Digby

Digby is the nomme de plum of a long-time Great Barrington resident who is under psychiatric care.+
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Lily Abrahams

Lily Abrahams has been a Great Barrington resident for most of life. When she is not in her hometown she is in Amherst where she goes to school at the University of Massachusetts in the class of 2019. Lily plans on majoring in History with minors in philosophy and English. Before college she was a student at Monument Mountain Regional High school where she graduated from in 2015. Lily enjoys writing in many forms ranging from poetry to academic essays.+
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Berkshire Women's Action Group

In the summer of 2017, Jennifer Clark, Anni Crofut, Wendy Kleinman, Marcia Arland and Marj Wexler, comprising the Environment Committee of the Berkshire Women’s Action Group, met to discuss how we could make a difference. Together we saw the movie “A Plastic Ocean,” and we decided to show it again in Great Barrington. To pay for the rights to show the movie, we collected bottles and cans at the Egremont Transfer Station and redeemed them. A plan was taking shape. We agreed that the most egregious of all single-use plastics was the plastic water bottle. We talked with merchants who would be affected, especially small merchants who worried about the loss of revenue in the summer months. We talked with Great Barrington officials, high school students, and other environmental groups. We found that we had a lot of support, and we proceeded to create an article for the town warrant. We presented our work, and the bylaw was approved at two Town Meetings during the summer of 2018.+
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Levi Green and Adam Gudeon

Levi Green is a writer, director, actor, dancer. Adam Gudeon is an illustrator, children's book author, and Super Dad. They seem to be twins separated at birth and reunited by the deity of brotherhood.+
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Deborah Golden Alecson

Deborah Golden Alecson is a retired professor in the field of thanatology. She is the author of Lost Lullaby (University of California Press, 1995), We Are So Lightly Here: A Story About Conscious Dying (IntoPrint Press, 2014), Complicated Grief: A Collection of Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and Alternative Treatments for Children Within the Autistic Spectrum (Keats Publishing, 1999). She wrote a monthly column for The Berkshire Eagle entitled “Musings on Mortality.”+
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David Lazan and Alexandra Glover

David Lazan and Alexandra Glover are partners in the Massachusetts law firm Lazan Glover & Puciloski. Headquartered in Great Barrington, the firm has a sophisticated real estate, civil litigation, business, estate planning and probate law practice. Our work includes residential and commercial real estate transactions, zoning and permitting before local and state boards, civil litigation in Massachusetts state and Federal courts, and all stages of appellate work. We practice statewide.+
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Karrie Allen

Karrie Allen is a writer at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the only college in the country offering a liberal arts and sciences BA program specifically designed for students ready to enter college early, after the 10th or 11th grade. Prior to Simon’s Rock, she worked at Columbia-Greene Media for 15 years, six years with the Register-Star in various positions, and nine years as editor of the Chatham Courier.+
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Gert Alper

Gert Alper was born in Zurich, Switzerland and trained as a Chef in Lucerne. As his many reviews and letters attest, he has given the Swiss Hutte a European flair and has created a country inn which measures up to many of the famous inns in the US or Europe. It is no accident that Robert Mondavi (of the Mondavi Winery) and his wife chose the Swiss Hutte as their destination in the Berkshires. Gert Alper is proud to be a chef and this shines through in his cuisine. Simplicity and high quality ingredients are his trademarks. A lot of his produce is grown right in the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley. Gert features some of the most delectable foods in the country including Fois Gras, Coach Goat Cheese and Markistos Tender Greens, to name a few. You’ll find things like domestic rack of lamb, soft shell crabs, Black Angus Beef, milk-fed veal and free-range chicken on his menu. All the baking is done on premises; even his European hard rolls are made from scratch. Everyday, creme brulee is made from locally produced Jersey cream. His meringues are to dream about, and if you're lucky you might get to taste one of his famous souffles. Of course, you’ll find the well known Wienerschnitzel or Geschnetzeltes Kalbfleisch served with either Rosti or Spatzli. Enjoy cheese fondue in front of the two fireplaces in the restaurant. Outdoor patio dining, anyone? We’ve got it and it’s surrounded with a fragrant flower and herb garden and matching table settings. It’s all here at the Swiss Hutte. We can't wait for you to visit.+
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Tristan Alston

Tristan Alston, a summer volunteer at the Berkshire Center for Justice, is a rising sophomore at Swarthmore College, where his focus has been Peace and Conflict Studies, Environmental Studies, and Spanish. He is a peer mentor in the Writing Associates Program and, in addition to his wildlife photography and photojournalism, works as a photographer on campus. He is also a member of the Varsity Track & Field team. He aspires to continue on to a graduate degree program, and is considering law school. Tristan hopes to address matters of environmental justice, structural and racial violence, and to contribute to both domestic and international peace building efforts.+
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Art Ames

Art Ames has lived in Great Barrington for a lucky 13 years, and acts as the General Manager of Berkshire Co-op Market, a natural foods cooperative, also here in Great Barrington. An avid fan of all things cultural, Art also writes music reviews and articles for Elmore Magazine,and you can find him on the radio on Sunday and Monday nights, hosting a music show on WBCR in G.B. and WXOJ in Northampton respectively. And advocate for community engagement,civility and good old-fashioned common sense, he still manages to inexplicably be a slightly fanatical Red Sox fan, and for better or worse, has an opinion on just about everything.+
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Shannon Amidon Castille

Shannon Amidon Castille is Associate Director of Marketing & Communications at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. A Massachusetts native, she has worked in university relations and alumni news in Washington state and Hawai’i, and was an editor and writer for daily newspapers and a regional cultural arts magazine in Louisiana. She is an award-winning poet. Her M.F.A. in Creative Writing is from the Inland Northwest Writers’ Center at Eastern Washington University in Spokane. She lives with her husband and two boys in Monterey, Mass.+
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F. Andrus Burr and Ann K. McCallum

Ann and Andy are the principals of the Williamstown firm Burr and McCallum Architects, founded in 1982.  Both Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), their design philosophy starts with a strong connection to a site: physically, historically, and emotionally. From that beginning emerges invention where they love to use old materials in innovative ways. In collaboration with their clients, their team updates traditional construction methods that have proven their worth over centuries with new materials and current energy conservation techniques. History is their friend and inspiration.  www.burrandmccallum.com+
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