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The Pillar Profiles:
Lindsey Schmid

Editors Note: What does it mean when we say that someone is a “pillar of the community?” How you answer depends a lot on your experiences and intersections with the people who, in your mind, help support and strengthen the areas of local life that are most important to us. In this new series, we’ll surely tread some well worn paths in search of those personalities. We’ll blaze new trails looking for emerging leaders, as well as expand our vision of where to look for these pillars of our community. Know someone you think fills the bill? E-mail us.

When most of us Berkshires dwellers encourage friends to visit, we usually highlight the traveler’s trifecta of arts, culture, and outdoor recreation. But for Lindsey Schmid, tourism in the Berkshires is a lot more specific and varied. It’s about mindfulness and wellness. It’s about glamping and hotspots for watching wildlife. It’s the craft beverage trend, farm-to-table foods, and cannabis tours. And it’s about interactive experiences and behind-the-scenes tours of well-known venues—all the better to attract thrill seekers jonesing to be the first person to post on Instagram and say, “I did this!”

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Letter: Proposed Title IX Regulations Put Students at Greater Risk for Sexual Assault

At a time when students face terrifyingly high rates of sexual assault on college campus (23% of female, 5% of male, and 24% of trans and gender non-conforming students), the federal government is cutting back protections in Title IX.


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Team ClearHeels 413 says goodbye to director, Continues support for exotic dance community

You may have missed the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW) this year. It passed by without much fanfare in the U.S. If you happen to be a subscriber to the Trinidad Express or the Bendigo Advertiser (serving the towns of Bendigo, Jackass Flat, and others in Victoria, Australia) you’d have known that this day, designated by the United Nations in 1999 to encourage action defending women’s human right to be free from violence and abuse, was observed on November 25.


NOTE: Greylock Nation Members at the “Zinger” level and up can enjoy the full-length audio and transcript of our interview with Bella Vendetta HERE. A VERY enjoyable 30 mins. Be sure to log in for access!

Not simply a solitary date shoehorned in at the bottom of the calendar, IDEVAW kicks off “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.” Human Rights Day, December 10, caps off the run. As with IDEVAW, however, the two weeks–plus of activism has gone largely unremarked on in the Western press.

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TLC #68: 2020 Regional Transportation Plan

Hey, Greylock Nation, today is Sunday, October 28, 2018 and you’re listening to TLC episode #68. I’m your host, Jason Velázquez, and, as always, thanks so much for tuning in.

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is soliciting public comment on the 2020 Regional Transportation Plan until November 1; photo courtesy BRPC.
The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is soliciting public comment on the 2020 Regional Transportation Plan until November 1; photo courtesy BRPC.
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TLC #67: A hot property, office of the Northern Berkshire Register of Deeds surveyed by two candidates

Hey, Greylock Nation, today is Tuesday, October 23, and you’re listening to TLC episode #67. I’m your host, Jason Velázquez, and, as always, thanks so much for tuning in. On this week’s show, we explore the topic of the Registry of Deeds.

Deborah Moran, right, and Maria Ziemba, both staff members at the Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds, vie for the top spot of Register Nov. 6; photos courtesy the candidates.

Unless you’re a real estate agent or a tax assessor, this government office is often overlooked until two neighbors have a property line dispute. And, although much of the focus on the elections next month centers around more high profile local or Congressional seats, the top position of Register of the Deeds is up for grabs every six years. Here in Greylock Nation, Berkshire County is divided up into North, Middle, and South Registries, each with their own staffs and head Registers.

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TLC #64: Hay Day — brand new old-fashioned fair in Williamstown

SOooo good to be back behind the mic. I won’t get all TL;DR here, since the show itself is an hour and a quarter (I got carried away in my enthusiasm…). I do want to provide you with the promised links to Hay Day, Rise for Climate, and Hemp—An Amazing Plant, though, so do read on.

Putting up the loose hay for winter, year unknown; photo courtesy Williamstown Historical Museum. Hay Day celebrates the town's agricultural heritage.
Putting up the loose hay for winter, year unknown; photo courtesy Williamstown Historical Museum.
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MCLA to Host North County Eighth Grade Career Fair

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will welcome eighth grade students from seven Berkshire County schools on Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3, when they attend the Fifth Annual Eighth Grade Career Fair in Bowman Hall on the MCLA campus.

Eighth graders from Abbott Memorial School in Florida, BArT Charter School in Adams and Hoosac Valley High School in Cheshire will attend the Fair on June 2. After a welcome address at 8:45 a.m. in the Venable Gym, the students will attend two workshops in Bowman Hall, from 9:05 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and from 9:35 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.

Students who are in the eighth grade at Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield also will participate that same day in a second session, 9:45-11:30 a.m.

On June 3, eighth grade students from Drury High School in North Adams and Nessacus Regional Middle School in Dalton will come to MCLA to attend the Fair, 8:45-10:05 a.m. They will be followed that day by students from the John T. Reid Middle School in Pittsfield, who will participate from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Career fair helps students understand choices

Funded in part by a $7,500 grant from the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in Pittsfield, and sponsored by MCLA and the Berkshire Compact for Education, the Fair will help students learn about different types of jobs and careers so that they can make informed decisions about course selection in high school and begin to think about higher education and a career.

According to Jake Eberwein, dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, “MCLA is pleased to partner with Guardian Life and many community organizations as part of the Berkshire Compact effort to raise aspirations among county students and, in doing so, further advance our region as a place to live, work, and play.”

The Fair will include a motivational video from the state’s “WOW Initiative,” to introduce students to career opportunities within the, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

Each student also will attend two workshops of their choice, which will be led by local employers, as well as high school and college faculty.  The 19 career workshops include those in education, forensics, journalism, law enforcement, culinary arts, health care, law, engineering, advanced manufacturing and green technology.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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