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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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Lever Launches Second Mohawk Trail Entrepreneurship Challenge
04:12PM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lever will launch a second Mohawk Trail Entrepreneurship Challenge (MTEC) this month focusing on wood product enterprises, thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA).    Lever's MTEC seeks to attract forestry-based and wood-using startups, excluding businesses focused on wood-based fuels.    "Our Challenge programs have allowed us to support more than 80 entrepreneurs, whose companies have created hundreds of jobs," said Lever Executive Director Jeffrey Thomas. "I'm looking forward to meeting our Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge finalists and working

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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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New Funding Opportunity to Support Air Quality Sensors in Communities
04:08PM / Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that $200,000 in grants is now available to communities to place 10 air quality sensors on homes, schools or businesses to measure fine particle pollution (PM2.5) throughout local neighborhoods.   These small sensors produce data that will be displayed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's AirNow Fire and Smoke Map online, along with data from PM2.5 monitoring stations operated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).    "Massachusetts is committed to helping communities affected by air pollution, especially those with Environmental Justice populations," said Energy

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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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Pittsfield Launches Recycling Awareness Campaign
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:09AM / Friday, June 25, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield is upping its recycling game.

The city has launched a new campaign to educate residents on the "dos" and "don'ts" of recycling.

"Pittsfield Recycles — The Right Way" reminds people that food or liquid does not belong in recycling, recyclables cannot be bagged, and clothes don't go in the bin.

The campaign kickstarted with a video starring Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities Ricardo Morales and will promote good recycling habits through early August. It will also feature three billboards throughout the city, an ad on a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus, and local public service announcements

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Green Team Recycle and Shred Drive
12:20PM / Thursday, June 10, 2021
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — There will be a recycle and shred drive at the Cheshire Transfer Station to support the Youth Center.   The drive will be held Saturday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the Cheshire Transfer station located at 191 Church St.   The drive will be hosted by the Green Team, a local youth education program supported through MassDEP that teaches kids the importance of recycling.   Price List: $5: suggested donation for shredding. $5: Small computer related items, mouse, keyboard, telephone, answering machine, DVD player, VCR, etc. $10: Medium electronic related items, copy machines, printers, scanners, computer monitors, laptops, CPU towers,

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Registration Underway for Canoe Meadows Community Gardens
04:44PM / Friday, April 23, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Canoe Meadows community garden spaces are now open to rent through Mass Audubon for organic gardening.   Every spring, Mass Audubon rents space in its organic gardens to members at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary on Williams Street in Pittsfield.  Participants have been growing vegetables, flowers, and herbs at the two-acre gardens site for over three decades.    "Canoe Meadows gardeners have developed great friendships over the years," said Diane Wetzel, Master Gardener. "They love to share their knowledge of growing vegetables with novices while enjoying the spectacular view of the Berkshires."   In order to

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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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