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information,  services and advocacy for our members."

Southern Berkshire Towns :  Alford, Egremont, Great Barrington, Monterey, 
Mt. Washington,  New Marlborough, Otis, Sandisfield & Sheffield

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THE 2017 E-NEWS 

Don't miss Financial Friday on WSBS 94.1 FM May 19th with Jay Anderson.

Welcome New Chamber Members:


Berkshire South Regional
Community Center

JRI/Berkshire Meadows
email resume to bmwjobs@jri.org






Adult Events at
the Great Barrington Libraries

May 19, Friday "Open Studio" with Sherry Steiner, Mason 11:00am-1:00pm

May 20, Saturday Lyme Disease Support Group, Mason 12:30-2:30pm

May 22, Monday Bagels & Books, Mason 9:00-10:00am

May 23, Tuesday Book Lovers Book Club, Mason 5:30-6:45pm

May 24, Wednesday Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women, Ramsdell 6:30-8:00pm

May 26, Friday "Open Studio" with Sherry Steiner, Mason 11:00am-1:00pm

Children's Events at
the Great Barrington Libraries

Tuesdays at Mason: Brain Builders! Play & Learn 10:30-11:30 
(baby-5 years)

Fridays at Ramsdell: Storytime for Tots 3:30-4:30pm (under 5)

Saturdays at Ramsdell: Fun with Fine Arts 10:30-11:30 (5-12 years)

May 19, Friday Afternoon Legos, Mason 4:00-5:00pm (7 and up)

May 26, Friday Afternoon Legos, Mason 4:00-5:00pm (7 and up)

May 26, Friday Family Film: "Sing", Mason 6:15pm

Ongoing Events

Tuesdays:  Lego Club for Kids - 3:00 - 4:00pm in the Art Room

Sit & Knit - 5:00 - 7:00pm, all levels welcome including beginners.  For info call Lois Levinsohn - 413.229.0375 or mimlet@aol.com

Wednesdays:  Chess Club for Kids - 3:10pm in the Children's Department, beginners welcome!

Mah Jongg -5:00pm

Thursdays:  Sing & Play Group - for preschoolers during the school year. Sponsered by CHP Family Network.  Sing & Play has now split into 
2 groups:  Baby Sing, 0-2 age 10:00 - 10:45am, Toddler Sing for ages 2+ 
from 11:00 - 12:00pm

Upcoming Events

May is Plant Swap Month at the Library.  Share your extra seedlings or divided perennials with the community.  You can swap a plant for a plant, or if you don't have a plant to swap you can swap a non-perishable food product for a plant.  All food proceeds will support the Sheffield Food Pantry.

Baby Animals - Friday, May 26th 1pm to 3pm
They're back!  Come enjoy our enormous backyard and some critters from the FFA club of Mount Everett.  Lambs, rabbits, chickens and a few surprises!










Where in the world is Gigi?  She found a perfect local spot to cool off on these warm Spring days!


Thank you for renewing your membership with
The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce:
BerkshireWorks Career Center

GB Eats

BensDotter's Pet

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Guthrie Center

Campoli, Monteleone & Mozian, P.C.

The Emporium

The Stagecoach Tavern

Ward's Nursery

Ski Butternut

Castle Street Cafe

Asia Barong

Aston Magna Foundation

Berkshire Community Land Trust

Harland B. Foster Inc.

Clark Art Institute

Town of Sheffield

Happy Nails & Spa

Community Access to the Arts

Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires

Pawsh Buddies

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Magic Fluke

Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad

Jacob Pillow's Dance Festival

Berkshire Housing Development Corp

Town of Monterey

Sandisfield Arts Center

Berkshire International Film Festival

NBT Bank

Design + Planning

Yoga Within

Gifted Child

Inn at Green River

W.E.B. DuBois National Historic Site

Autobahn Service

Berkshire Days Inn

Tomich Landscape Design and Construction

Great Barrington Historical Society

Riverbrook Residence, Inc.

Sheffield Kiwanis

Roger Trucking

Snap Shop

Great Barrington Farmers Market

Berkshire Theatre Group

Egremont Country Club

Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites

Berkshire TypeGraphic

Tom's Toys

Cellarbration Wines, Beers & Spirits

Village Mortgage Company

Orion Society

Barbrook Realty

Upcoming Events from the Southern Berkshire 
Chamber of Commerce...

News and Events from our Members!

Thursday, May 18th
Unitarian Universalist Church
Pittsfield, MA

Outdoor Farmers Markets Are Back!

Who is most excited about the start of the Farmers Market season?  
Click  here and search 
"Farmers Market" 
for more information and to find 
a nearby market.
We will see you there!

Join us for our first Bike In, Fly in & Pig out!   Flying Lessons and scenic rides available all day.   Pig Roast, Live music, airplane camping, and a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning!

