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I WITNESS: The first annual ‘Profile in Hypocrisy’ award

The courageous understand the risk they take by telling the truth; cowards and hypocrites demonstrate a commitment to deception, even when the deception is both obvious and detrimental to everyone around them.

Amid an atmosphere of mistrust, airport revives plan for more hangars

The airport proposes to construct six new hangars, while removing the existing clamshell hangar.

Another false alarm: State lifts water boil order for Great Barrington

Yesterday, after the boil order was imposed, five more samples were collected from the Green River pumping station, where the sample was taken that originally prompted the order. None of the five tested positive for E. coli.

‘Flowers Falling from my Mouth,’ ritual dance-theatre by Pooja Prema, at Sheffield Covered Bridge

“I am trying to bring opposites together. I am the bridge. How do you create peace, peace between men and women?” -- Pooja Prema, describing the purpose of her new work, “Flowers Falling from my Mouth”

History markers in curious places: A quiz for Berkshire explorers

Why are we honoring a massacre? On the other hand, how many monuments are there to Native American maltreatment? It’s a rare admission of how fiercely we wrestled New England from its indigenous people.

Questions raised about legality, safety of fuel tanks and standing fuel trucks at Great Barrington airport

"My immediate concern is the [fuel] trucks. Any fuel storage has to have 110-percent containment under it. How that's okay, I don't understand. If something happens, there nothing between that truck and the ground." -- Selectboard member Ed Abrahams

Under fire, Great Barrington airport throws in the towel; will pursue alternate route to expansion

Lori A. Robbins, the attorney for Berkshire Aviation, stunned the packed selectmen's room when she announced that her client wanted to withdraw its application without prejudice.

Airport officials, opponents spar again during rowdy hearing on expansion plans

The latest episode saw the public hearing on the airport's quest for three new hangars continued to July 10, but only after the selectboard heard from both sides of the controversial proposal, with noisy airport antagonists drowning out proponents.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Facing Our Truth;’ Eugene R. Fidell at Stockbridge Library; Langhorne Slim at Club Helsinki Hudson; Writers Read; water quality monitors needed

Following the staged reading of 'Facing Our Truth,' Multicultural BRIDGE executive director Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant will moderate a discussion with the directors and actors as well as members of the Council for Equity and Inclusion at Simon's Rock.

Bits & Bytes: Shoreline surveys; Pittsfield Green Drinks; Riotous Youth scholarship; Williams announces commencement speaker; ‘True West’ auditions

“Stream Team” volunteers will walk or paddle along assigned segments of the Housatonic and Green rivers and record information along the way.

As airport continues permit quest, threat from lead in plane fuel causes concern

Among other research, the EPA’s findings indicate that where there are small, piston-engine aircraft operating, there is an increase in lead concentrations in air. The FAA says it, along with the EPA, is working to stop the use of lead in the fuel, and backing research to come up with alternatives.

Aviation magazine gives clues to Koladza Airport’s expanded future

The plans for the Walter J. Koladza Airport in Great Barrington now being considered at Town Hall are for three 149-foot by 50-foot hangars with 18 bays inside, 18 parking spaces and an access road. But according to one of the owners, the airport also wants to add a charter service and an LSA (light sport aircraft) dealership and air shows.

GB Selectboard hears opposing pleas from pilots, neighbors over airport expansion

Neighbors are worried about what will happen when an increasingly busier airport changes, possibly leading to even more future expansion. The pilots and plane owners say the airport is a critical piece of the town’s economic engine and a treasure that brings people here from far and wide.

Koladza Airport owners plan expansion but the neighbors disapprove

Berkshire Aviation Enterprises Inc. is asking the town for a special permit for three new, prefabricated metal hangars 147 feet long by 50 feet wide, 18 parking spaces, a new taxi way and an access road off Seekonk Cross Road.

Risks to Sheffield water supply from Bridge Street brownfield prompt call for vigilance

Ward says he wants to stay alert to potential consequences of future remediation and construction work at 100 Bridge St. in case “disturbances to the site could lead to enhanced pollution” of the Sheffield water supply.

What’s the source of contamination at Green River swimming hole?  

Great Barrington Health Office Jayne Smith said that there isn’t a lab in the region that could pinpoint the E. coli strain by type of animal, however. The value of E. coli testing, she said, is that it is an “indicator organism that there is feces present.”

Pooja Ru Prema’s ‘Endure’ in the Green River: A unique recreation of a 10,000-year-old Indian art form

"Endure" portrays the story of a man and a woman falling in love, and then out of love. In the piece are the extreme archetypes of the masculine and the feminine.
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