Jonathan Selkowitz, a Pittsfield native, has been presented the 2012 International Ski Federation Journalist Award by the International Ski Federation and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. The FIS Journalist Award is presented by the sport's international governing body for career contributions to the sport.

The International Ski Federation said that "over the past two decades, photographer Jonathan Selkowitz has brought that action to life through his photography."

"As a coach and instructor I tried to teach the perfect turn. Now, as a photographer, I strive to capture and illustrate the most dynamic turn," Selkowitz said in an announcement on the International Ski Federation website. "It is a great honor and pleasure to work with some of the finest athletes and sport professionals."

Selkowitz, 46, the son of Mark and Betsey Selkowitz, grew up on Churchill Street and on the slopes of Bousquet Ski Area and Jiminy Peak. A competitive skier in high school, he went on to race at Colby College and later instruct in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

He got his start in ski photography at the 1994 World Cup in Park City, Utah, and that spawned a "a two-decade career as one of the sport's most noted photojournalists," the International Ski Federation said.

In his career, the International Ski Federation said Selkowitz has "covered Olympics in Nagano, Salt Lake City and Torino.


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His work has appeared in myriad publications from Playboy to ESPN Magazine, Newsweek to Rolling Stone. He is especially proud to have photographed rising star Mikaela Shiffrin shredding a slalom course on the cover of Powder Magazine this past March, bringing more attention to ski racing into a different audience of the sport."

Selkowitz makes his home in Victor, Idaho.

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Drum roll, please: The Lenox Library has announced the winners of its eighth annual Gingerbread House Competition, "Hobbits and Ogres and Elves, Oh My!", held on Sunday. This community event -- people bid to buy their favorite gingerbread houses -- raised more than $1,500 for library services and programs.

Without further ado, here they are:

n Judge's Choice in the Professional Category: Canyon Ranch Resort, for "Bilbo Baggins' House."

n Judge's Choice in the Group Category: Katie, Kade and Brynn Armstrong, for "Shrek."

n Judge's Choice in the Individual Category: Luna Wilhelm, for "Luna's Gingerbread House."

n People's Choice in the Professional Category: Wheatleigh, for "Winter in the Berkshires."

n People's Choice in the Group Category: Berkshire Country Day, for "Holiday Hotel!"

n People's Choice in the Individual Category: Marya LaRoche, for "Galadriel's Boat."

The gingerbread house category winners received prizes from the Lenox Chamber of Commerce, Wheatleigh, Baba Louie's Pizza, Beacon Cinema, Kemble Inn, Shakespeare & Company, and Olde Heritage Taverne. In addition to the gift sponsors, the library had sponsorships from the Lenox Chamber, WSBS Radio, Classical Tents and Party Goods, Bake Me Pretty, Jason Berger, Devonshire Estates, Lenox Caroling Festival, Villager Gifts and the Wheatleigh Hotel.

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Today, the senior class at St. Joseph Central High School is going on a trip to New York City.

There, they'll attend the noontime Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral on Fifth Avenue and take in "A Christmas Story -- The Musical" on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater.

The Rev. Peter Naranjo from Sacred Heart Church in Pittsfield is accompanying the students and faculty to New York City and will celebrate the Liturgy at Mass.

"A Christmas Story" is based on the book written by Josef Robinette, and its music and lyrics are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The musical stars Dan Lauria, Johnny Rabe, John Bolton and Erin Dilly.

We here at The County Fare wish all the St. Joe's seniors a great trip.