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CONNECTIONS: Baldwin’s in West Stockbridge marches on

The Civil War had created pent-up demand for goods, and there was Baldwin’s. Folks all over the North and South were glad to see the war ending and new businesses starting up.

Allan W. Leslie, 85, formerly of Lenox

The funeral of Mr. Allan W. Leslie will be conducted Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m., at the Roche Funeral Home, with Rev. Joel Bergenland, Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield, officiating. A calling hour will precede the service from 12 to 1 p.m. Burial will be at a later date.

Lee refiles Monsanto PCB lawsuit, alleges illegal relationship with GE

Monsanto responds that it did not dispose of PCBs near Lee and was not a party to a remediation agreement.

GE Quality of Life Plan aims to address air, noise, odor, light, transport, road issues in river cleanup

Dr. Charles Kenny, who heads the Tri-Town Board of Health, told The Edge that the Dec. 20 proposal is flawed by assuming that trucking is the sole transportation option.

Lee residents lambast General Electric over cleanup transportation plan shortcomings

Housatonic Railroad Company offers a glimmer of hope for those advocating for the use of rail to transport PCB-laden material to the UDF in Lee.

Lenox approves disbursement of Rest of River reserve funds

“We certainly don’t want to be the last town to move forward with this; we want to act on this as soon as possible,” Town Manager Christopher Ketchum said.

Lee Board of Health acted prudently to review hazards of PCB dump

This is not about stopping the PCB dump; it is about ensuring the safety.

The unacceptable compromise

The fact is our region of the EPA has demonstrated its bias towards landfilling and once again will allow yet another massive PCB-dump in Berkshire County. That a handful of local officials have substituted their limited judgment for the desires of an entire diverse community is a travesty.

Controversial Sheffield initiative would confer ‘rights’ on Housatonic River

As written, the initiative would only require governments and business entities to comply with the rights of the Housatonic River as established by the initiative. No lawsuits could be filed against individual residents.

Forced out as fire chief, fined by state ethics panel, Skorput seeks to reclaim seat on select board

In the last 12 months, some of the board's meetings have been standing-room-only and the manners among some attendees have been anything but mild.

It’s Not That Simple: The Housatonic River Clean Up, Part 3

"We’ll have to see what happens with the signed settlement. We can’t rest easy just yet. We hope there are not going to be any appeals. We hope EPA moves forward to issue a new permit based on the settlement agreement.” -- Great Barrington Town Manager and Director of Planning & Community Development Chris Rembold

It’s Not That Simple: The Housatonic River cleanup, Part 2

“There is no failsafe technology. In fact, we think the best technology for this level of PCBs is landfilling, because if we use one of these other technologies we might knock it down from 20 ppm to 5 ppm, or even 1 ppm, it still needs to be put somewhere. You still need a landfill.” -- Bryan Olson, director of the Superfund and Emergency Management Division of the Environmental Protection Agency

Edward Peters, 76, of Lenox

A research chemist, Dr. Peters was employed by General Electric (later SABIC) for many years.

Troubled history of the Housatonic River PCB settlement

The questions I pose are prompted from years working to create strong coalitions to fight General Electric - a rare coalition of former GE workers, sportsmen and women, local Lakewood homeowners whose front- and backyards were contaminated with high levels of PCBs, and environmentalists.

It’s Not That Simple: The Housatonic River cleanup, Part 1

For more than three decades, the EPA has been negotiating with GE toward a goal of cleaning up the Housatonic River. The Rest of River settlement is the latest attempt at fulfilling that goal.

William Pikett, 96, of Pittsfield

After his retirement from General Electric, he spent 24 years in his hometown of East Aurora, New York, before moving back to Berkshire County in 2011.

Selectboard to allow citizens to weigh in at town meeting on controversial GE-EPA settlement

The only way for the item calling for withdrawal to be placed on the warrant is for the selectmen to put it there, even though they were the ones who signed the settlement on behalf of the town in the first place.
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