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THE LAZY BERKSHIRE GARDENER: Week of May 29, 2024

Sometimes the lazy gardener must choose what can be done in the time available.

News Brief: Sheffield annual town meeting to be held June 29

After the auditorium has been filled following safe seating protocols, voters will be seated in the school gym and, if needed, the library.

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.

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.

Community invited to support Monument graduates

In a letter to the editor, Kristi Farina and Peter Dillon writes, "We’d love to see our community line the route in a socially distanced way with masks on and make a lot of noise in admiration of our graduates."

Double standard applies to parking lot proposals

When it was suggested that the Planning Board should advise the Select Board, the Assistant Town Manager was adamant that doing so would be a violation of the law.

Amid pandemic, Berkshire Hills to transition next week from ‘enrichment’ to ‘directed learning’

The new directed learning will be more content-based than the earlier enrichment programming. Still, student work during this time will not be graded.

‘Berkshire Education Now’ debuts on CTSB, addresses schools’ response to COVID-19

In addition to Quinn Burnell, who offered a student's perspective, guests for the first episode were the four South County superintendents

Great Barrington declares state of emergency, will likely postpone town meeting, elections

Selectboard Chair Steve Bannon tried to reassure everyone that town government was functioning and that elected officials were active and town employees were still reporting to work.

PCB removal pact sparks anger and dismay at EPA, towns

Opponents of the recent settlement between General Electric, the Environmental Protection Agency and five South County towns to clean up PCBs in the Housatonic River reveal plans to stop a planned PCB landfill in Lee.

GB, South County Year in Review: Of mergers, bridges, cannabis and ‘blood money’

In the spirit of reflection and self-examination, herein lies The Edge's second annual Great Barrington year in review. It includes some select stories from other South County towns as well, along with embedded links to Edge stories for more information.

Burke reappointed SBRSD School Committee chair; negotiations start with superintendent

The committee also entered into executive session to discuss a pair of open meeting law complaints.

Its funding threatened by the FCC, community television looks to reinvent itself

Looming over everything from funding to programming is a recent decision by the FCC to allow cable companies to, in effect, significantly reduce funding for public, educational and governmental channels.

South County cable advisory panel urges Healey to sue FCC over rules changes

The Five Town Cable Cable Advisory Committee voted to send a letter to state Attorney General Maura Healey urging her to take legal action to reverse a decision made last month by the FCC that local access channels say would devastate their funding.

Markey, local cable operators, fear loss of access channels if new FCC rule passes

Those who run the county’s three access channels say the new rules, which would severely impact their revenue streams, would likely put them out of business and deprive the public of valuable programming available nowhere else.

Chabon’s experience benefits Stockbridge Board of Selectmen

In a letter to the editor, Anita Schwerner writes, "Don Chabon is the only Stockbridge Board of Selectman candidate with experience and expertise in town government, having served as selectman for three years and as chairman for two."

Daniel’s Art Party at Simon’s Rock: Community radio and ‘Berkshire Bedtime Stories’

The next Daniel's Art Party/WBCR collaboration will be “Berkshire Bedtime Stories,” a series of recordings of children’s books read by Berkshire locals. The show will be broadcast at bedtime, as you might imagine.
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