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REVIEW: Energy to spare — The TMC Orchestra and Shostakovich Fill the Shed with Sound and Drama

Despite its year-to-year changing membership, this orchestra is reliably distinguished by energy, enthusiasm, and responsiveness, along with technical polish and precision.

News Briefs: House budget victories for 4th Berkshire District, environment; budget boosts funding for programs, services; Senate passes credit protection bill

The Massachusetts Senate voted to pass a bill designed to protect the personal information of consumers in the case of data breaches like the one seen at Equifax, and provide free credit freezes for all consumers.

Rene Wood running for Sheffield Board of Selectmen

Since ending her term as selectman three years ago, Wood told The Edge in a written statement, she has continued to be involved in town affairs.

Egremont Green News: Join the push for renewable energy

Fighting climate change can mean everything from sealing up drafty houses and driving an electric vehicle to keeping up with a fossil-free push that is gaining steam worldwide.

Business Briefs: Mass Audubon adds to Lime Kiln Farm; Pittsfield Education Foundation launches; Behold! New Lebanon transfers programs; Allison joins 1Berkshire

The newly incorporated Pittsfield Education Foundation is committed to improving the achievement and success of the students and teachers in the Pittsfield Public Schools by enhancing educational opportunities and building broad-based community support for quality public education.

News Brief: Pignatelli pushes for electric vehicles, charging infrastructure

Legislators urged the Department of Environmental Protection to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and invest the balance of the funds in fully electric transit and school buses.

Bits & Bytes: Martin Luther King Jr. interfaith celebration; Winter Studio Festival of Plays; Massachusetts environmental legislation discussion; ‘Quiet, You’re Dead!’

At the interfaith celebration specially choreographed dances by the Olga Dunn Dance Company will be featured, along with a musical presentation by Peter Wilson of Clinton Church.

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

News Brief: Lenox conservation measure to protect public water supply

H.3833 authorizes Lenox to place a conservation restriction on municipally owned land where the town’s public water supply and watershed are located.

500,000 gallons of contaminated water produced while testing Sandisfield pipeline; decontamination fails

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. was left with highly contaminated water that the company had not expected – and a big disposal problem.

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.

Surprise: ‘Flushable wipes’ not so flushable after all

The cost for a sewer system as small as Great Barrington's is staggering. The annual cost for dealing with so-called "flushable" wipes is estimated to be $150,000 for cleaning and unclogging, with labor alone costing $85,000.

GE still plans to dump PCBs in the Berkshires, environmentalists warn

GE has formally objected to EPA’s final cleanup remedy, challenging the agency’s directive to transport and dispose of the PCB waste to an off-site facility.

FERC deals a blow to pipeline opponents, but some options remain

Is there a significant need for natural gas in Connecticut to cause Tennessee to proceed [with the pipeline] despite the fervent opposition? The answer appears to be “not anymore.”

In response to criticism, CDC modifies affordable housing plans for GB brownfield

Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire's executive director Tim Geller noted that these changes are “insubstantial” enough not to trigger another public hearing, as state regulations require it for “substantial” changes to the comprehensive permit, which was already granted last fall.

News Brief: State auditor calls for holistic approach to water infrastructure needs

To bolster state-municipal collaboration, a study recommends Governor Baker convene a statewide summit to educate localities about the infrastructure challenges presented by climate change and the steps needed to protect their water systems.

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.

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