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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Flying Cloud Institute—igniting creativity through innovative programming

The nonprofit is celebrating 40 years of inspiring young people and educators through dynamic science and art experiences.

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.

The curious life of Rawson Brook Farm’s Susan Sellew

Today, Rawson Brook Farm can lay claim to being the oldest continuously operating commercial cheesemaking farm in Berkshire County.

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.

News Brief: GBFM early closing; Berkshire Health Systems initiates COVID-19 antibody testing

The antibody test will tell the individual, who may have had no symptoms or might at some point earlier this year have had respiratory illness, whether they had COVID-19 from an historical perspective.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on The Sweetish Baker, opening a retail bakery in Great Barrington

While Jensen will miss her Saturdays at the farmers’ market, she is excited for the next chapter and the flavors of spring.

Town Hall Briefs: For the first time, Great Barrington will hold its town meeting outside; special permit for gated parking lot denied

The most important item is getting the budget passed before the end of the fiscal year Tuesday, June 30.

PERSPECTIVES: Great Barrington Farmers’ Market to kick off 30th anniversary season with changes

Shoppers are asked to arrive with patience, flexibility and face masks as the community makes yet another shift to what will be the season’s “new normal.”

Great Barrington Selectboard should not give in to extortion

It all comes down to this: what kind of town do we want to live in?

Parking lot imbroglio continues as selectboard debates and one official asks another to recuse herself

Other board members said it was clear to them after that first public hearing that the Foster's lot would be closed to the public if the company was denied the right to build the new lot for its tenants.

Great Barrington declares state of emergency, will likely postpone town meeting, elections

Selectboard Chair Steve Bannon tried to reassure everyone that town government was functioning and that elected officials were active and town employees were still reporting to work.

Heightened food insecurity spreads amid COVID-19 outbreak

A growing sea of similar stories that swell amid these trying times - when kids are out of school, parents are out of work, and the infrastructure of community that so many rely upon in order to survive feels tenuous at best.

Activists file home-rule petition on horse racing, as questions are raised about selectboard policy changes

But there is a workaround for local control. The project would require as many as three special permits from the town.

Horse racing raises ethical and environmental issues

In a letter to the editor, Beryl Birch writes, "... the list of horse racing woes keeps growing and public interest in horse racing is waning, primarily due to the list of more and more horse deaths in tracks around the country..

Great Barrington Farmers’ Market works to make healthy, local food available for everyone

This year’s WIC farmers’ market checks will be issued in the amount of $25 per eligible client. And the good news doesn’t stop there: Through the Market Match program, all WIC checks will be doubled.

Bits & Bytes: Founders Day at Norman Rockwell Museum; ‘The Mystical 16’; rainforest music, culture at Race Brook Lodge; RSYP block party; Alastair McIntosh...

The twin brothers will speak and present songs, stories and movement, and will answer questions about the indigenous ways and traditions of their Amazon culture.
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