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THE SELF-TAUGHT GARDENER: Life is a beech

When it comes to woody plants, I feel more strongly about protecting them from insects and managing diseases than I do about perennials and annuals.

Discolored water of Housatonic Water Co. is unacceptable

The customers of Housatonic Water Company are paying for water they can’t drink, and still the state allows this.

News Brief: Great Barrington sets special town meeting for Sept. 15

The deadline for citizen petition articles to be included on the special town meeting warrant is Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m.

Alan Chartock: I Publius, A farewell to Carl Reiner

I have quoted liberally from “The 2000 Year Old Man” for years. Many of my friends and I have committed a good deal of his work to memory and it has become a short hand for almost every political situation. 

Great Barrington proclamation calls for sweeping police reforms

Burke said her proclamation was based on one passed last month by the city of Somerville, near Cambridge.

Abrahams and others ran unchallenged in GB elections

Selectboard member Ed Abrahams was set to face a challenger, Michelle Loubert of the finance committee.

A stone’s throw from Theory, second pot shop planned for Stockbridge Road

Valkyrie will have to go through the site-plan review process with the town planning board and negotiate a host community agreement with the selectboard.

I Publius: Guardians of Lake Mansfield

The lake is so important that each of us must be responsible for reminding the town fathers and mothers about what we expect of them.

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.

Great Barrington needs to adopt affordable housing items at town meeting

Don’t put these much-needed projects at risk. Please DO NOT vote to “pass over” or “take no action” on this CPA funding request, and please DO vote to approve Article #19, items 1 and 2.

Parking lot government: A Great Barrington town meeting for the ages

If the town meeting is not able to pass a budget by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the town of Great Barrington, like hundreds of other small municipalities in the state with a town-meeting form of government, has a problem.

‘Brown Bridge’ construction to start soon, expected to conclude by July 2021

The good news is the bridge will remain open to two-way traffic during construction. The lanes will be narrowed to provide adequate workspace safety and staging areas for materials.

News Brief: GB ‘drive-in’ annual town meeting June 22

The Great Barrington Selectboard, Cutting Edge AV Inc. in Lee and Monument Mountain Regional High School staff are busy this week arranging for an outdoor sound system and an FM radio broadcast of the meeting, which voters can follow in their cars.

PERSPECTIVES: Town aims to close off Castle, Railroad streets for evening dining as restrictions on restaurants are eased

Selectboard member Leigh Davis said she has heard from two businesses on Railroad Street that are interested in closing the street for evening dining.

Thousands join #BlackLivesMatter demonstration in Great Barrington

Longtime police Chief Bill Walsh told the board his department was an early adopter of the principles enunciated in President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

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.

Selectboard member urges Great Barringtonians to vote, even if races are uncontested

"A high mail-in response will show the state legislature -- and the rest of the country -- that mail-in voting can increase voter turnout." -- Great Barrington Selectman Ed Abrahams
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