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Friday, September 16, 2022

Berkshire Magazine has released the names of this year's Berkshire 25. The ninth annual selection recognizes individuals who are the most dedicated, the most creative, and the most influential people in their fields. Representing every aspect of the Berkshire community, the 25 people are highlighted in the just-released Fall issue of Berkshire Magazine. The selected individuals have contributed tremendously to our region. They come from various walks of life, reflecting the diversity and dedication of people who have made themselves an integral part of our unique region. Nominations were received from the community, and—with the help of a panel of advisors—the editorial board made the final selection.

"Wanda Houston is our very own Berkshire diva. Born in Chicago, she started singing in gospel choirs, and has performed in LA, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Europe, and Australia. In 2006, she settled in the Berkshires full-time, drawing us in with a mesmerizing mix of mid-20th century jazz and R&B. The Wanda Houston Band performs to packed crowds, from The Mount in Lenox to The Barn in Egremont. Paying forward her parents' involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, she sang the sorrow songs of Berkshire native son W. E. B. Du Bois at his 153rd birthday commemorative in February 2021. "This is the most beautiful place to live," says Houston. "I could not be happier." Neither could we."

The 2022 Berkshire 25:
Meg Bossong, Laura Brennan, Ed and Marge Bride, Jack Brown, Laura Cabrera, Eugene Carr, Catheryn Chacon, Molly Comstock, Peter Dillon, A.J. Enchill, Igor Gomberg and Katya Brezgunova, Patti Harper, Wanda Houston, Adam Klepetar, Jim McGrath, Paul W. O'Brien, Rachael Plaine, Jenny Rubin and Nick Keene, Ryan Salame, Matthew Scarafoni, Mia Shepherd, Candace Morey Wall

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