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August - November 2009

Complimentary Issue

Our BerkshireGreen

Your Holistic/Green Resource

Green Living ● Holistic Health ● Contests


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CONTENTS

Aug - Nov 2009

departments 2

letter from the publisher

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getting to know us

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directory of categories

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our contributors

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resource guide Berkshire County & the surrounding area

14 calendar of events & classified

features 8 vaccinations and your pet Rethinking your pet's booster schedule

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19 low-cost marketing

Practical advice for small green businesses

16 contests 46 in business: greening up! Spotlight on green and holistic-minded businesses in our community 48 lifestyles & perspectives Personal experience of green & holistic living in our community 58 maps

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tools for success

In your holistic practice - Chapters 2 & 3

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berkshire county's amphibians

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pesticide use in Our County

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the insulation payoff

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de-stress or not to stress

62 index of advertisers

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cover illustration by h. david stein email: photo@hdstein.com website:www.photo.hdstein.com

can our schools cause add/adhd?

Learn more about environmental & dietary triggers

Fascinating information about these amazing creatures Why do we allow it to continue?

Which type of insulation is right for you? Dealing with stress in your daily routine

ultimate green lawn tips

Tips that will save you money, time & water

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eople who say that it can't be done should not interrupt those of us who are doing it! ~ Unknown

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Letter from the Publisher

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elcome once again to Our BerkshireGreen, your complimentary, tri-annual holistic magazine/resource guide and website focused on Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and the surrounding area. My hope was that you would come to think of this magazine as your magazine. My wish was that, with your help, we would create an ever-expanding, unified network of holistic and environmentally conscious individuals, businesses, and services in our community - in better words, a green/holistic family. I'd like to extend my sincere appreciation to you all because it looks as if my wish is coming true....

Our BerkshireGreen™ Resource Guide

is a tri-annual complimentary publication which can be found at many locations around Berkshire County and online. For $18 per year you can have a subscription mailed directly to your door; a nice convenience and you will be supporting green, healthy, and holistic living in our community. You can order through our website at www.OurBerkshireGreen.com, or you can send your name, mailing address, and a check for $18 to Our BerkshireGreen, Inc. P.O. Box 133, Housatonic, MA 01236. If you would like an e-invitation to our monthly networking events held around the county, please send us your email address.

“This is a wonderful publication and needed in the Berkshires with so many talented people dedicated to alternative health and the environment.” ~ Sandy Van, Great Barrington, MA “Received my first copy of Our BerkshireGreen. I am really enjoying it. Have marked the pages that I would like to visit. There is a true need for this information and I for one am thrilled that you guys are doing it. Best wishes.” ~ Barb Genzabella, Hinsdale, MA “It is a beautiful publication and I wish you all the best with it!” ~ Mary Arsenault, Publisher of Wisdom Magazine

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“Kathy... great look, great launch, kudos to you and the staff.” ~Dr. Jerome F. Errico, Lenox, MA “I've learned so much more about our community already. I recognize more people when I go out shopping, and I think of many of our local businesses in a new way.” ~ Irene Baird, Housatonic, MA “I have thoroughly enjoyed the premiere issue of Our BerkshireGreen magazine. I was surprised to see it in print, as I (mistakenly) believed it would only be an online magazine. Thank you very much-wonderful magazine!” ~ Scott LaGreca, PhD, Berkshire Museum I hope you enjoy this issue as well, and I look forward to meeting with you again in our December issue. Very best wishes, Note that the photo taken by Bridghe McCracken on page 24 of our April issue is of healthy organic food.

Special Note: All content in Our BerkshireGreen is accepted in good faith. The publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for any claims, conditions, products, services, errors, and/or opinions expressed through the articles, illustrations, and advertisements appearing in this publication. We do not advocate or recommend any particular medical treatment. Every effort is made to avoid errors and misspellings; however, if you spot an error please accept our apologies. We welcome your ideas, articles, and feedback so that we can give you the best service possible. We reserve the right to refuse advertising for any reason. Liability is limited to the cost of the ad space in which it first appeared for printed errors of the publisher’s responsibility or if the publisher fails to print an ad or article for any reason. Unless otherwise noted, we use a Creative Commons License (in place of a standard copyright), which allows anyone to freely copy, distribute, and transmit all content, although it must be attributed in the manner specified by the author or licensor, and no one may use it for commercial purposes or alter, transform, or build upon it.

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Cover Illustration by H. David Stein My photographs aim to show the world as a visually fascinating and beautiful place. Often the beauty of an object or scene is self evident, but at other times the inherent splendor is only revealed by peering closely into the component parts, or by viewing the object from a different vantage point or in a different light. I would like the observer to see what I saw and feel what I felt. Upcoming Berkshire exhibits: Chester Theater the month of August and Stockbridge Summer Arts and Crafts Show at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens on Saturday and Sunday, August 15, 16. photo@hdstein.com, www.photo.hdstein.com .

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Getting to Know Us... Thea Basis

Independent Sales Representative

Patty Strauch

Independent Sales Representative Patty was born and raised in Allendale, New Jersey, and spent 25 years in the corporate legal field. In 2004, she and her songwriter husband, Bruce Mandel, moved to the Berkshires, married, and settled in Otis. Patty has a strong sense of community and also performs with Stockbridge Festival Chorus and Berkshire Bach. 413-2696119, patty@OurBerkshireGreen.com

Born and raised in New York City, Thea earned a BS in Holistic Health from Empire State College. In 1993, she came to the Berkshires, working for many years as an intuitive counselor at Canyon Ranch, and created a Wellness Program at Berkshire Medical Center. Thea is a certified personal trainer and teaches meditation. 413-5288084, thea@OurBerkshireGreen.com

Sheri Ann Biasin

Independent Sales Representative

Suzannah Holiday

Independent Sales Representative

Sheri Ann Biasin is a lifelong resident of Berkshire County and has a BS in Psychology and currently lives in Cheshire. Her extensive sales experience spans over 25 years. Sheri prides herself on excellent customer service and prompt responsiveness to the customer’s needs. She has three children, Jacob, Justin, and Ty. 413-8222070, sheri@OurBerkshireGreen.com

Andrea Feldman

e-Newsletter Design/PR

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Suzannah began her career working in theatre. She more recently developed Suzie Sez, a Public Relations boutique. After a serious illness she began to research alternative therapies resulting in a successful cure. Suzannah currently resides in Great Barrington with her daughter, two dogs, and a ferret. 413-528-3164, suzannah@OurBerkshireGreen.com

Chris Brady Cartographer

Andrea’s varied background includes design, counseling, cooking, and professional organizing. A native New Yorker, she relocated in 1997 in search of a healthier lifestyle and to become a macrobiotic chef. Her latest incarnation is helping small businesses to organize and create their marketing materials. 413-655-7766, andrea@OurBerkshireGreen.com

Christine Dupre

Graphic Design for Advertisements Christine has been a resident of the Berkshires for 22 years, and a professional graphic designer for the past 20 years. She is a veteran of the armed forces (US Army - six years). Her award-winning designs have been a constant presence in the Berkshires. In addition to graphic design her passions include gardening and landscaping. christine@OurBerkshireGreen.com

Chris graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BS in Environmental Science and earned a Certificate in Cartography from the University of Maryland. He has established his own business called The Mappers. In 2005, Chris, his wife Julie, and two children relocated from Maryland to the Berkshires to be closer to family. themappers@roadrunner.com

Kathy Adams

Graphic Design for Advertisements A Berkshire native, Kathy trained in graphic design at California College of Arts in San Francisco and in English at UMass. Having worked as a toy package designer, costumer, and food writer, she's now an independent graphic designer and writer. She lives and gardens in Otis with musician husband Pete and their son, James. katharine@OurBerkshireGreen.com www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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Directory of Categories Alternative Energy ................................................6

Nutrition & Supplements .......................41

Animal Products & Services ...............................8

Physical Therapy ......................................41

Apothecaries ..........................................................9

Reconnective Healing ..............................42

Art & Music ...........................................................9

Reflexology ...............................................42

Babies & Children ...............................................11

Tai Chi ......................................................42

Calendar of Events & Classified ......................14

TragerÂŽ Approach ....................................42

Classes & Workshops .........................................15

Women's Health .......................................43

Contests ................................................................16

Home & Garden ...............................................43

Dance, Exercise & Fitness .................................17

Feng Shui ..................................................45

Education & Training .........................................18

Natural Home Cleaning ........................45

Environmental/Conservation Organizations ....22

In Business: Greening Up! ..............................46

Farms ....................................................................26

Lifestyles & Perspectives .................................48

Farmers’ Markets ................................................26

Love & Laughter Are the Best Medicine! ......49

Food & Cooking .................................................27

Martial Arts.........................................................49

Food Stores: Co-ops, Markets & Health .........28

Mind & Spirit .....................................................50

General Stores .....................................................29

Museums ............................................................50

Green Building, Renovation & Landscape Design ..29

Organic Clothing................................................51

Green Teams .......................................................34

Printers ...............................................................51

Health & Beauty ..................................................34

Recycling at Its Best! ........................................51

Health Care: Alternative, Complementary & Integrative.....36

Restaurants & Cafes .........................................52

Acupuncture ...............................................38

Website Development & Services ..................53

Chiropractic & Kinesiology .....................38

Wellness Centers & Spas ..................................54

Counseling & Therapy ..............................39

Wine & Beer ......................................................54

Dentistry ......................................................39

Yoga ....................................................................54

Energy Medicine ........................................39

Friends of Our BerkshireGreen......................56

Massage Therapy & Bodywork ................40

Maps of Directory Advertisers .......................58

Neuromuscular Therapy ...........................41

Index of Directory Advertisers ......................62 Sponsors .............................................................64

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Our Contributors Kristina Dow

Owner of BensDotter's Pet in Sheffield

Nina Anderson

President of Safe Goods Publishing Nina is a retired commercial pilot and ISSA certified Specialist in Performance Nutrition. She is an active researcher in the alternative health field. Nina has authored 18 books including ADD, The Natural Approach. Her most recent book, Flying Above the Glass Ceiling. www.safegoodspub.com

Kristina ‘Tina’ Dow is a retired college administrator, former veterinary assistant, and self-described BornAgain Raw-Feeder. Tina’s shop, BensDotter’s Pet which can be found in Sheffield, Massachusetts, specializes in raw food diets. Visit her website at www.bensdotters.com

Bill Bean

President of Green Planning and Coaching Bill is a strategic planning expert with 30 years of experience. He has a BBA, and an MS (Wood Technology) combined with LEED AP and NAHB CGP designations, as well as professional certifications in Executive Coaching, Career Coaching and Retirement Career Coaching. Bill is a full time Berkshire resident living in Tyringham. www.GreenPlanningAndCoaching.com

Scott LaGreca, PhD

Natural Science Coordinator, Berkshire Museum Scott holds a PhD in Botany from Duke University. Originally from central New York, he worked at Harvard University for many years. He was a Curator in the Department of Botany at the Natural History Museum in London, a position he held for four years before moving to the Berkshires in 2008. Most recently, Scott helped curate the Berkshire Museum’s new special exhibition, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors.

Jenny Gitlitz

Director of Environmental Assessment for Green Depot Jenny is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley's Energy & Resources Group, and has a 20-year background in recycling. She currently works at Green Depot, a Brooklyn-based green building retailer with a new store in Albany. Jenny lives in the Berkshires, and enjoys carpentry and composting. www.greendepot.com, jgitlitz@greendepot.com

Millie Calesky

Business & Life Coach Coach Millie has provided her clients and audiences with the tools, support, and structure they need to achieve their goals since 1998. She is a certified coach who trained at Coach University, a graduate of McGill University, and a Registered Nurse. She is the Author of Tools for Success in Your Holistic Practice. www.milliecalesky.com

Alan Inglis, MD

Integrative Health Solutions Dr. Inglis is a board certified internist educated at Amherst College and the University of Vermont School of Medicine. He offers precise, individualized care based on a holistic scientific model that addresses underlying function, not just symptoms. His practice, Integrative Health Solutions, is in The Plain School in Stockbridge. Dr. Inglis also writes a monthly national newsletter, Health Revelations. 413-298-1001

Jerome F. Errico, DC

Board Certified Chiropractic Physician Dr. Errico is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician practicing in Lenox, Massachusetts. He holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a doctoral degree in chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College, and a master's degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. 413-637-8025, www.drerrico.net www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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Alternative Energy

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Green Energy Savings from the Sun! Berkshire Photovoltaic Services, BPVS 46 Howland Avenue, Adams, MA 01220

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Contest #1

ind this image in one of our advertiser’s ads. If you are the first caller to call 413-274-1122 on Tuesday, September 1st at 12:00 PM with the correct answer, you will win one Radon Test valued at $250 - contributed by Justin Zieminiski, Berkshire Radon Technologies. Please see their ad on page 45.