May 20 at 12 PM to May 21 at 12 PM
Great Barrington Airport


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Saturday, May 20, 7PM  
Under Milkwood 
by Dylan Thomas

performed by the 
Sandisfield Players 
on stage at the Unicorn Theater


Saturday May 27, 3pm & 
Sunday May 28, 3pm
at Daniel Arts Center
Bard College at Simon's Rock 
Great Barrington

Flying Cloud Institute's 
Inaugural Women in 
STEM Conference

Date: May 25th, 2017

Time:  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
(refreshments served)

Place:  Sabic Polymer Processing Development Center, 55 Merrill Ave Pittsfield, MA

$20 (free for students)

Becky Wai-Ling Packard

"You come from a particular neighborhood and you write off certain options. But then someone sees potential in you and helps you to turn everything around."     -- Becky Wai-Ling Packard

Keynote Speaker

Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Professor of Psychology and Education and Director of the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership, will speak about her research on theimportance of 
mentoring as it  relates to the persistence of girls  and women in STEM areas. 

Flying Cloud Institute is organizing a regional Women in STEM Network 
to bring together professionals from across the region. There are 
urgent issues facing STEM professionals and we want to hear 
YOUR voice. This conference will focus on the role of 
mentorship in supporting the success of women in STEM.

An Afternoon with Tom Ahern

Thursday, June 1

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Jane Iredale Cosmetics
50 Church Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Tickets are $40 per person. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Please note the following time changes for May and June:
  • Therapeutic Breath and Movement- 1 pm on Mondays
  •  Art- 2-4 on Mondays
  •  Bereavement Support Group- 1pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. 
The Senior Center will be closed on May 29, 2017.

Feedback Requested!
We are considering a "Staff Pick" for summer events similar to our LEO program, except this would be "Let's Meet Out" to enjoy some of the great summer programming together in the Berkshire Community. Let us know if this interests you!

Ziploc Bags
Small paper plates/Napkins
Dessert Sign-up for Wednesday Lunch

Trips on the Horizon
Stay tuned for more information; however feel free to let us know which ones you are interested in!
June - Hyde Park/Roosevelt Homestead
August- Sharon Playhouse "Music Man"
September- Big E Trip
October- Oktoberfest Trip
Request for Applicants
The Board of Selectmen will make appointments to Town Offices for Fiscal Year 2018 prior to June 30, 2017.  INCUMBENTS INTERESTED IN BEING CONSIDERED FOR RE-APPOINTMENT ARE ASKED TO NOTIFY THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN IN WRITING NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017.  Other residents interested in appointment of any of the following listed offices are requested to fill out an "Appointment Application Form" and submit same to the Board of Selectmen by Thursday, June 8, 2017.  Said form may be obtained in person from the Selectmen's office, the Town Clerk's office, or by contacting the Selectmen's office at 269-0100 ext. 103 and one will be forwarded to you.  All terms are for one year expiring June 30, 2018 unless otherwise noted.
Animal Control Officer (includes inspection of cats and dogs)
Board of Health Agent
Assistant Board of Health Agent
Board of Registrars - one member, three year term
Building Inspector
Assistant Building Inspector
Celebration Committee
Civil Defense Director
Assistant Civil Defense Director
Conservation Commission - two members, three year terms each
Constable - five members, one year terms each
Council on Aging - two members, three year terms each
Cultural Council - five members, three year terms each
Delegate - Southern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District
Associate Delegate - Southern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District
Election Warden
Inspector/Deputy Warden
Election Clerk
Inspector/Deputy Clerk
Energy Committee
Field Driver
Fire Chief
Assistant Fire Chief
Forest Fire Warden
Highway Superintendent
Investment Advisory Committee
Municipal Lighting Plant Manager
Plumbing Inspector
Assistant Plumbing Inspector
Police Chief
Police Officers
Police Sergeant
Recreation Commission - One members, three year term
Sanitation Inspector
Assistant Sanitation Inspector
Scholarship Committee - one member, three year term
Technology Committee
Town Accountant
Town Collector
Town Counsel
Veteran's Agent
Water Operator
Wire Inspector
Assistant Wire Inspector
Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate
Zoning Board of Appeals - two members, one for a three year term, one for a two year term

Town Of Otis Surplus Equipment For Sale
The Town of Otis Has three 10Kw military surplus diesel generators and a 3Kw gas generator for sale.  They were purchased a few years ago but never used.  Sold as is condition with no batteries and unknown if they run.  $500.00 each for the 10Kw generators and best offer on the 3Kw. Contact Derek at the Highway Dept. for info or to view them. 1-413-269-0106 

  • Chair Yoga every Tuesday at the Monterey Community Center, 468 Main Rd, from 9 - 10am.
  • Council on Aging Cards & Games Club Tuesdays at 12:30 at the Community Center.
  • The Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association will be at Town Hall on Thursday, June 8th from 2-3pm for their free wellness clinic, no appointment necessary.
  • The next Council on Ageing foot care clinic with Jane Kelley, R.N.~will be on Thursday, July 13th from 9-11:30 am at Town Hall.~ Call the Council on Aging at 413-528-1443 x247 for an appointment.  Any age is welcome you do not have to be elderly or disabled.  The cost is $25.
As always for a full calendar of events and closings please go to www.montereyma.gov and click on "Meeting Calendar".  If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to email them to me at admin@montereyma.gov .