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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

Masks work

Masks are necessary and do work on flattening the curve. So why is there such resistance?

Parking lot government: A Great Barrington town meeting for the ages

If the town meeting is not able to pass a budget by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the town of Great Barrington, like hundreds of other small municipalities in the state with a town-meeting form of government, has a problem.

PERSPECTIVES: Adjusting to a world post-pandemic: Berkshire gyms adapt in ever-changing environment

The demand for exercise hasn't wavered while people have been stuck indoors.

PERSPECTIVES: Egremont couple crowdfunding future cannabis store, as more outlets reopen after shutdown

In the cannabis industry, trying to raise capital through traditional borrowing is difficult, in part because most commercial banks avoid lending money for marijuana businesses.

PERSPECTIVES: Town aims to close off Castle, Railroad streets for evening dining as restrictions on restaurants are eased

Selectboard member Leigh Davis said she has heard from two businesses on Railroad Street that are interested in closing the street for evening dining.

PERSPECTIVES: ‘Masked’ businessman returns to Berkshire County bearing gifts from Mexico

The idea for retail businesses is that most will require masks of customers for the foreseeable future. If a customer does not have a mask, businesses can offer them one because they will now have a supply.

South County schools get creative about graduations in pandemic era

Graduating seniors have been coming into school, three or four at a time, and walking across the auditorium stage to receive their diplomas. The video footage of the students will be incorporated into a virtual graduation.

Gov. Baker releases detailed guidelines for reopening of child care, camps, summer rec programs

Prior to reopening, all programs must develop plans for daily health screenings and ways to identify children and staff who are sick, symptomatic or who become exposed to coronavirus.

Pandemic economy forces scaling down of ‘transformative’ Eagle Mill project

The project overall remains in strong shape, having received another $400,000 worth of historic rehabilitation tax credit funds earlier this year from the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

PERSPECTIVES: In the wake of ‘devastating’ COVID-19 pandemic, officials and nonprofit executives see opportunity

Hinds said Berkshire County might see a more aggressive reopening schedule than other portions of the state because of the county's sparsely populated rural landscape.

Gov. Baker announces industry-specific guidelines for reopening state

The four-phase reopening plan allows some businesses to open with restrictions this month, as long as they implement a series of safety protocols.

Reeling from COVID-19, South County towns and schools ‘pivot,’ brace for the worst

Invariably there will be other problems that we can't even foresee, in part because hard data is difficult to come by.

Baker announces 4-phase reopening of Mass. economy

Nonessential businesses have been shuttered since March 23, but after the Reopening Advisory Board met with over 40 industry stakeholders across the Commonwealth, Baker said in his Monday press briefing that some may gradually begin to reopen by Monday, May 18.

PERSPECTIVES: Great Barrington Farmers’ Market to kick off 30th anniversary season with changes

Shoppers are asked to arrive with patience, flexibility and face masks as the community makes yet another shift to what will be the season’s “new normal.”

The Berkshire Record closes its doors after 31 years

Limestone Communications, the Record's holding company, also published several other revenue-generating publications, including Best of the Berkshires, and a series of guides for the seasons.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: CATA launches online programs; CDC awarded tax credits; BBG welcomes Turnbull; nonprofit workshops; PPP at Salisbury Bank

Gov. Charlie Baker recently awarded the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire an allotment of the 2020 Community Investment Tax Credit Program in the amount of $150,000.
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