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Vaccinations and Your Pet:

Animal Products & Services

Thinking It's Time to Booster Your Pet? Think Again!

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eelie and Peg were six months old when I adopted them eight years ago. They were thought to be Shepherd/Sharpei mixes. Both girls were happy, wellnourished, and apparently healthy. Their coats were lovely. Both girls’ vaccinations were boosted the day I picked them up. About a month later, Peg’s beautiful coat began to turn coarse and dry. Within a week, bald patches began to appear on her sides, and I could easily pull out handfuls of hair along her topline. I scheduled an appointment with my holistic veterinarian. The veterinarian diagnosed vaccinosis, an adverse reaction to vaccines. She prescribed rest, low stress, good nutrition, and patience. Looking back, I now realize how lucky we were. Peg’s lovely coat came back with time, and she appears to have suffered no lasting effects from her adverse reaction to vaccination, but now I titer [in layman's terms, a blood test which checks your pet's current level of immune defense to a certain disease]. I don’t vaccinate except as mandated by state law.

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Every time vaccines are administered, the body’s immune system is challenged. Sometimes the body finds the challenge to be manageable, sometimes it does not. If the body is not able to withstand the immune system challenge, and a reaction is seen immediately post-vaccination, then the connection to vaccination is made. But if the body struggles to recover, and the vaccination reaction is masked for days, weeks, or even months before the body finally yields, then the connection to vaccination may be dismissed or completely overlooked. Adverse reaction to vaccination is now suspect in everincreasing numbers of cases of serious illness and chronic disease.

The Solution Talk to your veterinarian about implementing protocols for minimal vaccination of your pet. If your veterinarian is dismissive of your concerns, insist. If your veterinarian refuses, find another vet. Adverse reactions to vaccines can be very, very serious, threatening quality of life, and life itself. Once minimal vaccination protocols have been met, ensure that titers (blood tests) are performed in lieu of vaccine boosters. Vaccinate only if titers show antibody levels below normal limits, and then ensure that a monovalent vaccine for only the antibody that tested low is administered. Monovalent vaccines may not be easy to find, but they are available.


At present, state-mandated rabies vaccinations are the only exception to the acceptable substitution of titers for vaccination boosting. There is, however, hope that state mandates which are causing our pets to be needlessly exposed to serious overvaccination may be modified to reduce the frequency of required boosting. The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust research project currently being undertaken at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine expects to demonstrate that rabies titers hold for at least seven years, rather than the mere three for which vaccine producers tested. Please visit www.RabiesChallengeFund.org for more information, and please donate to this exceptionally worthy cause if you can.

Art & Music Tom Warner Watercolors

~ Kristina Dow, BensDotter’s Pet. See ad on page 8.

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5 Round Hill Road Great Barrington MA 01230

Dog & Cat Adoptions Adoption Hours Sat/Sun/Wed/Fri 10am-2pm Tues/Thurs 4-8pm Closed Monday

63 Downing Parkway, Pittsfield 413/448-9800 www.pittsfieldanimals.org

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Contest #2

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our advertiser’s ads. If you are the first caller to call 413-274-1122 on Tuesday, September 1st at 12:15 PM with the correct answer, you will win a case of Zija valued at $70.00 from Barbara Laureyns, Zija Queen. See ad on page 41.

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ART & Music

summer 2009

jam e s l ev i n e mu s i c d i r e c to r

Jon Faddis Keith Lockhart

James Levine

Chris Botti

Yo-Yo Ma

John Pizzarelli Regina Carter

Enjoy classical, popular and jazz, from the Boston Pops (8/7), Yo-Yo Ma (8/9) and the Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic (8/6-8) to the Tanglewood Jazz Festival (9/4-6), all at the idyllic summer home of the BSO. Jazz Festival Highlights include: Paquito d’Rivera John Pizzarelli Regina Carter Quartet Nnenna Freelon Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller Jon Faddis Quartet Dave Holland Octet and more!

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is proud to support Tanglewood and its education initiatives for Massachusetts students.

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Art & Music

Babies & Children

Discover the wonder of Montessori. Acoustic guitar, a keen lyrical ear, intimate and honest vocals... delight your guests with a personal and memorable musical experience. Available for house concerts and intimate gatherings. For details on booking arrangements & appearances visit: www.brucemandel.com or call 413.269.7229

Toddler Early Childhood Elementary Middle School Summer Camp LEED for Schools certified Green Campus coming in 2010!

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For more information or to schedule a tour, please call (413) 637-3662 or email info@BerkshireMontessori.org Transportation from South County available. Lenox, MA BerkshireMontessori.org

La Leche League: The Music for Healing & Transition Program, Inc.TM (MHTPTM ) offers a lively and transforming course-of-study at 12 sites in the US, leading to certification as a Music Practitioner ®. ®

What is a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) ? A CMP is a musician trained in the art and science of providing live, therapeutic music at the bedside.

La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. La Leche League Leaders are experienced mothers who have breastfed their own babies and who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding.

MHTP classes are not far from you! Classes are being offered in Hillsdale, NY, as well as NH, MD, FL, OH, TX, CO, MN, CA & WA.

LLL of South Berkshire County meets monthly, and both nursing and expectant mothers are welcome. Join us the 3rd Monday of the month at 10am, downstairs in the Mason Library on Main Street in Great Barrington. We also provide phone assistance and pre-natal breastfeeding classes. Call or visit our website for more information and a meeting schedule.

Please see our web site below for class schedules, enrollment information, our monthly e-newsletter, the MHTP Conference & Concert CDs, and contact listings of over 500 Certified Music Practitioners ®.

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Mother-to-Mother Breastfeeding Information and Support

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Karen Johnson, CMP at Portsmouth, NH nursing home

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Janet: 413-229-2003 • Becky: 414-528-4998 • Kate: 413-229-6016 LLL of North Berkshire meets at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Chapters Book Store, 78 North Street, Pittsfield, MA Judy 413-443-9599 • Marya 413-743-8205 • Julie 309-444-6828

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Can Our Schools Cause Attention Deficit Disorder? By Nina Anderson

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he symptoms of ADD/ADHD are often triggered by environmental factors and dietary regimes. Children are being labeled with attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and learning disabilities (LD) in ever-increasing numbers. Drugs are being administered profusely to reduce the behavioral symptoms, but physicians, parents, and teachers are not delving into what’s causing the “illness.” Questions have been raised as to the implication of chemicals affecting memory functions. In the book Is This Your Child?, Dr. Doris Rapp illustrates the negative change in writing and drawing skills when children are exposed to fumes from chemical cleaners. She claims that “these types of exposures bring about complaints such as fatigue, headaches, intestinal problems, muscle aches, recurrent infections, bed wetting, hayfever, asthma, hives and learning and behavioral problems.” A study determined that school children performed poorly on tests taken early in the morning, following applications of floor cleaners and/or insecticides. Since school maintenance personnel normally apply cleaning products to the floors prior to daily school openings, it would appear that the children are walking into a toxic classroom. Not only can behavior be affected, but their general health as well. Asthma cases in children are also on the rise and these chemicals may trigger attacks. In The A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. Diet!¹, authors Rachel Bell and Dr. Howard Peiper² bring attention to the fact that schools normally use chemical pesticides in their war against roaches, ants, and other insects. Since many of these pesticides have a half life in excess of one day, our children are continually exposed to more and more buildup of toxic chemicals in their classroom. Studies have shown that many of these chemical pesticides are carcinogenic and can cause lung distress. Could they also affect the brain and contribute to symptoms of ADD and learning disabilities? Dr. Peiper says, “I know 12

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of a Florida student who became hyperactive only after working with formaldehyde solutions in biology class. The school labeled this child ADHD and required drug administration. They refused to let him skip the lab sessions which triggered his behavior. His parents recognized the cause and transferred him to a school that understood his 'allergy' to formaldehyde.” Before dispensing drugs to treat the symptoms of ADD, ADHD, and LD, school physicians should first look into environmental causes. Labeling a child with a learning disability may have far-reaching implications on their psychological health, therefore proper identification of the cause should be foremost prior to making a firm diagnosis. Another source of ADD symptoms can be found in the school cafeteria. Children today have increasing signs of deficient immune systems: fatigue, restlessness, headaches, muscle aches, asthma, and poor digestion, to name a few. These symptoms are normally associated with aging and not common in young people. Unfortunately, as our immune system is compromised by environmental assaults, unless it has the proper nutrients which allow it to perform its duties, it cannot fight disease. Assimilation is the key to absorbing nutrients from the foods we eat. Children today are being diagnosed with maldigestion stemming from a common diet of cooked and processed foods. Lacking the enzymes found in raw foods, the digestive system cannot process the meal leaving much of it to pass through the body without delivering its nutritive value. That is, assuming the diet is even nutritious. In most school systems, foods are chosen that children will eat and these normally are not healthy choices. Pizza, ice cream, cookies, chips, fried foods, soda, and white flour products are among the most popular choices. Fruit, raw vegetables, seeds, and nuts are not normally available in many school lunch programs. Sugar is a popular ingredient in everything from hamburgers to ketchup and French fries. Morning Danish or muffins are loaded with


Energy sugar and many schools provide this to theAlternative children who arrive process information correctly. ADD and ADHD children may early. be nothing more than nutrient deficient and suffering from an With a diet that compromises the body’s ability to derive the absorption problem. Parents who want to eliminate symptoms nutrients it needs, it’s no wonder that behavior problems arise. need to assess the dietary regime they afford the child. Foods Sugar is a known upper (for a short while), but an hour later can should be eliminated or substituted gradually and notes kept on cause extreme fatigue, inability to concentrate, and hunger pangs. behavioral effects. One caution: never single the child out to try Students who eat sugary cereal or pastries for breakfast will be a new diet because of her or his symptoms. Include the entire prime candidates to inflict misery on their first- and second- family in this change. It will not only support the child and properiod teachers. Malnutrition affects the brain and its ability to tect them from identifying with the problem, but it can have a more permanent effect if they think they’re part of a team. As with all behavioral problems, there is not one cause for everyone. Taking the time to identify whether toxins are affecting your child or whether the child is responding unfavorably to their diet, may save you and your child from dealing with the label ADD. Through the process of elimination, you may be able to avoid the drug option, which so many parents blindly choose. Symptoms may be reduced by nothing more than a simple upper cervical chiropractic or craniosacral adjustment, or by adding an enzyme supplement to their meal. If, after all your scrutiny, your child still exhibits behavioral symptoms, then maybe a diagnosis of clinical ADD is correct. You now can explore your options of prescription drugs or alternative therapies. ~ Nina Anderson, ElectroBlast™. See ad on page 41. Children's penmanship before, during chlorine floor mopping, and after when the fumes dissipated. Excerpted from The A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. Diet! as reproduced from Doris Rapp, Is This Your Child?

1. The A.D.D./A.D.H.D Diet! is available at health food and book stores or by calling 888-NATURE-1. 2. Howard Peiper, ND was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has written many books on nutrition and natural health.

