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The Berkshire Edge LLC is a locally owned, regional publication. Our goal is to provide, regularly and in depth, content that truly reflects the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually rich and vibrant community.

Guided by respected journalistic standards, the principle of fairness, the quest for truth, a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and an abiding admiration for the independent spirit of the Berkshires, The Berkshire Edge offers in-depth local news reports and features, perspectives on the arts, wide-ranging commentary, and a comprehensive calendar of events – all written, illustrated, and, in some cases performed, with wit, intelligence, insight and humor.

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The Berkshire Edge LLC is a locally owned, regional publication. Our goal is to provide, regularly and in depth, content that truly reflects the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually rich and vibrant community.

Guided by respected journalistic standards, the principle of fairness, the quest for truth, a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and an abiding admiration for the independent spirit of the Berkshires, The Berkshire Edge offers in-depth local news reports and features, perspectives on the arts, wide-ranging commentary, and a comprehensive calendar of events – all written, illustrated, and, in some cases performed, with wit, intelligence, insight and humor.

    The Berkshire Edge On-Air – Wednesday October 6, 2021

    The Berkshire Edge On-Air – Wednesday October 6, 2021

    The Berkshire Edge LLC is a locally owned, regional publication. Our goal is to provide – regularly and in depth – content that truly reflects the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually rich and vibrant community.





    Guided by respected journalistic standards, the principle of fairness, the quest for truth, a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and an abiding admiration for the independent spirit of the Berkshires, The Berkshire Edge offers in-depth local news reports and features, perspectives on the arts, wide-ranging commentary, and a comprehensive calendar of events – all written, illustrated, and, in some cases performed, with wit, intelligence, insight and humor.



    1. What do you know…. Boston acknowledges the western county of Massachusetts. Great Barrington is to receive $2.1 million in COVID relief funds, and state auditor acknowledges the state’s “East/West divide”:





    2. And to that point, State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, has called for “equity” in the distribution of funds for infrastructure revitalization:





    3. Speaking of infrastructure, the Great Barrington Selectboard is taking up the complicated issue of the Housatonic Water Works, that village’s privately owned water system that is plagued with issues, from broken mains to rusty water — a relic of the days when utilities like the water system were privately rather than publicly owned:





    4. We also had a report of the rally in Salisbury, Connecticut, in support of women’s right to an abortion, one of 600 demonstrations nationwide:





    5.  The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) is conducting a (virtual, of course) fundraiser for its affordable housing projects, and it’s showing the film “Citizen Jane,” about Jane Jacobs 





    6.  And finally, in the spirit of independence, Berkshire County will be celebrating “Indigenous People’s Day” on Oct. 11.

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    The Berkshire Edge On-Air Wednesday September 29, 2021

    The Berkshire Edge On-Air Wednesday September 29, 2021

    The Berkshire Edge LLC is a locally owned, regional publication. Our goal is to provide – regularly and in depth – content that truly reflects the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually rich and vibrant community.





    Guided by respected journalistic standards, the principle of fairness, the quest for truth, a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and an abiding admiration for the independent spirit of the Berkshires, The Berkshire Edge offers in-depth local news reports and features, perspectives on the arts, wide-ranging commentary, and a comprehensive calendar of events – all written, illustrated, and, in some cases performed, with wit, intelligence, insight and humor.







    1.  Great Barrington Selectboard has given the green light for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations available to the general public. Fueling up, though, won’t be free:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/its-official-great-barrington-will-charge-for-electric-vehicle-owners-to-fuel-up/



    2.  BerkShares, the local currency pioneered in Great Barrington 15 years ago, is going digital:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/berkshares-celebrates-15-years-in-the-berkshires-with-plans-to-evolve-to-a-digital-format/



    3. The two southern Berkshire school districts have hired a project manager to assemble a process of merging the two districts:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/school-district-consolidation-panel-hires-project-manager-seeks-essential-public-input/



    4. At the same time Berkshire Hills Regional School District has received a $300,000 grant from the Barr Foundation to expand the role of students in making school decisions:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/berkshire-hills-regional-school-district-receives-300000-barr-foundation-grant/



    5. On the musical front, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is offering free tickets for the re-opening of Symphony Hall in Boston:https://theberkshireedge.com/free-bso-community-concert-at-symphony-hall-october-3/



    6. Finally, we have a column from Carole Owens about the tradition of women’s clubs in the Berkshires:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/connections-the-history-of-berkshire-county-womens-clubs/

    The Berkshire Edge On-Air Wednesday September 22, 2021

    The Berkshire Edge On-Air Wednesday September 22, 2021

    The Berkshire Edge LLC is a locally owned, regional publication. Our goal is to provide – regularly and in depth – content that truly reflects the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually rich and vibrant community.





