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Otis holds Memorial Day remembrance service

A small group of veterans traveled to all the cemeteries in Otis and Sandisfield, paying respects to fallen veterans.

Elizabeth Freeman comes home: Statue unveiled

A three-day celebration of civil rights icon Elizabeth Freeman culminated in the unveiling of a statue and plaque commemorating Freeman at the Sheffield Town Green on August 21.

Bits & Bytes: Four Freedoms Forum; fermentation workshop; ‘Our Beloved Kin’

With original scholarship and creative narration, Brooks recovers a complex picture of war, captivity and Native resistance during King Philip’s War.

Dedication of the Du Bois homesite: A 50-year anniversary celebration

The original 1969 homesite dedication was deemed so controversial, in part because of Du Bois' embrace of communism late in his life, that no town officials attended the event.

Great Barrington responds to powerful plea, recognizes ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’

Randy Weinstein and Gwendolyn VanSant of the W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee appeared before the board on Monday to ask town officials to consider recognizing the second Monday of October, the day on which Columbus Day is traditionally observed, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Celebrating 10 years with BRIDGE’s Happiness Toolbox summer program

The 2019 Summer Program will build on ongoing Happiness Toolbox themes of Mindfulness, Character Strengths, Diversity Leadership, Growth Mindset, and the rich History and Heritage of Berkshire County.

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.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Playwrights Lab gala; ‘A Novel Night Out: Chapter Two’; Berkshire Dance Party & Cabaret; ‘MORE Room for IMPROVment

With help from friends from Monument Mountain Regional High School, Friday’s performances will mark third annual wholly original night of comedy written and performed by students from Berkshire Waldorf High School.

VanSant named Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s 2019 Woman of Achievement

VanSant works at the intersection of diversity leadership, equity and inclusion, and strategic planning. She has founded several initiatives based in the principles of equity and justice, the inherent dignity and worth of individuals, and our interconnected web of humanity.

Great Barrington cannabis store joins ‘social equity’ program to help others enter the business

Theory Wellness, the first medical cannabis dispensary to launch in the Berkshires and one of the first recreational retailers to open in the state, has stepped forward to fund and operate a social equity program designed to support "economic empowerment" entrepreneurs in opening cannabis dispensaries.

New W. E. B. Du Bois exhibit highlights a Berkshires-grown ‘global citizen’

The exhibit, titled "W. E. B. Du Bois: Global Citizen Rooted in the Berkshires," was put together by Randy Weinstein, who runs the Du Bois Center at Great Barrington, with the help of the other Du Bois Center—the one at UMass Amherst, where many of Du Bois' papers are kept. The exhibit is part of the months-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of Du Bois' birth.

Great Barrington Selectmen appoint Du Bois legacy panel; begin town manager search; approve Tractor Supply

According to the selectmen, the committee's charge will be to "oversee several town-sponsored events and programs honoring Du Bois," including: the Du Bois Day Celebration; the annual Du Bois Festival (from Martin Luther King Day through Feb. 23); banner installations; collaboration with UMass Amherst and local educational institutions and arts, historical and community organizations; and more.

Great Barrington Selectboard: New tax rate lower than expected; bees buzz; DuBois gets a legacy committee; town mulls additional liquor licenses

One by one, those with existing liquor licenses strode to the podium to plead their cases. Unless one is particularly thirsty, it’s uncommon to come across all of these men in one night.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Social Media, Aggression and our Youth’; First Fridays Artswalk; Baske on ocean health; ‘Dance! For Dogs and Cats’

“Courageous Conversations: Social Media, Aggression and our Youth” will include insights to help families recognize different forms of aggression in social media and strategies to encourage young people to speak up and speak out when they and their friends encounter aggression.

Library trustees endorse Du Bois statue, but see trouble ahead

Not only are supporters of the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois trying to name one of the local public schools after him, but they want to commission a sculptor to come up with a life-sized likeness of him that would be placed on the front lawn of the Mason Library.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Growing an Agricultural Economy’; ‘Step Up: Empowering Ourselves’; Humane Race; ‘Odeon’ at MASS MoCA; Greener Gateway roadside cleanup

The Four Freedom Coalition's 'Step Up: Empowering Ourselves' will focus on specific issues, how they affect the community, and what the public can do at the local level to address them.

Business Briefs: Berkshire Nonprofit Awards announce finalists; free museum admission for foster families; internet security seminar; grants for American Mural Project; Eagle Fund awards...

Created in 1998 to provide educational opportunities for Southern Berkshire Regional School District students, the Eagle Fund received more than 20 applications and awarded grants to students, teachers and community members.
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