What are schools in Berkshire County doing for their indoor environment? I was pleasantly surprised to discover that many schools are extremely aware of toxins and are doing their best to reduce them in their curriculum and in any remodeling. Barbara Malkus, Deputy Superintendent of Schools in Pittsfield, knows first hand about toxins in the classroom. As a former chemistry teacher who also taught environmental science in her curriculum, she has inspected all science, shop, and biology classes and instigated a sweep of all the “scary” stuff. The schools now use no organic solvents in biology or shop and use all low VOC (volatile organic chemical/compound) materials except maybe acetone or isopropyl alcohol. Each year they do a safe waste-disposal day with an annual cleanout. They also have an OSHA safety training for students on how to handle toxins properly. They have converted all their light bulbs to energy saving ones and are extremely conscious of children’s health insofar as it is affected by the environment. The Williamstown school system is a firm believer in nontoxic biodegradable cleaners and bleaches for maintenance. They haven’t remodeled in a while but when they do they will consider low-VOC paints. They recently received a grant to relamp the schools with energy-efficient bulbs. As far as sugar getting into the kids to make them zoomy, they don’t have access to vending machines and the school doesn’t offer them carbonated sodas or candy. Berkshire School's Director of Sustainability, Frank Barros, has a great program to involve students in the “greening” process: they are given a research project to explore changing the policy in the schools to be more environmentally friendly. These suggestions then go to a committee, which decides which ones to implement. They have chosen low-VOC paint, for example, and when remodeling are now considering more nontoxic carpet and flooring. Several years ago, the school implemented purchasing environmentally friendly cleaning products and actually requires vendors to submit, within their proposal, what they are doing for sustainability not only in their facility but in their products. The school is focused on reducing its carbon footprint and has installed energy-efficient lighting. It is also working on using IPM (integrated pest management) techniques for the grounds in hopes of finding natural products that will work to control weeds. The food service team is trying to offer more organic varieties and has removed sugar-laden drinks from the vending machines. It seems that Berkshire School, along with the others I interviewed, are trying their best to become more environmentally friendly. This in turn will help the health of the students and hopefully stem the tide of attention deficit disorder. www.OurBerkshireGreen.com www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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Please note that we do not accept classified and event listings that are advertisements for standard ongoing daily businessservices; you must place this type of listing in our directory so that our readers are able to locate your service in our alphabetized directory. Free community event listings are condensed and published on a first-come first-serve basis as room permits. We hope to have our free community calendar on our website soon: if you would like to be notified when this is available, please join our mailing list at www.OurBerkshireGreen.com. Thank you and happy networking!

calendar listings ongoing weekly Wednesdays: 8:30-9:30am starting Sept 2. Free. Wellness Walks at Bartholomew's Cobble. with Margo and Lawrence Davis-Hollander. For information: 413-446-1777, www.coachingvision.info. Thursdays: 6-7pm. Medicine Wheel Gatherings. Come and learn about North American Medicine. Mikka Barkman Bodywork, 168 Main St, Suite 2, Gt Barrington MA 413-329-4901. Free/donation. Saturdays & Wednesdays through October 10: 1-5pm. The Trustees of Reservations invite you to discover Ashintully Gardens in Tyringham. Free. 413-298-3239 x3000.

ongoing monthly Green Drinks: Open to everyone with any environmental interest. Free appetizers, cash bar. 1st Wed of every month Gt Barrington, starting at 5:15pm, Route 7 Grill. Erik at Orion 528-4422 or ehoffner@orionsociety.org. 3rd Tues of every month Pittsfield, starting at 5:15pm, Pittsfield Brew Works, CET: 413-445-4556 x14 or Jane at jane@thebeatnews.org. g

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Wed, Aug 12, 7pm. An Evening of Gaelic Chant & Celtic Stories at St. Bridget's Church, Rt. 22, Copake Falls, NY. Donation: $10. harp@taconic.net. Thriving Planet Workshops with Elisa Novick, MSS: 8/7: Meditation in Alignment with the Soul. 8/9: Creating Peace in the Midst of Turmoil. 8/16: Bach Flower Essences: Friends on the Path. 8/30: TreePlay: Heart of the Forest. Join us for a wondrous experience! 413-528-8239, www.elisanovick.com. Sat, Aug 8, 10am-12pm. Discover Field Farm, Sloan Rd, Williamstown with The Trustees of Reservations.413298-3239 x3003, tcoffin@ttor.org. Free.

Sun, Aug 9, 2-4pm. Project Native Butterfly Walk. Suggested Donation $8, Members free. 413274-3433, www.projectnative.org. Tues, Aug 18, 7:30pm, Berkshire Museum free lecture. Salamanders: The Other Amphibians. www.BerkshireMuseum.org. Fri, Aug 21, 12-2pm. Mum Bett Day Celebration. Open House at Ashley House. Commemoration Ceremony free. Cooper Hill Rd, Sheffield 413-298-3239 x3013. Sat, Aug 22, 9-11:30am. HHW Mini-Site Collection.

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Gt. Barrington Recycling Center. Registration. mandatory . Rob Tocchio, 413-445-4556 x30, www.cetonline.org. Sun, Aug 23, 2-4pm. Project Native Invasive Identification. Discuss organic methods for removal. Free, 413-274-3433, www.projectnative.org. Sun, Aug 23. Berkshire Humane Society’s Annual Horse Show at Overmeade Farm in Lenox. For information call Nikki at 413-447-7878 x24. Wed, Aug 26. Twilight at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA. Grounds open for walking, picnicking, and viewing. www.chesterwood.org. Sat, Aug 29, 10:30am-5:30pm. Blue Rider Stables’ “Fun Day” at French Park, N. Egremont, MA. Pony rides, Roger the Jester, Jeff Folmer guitar, food, games, bazaar. Free; suggested donation of $5 per parked car. www.bluerider.org or call (413) 528-5299.

september Sept 29 - Nov 17 on Tuesdays 6 - 8:30 pm Nutrition & Life Coaching Intensive, Berkshire South, Great Barrington. Find answers to your nutritional and health issues using cuttingedge dietary and coaching tools. You can get the upper hand and short circuit bad habits with a personalized diet plan and skilled coaching! Call Phoebe Williams, 413-232-7011. Sat, Sept 12, 10am-2pm. Project Native's Annual Community Volunteer Day. We will provide snacks and drinks. Free. 413-274-3433, www.projectnative. org. Raindate is Sun, Sept 13. Sat, Sept 12 - 9-11am. HHW Mini-Site Collection. Lenox Dept of Public Works. Rob Tocchio at 413445-4556 x30 to register. www.cetonline.org Sun, Sept 13, 3-4pm. Project Native Open Farm Tour. Learn more about our work. Free. 413-2743433, www.projectnative.org. Thurs, Sept 17, 4-8pm. Berkshire Healing Arts will be hosting a free open house during Pittsfield's 3rd Thursday event. Please come and enjoy meeting our wonderful group of practitioners and help us welcome Dr. Joshua Krembs, an osteopathic physician, joining our practice. Healthy refreshments. Sat, Sept 19. Berkshire Humane Society’s annual “Woofstock” Bark in the Park dog walk. Diane at 413-447-7878 x31. Sun, Sept 20, 10am-5pm. Free for Berkshire Residents. Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA. www.chesterwood.org. Sun, Sept 20, 11am. Hilltop Orchard’s Heritage-

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Antique Apple Tour. Free wine tasting at the conclusion of the walk. Rt. 295, 508 Canaan Rd. 800833-6274, www.hilltoporchards.com. Sat, Sept 26 - 10am; 11:30am; 1pm; and 2:30pm. Searsburg Wind Facility Tours. 413-445-4556 x25. See events: www.cetonline.org. Sat, Sept 26, 9-11:30am. HHW Mini-Site Collection. Gt. Barrington Recycling Center. Registration mandatory, Rob Tocchio, 413-445-4556 x30. For more information see events: www.cetonline.org. Sun, Sept 27, 2-4pm. Project Native “Native Seed Harvesting.” Preregistration is required. Suggested donation $8; members free. 413-2743433, www.projectnative.org.

october Sat, Oct 3, beginning at 1:30pm. Free Open House at Kushi Institute Center for Natural Healing. Free mini cooking classes, shiatsu demonstration, and sample some tasty treats. Kushi Institute, 198 Leland Road, Becket. 413-623-5741, www. KushiInstitute.org. Sat, Oct 3, 10am - 4pm. Berkshire County “Green Building Open House Tour”. CET 413-445-4556 x25, www.cetonline.org. Sun, Oct 11, 7pm. Berkshire Museum free lecture. The Mannahatta Project: The Natural History of Manhattan Island. Wed, Oct 14 - 10am; 11:30am; 1pm; and 2:30pm. Searsburg Wind Facility Tours. 413-445-4556 x25, www.cetonline.org. Sat, Oct 17, 9am - 1pm. HHW Comprehensive Collection. Gt. Barrington Recycling Center. Registration is mandatory, Rob Tocchio, 413-445-4556 x30 www.cetonline.org.

classified listings For Rent, Volunteer Rare opportunity in GB: Pristine studio space available in high visibility area on Rt7. Easy access, signage, parking. Shared reception, kitchen, bathroom facilities, as well as all utilities included, except phone. Studio space is 18’x24’ with floor to ceiling mirrors and large storage area. Ideal for therapist, pilates, yoga, professional space, etc. Can easily be converted into large office or two rooms. $750 p/m 413-644-9474. Weekly Volunteer Opportunities with The Trustees of Reservations. 413-298-3239 x3003.


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Throughout this issue, you will find twelve contests. The summary of prizes shown below are contributed by our resource guide members. As instructed in each contest scattered throughout the publication, the first caller to call 413-274-1122 at the specified day and time with the correct answer, will win the prize indicated. If you get an answering machine it means that we are on the line with another caller or it is not yet the correct time, but please leave you name and number just in case! Everyone is welcome to participate except for the staff of Our BerkshireGreen, Inc., and their immediate family. Starting with this issue, only one prize per winner will be permitted. Best of luck!

Contests In This Issue!

Winners From April's Issue!

Contest #1 - Berkshire Radon Technologies:

Contest #1 - Ellen Russo of Monterey won a full color 1/8 page ad space in Our BerkshireGreen Magazine valued at $250.

Contest #2 - Zija Queen: 1 case of Zija drink, val-

Contest #2 - Leah Fischer of Stockbridge won one acupuncture treatment for pain and/or stress reduction, valued at $75 from Berkshire Acupuncture.

1 radon test valued at $250. See ad page 45. ued at $70. See ad page 41.

Contest #3 - Roger the Jester: One hour juggling instruction session valued at $75. See ad on page 49.

Contest #4 - Compassion in Motion: 1 1/2 hour healing session in your home or my location valued at $125. See ad on page 43.

Contest #5 - Concerned Singles: Two winners will receive a full year membership in concerned singles plus a $10.00 credit valued at $94 each. See ad on page 49.

Contest #6 - Alison Shore Gaines: Two hour Practical Feng Shui consultation valued at $160. See ad on page 45. Contest #7 - Pearl's Premium Lawn Seed: 2 five

pound bags of Pearl's Premium Lawn Seed which will cover a total of 2000 sq. feet, valued at $66 See ad on page 44.

Contest #8 - Audrey Herrick Reflexology: A one hour reflexology session valued at $75. See ad on page 42.

Contest #9 - Face Haven: A Jane Iredale Mineral

Contest #3 - Bruce Mandel of Otis won one Energy Healing Session valued at $100 from Berkshire Energy Healing. Contest #4 - Ruth Corson of Otis won a $25 gift card from Papa’s Healthy Food and Fuel. Contest #5 - Candis Dodds of Dalton won a $50 gift card for the purchase of native plants from Project Native. Contest #6 - Jeannie Compter of Dalton won a two hour energy healing session valued at $250 from Judy Rosley. Contest #7 - Bruce Mandel of Otis won a $50 gift card from Route 7 Grill. Contest #8 - Brian Moses of Lanesborough won a healing session valued at $100 from Elfi Six. Contest #9 - Ellen Kenwood of Lenox won a $25 gift certificate from Upper Crust Bakery. Contest #10 - Frans van der Werf of Alford won one chiropractic evaluation, history, and intake valued at $120 from Jerome E. Errico, DC. Contest #11 - Lydia Silva of Stockbridge won a one hour session in the Energy Enhancement System valued at $50 from Berkshire Energy Connection. Contest #12 - Joanne Francesco of Otis won one yard of mulch delivered in South County valued at $200 from GreenCore Builders. Contest #13 - Janice Kittner of Great Barrington won a one hour Dr. Hauschka Facial valued at $80 from Studio Day Spa.

