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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.

Belle Fox-Martin: 100,000 and counting

Does the weight of this sorrow seem too much to bear? Then wait, take a breath and realize that you are not holding this sorrow alone.

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.

POEM: Reflection

it's our neck it's our knee it's our knee on our neck

The ox, the ass and Judge Byington’s gate: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Laurel Cottage, Part II

There is a small cottage in the Dugway section of Glendale that was commonly called the Harriet Beecher Stowe cottage, but was actually owned by Lyman Beecher Stowe, grandson of Harriet Beecher Stowe.

BELLE FOX-MARTIN: Challenges in the time of coronavirus

Belle Fox-Martin offers advice on how to deal with those life-changing, challenging moments during our self-isolation in this era of epidemic.

BELLE FOX-MARTIN: Answer the phone

"In these troubling times, I have such a great opportunity to share with you, madame.”

BELLE FOX-MARTIN: Moles, voles & rabbit warrens

The futile attempt to try to make order out of chaos may allow some wee sense of control, but it all rings hollow.

Charles Tenney, 94, of Stockbridge

He was the water superintendent for the Town of Stockbridge for 30 years, retiring in 1987.

Valentine’s Day message: Don’t talk. Just kiss.  

Orelse was as gray as the day, except for her overweight lips that shone as red as a mid-September sunrise on Narragansett Bay.  

Selma Hawkins, 77, of Great Barrington, librarian at Ramsdell and Mason libraries

Her favorite job, however, was as a librarian at both the Ramsdell and Mason libraries.

BELLE FOX-MARTIN: T.G.I.F.

Bring to mind a remarkable occurrence that you experienced on this day or any Friday of your life.

www.Don’tTredOnMe

Over the months of T.’s presidency, I have noted an ever increasing dearth of joy. It has gotten harder and harder to find. I see the lack of it to be not unlike a snow fog that has taken up permanent residence.

Come to the table

Come to the table to know once again and again we are each other’s keepers.

Nicholas Swann, 68, of Stockbridge

A steward of the land and his community, Nick loved to work with his hands.

John Adams Miller, 97, of Stockbridge

John was a volunteer fireman with the Glendale Fire Company from 1946 until his passing with 72 years of membership and service and was also a member of the Berkshire County Forest Wardens.

Belle Fox-Martin’s ‘Stone Pears’ blends poetry, micro-stories in a refreshing, unexpected collection

Within her collection, Fox-Martin touches on those auspicious moments that mark the end of months, the change of seasons and the passage of time.
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