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THE OTHER SIDE: The Supremes

Born to segregated white America, it was no wonder that for so many weaned on 1950s "Father Knows Best" delusions, The Supremes, with the words of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Edward Jr. Holland, offered a far more accurate assessment of what life was really like.

Selectboard to allow citizens to weigh in at town meeting on controversial GE-EPA settlement

The only way for the item calling for withdrawal to be placed on the warrant is for the selectmen to put it there, even though they were the ones who signed the settlement on behalf of the town in the first place.

Walking Our Talk: The healing power of women’s circles

This week, four traditional circles -- for new participants and returning sisters -- will begin in Great Barrington and Pittsfield as part of a long anticipated expansion outside of South County.

Clinton Church Restoration surpasses goal of $100,000 before March 31 deadline

“We made it. We have reached the first step on the ladder. We have raised enough to purchase and secure the building.” -- Wray Gunn, longtime member of the Clinton Church and chair of Clinton Church Restoration (CCR)

With love and hot soup, a church gets covered

The circa 1870s building will in some way be transformed into a place to honor the area’s African American history. Friends of A.M.E. Zion had collected or been promised around $30,000, and needs a total of $100,000 to buy the building.

Historic African-American church building on the road to salvation

Ever since a call went out last week to save the church, people showed up at a Saturday meeting with ideas and a generous outpouring of support.

Invitation to a Women’s Creation Circle

In her letter to the editor, Maia Conty writes: “When women come together in a culture of care, respect and empowerment all kinds of totally awesome stuff happens that benefits everyone!”

Bits & Bytes: Spencertown Academy painting, photo exhibit; the Sebastians at Music & More; BCC welcomes former ITT Tech students; Berkshire Walk to End...

ITT Tech’s locations included two in Massachusetts and three in New York and the closure has impacted 35,000 students nationwide. BCC urges all displaced ITT Tech students to contact its admissions office.

Selectboard sends Zoning Board list of 21 conditions for 100 Bridge Street project

The entire site, polluted with dioxins and pentachlorophenol, is a puzzle for both remediation and development economics.

Bits & Bytes: Project Native Film Festival; Robert Hass at Williams; ‘Baseball in the Berkshires;’ MiC documentary premiere; juried photo show; ThunderFest update

Pittsfield was the town in which baseball first received legal recognition when, in 1791, the town fathers signed an ordinance banning it from being played in the town square.

Don’t disparage tourists; they can become residents

In his letter to the editor, a response to Maia Conty’s letter, Craig Okerstrom-Lange writes: “My family moved to GB in 1990 from NYC (we were originally tourists!). GB has evolved and changed in many positive ways since then."

Redesigned Berkshire Hotel presented to Great Barrington Selectboard

The proposed 95-room, upscale hotel on the site of the empty Searles School complex would incorporate the brick facades and outlines of the 116-year-old building.

EDGE WISE: What’s in a gift? Considering generosity in the holiday season

Since joining the Generosity Economy, I’ve been spending less money — especially on food and clothing. But I’ve also changed the way I approach purchasing things in general. I think longer before simply buying something new, asking myself, Do I really need this thing? How much is it worth to me? Is this something my community can provide?

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.