., a free community presentation, “Prevention Starts With ALL: The Chris Herren Story,” will take place at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington.  The program is presented by Grace Church and Fairview Hospital. Pre-registration is not required.

In this very personal presentation, Chris will share his recovery journey in a brutally honest format with just a microphone. The event will start with a 5-minute film introducing Herren and showing highlights of his basketball career and his dream to play in the NBA which began to unravel by making a few bad decisions. From growing up in Fall River, MA to playing Division 1 basketball and in the NBA, he will take the audience on his journey from addiction to sobriety. Additionally, he will relate his story to the audience addressing themes of gateway drugs, prescription drug use, vaping and the responsibility of prevention starting with us all. To conclude the event Chris will field questions from the audience.

An extraordinary basketball player, Chris Herren was a celebrated star in his native Fall River, MA before graduating high school. He went on to play at Boston College and Fresno State, two seasons in the NBA – including one with his hometown team, the Boston Celtics – and seven seasons overseas before losing it all to the disease of addiction.

With the unwavering support of his family and friends, Chris has been sober since August 1, 2008, and he now shares his story with the goal of making a positive difference in the lives of others.

His recovery journey has been documented in the bestselling memoir, “Basketball Junkie,” the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, “Unguarded” and in countless local, national and international stories by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated, among others. Through Herren Talks, Chris has spoken to over 1 million students and community members, sparking honest discussions about substance use disorder and wellness.

In 2011, Chris grew his vision of support for others when he founded the nonprofit Herren Project. Through the organization, Chris and his team empower schools and communities to make healthy choices, while also guiding families through recovery. In 2018, Chris also founded Herren Wellness, a residential health and wellness program that helps guests lead healthy, substance-free lives. 

About the Sponsors:

Grace Church, an Episcopal Community in the Southern Berkshires, launches its Community Grants program with this initial presentation. By supporting the program that address issues of local concern, Grace hopes to further open conversation about the opioid crisis among a larger audience. Students, parents, concerned community members, health professionals can learn from Chris Herren’s experience. It takes all of us to solve this problem in our neighborhood. 

Fairview Hospital, a 25- bed federally designated Critical Access Hospital in Great Barrington, is an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Hosts Flower Moon Soiree

Great Barrington, Mass. — Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) will host its Annual Spring fundraising Soiree Saturday, May 18th, from 6-11pm at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School in the garden, 35 West Plain Rd, Great Barrington, MA. The community is invited to a light-hearted night of garden tours, music, farm to table dinner and dancing, with signature cocktails, plus a live auction to benefit the farm and garden program of the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School. Tickets are $100 per person or $175 a couple. To purchase tickets or become an event sponsor, contact Leslie Bissaillon at info@gbrss.org or visit https://gbrss.org/soiree-2/

Ariella Chezar of Ariella Chezar Design will transform the garden for the evening, chef Brandon Scimeca of Hunt & Harvest will provide a farm to table dinner accompanied by signature cocktails by Berkshire Mountain Distillery.

Major event contributors include local businesses Allegrone Companies, Barbato Disposal, Karen Allen Fiber Arts, Kwik Print, Body & Soul Day Spa, Domaney’s, Generation Branding & Communication, Herringtons, Metzwood Insurance, Drury Putz and Citrin, Sweatland Oil, NTB Bank, McTeigue & McClelland and Seward & Monde. There will be an exciting live auction with host Evers Whyte with many trips and packages up for bid. This is a must see as the Gardens at GBRSS light up under the Flower Moon.

Waldorf Education in the Berkshires—Winner of “Best School in the Berkshires” for six consecutive years, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, a Waldorf school for pre-K through 8th grade, empowers students to change the world through rigorous academics integrated with fine and practical arts, language, music and outdoor learning, graduating citizens of the world who go on to attend an exciting mix of independent and public schools, including our affiliated Berkshire Waldorf High School.

Congregation Ahavath Sholom presents “Messiah Madness: The Life and Impact of Shabbatai Tzvi, False Messiah”

On Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 PM, Rabbi Barbara Cohen will present a program on 17th century false Messiah, Shabbatai Tzvi, at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 15 North Street, Great Barrington, MA.

Rabbi Cohen explains, “The longing for a Messiah has often risen in the fertile soil of troubled times, watered by the blood of our ancestors. Many times throughout the history of the Jews, when circumstances became almost unbearable due to oppression, exile and slaughter, the hope for redemption and deliverance from a Messiah, a God chosen anointed warrior king, a promised deliverer, emerges from the collective misery of the time. Our prophetic writings in the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, speak of this individual, who announced by the prophet Elijah, will arise from the line of King David, from the root of Jesse. The anticipation of a Messiah flourishes like a beacon in the darkness of collective Jewish suffering. There have always been individuals, sane or not, who believe themselves to be the next Messiah but their influence is usually limited to a small group of adherents in a limited geographic area. Our exploration of the false Messiah, Shabbatai Tzvi, a 17th century figure of immense impact on the Jewish world, was unlike other outbreaks of messianic fervor in its appeal, scope and effect.”

BCC Earns Full Continuing Accreditation by ACEN

Pittsfield, Mass. – April 30 – Berkshire Community College (BCC) received official word this week that the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has restored continuing accreditation to the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program through 2023.

In its notification to the college, ACEN acknowledged that deliberations on their change in status centered on the materials that were submitted to the board following the visit by the peer accreditation team.

In mid-April, BCC announced that it would voluntarily and temporarily suspend admission to the first year of its ADN program for fall 2019.  The ACEN announcement does not change this decision. 

“BCC has developed and is implementing a systematic evaluation plan,” said Dr. Jennifer Berne, BCC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs.  “To do this work effectively, our team of faculty and staff will use the 2019-2020 academic year to continue making systematic improvements to our internal curricular processes and make the adjustments recommended by our accrediting and licensing bodies; Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (MABORN) and ACEN.”

ACEN accreditation is a mark of distinction, certifying that a nursing program adheres to the highest national standards of education. To become accredited, nursing programs must demonstrate that the program meets ACEN’s exacting standards of quality through an extensive review.  Accreditation provides students with useful information for their career and educational decision-making while also assists employers seeking graduates who are highly competent practitioners.

“Achieving ACEN reaccreditation is a major accomplishment and one that affirms the high-quality of BCC’s nursing education program,” said Ellen Kennedy, President of BCC.

BCC offers both a two-year associate in nursing degree as well as a 10-month practical nursing certificate. For more information about these programs, call 413-236-1636 or visit www.berkshirecc.edu/nursinginfo.

About Berkshire Community College

Berkshire Community College (BCC) is a public, fully accredited, community college offering associate degree and certificate programs, as well as various other educational opportunities, primarily to the residents of Berkshire County and surrounding areas. Visit BCC online at www.berkshirecc.edu.