Makeup makeover for up to 4 people, valued at $260, plus 15 percent off any purchase that day. See ad on page 35.

Contest #14 - Judy Rosley of Great Barrington won a makeover/consultation for up to 4 people and a 10 percent discount for any purchases made that day valued at $260 from Face Haven.

Contest #10 - Green Planning & Coaching: A one

Contest #15 - Ellen Russo of Monterey won a one hour bodywork session valued at $100 from Mikka Barkman Bodywork.

hour business/career coaching session valued at $150. See ad on page 18.

Contest #11 - Stone Soup: One $20 gift certificate. See ad on page 53.

Contest #12 - Tom Warner Watercolors: Tom Warner print called "On the Backs of Angels" valued at $250. See ad on page 9. "Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." ~ Thomas Edison

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Contest #16 - Janice Kittner of Great Barrington won a multi-vitamin and energizing soy-based protein drink, beginning program kit valued at $60 from Rose (Dot) Schellhammer, Shaklee. Contest #17 - Ellen Russo of Monterey won a one hour Reconnective Healing Session valued at $110 from Reconnective Healing. Contest #18 - Brian Daniels of Pittsfield won an AIR POD valued at $100 from Real Gadoury of Aerus. Contest #19 - Paula Foye of Adams won one Hands & Hearts Embodyment Healing Session valued at $100 from Hearts & Hands. Contest #20 - Jeanne Kes of Richmond won an energy/psychology session valued at $200 from Claudia Helps You Heal. Contest #21 - Paula Foye of Adams won a one hour meditation session valued at $85 from Wellness Services.


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Low-Cost Marketing with High Impact for Small Green Businesses By Bill Bean

Given all that napkin writing, it is important to note that marketing to drive sales to your business is not the result of a single meeting or website or presentation or ad placement. It is the cumulative effect of a number of coordinated activities that create your reputation or “brand” in the marketplace (“top-ofthe-mind awareness”). The question then is how you use the questions above to market yourself without spending a lot of money. Here are a few suggestions.

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mall businesses, microbusinesses, solopreneurs… call them what you will, but they are at the very core of the Green movement. They are relatively small, community based, and often put “people and planet” on the same plane as profitability. Another characteristic of small businesses is limited funds for marketing and advertising, and no written business plan. So if you are going to spend any of your precious time or hardearned dollars marketing your company, at least jot down a few notes on the back of a napkin before you start.

Here Is What You Want to Capture 1. A short description of your product(s) or service(s). 2. Who would likely buy them? Describe your potential customers by age, income, education, geographic location, or other pertinent data. (This is your target market.) 3. Why would they buy them? List the features of your product and then the benefits that those features deliver to the customer. For example, wood I-joists (an engineered lumber substitute for wooden floor joists) use less raw material, are more dimensionally stable, are lighter, and can be made in longer lengths than lumber sawn from logs. Those are the features. The benefits are that contractors can build a floor faster and that floor won’t squeak. That is what you want to communicate. (This is your value proposition.) 4. Why should they buy them from you? If you had 30 seconds with a prospective customer, what would you tell them about you, your company, or your offering that is unique and compelling enough to make you the undisputed choice for their purchase? (This is your mission statement.) 5. Where do these people hang out, how do they think, what do they read, what are their trusted sources of information for purchasing decisions, and how will you establish credibility and visibility in that space at a reasonable cost? (This is your promotional plan.)

• One-page promotional piece. Develop a one-page piece including company overview, professional credentials, your team, problems you solve for the customer, and your contact information. Print it on recycled paper or distribute it electronically (which moves it to the online section below). • Networking. Success comes from people doing business with people. This is particularly true in the Green space, and there are a number of Green networking opportunities in the Berkshires. • Monthly Our BerkshireGreen meetings at various locations. www.ourberkshiregreen.com. • Monthly “Green Drinks” Meetings. Pittsfield: held on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:15pm at the Pittsfield Brew Works; contacts are Jamie at CET, 413-445-4556 x14 or Jane at BEAT, jane@thebeatnews.org. Great Barrington: held on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:15 at Route 7 Grill; contact is Erik at Orion, 413-528-4422. • SPARK networking meetings sponsored by the Berkshire Creative Economy Council, info@berkshirecreative.org. • Monthly USGBC (US Green Building Council), with excellent speakers in the Green space, on the second Wednesday evening of every month. Contact Brian Sutton at LEED Linc, 413-528-5788. • There are also various networking opportunities serving on local committees and boards of directors that typically include influential Berkshire business leaders. • Testimonials. Have your customers help build your reputation. Satisfied clients make credible references and are usually happy to provide a testimonial, particularly if you build it into your sales agreement. • Writing articles. These don’t cost you anything except time. They deliver great exposure, and provide a forum for showcasing your expertise. • Postcards. Mass mailings of multi-page documents are frowned upon from a Green perspective, but postcards have resurfaced as a relatively cost-effective way to get a message out. To save trees and minimize mileage, have them printed on recycled paper and send them only to a qualified list of contacts. • Selected advertising. If there is a leading-edge publication that serves your target market, is well respected, and is Continued on page 20 www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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reasonably priced, even a modest presence can transfer the credibility of the publication to your company.

Online Marketing • Website. If you don’t have at least a basic website you won’t be taken seriously. Local companies can build customized web sites in varied price ranges, and national companies provide templates you can choose from to build your own. One example would be www.Hyperstreet.com, at $19.95 a year for your website name (your “domain nameâ€?) and $9.95 a month for hosting your site. You have to develop and enter the content, but that allows you to make ongoing changes yourself which keeps the cost down. Guidelines to consider in creating your site are: • Make sure you build in sound SEO (Search Engine Optimization) capabilities, which make your site easy to find by the major search engines. If you don’t know how, find someone who does. • Develop a meaningful email list and do email marketing. Consider email marketing software. One noted provider is Constant Contact (www.ConstantContact.com). They have a 60-day free trial with excellent support and post-trial services starting at $15 a month. This application allows visitors to register on your site, capturing their email address. It will also automatically send a pre-designed thank you message back to the new prospect and will let you schedule the automatic distribution of newsletters and other promotional materials to specified mailing lists. These mailing lists can include your site visitors, membership lists from related associations, purchased mailing lists, and more. • Consider some type of giveaway, such as an article you have written‌anything that provides an incentive for someone to register. Registration validates the interest of prospects, allows you to contact them, and builds your prospect base. • Track the traffic on your site. Learn how many visitors enter the site, where they go, how long they stay, and where they exit. Google Analytics is one tracking application; it is free at www.google.com/analytics/.

Social Media • Blogs (from “web logsâ€?) can complement your marketing effort. You don’t need to have your own blog, just post comments to existing blogs that relate in some way to your business. Your signature on blog entries can link back to your site, and all entries are indexed by web search engines. • LinkedIn is the version of Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter that was designed for the professional community. It is free of charge at www.linkedin.com and you should consider joining some of the communities and blogging groups. If you can afford it, web designers can build impressive sites and help you establish a trusted brand using outstanding graphics, video, and other features. Until you reach that point, the suggestions above can head you in the right direction and fit a small business budget. And to think‌ it all starts with just writing on the back of a napkin. ~ Bill Bean, Green Planning & Coaching. See ad on page 18. 20

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Helpful Links to Educate Yourself about Holistic Health* World Research Foundation - www.wrf.org Your global source of health information for illnesses and therapies used around the world. Their health information is collected, categorized, and disseminated in an independent and unbiased manner. It includes allopathic medicine alongside complementary and alternative medicine... ancient and traditional techniques and healing therapies as well as the latest medical technology. The Weston A. Price Foundation - www.westonaprice.org A nonprofit charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price. The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research, and activism and supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting, and nurturing therapies. Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy, Ltd. (F.A.C.T) - www.fact-ltd.org. A nonprofit organization that supports and encourages biological cancer research and nutritional science investigations, disseminates information about nontoxic treatment for cancer patients, provides financial assistance, and fights to eliminate carcinogenic substances from the environment.

For-profit companies that provide excellent information: • Dr. Bruce West: Health Alert Newsletter - www.healthalert.com • Ralph Moss: Moss Reports - www.cancerdecisions.com • Dr. Joseph Mercola: www.mercola.com *Check with you health care professional.

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By Millie Calesky Following are essential tools to accelerate your growth and keep you moving along the path to success in your holistic practice.

The Basics 1) A Business Plan will greatly improve the likelihood of your success. Even if you won’t need a loan, you’ll have clarified the mission of your new business, your target audience, and where and how you’ll get started. For more information, look online, in your local library, and/or consult your local Chamber of Commerce or the Small Business Administration (SBA) at www. sba.gov. 2) Get Support to Succeed. You don’t have to be the Lone Ranger. You don’t have to do everything yourself, or by yourself. I’m biased in this area, but I believe that working with a coach can make the difference between success and failure. You’re going to move faster and make better decisions, because your coach will help you get focused and stay focused. 3) The Business Buddy. Find a friend or a colleague who is also building a business. I have a business buddy with whom I’ve been working for ten years. We meet once every few weeks, dividing our time (with a timer) between the two of us. Together we have written proposals and letters; we have even developed workshops. This is not a hired professional, it’s a layperson, committed to working together, with you, on a consistent, ongoing basis. 4) Promote Yourself Boldly. To succeed as a holistic practitioner, it is essential that you create language that’s simple and straightforward. People have to understand what the value is, or they’re not going to spend their hard-earned dollars on your services. Develop what is known as an “elevator speech,” so called because you need to get your point across in a brief and focused way, as if riding a few floors up on an elevator with a person whose attention you will have just for that minute. Write something, polish it, and practice it until you know it by heart.

Network! Networking is about building mutually beneficial, give-and-take, win-win relationships. It is a mysteriously powerful process. When you attend a networking event, you rarely know whom you will meet or what opportunities will present themselves, only that they inevitably will. 1) Show Up. Networking is about building relationships. This can only happen by getting out of your home/office regularly to attend community gatherings or meetings. You can’t reap the benefits while seated in front of your TV or your computer. 2) Learn to Listen. Listening is a skill that’s essential for success. Spend less time talking about yourself. Ask questions. Learn as much as you can about others. Listen to the details of what’s being communicated, so you can follow up later. 3) Think Win-Win. In addition to benefiting those directly in-

volved, networking also helps the community. An organization that exemplifies this principle is the Rotary. Its members are business owners and professionals committed to serving those in need. As they do this, they also help and support each other, personally and professionally. 4) Adjust Your Attitude. By helping out, you can channel your nervous energy. Volunteer to be a greeter. That way, you’re not just representing yourself, but also the sponsoring group. You’ll feel good about yourself, knowing that you’re playing a meaningful role within that organization. 5) Honor Your Networking Style. If you’re a reluctant networker, don’t let that hold you back. Let go of the expectation that you have to be as confident and at ease as others. Introduce yourself to people who are standing alone by the bar, literature, or food table. 6) Always Carry Business Cards. I know people who routinely practice the “three-foot rule.” They discuss their business with everyone who comes within a three-foot radius. This can happen in the checkout line at the supermarket, in waiting rooms, and at parties. They always carry business cards, and hand them out freely. 7) Follow-Up. After you make contact with someone at a networking function, the next vital step is to follow up. Within the next 24 to 48 hours, call the person, send an email, or even a brief note. If it’s appropriate, send a handwritten thank you note. This small courtesy is very rare these days, and that note will set you apart in the recipient’s mind. People would much rather do business with somebody whom either they themselves know or whom somebody they know has done business with. For example, if you say, “Oh, I just had the best massage,” people will ask, “Whom did you go to?” We always want to know, because if our friend recommends someone, we’re much more likely to give that person our business. Personal referrals are golden. It’s the best way to get business, because someone else has done the selling for you. Word of mouth - there is nothing like it. ~Millie Calesky, Business and Life Coach. See ad below. Visualize

