Sunday, May 26, 2024

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David Scribner

A writer, photographer and journalist, David Scribner served for 10 years as editor of The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, prior to which he was editor of The Middletown (Conn.) Press. Most recently, he spent four years as news editor of The Berkshire Record. His essays have appeared in Yankee magazine, Vermont Life and other publications, his reviews in the Pacific Sun, and his photographs at the International Center for Photography in New York City. His short stories have been published in literary magazines, and his play, “Invasive Species,” was premiered at New Stage Performing Arts in Pittsfield under the direction of Nicki Wilson.

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Great Barrington Town Meeting will proceed as scheduled — in spite of the heat

The temperatures predicted for Monday evening do not appear to amount to an emergency.

Stolen flags at ‘GB hedge’ park replaced

During the July 4 holiday, approximately 100 U.S. flags were taken at night from the town park at the intersection of State Road and Main Street.

Ronald G. ‘Ronnie’ Leonard, 84, of Hartsville

Ronnie, with Ida by his side, started a business venture and created Mount Everett Landscaping and Construction.

Great Barrington Selectboard denounces racism, initiates review of police practices

The goal of the reexamination of the role of the police is to “transform the police into a force for justice. We are not painting our Police Department with the same brush as other departments in other cities.” -- Selectboard member Leigh Davis

Black Lives Matter rally denounces persistent racism in America

“There is racism in our system of justice and this is the moment to do something about it.” -- Berkshire state Sen. Adam Hinds

Vera C. Forte, 86, of Housatonic

Mother Forte was a Spirit-filled and gifted vocalist who could be heard singing melodic gospel songs chosen from an eclectic array of artists and artistic styles.

In view of coronavirus contagion Williams College postpones 2020 graduation ceremonies

“I have decided, reluctantly and with significant disappointment, that the college cannot safely hold a traditional in-person Williams commencement or reunion in June.” Williams College President Maud Mandel

Great Barrington to consider extending tax bill deadlines, delaying town meeting and elections

“We know these are stressful times for our residents, so the Selectboard will have an opportunity to ease the burden on our taxpayers." -- Selectboard Chairman Stephen Bannon

Web site outage causes Great Barrington meetings to be postponed

The meetings originally scheduled for the Council on Aging, Cemetery Commissioners and Economic Development Committee that were for Wednesday, February 26th need to be cancelled/rescheduled.

Planning Board recommends special permit for marijuana cultivation, processing facility in Housatonic

“We can’t make a judgment on the social or economic merits of this project. That’s the job of the Selectboard. But the application does meet the requirements of our zoning bylaws.” -- Great Barrington Planning Board Vice Chair Malcolm Fick

‘Flowers Falling from my Mouth,’ ritual dance-theatre by Pooja Prema, at Sheffield Covered Bridge

“I am trying to bring opposites together. I am the bridge. How do you create peace, peace between men and women?” -- Pooja Prema, describing the purpose of her new work, “Flowers Falling from my Mouth”

In a first for Alford, a woman is elected to the Select Board

“I feel really blessed to live here.” -- Horticulturalist Peggy Rae Hendon-Wilson, newly elected to the Alford Select Board

BCD joins national student walkout calling for strict gun controls, safer schools

Thousands of students nationwide are protesting the epidemic of school shootings. Gun violence in schools and the slaughter of school children has become a weekly affair. So far in 2018 there have been 20 school shootings, an average of 1.25 per week.

Now you see it, now you don’t

"This building was built like a bomb shelter.” -- Craig Van Patten, commenting on the difficulty in demolishing the former Laramee Cleaners building on Bridge Street

Take The Live Poets Society quiz: One day left

Top scoring quiz takers will be eligible to win an autographed book of poems by one of our salon authors.

Lost and found: Unexpected gifts

“I was on my way to the Big Y, and stopped at the crosswalk for you to walk across. I saw your wallet drop out. And I said to myself, ‘I can’t not say anything. It’s a person’s life.’ ” — Betsy Halla
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