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International Film Festival: The Berkshire County connection

"Cold Wallet" Production Manager Lizzy Aspenlieder Aspenlieder described the Berkshire International Film Festival as “a melting pot for some of the most talented artists in the world.” “There is something for everyone at this festival,” she said. “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Business Briefs: Entry to Entrepreneurship applications; disaster relief donations; nonprofit workshop for women; fraud prevention seminar; Berkshire Taconic grant deadlines

Big Y World Class Markets are partnering with the American Red Cross to raise donations for those affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Bits & Bytes: Josh Billings RunAground; Jen Durkin at the Garage; James Lasdun at Stockbridge Library; family clothing pop-up

Families will be able to “shop” for free baby and children’s clothing, outerwear, shoes and diapers, and staff will be on-hand to collect donations of clean children’s clothing and disposable and cloth diapers.

CONNECTIONS: Poetry and journalism mingled in William Cullen Bryant

The following year, Bryant was 22 years old. He was living in Great Barrington, working for the town, and practicing law.  He would remain in Great Barrington from 1816 to 1825—out of place and out of sorts.

Let the cash flow: Rural school aid envisioned by Hinds becomes a reality

The funding is intended to help school districts with low population densities and lower-than-average incomes address fiscal challenges and take steps to improve efficiency.

Support Single Payer legislation in Question 4

I Beth Eisenberg writes: "The enormous burden to cities, towns and school districts that must pay ever-increasing health insurance bills for current employees as well as retirees would be alleviated, and other much needed municipal and educational needs could be addressed."

Bits & Bytes: Williams astronomer captures eclipse images; Bryant Day; National Moth Week workshop; Housatonic River cleanup; youth tennis program

Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center will celebrate National Moth Week Tuesday, July 24, from 8 to 10 p.m., with a workshop about nighttime pollinators, insects and moths.

Bits & Bytes: Hilltown Open Studio Tour; ‘A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.’ screening; CEWM solstice party; mill history talk; Greenagers to dedicate garden...

Using photos of the 19th-century mills and factories, historian John Dickson will reveal the story of the people who harnessed the power of streams and rivers to make a living for their families.

Did pipeline protesters trespass? Lawyers disagree on definition

Since the activists did not enter a building, boat or vehicle, the state must prove that the protesters entered "improved or enclosed land."

Bits & Bytes: Sheffield in Celebration; CATA poetry reading; Earthcare festival; WAM ‘Grand Concourse;’ Walk & Roll; Simon Winchester discusses new book

The geological history of the Pacific Ocean has long transformed us but, from a Western perspective, its human history is quite young, beginning with Magellan’s 16th-century circumnavigation. --- Author Simon Winchester, on his new book about the Pacific Ocean

Bits & Bytes: First Fridays Artswalk; MOMIX at the Mahaiwe; Solarize Mass program grants; ‘Swords Through the Ages;’ Berkshire Rainbow Seniors meeting; clown workshop...

Since its launch in 2011, 51 cities and towns have participated in Solarize Mass, which has led to the contracting of more than 2,600 new small-scale installations at homes and businesses and resulted in 18 megawatts of contracted solar capacity.

Bits & Bytes: Ramsdell Library Sunday hours; anti-pipeline concert fundraiser; 2016 Farm Awards

The 11-week program at Ramsdell Library will include regular library services as well as special events such as films, workshops, book discussions and readings.

Berkshire public schools must consolidate to survive, conference concludes

“There is no financially sustainable model for schools anywhere in Berkshire County right now. With less than 3,500 high school students in all Berkshire County, the way the lines are drawn now, doesn’t make sense. If you don’t change, someone will make the change for you — in this case it’s the state.” -- State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli
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