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By Scott LaGreca, PhD

lose your eyes one evening and listen. It is likely that you will hear the high-pitched trill of an Eastern Gray Treefrog, even if you are in a backyard garden or a suburban setting. We normally think of frogs as living near bodies of water, but many frogs found in Berkshire County live in forests, under leaves, or in trees—although in early life stages, most amphibians must have access to water. In total, the open fields, ponds and streams, bogs, wetlands, and forested uplands of the Berkshires play host to over a dozen amphibian species (see accompanying list). Amphibians live interesting lives that usually begin in water and end on land. In fact, the word amphibian means "two lives." Amphibians are unique in that they are the only terrestrial vertebrates (land-dwelling animals with backbones) that have two distinct life stages. The larval stage (tadpole in frogs) typically begins in water. Through a process called metamorphosis, the larva is transformed into an adult that usually dwells on land. Metamorphosis is a process in which animal development after birth (or hatching) involves a conspicuous, abrupt change in its morphology, and is usually also accompanied by a change in habitat and behavior. In amphibians, the larval stage usually has external gills, is legless, and is omnivorous (that is, it eats both plants and small animals). In contrast, the adult stage usually lives on land, has internal lungs, has legs, and is carnivorous (that is, it eats other animals). The Berkshires are remarkable with regard to amphibians. A number of southern species, such as the Eastern Gray Treefrog, reach the northern limits of their geographic distribution here. This frog is rather abundant in south county, but only two populations are known in north county, one in New Ashford and one in Williamstown. On the other hand, a number of more northerly species, like the Wood Frog—which ranges all the way up into the Arctic Circle—approach their southern limits in Berkshire County. The harsh winters of the Berkshires present a challenge to animals that overwinter here, and our amphibians display some remarkable adaptations for surviving the subzero temperatures. Many people believe that our frogs overwinter at the bottom of ponds and lakes. But, as we learned above, many of our frog species do not live in, or even near, water but rather in forested uplands. These upland species—for example, the Eastern Gray Treefrog—possess a remarkable ability known as freeze tolerance, which allows them to absorb 65 to70 percent of the water from their cells into their gut. This water freezes solid for the duration of the winter, and the animal hibernates under leaf litter on the forest floor. Those frog species that do spend their winters in ponds often bury themselves at the edges of the ponds—not at the bottom, where there is very little oxygen— or they float just under the ice, waiting patiently for the spring thaw. How do Berkshire salamanders survive the long, cold winter? Truth to tell, not much is known about their overwintering habits, although it is thought that many species, such as the wellknown Spotted Salamander, burrow deep into the ground to


Amazing Amphibians Photos By Tom Tyning escape freezing. Our native salamanders are also noteworthy in that two species—the Northern Red-backed Salamander and the Dusky Salamander—both have larval stages that develop within the eggs, which are laid in moist pockets under logs and rocks. These two species are exceptions to the rule that all amphibians have eggs that are laid in water, and larvae that hatch and develop in the water. Another fascinating local salamander species is Notophthalmus viridescens subsp. viridescens, which actually goes by two different common names, Red Eft and Red-spotted Newt. On account of their vastly different appearance and habitat, scientists used to believe that these two creatures were completely different species. However, genetic studies have shown that they are actually two forms of the adult stage of a single species. Amphibians are extremely sensitive indicators of many of the environmental issues that confront us locally: the development of our wetlands, the stocking of formerly fish-free ponds, introduced infectious diseases, pollution, pesticides, and climate change. Unfortunately, threats to Berkshire amphibian populations are growing. To offset these threats, local environmentalists have taken action, such as conserving and studying vernal pool habitats. Vernal pools are ephemeral bodies of water that appear year after year if left undisturbed, providing a vital habitat for amphibian reproduction. As nursery habitats, vernal pools are ideal in that they lack fish that might eat newly laid eggs or vulnerable tadpoles. Both the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (MA NHESP) and the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) offer annual workshops, which teach citizens how to certify a vernal pool for protection under Massachusetts state law. Currently, about 5,000 to 6,000 of the estimated 25,000 vernal pools in Massachusetts are certified, most in eastern Massachusetts. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, run by Mass Audubon, was actually the first property on which vernal pools were certified in Berkshire County. Many more in western Massachusetts remain to be certified; go to http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/nhesp.htm and http://www.thebeatnews.org for more information. A number of individuals in Berkshire County study amphibian populations and use them as indicators of wetlands health. Outstanding examples include Tom Tyning at Berkshire Community College, Henry Art and Drew Jones at Williams College, and Elena Traister at MCLA, who have been counting the diversity (number of species) and abundance (number of individuals of each species) of amphibians in two vernal pools in Hopkins Forest at Williams College. In addition, Rene Wendell at Bartholomew’s Cobble - owned by The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR) - in Sheffield actively monitors vernal pools in south county. These initiatives, and other amphibian-related projects, often solicit help from the public. Contact a local environmental organization like BEAT, Mass Audubon, or TTOR to learn about opportunities for getting involved. I'd like to acknowledge Tom Tyning, Scott Jervas, and Maria Mingalone for contributing valuable information for this article. ~ Scott LaGreca, Natural Science Coordinator of the Berkshire Museum. See Berkshire Museum ad on page 50.

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AMPHIBIANS OF THE BERKSHIRES

(common name, followed by scientific name) Frogs and Toads Bullfrog, Lithobates catesbeiana Eastern American Toad, Anaxyrus americanus subsp. americanus Eastern Gray Treefrog, Hyla versicolor Green Frog, Lithobates clamitans subsp. melanotus Northern Leopard Frog, Lithobates pipiens Pickerel Frog, Lithobates palustris Spring Peeper, Pseudacris crucifer Wood Frog, Lithobates sylvatica Salamanders

Common Mudpuppy, Necturus maculosus Four-toed Salamander, Hemidactylium scutatum Jefferson Salamander, Ambystoma jeffersonianum Northern Dusky Salamander, Desmognathus fuscus Northern Redback Salamander, Plethodon cinereus Northern Spring Salamander, Gyrinophilus porphyriticus Northern Two-lined Salamander, Eurycea bislineata Red-spotted Newt or Red Eft, Notophthalmus viridescens subsp. viridescens Spotted Salamander, Ambystoma maculatum

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Pesticide Use in Berkshire County: Why Do We Allow It to Continue? By Alan Inglis, MD

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nvil is a commonly used pesticide. This chemical is being fog-sprayed weekly and biweekly [by truck] in at least eight towns in Berkshire County in the summer months under the Mosquito Control Project. Towns involved include Becket, Clarksburg (larvicide and surveillance only), Hinsdale, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, and Tyringham. Spraying is either requested by homeowners or initiated as a result of surveillance that identifies areas of high mosquito density.¹ The practice is allowed because the available science is interpreted to mean Anvil is safe when used to spray in these ways. Those entities that actually conduct the spraying are simply relying on what is accepted as “expert opinion.” This practice poses potential hazards to residents. The use of Anvil is based on fundamentally flawed thinking on what is safe and what is dangerous. I will confine my remarks in this brief article to comments on Anvil. My principal points also apply to most herbicide and pesticide use, including the chemicals used on lawns by thousands of homeowners countywide.

Point #1 I maintain there are reasonable grounds for concern² that repeated toxic exposure over years in vulnerable individuals may be a contributing cause to chronic illness and premature death.

tion is costly and time consuming. Individuals within the population may be vulnerable because of a combination of genetic predisposition and prior toxic exposures. Identifying vulnerable individuals is difficult, if not impossible. Clarksburg

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Point #2 Current health care practices in the United States are based on a quasi-scientific dogma that insists harm must be proven before a substance can be considered dangerous. The precautionary principle proposes we should have to prove no harm before a potentially harmful substance or practice is allowed. Many of you, having read thus far, may decide that these two points are good common sense and sufficient reason to stop the spraying. I agree. Unfortunately, precaution and common sense remain pieces of grit in the oil of conventional governance and the quasiscientific dogma it assembles to support its policies. The financial ties between corporate interests and the scientific community further drive arguments fashioned to support these hazardous practices.

Adverse Long-term Effects in Humans Many scientists are rightfully concerned about the risk of harm to individuals who may have repeated exposures to chemical toxins over time. Cumulative exposure over a lifetime to chemical toxins, starting in the womb, and the risk of synergistic adverse effects on human health, certainly constitute reasonable grounds for concern about the unregulated use of these chemicals. Mainstream medicine is reluctant to face the fact that disease may result from repeated gene-environment interactions over many years. Predicting adverse reactions across a wide popula24

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Safety Unproven The major active component of Anvil is sumithrin, a so-called pyrethroid, which may be associated with liver damage, breast cell proliferation, lowered sperm counts, cognitive problems and hormone disruption (“endocrine disruption”).³ It may also harm or kill other wildlife, including bees, butterflies, and grasshoppers. Health problems in humans can take years to surface so it can be very difficult to establish a connection, especially when Anvil exposure may be only one of many insults to the body over time. Chemical companies, like cigarette makers, are aware of this lag time and complexity, and naturally exploit it to avoid liability. Mainstream medicine has trouble getting its arms around the issue of repeated toxin exposures in vulnerable individuals over time. The maladaptive acute care model that still drives chronic disease care is preoccupied with finding single causes, then treating them with drugs and surgery. The very methodologies employed to support this approach are ill-suited to the multi-factorial, long latency realities of chronic disease that may


result from repeated toxin exposures over many years. As a result, hard questions about the safety of potentially hazardous substances don’t get asked, because they are difficult to answer without great cost and delay.

Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, by Sandra Steingraber.

Fundamental Flaws in the Prevailing Science

Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? - A Scientific Detective Story, by Theo Colborn.

As matters stands at present, when scientists look at a pesticide like Anvil, they attempt to disprove the null hypothesis. This stacks the deck in favor of avoiding false positive results. In common parlance, scientists are afraid of incorrectly showing harm when there is none. They are less concerned about incorrectly showing no harm. This bias favors the ill-advised and premature use of potentially harmful chemicals while favoring the bottom lines of chemical manufacturers eager to put product out into the market.

The Precautionary Principle in the 20th Century: Late Lessons from Early Warnings, edited by Harremoes, et al.

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he idea that smoking is bad for your health was introduced after World War II, based on prewar research in Europe. It took our science establishment approximately twenty years - a generation - to come up with the public warning that starts “cigarette smoking is a health hazard.”

The available scientific evidence consists of animal studies that examine the effects of solitary exposure to pyrethrins and human studies are limited to a small number of chemical workers.� These do not come close to approximating the realities of cumulative toxic load from multiple toxic agents acting synergistically over time in the bodies of potentially vulnerable individuals.

Everything Connects Compartmentalized, reductionist science with its linear, mechanistic propositions is an inadequate base for making wise policy decisions on the potential impact of complex processes. It needs to be enhanced with the dynamic, emergent properties of systems science. This is not yet being done. In the meantime, caution and informed decision making should prevail.

Recommended Reading

The Secret History of the War On Cancer, by Devra Davis. ~ Dr. Alan Inglis, Integrative Health Solutions. See ad page 36.

Special Note from the Publisher To stop spraying directly in front of your property:

1. Send a registered letter to your town clerk by March 1st.

To get spraying stopped in your town:

1. For a basic overview of town meeting procedures in Massachusetts (condensed below), check out Massachusetts’s Citizen Information Service website provided by our state government at www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cistwn/ twnidx.htm. You must contact your Town Clerk or Town Meeting Moderator to find out specific information and procedures for annual and special meetings in your town. 2. Get to know your town selectman. Request that they place the topic on an upcoming meeting warrant.* Get ten registered voters to sign a written request (physical addresses recommended) to insert an article in a warrant, and deliver to your selectmen before the warrant is closed. Check out a past annual report (which will contain warrants) as a sample, or ask your town clerk for assistance in drafting the article.

