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Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Found in Worcester County
04:03PM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
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FITCHBURG, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced Tuesday that a small population of the invasive spotted lanternfly has been found in the City of Fitchburg, close to where a lanternfly nymph was reported earlier this summer.    Agricultural inspectors are in the middle of performing surveys in the area, but currently the infestation is limited to a single cluster of three trees. While MDAR has not been able to determine the origin of the infestation, spotted lanternflies have been known to travel out of infested states on cars, trucks, and trains, during shipments of produce, sheds, and gazebos, trees and shrubs for landscaping, and

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Clark Art Receives Frankenthaler Climate Initiative Grant
04:13PM / Monday, August 16, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark is one of seventy-nine museums in America to receive funding from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation to advance goal of carbon neutrality in visual arts organizations.   The Clark received $50,000 toward the redesign of the HVAC central plant for its Lunder Center at Stone Hill. This is the foundation's inaugural cycle of providing funding to support visual arts organizations in efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.   "We are deeply honored to have been selected for a Climate Initiative grant from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation,” said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark. "Our responsibility as stewards of our

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Injured Hummingbird Heals at Warm Lamp
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:19PM / Sunday, August 08, 2021
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  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When I lived at Marshside house adjacent to a fresh water cattail marsh on Pond Road in North Truro, Cape Cod, an unfortunate event shaped my response to an injured hummingbird.   For the next day and a half, I provided care at a table lamp, to eventually see it fly away.   As sunlight filled my living room that Sept. 12, 2012, I prepared for Sunday service at my local church, and thought nothing about leaving a window open to usher in the fresh air to such a promising day. Little did I know that when I returned from church and jubilant choir singing, I would be greeted with a lively hummingbird that somehow had entered the window left

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Never Thought You'd See a Bear? Think Again
By MassWildlife,
04:28PM / Thursday, July 01, 2021
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It's summertime in Massachusetts, which means more people will be spending time outdoors. With the increasing number of black bears found in many areas of Massachusetts, it is important for all residents to know how to prevent problems.

While people living in Western Massachusetts have been coexisting with bears for years, others in the eastern part of the state may be surprised to learn that black bears likely live nearby as well. This summer, a young bear made headlines as it traveled throughout southeastern Mass, and over the last few years, MassWildlife has also confirmed reports of bears in Newton, Chelmsford, North Andover, Amesbury, and even Provincetown!

In the mid-1970s,

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Williamstown Farmers Market Returns Saturday Morning
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Thursday, May 20, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It is a sign of summer, a sign of normalcy and a sign of hope.   But Saturday's return of the Williamstown Farmers Market is not a sign that organizers are reacting to Monday's announcement that the commonwealth's economy is reopening.   "I went back and checked my emails to see when we made a decision to open an in-person market for this season," Anne Hogeland said on Wednesday. "And it was mid-February.   "That is when we announced to the community and, most importantly, the vendors at that point, that we would be opening and it would be this weekend."   The market returns Saturday at 9 a.m. in the

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Williamstown Micro Farm Promotes Notion of 'Self-Sustaining Homestead'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:05AM / Saturday, April 24, 2021
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Drive past 328 North St., and you cannot help but notice the distinctive art created from repurposed bicycle wheels that adorn the front lawn.   But you also cannot see the whole picture.   Out back, what appears to be a typical single-family home is revealed to be 328North, a community supported agriculture farm producing an abundance of flowers and Asian varieties of greens, herbs and vegetables.   Tu Le and his partner have packed a lot onto their modest 1/2-acre micro farm.   But, then again, the pair have plenty of experience — first in an urban environment near Pittsburgh and, for the last seven years, at their

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Clark Art Celebrates Earth Day
08:02AM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Clark Art Institute celebrates Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, with two guided programs that invite visitors to connect with nature and art on the Clark's campus.    Clark educators lead ninety-minute outdoor experiences that inspire participants to write, draw, move, and more as they explore the unique natural settings of the "Ground/work" exhibition. All participants will be provided with a blank "field journal" and pencil to record their thoughts and creations.   A 10:30 am walk starts at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill and features Nairy Baghramian's "Knee and Elbow," Eva LeWitt's "Resin Towers,"

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Expanded Historic Shaker Hiking Trail to Open This Summer
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:11AM / Sunday, April 18, 2021
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The new trail off the 14-year-old Farm and Forest Trail is a collaboration of Shaker Village, Mill Town and Greenagers.

HANCOCK, Mass. — Mill Town Capital, Hancock Shaker Village, and Greenagers are collaborating to reveal the archeological remains of five Shaker buildings from 1800 in a new trail that opens in mid-July.

The route will be a spur off the U-shaped Farm and Forest Trail that runs through the southern woods below the historic Hancock Shaker Village on Route 20.

In the spring 2021 session of the Berkshire Outdoor Recreation Summit, representatives from the entities explained how the partnership is tying in historical education, outdoor recreation, and art in this

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Williamstown's Net Zero Effort to Be Subject of Panel Discussion
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:43AM / Saturday, April 17, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board took a pause Monday from talking about local crises to discuss a global crisis.   Included on the warrant for June's annual meeting is a resolution calling on the town to commit to pursuing a net zero greenhouse gas emissions goal.   Members of the town's Carbon Dioxide Lowering (COOL) Committee, which drafted the resolution, first presented the idea to the board last month. On Monday, the Select Board discussed the proposal during a review of the warrant's first draft. And next week, the whole town is invited to a virtual panel discussion on the initiative with state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield.   "This

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Local Environmentalists Demand Cleaner Berkshires Power Plants
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:39AM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local environmentalists are taking a stand against air pollution from power plants that are hardly used.   A Berkshire Environmental Action Team campaign "Put Peakers in the Past" is demanding that the three peaking power plants located in Berkshire County revert to only renewable and clean alternatives. "Peaking" plants are used to meet periods of high energy demand.   The decades-old plants at Pittsfield Generating Co. on Merrill Road, the Eversource substation on Doreen Street and the EP Energy plant on Woodland Road in Lee run off fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, and kerosene. Pittsfield Generating is a co-generating plant

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