Sunday July 15, 2012

Great Barrington:

Film to examine
’Fixing the Future’

The New Economics Ins titute is one of several Berk shire organizations that will host a screening of the documentary film, "Fixing the Future," on Wednesday at the Triplex Cinema. The screening takes place at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $6.50 for children and seniors. They are available both at the door, or online at the Triplex’s website.

The event kicks off Berkshire County’s participation in Fix ing the Future Across Amer ica, a national campaign led by JumpStart Productions, Area23a and the media strategy organization Active Voice.

In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio visits locations across America where people are using sustainable and innovative approaches to job-creation, building hope and renewal amid economic collapse

Berkshire Grown, The Com mun ity Land Trust in the South ern Berkshires, Berk Shares, Project Native, Rail road Street Youth Project, Green agers, and the Great Barrington Land Con servancy are also sponsoring the screening.

The documentary will be followed by an exclusive onscreen discussion panel, featuring author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College; Peabody Award winning broadcaster and urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter; Greyston Bakery CEO and social entrepreneur Mike Brady; and Brancaccio, who hosts the television show NOW on Public Broadcasting Service.


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Pittsfield:

Berkshire Bank gives $682K to nonprofits

The Berkshire Bank Foun dation Inc., and the Berkshire Bank Foundation-Legacy Re gion have awarded $682,496 in grants to nonprofit organizations located in the bank’s coverage area between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2012.

That area includes Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts, southern Vermont, and New York state.

While Berkshire Bank Foun dation’s priorities are education and community/economic development projects, it also donated to youth, cultural and human service organizations. A complete list of all the 177 Berkshire Bank Foun dation supported organizations in 2012 can be found by visiting www.berkshirebank.com/
foundation.

The Foundation is currently holding its Summer of Ex citement $25,000 Giveaway promotion, which runs through Aug. 31. Through the promotion the foundation will award $25,000 in grant funds to non-profit organizations decided on by the community. To vote, individuals are encouraged to visit www.facebook.com/Berk
shireBank.