Wednesday September 26, 2012

Sheffield: Grants offered for pre-k groups

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation will be accepting grant applications for the Central Berkshire Fund until Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations, community groups or public agencies that serve the residents of Becket, Cummington, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington or Windsor.

The fund will award up to $50,000 this year, with a priority for programs and projects that enhance early childhood development for children up to 6 years old. The fund's intentions are to promote the well-being and overall development of young children, in all areas including cognitive, language, pre-literacy, social-emotional and physical so that children are "ready to learn" when they enter kindergarten.

Applications at www.berkshiretaconic.org/grantseekers. Information: Berkshire Taconic at (413) 227-0370 or
programs@berkshiretaconic.org.

Gt. Barrington: Mahaiwe earns education grant

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington has received a $7,000 grant from the Berkshire Bank Foundation-Legacy Region to support its educational program, "A-HA! Mahaiwe."

The grant funds will be used to underwrite the costs of the educational performances as well as provide school bus subsidizes to underserved schools so that they can attend the Mahaiwe's programs.

The "A-HA! Mahaiwe" education program shares world-class talents with local youth via school field trips for matinee performances and in-school workshops.

Stockbridge: Pair earn state tourism awards

Laurie Norton Moffatt, the director/CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum, and Brian Butterworth, director of sales for the Red Lion Inn, are the Berkshire County recipients of the Larry D. Meehan Awards, which pay homage to those who have made major contributions to the expansion and vitality of the Massachusetts tourism industry.

They were among 13 recipients from different regions of the state who received the awards on Sept. 20 at the 25th annual Massachusetts Annual Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism at the Big E.

The Black Heritage Trail, the Norman Rockwell Museum and Tanglewood were among the 23 tourism attractions across the state that were designated as Massachusetts Premier Tourism Attractions.