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3. If necessary, citizens may demand that an article be inserted in a warrant by the Selectman for a special Town Meeting, if you obtain the signatures of 100 registered voters or 10 percent of the total number of voters (whichever is lesser).

There are many unanswered questions about the use of Anvil in our communities. What are the true benefits of Anvil? How many mosquitoes does it really kill? Have meaningful measurable outcomes been recorded, such as how many people are spared from disease, what disease, and how severe? How many lives does it save, if any? Who are the vulnerable individuals who might be harmed years later? Do we really have adequate proof of no harm? Who benefits the most from spraying? corporations? town governments? Are we gambling with the future of our children?

5. Note that any member of the public may attend a Town Meeting and the town’s registered voters may vote at any open town meeting. Check out your town’s website for more information, if they have one.

1. Based on phone conversation of 6/24/09 with Berkshire Mosquito Control. 2. European Commission on the Precautionary Principle, Copenhagen, 2002. 3. www.pesticidefreezone.org. 4. www.pesticideinfo.org.

4. If necessary, voters may call a special town meeting by creating a signed written request including the signatures and addresses of 200 registered voters, or 20 percent of the total number of registered voters in your town (whichever number is less). Deliver this request to your Selectman and a special meeting must be called within 45 days.

*A warrant lists the meeting’s time, place, and agenda - a town’s meeting’s action is not valid unless the subject was listed on the warrant. Note that warrants must be made available to the public for viewing at least 7 days before an annual meeting and 14 days before a special meeting.

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Farmers’ Market of Sheffield Fridays 3:30-6:30, May 8-Oct 9 340 S. Main St. (Rt 7), Sheffield, MA 01257 In the parking lot of Old Parish Church

Hawthorne Valley Farm Summer & Fall Carrot Slaw

Great Barrington Farmers’ Market Saturdays 9-1, May 9-Oct 31 44 Castle St., Great Barrington, MA 01230 At the train station, behind Town Hall

A simple and delicious dish perfect for entertaining! Enjoy at a concert picnic, backyard BBQ, fabulous brunch, or any summertime party! One 15 oz jar of Hawthorne Valley Farm Ginger Carrots Make Vinaigrette: 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil • 3 Tablespoons Agave • 2 Tablespoons Tamari • 2 Tablespoons Rice • Vinegar (not seasoned) • Salt and Pepper to taste 3 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame Seeds (toast seeds in a small dry skillet over low heat until slightly brown color) • ¼ cup sliced scallions • ¼ cup chopped cilantro Drain Ginger Carrots in a colander or sieve and set aside. Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a large bowl and whisk. Add drained Ginger Carrots with vinaigrette and toss with scallions, cilantro, and sesame seeds. Delicious either cold or at room temperature. Serves four to six.

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Farmers’ Market of Otis Saturdays 9-1, May 9-Oct 31 2000 East Otis Rd., Otis, MA 01253 In the parking lot of Papa’s Healthy Food & Fuel

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Lenox Farmers’ Market Fridays 2-6, May 8-Oct 9 Cliffwood Street, Lenox, MA 01240 Norfolk Farmers’ Market Joel Howard, Saturdays 10-1, June 6-Oct 31 Rte 44 , Norfolk, CT 06058 www.norfolkfarmersmarket.org 860-542-5153 North Adams Farmers’ Market Saturdays 8-12, July 11-Oct 24 77 Holden St., North Adams, MA 01247 In St. Anthony’s municipal parking lot, across from Mass MoCA Pittsfield Farmers’ Market Thursdays 4-7, May to October Jeff Winslow 333 North St., Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-447-7000 Williamstown Farmers’ Market Saturdays 8-12, May 23 - late Oct South end of Spring St., Williamstown, MA 01267 List courtesy of Berkshire Grown


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The Insulation Payoff By Jenny Gitlitz

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ummer is here and fall is approaching; we’re enjoying months of gardening, hiking, and picnicking. But now is also the best time to prepare for winter. Many older homes in the Berkshires have ill-fitting windows and little or no insulation in the roofs or walls, because they were built when firewood was plentiful and oil and gas were cheap. If you live in one, then you know it can be drafty and uncomfortable during the winter, and can leave you with high heating bills. Uninsulated attics can also lead to ice dams and interior leakage, and can boost summer air conditioning needs. Space heating accounts for 47 percent of energy use in the average American home, so insulating your home really pays off. It takes time to plan and carry out an insulation project, and since you’re better off opening up your walls and roof while it’s warm, now’s its the time evaluate which insulation type suits you.

contain formaldehyde that can offgas into indoor air. Common to many conventional building products, formaldehyde is a carcinogen and a systemic toxicant. The EPA recommends that formaldehyde exposure be limited as much as possible.

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Fiberglass is the most commonly used and inexpensive residential insulation. It comes in batts or rolls in varying sizes. It’s easily installed in new construction or gut remodels (where the walls and ceilings or roof are open). For maximum benefit, choose the highest R-value (and thickness) that fits in your walls and ceilings. Conventional fiberglass has recently come under scrutiny. Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly has called it “the asbestos of the 21st century,” because the small fiber size is comparable to asbestos, and appears to have the same carcinogenic mechanism when trapped in the lungs. It has also been regarded with skepticism because the glues that give the batts cohesion

UltraTouch batt insulation contains 85 percent post-industrial cotton from scraps of denim blue jeans and other textiles. Unlike fiberglass, it does not itch to the touch, and contains no formaldehyde to offgas into living space. Suitable for interior and exterior walls and ceilings, it’s available in R-13 to R-30. It’s treated with boric acid as a safe flame retardant and a mold and mildew inhibitor, and is an excellent sound barrier. You may be tempted to hug this popular blue insulation or to or make a futon out of it, but really—it’s best stuffed into your walls.

Green Options Fortunately, formaldehyde-free fiberglass is now available, which addresses at least one of the concerns (for the other: wear a mask and gloves!). Johns Manville manufactures batts using nontoxic acrylic binders, without sacrificing R-value or ease of installation. It’s available in unfaced, faced with kraft paper or foil (as a vapor barrier), poly-encapsulated for easier handling, and sound control and flame-retardant types. JM batts also contains 20 percent recycled glass.

Mineral Wool Another batt option is mineral wool, made from basalt rock and recycled slag, a smelting by-product. Also called “rock wool,” it is especially fire-resistant because it has a melting point of 2150°F. Roxul Acoustical Fire Batt is also good at sound attenuation. It is naturally resistant to pests and mold, and is Greenguard certified for healthy indoor air quality. It comes in several sizes, and can be used in commercial and residential buildings.

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Spray foam insulation fills gaps and cracks around plumbing and electrical penetrations, unlike batts. Made from polyurethane, foam (Icynene is a leading brand) is sprayed in a thin layer directly on open walls and ceilings. Within seconds, it expands 100 times in volume to fill every gap. Excess is trimmed off. Foam provides excellent insulation value (R-3.6 per inch), and acoustic dampening. Several manufacturers make foam with up to 50 percent soybean oil, and Icynene now has a foam containing castor oil. Professional installation is required.


The only downside to this program is its popularity! I had to wait several months for my turn—so the sooner you schedule an audit, the better chance you’ll have of completing your job before winter.

Rigid Foam Rigid foam is good where batts or blown-in won’t work, such as against basement foundations. It comes in sheets of various thicknesses. It can be glued to walls, or stapled into furring strips. Roxul repels water

Cellulose If you’re living in your home and don’t want to remove interior walls or attic ceilings, blown-in cellulose insulation is a good option. National Fiber's Cel-Pak is manufactured in Belchertown, MA, from recycled newspapers that would otherwise be landfilled. Its R-value of 3.8 per inch is superior to that of fiberglass (2.2 per inch). Like foam, blown-in cellulose fills gaps and cracks, eliminating energy-wasting drafts. Cellulose contains no formaldehyde, and is treated with fire-retardant, pest-resistant borates. Its density also provides high noise attenuation. Cellulose can be dense-packed into walls through two or three rows of holes drilled in exterior or interior walls (depending on your siding and preferences), and can be installed in attic ceilings with netting stapled to studs, or as loose fill on unused attic floors. Cellulose must be installed by an insulation contractor. I had cellulose blown into my house last fall through an excellent program run by the Center for Ecological Technology (CET). After conducting a free energy audit, CET set me up with an insulation contractor who did the job at a very reasonable price. The program uses rebates provided by Western Mass Electric and Berkshire Gas, and were capped at $1,500 last year. They will also air seal and spot insulate basement rim joists and attic soffits, and will weatherstrip doors and windows.

Insulation and weatherization are the low-hanging fruits when it comes to reducing our homes’ fossil fuel demands. Before looking into solar hot water heaters or PV systems—or even wood stoves—we should all seal our living spaces to minimize heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer. There are state and federal tax credits available for insulating, too. Insulating now is a good investment in your home’s value, in your comfort, and in a healthier planet.

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De-Stress or not to Stress... What is the Question? By Jerome F. Errico, DC

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The point is to make you realize just how tight you may be holding everything. â&#x2014;? Once this is accomplished, keep your eyes closed and breathe in a cleansing breath deeply through your nostrils, holding for a slow count of seven. Exhale slowly through your mouth as if you were blowing through a straw. Repeat this two more times for a total of three breaths while maintaining your relaxed posture. â&#x2014;? This exercise takes a little over a minute to perform and may be done anytime and anywhere you are feeling stressed. If you are standing, lean against a wall if one is available. If you happen to be standing in line, stabilize yourself with a wider stance and then proceed with the exercise. â&#x2014;? The ideal position for this exercise is lying flat on your back with your knees and feet elevated on a cushion and a small pillow supporting your head and neck. Your right hand should be placed on your stomach with your left hand on top. And when you have the time, seven breaths of seven seconds duration is extremely meditative. The entire time, focus on relaxing your mind, your body, and your spirit. Having gone through this exercise, you will note that the issue will/may still be present, but your approach, perception, and mentation will have changed. You will feel more relaxed and calm and you will find your thoughts to be more lucid and your processing to be more linear. More importantly, by learning to differentiate between stressors you can control, and those you have to let go, you empower yourself to de-stress, or not to stress. As with most manifestations, to have the greatest effect, the intention of course must come from the heart. The above article has been generously sponsored by Lee Regional Visiting Nurse Association located at 32 Park Street, P.O. Box 415, Lee MA 01238-0415. 413-243-1212 or 1-800-427-1208. "Setting the standard in home health care... Come home with us."

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Health Care: Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Massage Therapy & Bodywork

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zija id: 40410 phone: (413)442-4854 cell: (413)441-6684 zijaqueen@berkshire.rr.com zijaqueen.com/barbaralaureyns

Did you know that lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), is a member of the mint family, and is considered a "calming" herb? It has been safely used for insomnia, anxiety, and a variety of other health problems.

Physical Therapy

MS, LDN, CHES

www.debphillips.biz

413-446-3205 • deb@debphillips.biz

Berkshire Physical Therapy & Wellness Dalton Office

INTUITIVE EATING COACH

400 Main Street Dalton MA 01226 413-684-9783

• Mindfulness skills to ease stresses that trigger overeating • Nutrition tips to balance food cravings • Eating well on the go • Holistic Cleansing

ALISON SHORE GAINES, Certified Holistic Life Educator Since 1982 • 413.442.3604 • asgaines07@aol.com

SHAKLEE CORPORATION

Make your appointment today for your Fit Right evaluation!

DOT SCHELLHAMMER

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NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS A Green company creating healthier lives for over 50 years

Pittsfield Office

740 Williams Street Pittsfield MA 01201 413-447-8070 ptpittsfield100@aol.com

dotschellhammer@live.com

Lee Office

480 Pleasant Street Lee MA 01238 413-243-3477 ptlee@aol.com

Save 60 bottles from the landfill

ElectroBlast rehydration concentrates ™

Flavored/NO sugar! 2 oz. bottle = 60 drinks

Buy at Guido’s or Berkshire Bike & Board www.electroblast.com

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Health Care: Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Reconnective Healing

Tai Chi

LAUGHING DRAGON TAI CHI

Experience healing beyond anything you’ve read about, thought about, dreamed about.

