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PETER MOST: Up in smoke

Two things are becoming increasingly clear. One, based on the facts and law, it is downright dopey for Great Barrington not to settle in its Community Impact Fees cases. Two, the town has persistently received bad counsel.

Business Briefs: Creatives respond to COVID-19; virtual farmers’ market; Elizabeth Freeman Center services; virtual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards; Greylock annual report

Shoppers can now order food online from a variety of farmers and food producers thanks to Roots Rising’s new virtual farmers’ market.​

Business Briefs: Mahaiwe appoints Martinson; restoring Lake Mansfield; Greylock in Hudson; Menhinick joins Wild Oats; ‘We Believe’ at Salisbury Bank

Native plant species were selected to sustain the wildlife that depend on the lakeside habitat. In the spring, carefully selected grasses, sedge species and wildflowers will complete the restoration.

Business Briefs: Community Impact Award for Tanglewood; award for Bissell; Brien Center to honor McGraw; Geary joins Balance Rock; Fill-the-Basket campaign

Salisbury Bank’s 14 branches in Berkshire, Litchfield, Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties will collect nonperishable food items, household supplies and cash donations to be distributed directly to food pantries serving each area.

Business Briefs: BNRC upgrades trails; Juntos Avanzamos designation for Greylock; award for Darrow School; home-buying seminar; Berkshire Workforce Board meeting

Berkshire Natural Resources Council upgrades trails for summer season Lenox -- On June 10, Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, joined members of the Berkshire Natural...

Business Briefs: Catwalk Lenox grand opening; Greylock annual meeting; Lee Bank promotes two; Salisbury Bank employee awards

Lee Bank has announced the promotion of Gina Basiliere, who has been named to the position of branch supervisor of the bank’s North Street, Pittsfield, office; and Haley Burke, who has been named to the position of mortgage originator in its main office on Park Street in Lee.

Business Briefs: The Shop at Old Austerlitz; citizenship gift for LitNet; creative economy mixer; Greylock appoints board members; Lanesborough becomes ‘age friendly’

The Literacy Network of South Berkshire has announced the receipt of a $50,000 gift from the Matthew and Hannah Keator Family Foundation to enhance LitNet’s citizenship program.

Gwendolyn VanSant to be honored at 10th anniversary Multicultural BRIDGE gala

Gwendolyn has done so much work to promote understanding and inclusion, to address racism, and bridge the divides that plague us to this day.” — State Sen. Adam Hinds 

Great Barrington Town Hall Briefs: Du Bois celebration; Tim Drumm to retire; Blue Hill Road residents demand action

Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, who directs Multicultural BRIDGE and co-chairs the Du Bois 150th Committee, was in Town Hall Monday night with Randy Weinstein, founder and director of the Du Bois Center at Great Barrington, to gain approval to mount banners on utility poles in town and to report on the progress the committee had made on celebrating the birthday of iconic scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois.

Bits & Bytes: NAACP awards dinner; W.E.B. Du Bois Falseworkshop; ‘Chicken People’ at Mason Library; Abigail Pogrebin at Knosh & Knowledge; Ghent Playhouse auditions

The Falseworkshop will focus on W.E.B. Du Bois's global reach as a political thinker and activist, in preparation for the town of Great Barrington’s celebration of Du Bois’s sesquicentennial in 2018.

BITS & BYTES: ‘Breathtaking Baroque’; ‘Healing Pittsfield;’ Rhythm and Rhyme Symposium; ‘Girl Rising’ at Simon’s Rock; Trio Jota Sete at BMS

Students from Hong Kong, Germany and India participating in morning workshops at Mount Everett Regional School throughout the week, creating group pieces in spoken word poetry and music.

Business Briefs: Entry to Entrepreneurship; millennial retention for employers; United Way celebration; matching homeowner grants in Lenox

Additional Business Brief items: Shire City Sanctuary Kickstarter campaign; Hillcrest gala raises $60,000; Greylock’s Shenna Bradford promoted to AVP
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