    Guided by respected journalistic standards, the principle of fairness, the quest for truth, a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and an abiding admiration for the independent spirit of the Berkshires, The Berkshire Edge offers in-depth local news reports and features, perspectives on the arts, wide-ranging commentary, and a comprehensive calendar of events – all written, illustrated, and, in some cases performed, with wit, intelligence, insight and humor.







    1. Free battery charging for electric vehicles in Great Barrington? That’s a plan being touted by the Selectboard, for charging stations to be installed in a municipal parking lot behind Carr Hardware on Main Street.  The idea has aroused some criticism:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/free-electricity-in-gb-should-vehicle-owners-pay-for-charges-at-planned-town-ev-stations/



    2. The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative is issued a “film challenge” for young filmmakers… a program to give youth experience in creating their own digital stories:https://theberkshireedge.com/local-film-challenge-aims-to-gives-young-people-a-voice-through-video/



    3. A mother-daughter duo host Mundo Latino on WBCR-lp, the low-power radio station in Great Barrington, to inform the Latino community — as well as the general South County residents — of events and news and services for the Latino populace:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/mother-daughter-duo-use-their-voices-to-celebrate-diversity-on-the-radio/
    4. Massachusetts has allowed the regulated sale of marijuana, but our writer Sheela Clary has a cautionary story about deleterious physical side-effects from cannabis consumption:https://theberkshireedge.com/cannabinoid-hyperemesis-syndrome-when-cannabis-causes-the-pain/



    5. On the cultural front, David Edwards has a fine review of a concert by the Emerson String Quartet at South Mountain in Pittsfield…https://theberkshireedge.com/concert-review-emerson-string-quartet-at-south-mountain/
    And he also previews the Aston Magna Chamber Players concert in Hudson (N.Y.) and Great Barrington at St. James Place this weekend:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/aston-magna-chamber-players-at-hudson-hall-saint-james-place-this-weekend/



    6. And finally, our writer Sheela Clary has an evocative essay about the end of summer:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/at-the-end-of-the-summer/

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    The Berkshire Edge On-Air – Wednesday September 15, 2021

    The Berkshire Edge On-Air – Wednesday September 15, 2021

    The Berkshire Edge LLC is a locally owned, regional publication. Our goal is to provide – regularly and in depth – content that truly reflects the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually rich and vibrant community.





    Guided by respected journalistic standards, the principle of fairness, the quest for truth, a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and an abiding admiration for the independent spirit of the Berkshires, The Berkshire Edge offers in-depth local news reports and features, perspectives on the arts, wide-ranging commentary, and a comprehensive calendar of events – all written, illustrated, and, in some cases performed, with wit, intelligence, insight and humor.



    1. My Day at Ground Zero. Retired Episcopal priest Dr. Stephen White, who has served in the Berkshires, recalls his day at Ground Zero as a volunteer clergyman:https://theberkshireedge.com/steve-white-my-day-at-ground-zero/



    2. The state giveth, and sometimes giveth not. An unexpected grant for a road repaving project in Great Barrington, and nothing for the repair of the derelict Housatonic School:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/out-of-the-blue-unexpected-state-road-grant-and-a-walloping-bill-to-tarp-an-old-school-roof/



    3. Meanwhile, in statewide news, former Berkshire state Sen. Ben Downing has announced he’s running for governor … and in a campaign event in Lee, he focused on transportation issues;
    https://theberkshireedge.com/in-run-for-governor-berkshires-native-son-downing-stresses-transportation-regional-empowerment/
    4. In a sign of how the COVID19 pandemic has upended the Berkshire cultural scene, community choral groups have had to go on hiatus:https://theberkshireedge.com/community-choral-groups-go-silent-as-the-pandemic-drags-on/
    5. The volunteer Berkshire Literacy Network (LitNet) is celebrating its 30th anniversary of helping immigrants learn English in order to gain American citizenship:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/litnet-celebrates-30-years-of-changing-lives-one-person-at-a-time/



    6.  And finally, Music in Common (an organization that was founded by Daniel Pearl, the journalist and musician who was murdered by Muslim extremists while on assignment for the Wall Street Journal — Pearl also worked in the Berkshires for the North Adams Transcript and Berkshire Eagle) is launching a groundbreaking racial equity project in the Berkshires:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/music-in-common-launches-groundbreaking-racial-equity-project-in-the-berkshires/

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    The Berkshire Edge On-Air Wednesday September 8, 2021

    The Berkshire Edge On-Air Wednesday September 8, 2021

    The Berkshire Edge LLC is a locally owned, regional publication. Our goal is to provide – regularly and in depth – content that truly reflects the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually rich and vibrant community.