While each experience is unique, many report healings from afflictions such as:  Cancer  Depression  Fibromyalgia  Arthritis  Cerebral Palsy  AIDS-related Diseases

DAVID WADE SMITH, LAO SHR

ENHANCE

HEALTH , BALANCE AND AGILITY , INCREASE STRENGTH AND PEACE OF MIND WITH THE GENTLE, POWERFUL MOVEMENT THAT IS TAI CHI

413.528.5669

lafdragon@berkshire.net

Trager® Approach

TM

Adam Seavey, Reconnective Healing Practitioner has been personally instructed in the facilitation of these extraordinary healing frequencies by Eric Pearl, the acknowledged instrument through which these frequencies have been introduced to the world. .

Movement Education

To schedule an appointment with Adam call 413.717.0995 or email adamconnect@adamsreconnection.org

Body/Mind Integration

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DISCLAIMER: Eric Pearl and anyone associated with this work, inclusive of, but not limited to The Reconnection and R Reconnective Healing , make no claims, promises or guarantees and are neither diagnosing nor treating specific health challenges. You are solely responsible for seeing to and/or continuing with your own medical treatment and care. TM . 2002 Copyright Kenna Consulting, Inc. & The Reconnection

“Find out why these

Healing Frequencies

are unlike any other.” - Adam Seavey

The Trager® Approach combines playful, effortless movement exercises called Mentastics® with gentle, relaxing bodywork to promote deep relaxation and harmony for mind and body. It is used to address a wide range of physical issues. TRAGER

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PRACTITIONERS IN YOUR AREA :

Ariana Magnifico,

Reflexology

LMT

413.445.7239

Wendy Tryon, 413.528.4058

Andrea Borak,

RN

MFA, CMA

413.499.5965 ab1dancer@aol.com

Ellen Russo,

BA

413.644.0148 receivepeace@gmail.com MILTON TRAGER’S WORK WILL BENEFIT ANYONE WISHING TO LEAD A HEALTHIER, MORE DYNAMIC LIFE.” - DEEPAK CHOPRA

Website: www.tragerus.org

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eflexology is a science which deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in a natural way, a type of preventative maintenance. Reflexology is a serious advance in the health field and should not be confused with massage. - From the International Institute of Reflexology. ~ Contributed by Audrey Herrick 42

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Contest #9

ind this imag e in one of our advertiser’s ads. If you are the first caller to call 413-274-1122 on Tuesday, September 1st at 2:00 PM with the correct answer, you will win a Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup makeover for up to 4 people, valued at $260 plus 15% off any purchase that day. Contributed by Sherie Keefner at Face Haven. See ad on page 35.


Health Care: Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Trager® Approach

Women's Health

PEACE BEYOND RELAXATION Through movement and bodywork

Ellen Russo Compassion in Motion The Trager® Approach - Reiki TM Soul Body Fusion

SHIVANI LASH

Call for a free 15 minute consult:

413-644-0148

Home Birth Midwifery

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shivani.lash@gmail.com • 413.441.3466 “As we can trust the flowers to open to new life, so we can trust birth.”

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." ~ Mother Theresa

- H. Hartigan

Home & Garden d et a i l s inter ior de sign Carole King Julie Brady 292 South Main Street Sheffield, MA 413.229.3333

Hartsville Design

Architectural Woodworking Custom Cabinetry • Fine Furniture • Staircases

"I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book." ~ Groucho Marx

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Contest #10

ind this image in one of our advertiser’s ads. If you are the first caller to call 413-274-1122 on Thursday, October 1st at 12:15 PM with the correct answer, you will win a one hour business/career coaching session valued at $150. Contributed by Bill Bean, Green Planning & Coaching. Please see advertisement on page 18.

Traditional ● Creative ● Original Design

Specializing in Healthy Furniture & Woodwork for Environmentally Sensitive Individuals & Children 413.528.6133 • Kevin@HartsvilleDesign.com www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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Home & Garden

Specializing in the Installation and Care of Sustainable Landscapes, Lawns, Trees and Shrubs Walls, Patios, Stairs in Native Stone ~ Water Features Pruning/Removal, Cabling/Bracing of Ornamental, Shade & Fruit Trees Soil Testing/Fertilization of Lawns, Shrubs and Trees Disease/Pest, and Invasive Species Management Least-Toxic Methods •

Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCP) Licensed & Certified Arborists (MCA, ISA, MA/CT) Members: ISA, TCIA, CTPA, SBCC • Experienced, Reliable, Insured Serving the Berkshire-Taconic Region of MA /CT/NY Estimates are Provided at No Charge • Sheffield, Massachusetts 413-229-8124! www.websteringersoll.com

PROJECT NATIVE Growing Nature’s Garden

Photo by David Ellis

Learn about your backyard habitat!

“Agway’s not going green – we’ve BEEN green for over 30 years!”

Brands you trust. People who know.

Project Native is offering workshops on: Fern Propogation, Native Seed Collection, Invasive ID, Trellis Building & more... For more information or to register call 413-274-3433 WWW.PROJECTNATIVE.ORG

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Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.* A radon mitigation system gets rid of radon before it has a chance to enter the house.

Since 1996 â&#x20AC;˘ 413.442.3604 â&#x20AC;˘ asgaines07@aol.com

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.â&#x20AC;? ~William Morris

Natural Home Cleaning

Justin Zieminski

certified radon mitigator

(800) 621-4737

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Are You Living in a Toxic Home?

Keeping homes healthy and clean in the Berkshires for 20 years. Call Mya: 413-528-1356 a References available

Specializing in all natural products. Green Cleaning homes in the Berkshires for 7+ years.

Call Corissa Martel â&#x20AC;˘ 413-717-2242 â&#x20AC;˘ 413-229-0244 â&#x20AC;˘ References Available

By Will Ryan The most common poison exposures for children are ingestion of household products, such as cleaning substances. Chlorine is the number one cause of child poisonings in the U.S. Many chemicals found in the home are associated with allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders. 90 percent of toxic hazards are caused by the inhalation of vapors and absorption of hazardous particles. As you ponder these statements, ask yourself, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s under my sink?â&#x20AC;? In addition, indoor pollutants come from all sorts of chemicals we use to make our lives easier every day: paints, carpets, furniture, household cleaners, and personal care products. Be on the lookout for the following harmful product ingredients:

Volatile organic cleaning compounds â&#x2014;? Kerosene â&#x2014;? Phenol â&#x2014;? Cresol â&#x2014;? Lye â&#x2014;? Hydrochloric acid â&#x2014;? Sulfuric acid â&#x2014;? Sulfamic acid â&#x2014;? Ammonia â&#x2014;? Sodium hydroxide â&#x2014;? Butyl cellosolve â&#x2014;? Phosphoric acid â&#x2014;? Formaldehyde â&#x2014;? Morpholine

Will Ryan Speaking of Health 297 East Road Alford, MA 01266 (413) 528-0501 willryan.shaklee@gmail.com www.shaklee.net/willryan

Products for the care of home and body

The bottom line is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Read product labels.â&#x20AC;? Thousands of Americans are unknowingly poisoning their families. Avoid being one of them by discarding harmful items in your home and replacing them with natural, nontoxic, biodegradable productsâ&#x20AC;Ś youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be glad you did. ~ Will Ryan, Speaking of Health. See ad at left.

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In Business: Greening Up!

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potlight on Green & Holistic usinesses in Our Community

The Country Gardeners Owner: Bridghe W. McCracken

scapes are integral to the health of communities and individuals alike. I believe that our landscapes are a reflection of how we see the world. When I started my business, The Country Gardeners, I saw the world as something to perfect and master. Thus, my work was reminiscent of perfect English garden estates. Now my worldview has changed and I see our landscapes as an invitation to have a conversation with nature. This is reflected in my present work.

What I Offer

What I Do

I design and install ecologically mindful landscapes, as well as mentor and teach organic land-care maintenance. Everything that my business does seeks to be as sustainable, local, and organic as possible. I am also the head native landscape designer at Project Native.

How I Got Started

Being involved with community gardens as early as 1989 planted the seed for me that emphasized how our living land-

• Habitat-driven design, installation, and land care. • Master plan design for private residences, businesses, and landscape restorations. • Edible landscape design for individuals, schools, and community groups. • Landscape installation and organic land care.

We service CT, MA and NY. You may have come across my gardens, which have been in The Hidden Gardens of Pittsfield garden tour. Phone: 413-644-0155 Email: ecolanddesign@gmail.com

Everything from my uniforms and office supplies to the daily running of my business is energy ef-

Owner: Eileen Lawlor, LISCW What I Do I work with adults individually as an action-oriented psychotherapist focusing on life challenges, including trauma, loss, relationships, transitions, and spirituality. I am trained in hypnosis and guided imagery, meditation, and body-based metaphor work, so many sessions might include one of these modalities. I’ve learned over the years that formidable, lasting change comes about when a client puts forth effort and intention; for that reason I love encouraging clients to "take a meaningful action on their own behalf."

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How to Find Me

What Makes Me Green?

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ficient, anti-sweatshop, and organic. I use locally sourced materials for all my landscape installations and land care. I invest in my team through education and offer a positive work environment and carbon credits for walking, biking, or carpooling to my shop.

www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

How I Got Started Fourteen years ago when I was a social worker in private practice, I suddenly hit my ethical and moral wall and knew I could no longer work within the managed-care system. In a tremendous act of faith, I relocated to the Berkshires and essentially began life over again. This time I began working as the holistic, wellness-focused psychotherapist I was meant to be. What Will Clients Experience? Stillpoint Studio & Gardens is an actual place, set against the wonderful Berkshire woods and mountain ranges. I feel the unique, natural beauty surrounding the studio supports and assists clients


ADAMAH

The Jewish Environmental Fellowship

AMAH fellows began to experiment with the process of lacto-fermentation in 2006. Over the next two years the number of fermented products grew and began being sold through farmers' markets at the retreat center. In 2008 we received a grant to construct a legal processing kitchen and since then, products have been showing up all over the Berkshire area, delivered in our box truck that runs on recycled veggie oil.

We Also Offer What We Do

ADAMAH products are made using organically grown vegetables from the retreat center’s six-acre farm. The vegetables are preserved using the traditional method of lacto-fermentation, creating live-culture dill pickles, half-sour pickles, firekraut, sauerkraut, kim chi, and dilly beans as well as seasonal preserved food including jellies and jams. Unlike vinegar-based pickles, ADAMAH products are full of antioxidants and enzymes that aid in proper digestion and nutrient absorption.

How We Got Started

In response to a surplus of cucumbers grown on the farm, one of the AD-

in coming home to themselves. Clients are helped to recognize their own inner wisdom, and to trust both themselves and the Universe as their healing process emerges. Because each life story is different, each therapy has its own special character and progression. What Makes My Work Holistic? By understanding the basics: that we are all ONE, that body/mind/emotions/ spirit are ONE, and that we are ONE with nature and the universe―the rest is easy! My deepest understanding from the perspective of holistic health is that “all healing arises from within.” Personal responsibility therefore includes really listening within: to ourselves, our

ADAMAH offers programs to learn about growing vegetables and lacto-fermentation through the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.

Jewish concept of healing the world. Our products are local, natural, and kosher.

Where to Find Our Products

ADAMAH is a part of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Connecticut. Our products can be found in MA at Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, Berkshire Coop, and Rubiner’s Cheese Mongers in Great Barrington, and in CT at LaBonne’s in Salisbury; Noujaim’s Specialty Foods and Nirvana Juice Bar in Torrington; Jam Food Shop in Sharon; and Toymaker’s Café in Falls Village. Phone: (860) 824-3002 x2, Website: www.isabellafreedman.org/adamah.

The Most Unique Thing about Us

We are Jewish farmers, meaning that we observe Jewish agricultural laws and spiritual traditions including resting on Shabbat, donating a percentage of our produce to local food banks, and working towards tikkum olam”, the

feelings, and our soul’s urgings. This conscious Universe of ours clearly wants us to achieve our highest and best.

