Silman honored by National Trust for Historic Preservation

Robert Silman of Great Barrington, whose structural engineering firm has been involved with numerous Berkshire projects, was recently presented with the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The award commended Silman for his dedication to historic preservation for over 50 years. This is the first time the award has been bestowed on a technologist.

A Great Barrington resident for 42 years, Silman's local projects include the Norman Rockwell Museum and Chesterwood in Stockbridge; the Clocktower Mill in Pittsfield; Iredale Cosmetics in the former Bryant School in Great Barrington; St. James Place in Great Barrington; the Williams College Student Center; and several private houses.

Berkshire Gas employees contribute to UIL donations

Employees of the Berkshire Gas Co. helped its parent company, Connecticut-based UIL Holdings Corp., raise a record $397,117 in the company's 2015 Employee Giving Campaign.

Berkshire Gas employees donated to more than 30 nonprofits, including the Berkshire Humane Society.

Berkshire United Way expands South County presence

The Berkshire United Way has hired Amy Taylor as South County Community Liaison to help mobilize leaders in the area and implement strategies specifically for the region.


Taylor has 20 years of experience teaching and advocating for children, families and schools in a wide variety of settings. Locally she has taught at the Rudolf Steiner School, Sinai Academy, IS183 and the Helen Berube Teen Parent Program.

She holds degrees from both Mills College and Lesley University.