    Guided by respected journalistic standards, the principle of fairness, the quest for truth, a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and an abiding admiration for the independent spirit of the Berkshires, The Berkshire Edge offers in-depth local news reports and features, perspectives on the arts, wide-ranging commentary, and a comprehensive calendar of events – all written, illustrated, and, in some cases performed, with wit, intelligence, insight and humor.







    1. The Berkshire International Film Festival opens this week, and one of the films is “Sproutland,” a film by Great Barrington’s Cynthia Wade, a fictional account about “Sproutman” (Steve Meyerowitz):
    https://theberkshireedge.com/a-film-sublime-sproutland-focuses-in-on-local-lives/



    2. There will be a memorial procession on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/20th-anniversary-9-11-memorial-procession-to-take-place-saturday-in-south-county/



    3.  We have a podcast, It’s Not that Simple, put together by Great Barrington Selectboard member Ed Abrahams and his cohort Pedro Pachano — and this week they created a discussion of blue laws in Massachusetts, prompted by a marijuana distributor’s failure to pay holiday wages for which Theory Wellness was forced to pay $300,000 in back wages:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/its-not-that-simple-the-blues-in-masschusetts/



    4. Berkshire Community College is resuming its in-person Health Scholars’ Program designed to increase the number of healthcare providers in rural areas.
    https://theberkshireedge.com/health-education-students-offered-free-program-focused-on-community-needs/



    5.  In the Berkshires, there is an urgent need for volunteers for organizations that provide a variety of important services. We profile several:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/help-wanted-part-two/



    6. Finally, through the agency of the West Stockbridge Board of Selectmen an accommodation of sorts has been reached in the feud between the Vietnamese restaurant Truc and the performance venue The Foundry:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/west-stockbridge-breathes-sigh-of-relief-as-settlement-reached-in-truc-foundry-imbroglio/

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    The Berkshire Edge On-Air Wednesday September 1, 2021

    The Berkshire Edge On-Air Wednesday September 1, 2021

    The Berkshire Edge LLC is a locally owned, regional publication. Our goal is to provide – regularly and in depth – content that truly reflects the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually rich and vibrant community.





    Guided by respected journalistic standards, the principle of fairness, the quest for truth, a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and an abiding admiration for the independent spirit of the Berkshires, The Berkshire Edge offers in-depth local news reports and features, perspectives on the arts, wide-ranging commentary, and a comprehensive calendar of events – all written, illustrated, and, in some cases performed, with wit, intelligence, insight and humor.



    1. We’ve had several stories about the dispute in West Stockbridge between The Foundry and the owners of Truc Orient Express restaurant. The Foundry being an open air venue not far from the restaurant where concerts are held, leading to a glut of traffic and parked cars around the restaurant. We may finally get some resolution this week:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/a-solution-may-be-near-as-marathon-foundry-hearing-set-to-resume-on-thursday/



    2. Despite continued appeals from the public, and a history of accidents, the Mass DOT will not put a traffic light at the foot of the driveway to Monument Mountain Regional High School— instead, installing “safety measures":https://theberkshireedge.com/massdot-agrees-to-place-safety-measures-at-monument-driveway-but-no-red-light/



    3. Theory Wellness (sic), the pot dispensary (one of three in Great Barrington), has been forced by the attorney general Maura Healey to pay $300, 000 in unpaid wages and penalties:https://theberkshireedge.com/ag-maura-healey-theory-wellness-agrees-to-pay-300000-in-wages-and-penalties/



    4. An engineering firm has assessed the value of the Housatonic Water Works — the privately owned water system in Housatonic — at a value of negative $25 million — due to repairs necessary to keep the system functioning. That leaves the question of what will the town do.https://theberkshireedge.com/engineer-housatonic-water-works-has-negative-value-of-25-2-million/



    5. Book review: As if things on the national scene weren’t unhinged enough, here come’s Michael Wolff’s account of the last days of the Trump presidency. Mickey Friedman reviews and reminds us to count our lucky stars:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/book-review-michael-wolffs-landslide-covers-the-last-days-of-trumps-presidency/



    6. Then & Now: Local historian Gary Levieille digs into Berkshire history to recall the crash of trolley cars in Lee — at a time when a “street railways” network criss-crossed the Berkshires, and even provided a link to trolley lines in eastern New York:
    https://theberkshireedge.com/then-now-trolley-car-number-30-crashes-twice-in-lee/

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