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Looking back, looking ahead: Efforts to name a school after the legendary W.E.B. Du Bois

Now another movement to rename a different school building in Berkshire Hills is taking shape. Supporters of Du Bois are ramping up an effort to rename Monument Valley Regional Middle School in memory of Du Bois.

News Briefs: GB construction update; GB candidates’ forum; Conservation Land Tax Credit bill approved

A public forum for all Great Barrington candidates will be held Wednesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 South Main St.

For many Great Barrington voters, a tough decision for selectboard awaits

"I have no idea how this election will turn out. I put signs up this weekend. I asked some people to put up signs and they said no. They liked everybody." -- Great Barrington Selectboard Chair Steve Bannon

A third try at a new Monument Mountain Regional High: Can it succeed?

A common complaint among employees of the district and their families was that district officials did not adequately consult with faculty and staff about what was needed in terms of design and the accommodation of innovative curriculum, for example.

NEWS ANALYSIS: Plastic water bottle ban exposes divisions as town fails to buy off O’Brien

The divide between the natives and those from outside the area is as wide as it's ever been. Don't take my word for it or judge based only on Monday night's meeting. As of Tuesday afternoon the Great Barrington Community Board Facebook page contained more than 500 comments.

Veterans protest statue to memorialize ‘communist’ W.E.B. Du Bois

Last month, the board of trustees of the town's libraries endorsed the idea of putting a statue of the scholar, civil rights leader and Great Barrington native in front of the Mason Library on Main Street in the center of town. The project can only move forward if sufficient funds are raised and the Historic District Commission and the selectboard approve.

Proposed plastic water bottle ban generates fierce support and opposition among merchants

Forty businesses and organizations have signed off on the Great Barrington proposal. There are some high-profile businesses on the list, including Guido’s, Prairie Whale and Soco. Most recently the Berkshire Co-op Market came on board.

Plastic water bottle ban would be too much of a burden

Our town is changing and not always for the good. If we are not vigilant, we will destroy our community from within.

Great Barrington Selectboard Chairman Sean Stanton to step aside, Cooke to run for re-election

In the last few years, Stanton has guided the selectboard through the sale of the old Castle Street firehouse, the reconstruction of Main Street, and the approval for the conversion of the former Searles High School to an upscale 88-room hotel on Bridge Street.

‘Ignorant and reprehensible’: Berkshire County reacts to Trump’s vulgar tirade about immigrants

Trump’s comments came in the run-up to the birthday of iconic African American civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King and the seventh anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed nearly 250,000 people.

Bits & Bytes: Theater of War; swimmers qualify at championship; ‘Was Shakespeare an Anti-Semite?’; GB Republican Town Committee meeting

Theater of War will be introduced by Chris Gibson, former U.S. Army colonel, former U.S. Representative from New York and current visiting professor of leadership studies at Williams. A panel discussion with area veterans, mental health professionals, and veterans' family members will follow the play.

Bits & Bytes: Pipeline protest rally in GB; refugee resettlement meeting; ‘Stop in the Name of Love;’ French film festival; childbirth classes; Great Barrington...

On Monday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m., State Sen. Adam Hinds, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer and State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier will hold a community meeting about refugee resettlement in the Berkshires at Herberg Middle School.

Bits & Bytes: Girls Ensemble auditions; Lenox Housing Trust open house; Republican Town Committee meeting

The town of Lenox received $10,000 from the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Planning Assistance Toward Housing (PATH) program in order to to update its Housing Production Plan.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Women and Their Olive Trees;’ TEDx Berkshires; ‘Splendor, Myth, and Vision’ at Ventfort Hall; Christine Canning meet-and-greet

Drawn from the collection of one of the world’s great museums, “Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado” will present 28 exceptional paintings of the nude from the royal collections of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

Bits & Bytes: Butterfly Leadership Program; chair yoga class; Great Barrington Republican meeting; Riotous Youth enrollment

At Riotous Youth sessions, students explore one of Shakespeare’s plays through games, activities, and rehearsal.
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