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CONNECTIONS: A tale of two 19th-century Berkshire women

One had a solid impact on Berkshire County and her generation. While the other, although more famous, may have had no impact on the county at all. You decide.

It’s Not That Simple: What’s happening with the Clinton Church Restoration?

The completion of Clinton Church Restoration will help tell the largely unknown story of African Americans in the Berkshires.

Animal cruelty, local control doomed Hinds’ sponsorship of horse racing bill

"Over the past few weeks I have met, spoken with, and received testimony from many in my District who are concerned with this proposal: either because they do not support horse racing as an industry, or because they are concerned with the legislation as it is currently drafted." --Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield

Lawmakers assure Great Barrington officials: Local permits required to reintroduce horse racing at Fairgrounds

Town officials have said Sterling Suffolk Racecourse would need at least two special permits: One for commercial amusement and another for floodplain protection, and possibly a third for work in the town’s water quality protection overlay district.

Concerns aired about Suffolk Downs’ plans for horse racing at fairgrounds

Suffolk needs a change in state law to permit it to hold races in Great Barrington while at the same time allowing it to maintain its simulcasting and betting operations back in East Boston. Racing at the fairgrounds would also require permits from the town.

Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church group hires architects for design and restoration

In a news release, Clinton Church Restoration said the New York City-based firm, headed by architect Mario Gooden, "is one of the few African-American architectural firms in the country."

Business Briefs: Clinton Church Restoration seeks proposals; grant for CDCSB; Davis joins Saint James Place board; Jack Miller Contractors makes Remodeling’s Big50; BCC...

Saint James Placehas announced that Leigh Davis, director of development at Mill Renaissance LLC and Eagle Mill Redevelopment LLC, has been elected to its board of directors.

Town hall briefs: special town meeting items; pot shop host agreements; relocation of town employees from old firehouse

Sean VanDeusen, who heads the town Department of Public Works, said contractors currently performing work on Town Hall found the chimneys "to be in worse shape than previously thought." Two of the chimneys need to be completely rebuilt.

Plans unveiled for restoration of historic A.M.E. Zion church

All wanted to transform Clinton Church into a community gathering place that would preserve its history, honor civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois, and retain enough space for performances and other events.

Bits & Bytes: Clinton Church Restoration completes church purchase; unpublished Wharton play discovered; Jackson receives arts award; Morningside Up fundraising dinner

Planning for the ultimate use of the historic A.M.E. Zion Church and a sustainable future for the property is also underway.

Clinton Church Restoration surpasses goal of $100,000 before March 31 deadline

“We made it. We have reached the first step on the ladder. We have raised enough to purchase and secure the building.” -- Wray Gunn, longtime member of the Clinton Church and chair of Clinton Church Restoration (CCR)

Protest against Berkshire PCB dumps draws 200 marchers

“I feel that GE is just one in thousands of corporations that are doing the exact same thing to land and to rivers all across the world. We here have our small part to play in that big fight which is to stand up for our land and our water and the respect for humanity.” --- Pooja Prema, an organizer of the Mega March against PCB dumps

250 join ‘Stop the (PCB) Dumps’ march at General Electric’s Housatonic site

A probable carcinogen, PCBs migrate, affecting life all over the world. Research indicates the chemicals can leach out of landfills and into soil as far as several miles beyond them.
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