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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.

Articles by David Scribner

Historic Commission gives green light to Great Barrington hotel project at Searles School

Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 - “This is an investment by local people. And we’ll be creating a shared environment for our customers and for the town, a virtual downtown resort, where our visitors will find destinations for entertainment, culture, shopping and dining within walking distance." --- Chrystal Mahida, owner of 79 Bridge Street Realty, the future developer of the Searles School

Matthew Savery: The accidental conductor at Carnegie Hall

Friday, 29 May 2015 - "It’s easy to think that if you don’t come from a big metropolitan area, you don’t have a shot. But I’ve conducted all over the world. You have to believe that it’s possible. Nothing comes easy. The true joy in life is to be at your best because you’ve worked hard to develop your craft. Then when you nail it, nothing is better than that.” -- Conductor Matthew Savery, who grew up in Lee, Massachusetts

Stockbridge residents protest police budget, question town leadership

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - Usually, the so-called “baby” town meeting attracts little attention and less attendance. This year, however, the session was far from routine, very contentious, and packed with concerned citizens. The Town Hall conference room was jammed to capacity with more than 100 residents, and if this session were any indicator, next week’s May 18 Annual Town Meeting could be a real donnybrook.

KEIGWIN + COMPANY: High-energy dance at MASS MoCA

Friday, 10 Apr 2015 - “The Pillow build audiences for dance year-round, and one of the ways in which we do that is through our partnership with MASS MoCA. Audiences will be wowed by KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s unstoppable energy and style.” -- Ella Baff, Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob's Pillow

Pothole Paradise

Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 - In keeping with the annual appearance of this trying period that tests our talent for nimble handling of the steering wheel to dodge those pesky chasms in the pavement and to vault the rolling frost heaves, we invite our readers to send us photos of worst pothole they’ve encountered.

Smooth sailing for Elm Court resort at Lenox ZBA hearing

Monday, 23 Feb 2015 - "Gilded Age estates are the Berkshires. They are the distinguishing characteristic of our region, like the great country homes of England." -- Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum "Restoring Elm Court in this way is like embalming a corpse. It's a trade off, more than a fair trade." -- Gregory Whitehead, speaking for the Old Stockbridge Road Neighborhood Association

Desegregating the Berkshires – 54 years ago  

Monday, 16 Feb 2015 - "My Tanglewood roommate, James Tranks, an African American double bass player from Philadelphia, walked into a barbershop in Great Barrington which immediately pulled down its blinds and told him the barbershop was closed. The same thing happened at a second barbershop in Great Barrington shortly thereafter and in Lee the following day." -- Tanglewood Fellow Jim Levinson, recalling an incident in the summer of 1961

Luxury hotel to be proposed for Searles School complex

Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 - "You could imagine that demolition is anathema to historic preservation. On the other hand, you could get a new structure that pays homage to history. It all depends on what the Selectboard is willing to do.” -- Town Planner Christopher Rembold

100 brave Arctic chill to call for return of commuter rail service

Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 - "Sustainable economic development will occur because our regions will be far more attractive to young entrepreneurs and investors when we are connected again by passenger rail to New York, and to the world.” -- Train Campaign founder Karen Christensen of Great Barrington

At Berkshire Playwrights Lab, fundraising is performance art

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 - "We’re a theater company that develops new plays. So it stood to reason (at least in my mind at 1 a.m.) that we should at the very least be entertaining in our appeal and do what we do best … present new plays. And thus, a fund-raising idea was born." -- BPL Artistic Co-Director Joe Cacaci

Bits & Bytes: Food for the homeless, Farm Games, and an Autumn Social

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 - "We set up a table at the Farmers Market in Pittsfield with a full place setting and a sign that simply says ‘support our farmers while caring for our homeless -- buy something today and leave it on this table.’ " -- Eddie O'Toole, Social Responsibility Committee of Unitarian Universalist Church

Bits & Bytes: FilmColumbia 5-day festival

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 - Among the opportunities at the FilmColumbia festival is a screenwriting panel during which audience members are invited to submit a scene from an original screenplay that the panel of actors will read through live.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Shorts; Montessori tour

Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 - This year’s Berkshire Shorts will feature a block of contest entries in “The 30 Day Film Challenge,” a contest in which local filmmakers had 30 days to write, shoot and edit short films.

More taxable property lowers GB tax rate

Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 - "Great Barrrington is the only community in Berkshire County with a large business center that does not employ a split tax rate." --School Committee member Richard Dohoney