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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.

Lena H. Ostrander, 91, of Great Barrington

Funeral Services for Lena H. Ostrander will be held on Thursday, October 20 at 10 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at Saint Peter’s Church in Great Barrington with Reverend William P. Murphy Pastor officiating.

Holiday message from Fairview Hospital

The staff at Fairview Hospital wishes the greater Berkshire community a happy, healthy holiday.

Birth announcement

A girl born at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington

Keeping the Berkshires safe from a widespread COVID-19 outbreak

We wear masks, we keep our distance in public, most of our businesses require the same. Although sometimes a nuisance, we are getting used to it.

Neal S. Brandt, 59, of Housatonic

Neal took great pride in his lawn and gardens; he enjoyed being outside, going for walks and spending time with his family.

Loretta May Curtiss, 70, of Egremont, Mass.

Loretta worked as an LPN at Fairview Hospital and Berkshire Health Care. She then began working as a paraprofessional at Undermountain Elementary School for the next 27 years.

Citizens reject proposal to keep Lake Mansfield Road open to two-way traffic forever

Several who spoke against it were members of the Lake Mansfield Improvement Task Force, which spent more than 10 years working on a comprehensive plan for restoring and maintaining the lake that included a plan to close the road to vehicular traffic.

Stanley Debkowski, 73, of Housatonic

Stanley enjoyed helping others, gardening and volunteering at the Marian Fathers.

Edward Kollmer, 74, of Great Barrington, longtime teacher at Mount Everett

He had a fulfilling career at Mount Everett, where he helped to shape the lives of countless Southern Berkshire County students.

Local schools to provide access to food during summer months

When county schools closed March 13, Jenny Schwartz quickly became a liaison of sorts between schools and community partners, with representatives from about 15 groups who have been meeting regularly via Zoom to gain traction on the myriad challenges surrounding food insecurity.

Birth announcements

A boy and a girl born at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington

Businesses grateful for support during reopening

In a letter to the editor, Robin Helfland writes, "Not only was the package a genuine help, it was a meaningful gesture of support for local businesses as together we face the challenge of this pandemic."

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.

Coffee shop companionship — at a distance

While we wait for the next generation to become strong enough to lead, I think we need to be very careful who we vote into any kind of office.

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