How to Find Me To make an appointment or to learn more about my lectures and products: Phone: (413)528-7916 www.EileenAtStillpointStudio.com ~ Eileen's Visualation CD with music by Mark Kelso and John de Kadt, features two separate guided journeys. Please see advertisement on page 50.

Eileen Lawlor presents

2 Guided Journeys: Healing & Wholeness Sleep & Dreaming

Morning at Stillpoint Gardens

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Lifestyles & Perspectives

P&

ersonal Experience of Green Holistic living in Our Community

Ellen Spear NAME:Ellen Spear. HOMETOWN:Queens, New York. LIVING IN THE BERKSHIRES? “Because of those memorable summer afternoons driving along a deserted dirt road somewhere in South County.” HOW YOU KNOW HER:President and CEO of Hancock Shaker Village; Chair of the Board, Berkshire Visitors Bureau. FAVORITE THINGS: “Yoga, Federal Period History, sunrise at Hancock Shaker Village.” WHAT MAKES HER TICK: “It’s all about the food. And cooking. And art and culture. And friends and family. Maybe I lived in Italy in another life?” WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN: “For someone so purposeful, I have no sense of direction. I navigate by landmarks or step-by-step written directions. Sometimes to get somewhere new, I have to go home first and start the journey from there - I just can't extrapolate directions.” GUILTY PLEASURE: “Watching every episode of NCIS.” SHE’S GOT STYLE: “I wish I did. I'm more of a history person than an art person, so I'm never able to do that put-together look. I'd wear jeans and my favorite black tank top all the time if I could.”

SHE’S GONE GREEN: “At home, we've enlarged our backyard veggie, herb, and fruit garden considerably and we've been baking our own bread for more than a year. I'm looking for locally grown wheat that's been milled to flour. At Hancock Shaker Village, we bring the concept of sustainable living to the public through the telling of the Shakers' inspiring story. This enables us to share the concepts of community, sustainability, respect for a thing well made, and responsible land stewardship with our visitors from the region and from around the world."

SHE THINKS COMMUNITY IS IMPORTANT: “Hancock Shaker Village was the ultimate community. I think there are important lessons about multigenerational living and about doing what's best for the common good that we can and should learn from their communal experience.” FAVORITE SAYING: “Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress." (Gandhi) WHAT MAKES HER LAUGH: “Just about any Firesign Theatre album. Their recent CD has a bit spoofing those mattress commercials on TV that has me in tears every time I hear it.” BEST ADVICE: “My grandmother sat me down when I was first married and told me that "you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." I had no clue what she was talking about at the time, but it is advice that has served me well.”

Ellen Spear: Phone: 413-443-0188 x200 • espear@hancockshakervillage.org • www.hancockshakervillage.org

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Love & Laughter Are The Best Medicine! What Makes a Successful Marriage? By Thomas Cooney, DPT

As a practicing physical therapist, I have the luxury of spending a great deal of time with my patients. As they rehabilitate and work on their efforts to get better, a lot of lively and interesting conversations occur on many subjects about life. I often ask my patients who have been married for many years (more than thirty), “What is the secret to a successful marriage?” Here are some of their answers. “Communicate and keep your radar up on any of the funny stuff going on.” ~ Leo, 82 years old, 60 years married “Marry someone that loves you a little more than you love them.” ~ Ann, 30 years married “Don’t try to change anyone. Be an independent person and become interdependent with each other as you grow your union together.” ~ Helen, 72 years old, 35 years married “Communicate and get working on projects together after the kids have grown up and flown the nest. You need a common bond that you are working on together.” ~ Sam, 62 years old, 30+ years married

LOVE doesn’t grow on TREES . . . but you can discover it for yourself at This year, we’re celebrating 25 years of helping environmentally and socially aware singles of all ages to find each other and create meaningful relationships. Visit us at www.concernedsingles.com or speak with Rodelinde at 413-243-4350

“My wife has the potential to give me all four seasons in one day. You just have to know that and deal with it.” ~ Tom, 54 years old, 22 years married “Opposites may attract but people who are a lot alike stay together. You have to both like your partner and love them as well. Those are two separate things.” ~ Yvonne, 82 years old, 50+ years married “Never argue about stuff that’s not important. Most of the stuff just isn’t important.” ~ Joe, 60 years married ~ Compiled by local physical therapist Thomas Cooney, DPT, from a chapter in his book, Kirchner Road. Berkshire Physical Therapy & Wellness, see ad page 41.

Martial Arts

Made for Each Other

Three Reasons to Let the Dandelions Grow And if they ask me now, Why do you love this man? 1. They nourish bees and are I have a simple answer, important for honey production. an answer that includes 2. They attract beneficial ladybugs. 3. Their deep roots help to aerate all other answers: He, too, likes dandelions. the soil. ~ Project Native ~Rodelinde Housatonic, MA

Teaching Authentic Shaolin Kempo Karate Classes for Men, Women and Children of All Ages Call for a FREE CLASS 877 Simonds Road Williamstown, MA VillarisOfWilliamstown.com

(413) 458-2472

Fred Villari's Studios of Self Defense www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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Mind & Spirit

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Mind & Spirit

Special Edition Resource Guide For more information about submitting articles or advertising please contact Thea Basis at thea@OurBerkshireGreen.com 413-528-8084

Fun On Every Level

39 South St., Rt. 7 Pittsfield, MA 01201 0QFOEBJMZt413.443.7171 berkshiremuseum.org

Did you know that meditation is good for your body/mind and spirit? • Lower blood pressure • Boost immune system functioning • Increase positive emotions • Increase confidence • Reduce anxiety and muscle tension

• Improve performance on cognitive tests • Connect with the higher dimensions of your being

• Improve concentration and focus

Thea will create a

personalized

meditation session for you.

Individual and group sessions available. (413) 528-8084

THEA BASIS

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Tom Warner Watercolors, www.twarnerwatercolors.com


Printers

Organic Clothing

Offering single to eight color printing at our “green” company. NOW TRI-CERTIFIED WITH FSC, SFI & PEFC!

3 Federico Drive, Pittseld, MA 01201 Tel. 413-442-4166 • Fax. 413-442-8612 www.qualprint.com • sales@qualprint.com

NOW USING

Recycling at Its Best!

LARRY BYRNES

PO Box 73 Lanesborough MA 01237 p: 413.445.INKS (4657) f : 413.442.2709 Greenmountaincartridges@verizon.net GmcInk.com

Reusable, designer gift bags & totes for everyday

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olivedesignertotes.com

Olive Designs totes feature eye-catching and whimsical design elements that enhance our lives while contributing to the preservation of the planet. Our low-cost designer totes are reusable, 100% recyclable, extremely durable, machine washable, quick-drying, breathable, naturally mildew resistant, lightweight and a fair labor product. Inquiries: 413 822 8933 or email: olivedesignertotes@gmail.com

�Live. Love. Olive Designs

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Contest #11

Find this image in one of our advertiser’s ads.

If you are the first caller to call 413-274-1122 on Thursday, October 1st at 12:30 PM with the correct answer, you will win a $20 gift certificate from Stone Soup. Contributed by Jeanne, Stone Soup. See ad on page 53.

Hours: Tues-Fri 10-5 Thurs 10-7 EXERCISE Sat 10-4

SPORTS FURNITURE TOOLS

10 Lyman Street Pittsfield MA 01201 (off East St. near KFC) Phone/Fax: 413-442-2429

E-mail: instantreplay599@aol.com

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Restaurants & Cafes

Card Lake Inn

Award-winning Inn Fine European Dining & Gourmet Catering Hands-on Cooking School & Exquisite Weddings

“The Taste of Germany” Restaurant Specializing in organically grown, authentic German & European cuisine.

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ooking for the perfect place to have your next event? We specialize in events from 30 to 75 guests in a casual, classic, country facility that offers organic foods and drink. Make the Card Lake Inn your party home away from home. We strive to provide a relaxing, stress free event and reasonable prices while being attentive to keeping it as environmentally friendly as possible. Be it a cocktail party, a buffet or a 5 course sit down dinner, it will be sure to please. We use natural materials for decorations, organic and locally produced foods and drinks, making it the real Berkshire experience.

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413.232.0272 • cardlakeinn.net MAIN STREET, WEST STOCKBRIDGE , MA 01266

Hands-on cooking school by certified master chef. Weddings & special events up to 300 guests on exquisite organic & chemical free retreat property. 16 guest rooms all with private bathroom.

Award-winning Inn “Best Inn in the Berkshires” from “Best of Boston 2005” - Boston Magazine.

413-274-6118

www.williamsvilleinn.com Route 41, West Stockbridge, MA Serving dinner Thursday - Saturday by advance reservation.

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Restaurants & Cafes

Website Development

Take Out Only Organic Vegan Foods Daily Specials Catering & Special Orders Upon Request Monday-Friday: 11:30-7:30pm Saturday: 11-4pm 239 Onota Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 Tel: 413.443.2625 www.thedancingvegan.com Present this ad for 10% off your next order

Stone Soup

@ Topia Arts, Adams an eclectic café

featuring: Yogi Teas • Deans Beans organic/fair trade coffee & espresso • vegan & gluten free baked goods • an ever-changing menu of local foods & entertainment • free wireless

(413) 743-9420

facebook.com/stone.soup.adams

cafe ADAM

Modern European Cuisine Serving Brunch Lunch Dinner

Fresh local & organic ingredients &YUSBPSEJOBSZGPPEt'JOFXJOF 413.528.7786 / cafeadam.org

325 STOCKBRIDGE RD. GREAT BARRINGTON MA

"Fear is a four-letter word." ~ Rodelinde

SHERI A. BIASIN WEBSITE & INTERNET CONSULTANT WEBSITE DESIGN SOLAR WEB HOSTING Sheri@GrayMatterHost.com

CELL 413-822-2070

OFFICE 413-528-4402

GrayMatterHost.com

Website Search Optimization Tips

Are you on the first page in a Google search for a local business of your type? Here are four things you can do to help your web site get on the first page: 1. Find the best keywords (keywords are words that a visitor would put in to a search engine to find you) for your site first. Resources like Google Adword Keyword Tool can also help look at your competitor’s site. 2. Make sure you add your zip code and towns you serve if you have a local business. 3. Create page titles, meta descriptions (the two-line descriptions that come under your link in Google) and URLs that are made up of strong keywords. 4. Content on the page should be updated regularly and keyword rich. Above all, write your content for people to read. Once you get a visitor to the site you want them to come back again and again. ~ Bob O'Haver, GRAYMATTERHOST.COM

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Contest #12

ind this image in one of our advertiser’s ads. If you are the first caller to call 413-274-1122 on Thursday, October 1st at 12:45 PM with the correct answer, you will win a Tom Warner print called "On the Backs of Angels" valued at $250. Contributed by Tom Warner. See advertisement on page 9 and painting on page 50. www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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Wellness Centers & Spas

SATI

Wellness Center

Berkshire Healing Arts

is a community of independent health and healing practitioners with a common orientation towards health, healing and wellness.

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Body Connection Chiropractic ..........................................38 Bruce Mandel ........................................................................11 cafeADAM .............................................................................53 Card Lake Inn .......................................................................52 Center for Compassionate Relationships, The .................39 Center for Ecological Technology, CET ...........................22 Centre for Acupuncture, Herbs & Massage, The ............38 Christine Tobin APRN-BC, A-HNC .................................36 Christy Thorne, LMT - Energy Bodywork .......................40 Clean Rite - Clean Green .....................................................45 Clearwater Natural Foods ....................................................29 Climate Heating & Cooling ...........................inside front cover Compassion in Motion ........................................................43 Concerned Singles ................................................................49 Dancing Vegan, The .............................................................53 Deb Phillips, MS, LDN, CHES ..........................................41 Decumanus Green Design ..................................................29 delSol ........................................................................................7 Details Interior Design ........................................................43 DeVries Building Supply .....................................................31 Domaney’s Wine & Liquors ................................................54 Dunn's Heating & Solar, LLC .................................back cover Dynamic Change Life Coaching ........................................15


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