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CONNECTIONS: A tale of two 19th-century Berkshire women

One had a solid impact on Berkshire County and her generation. While the other, although more famous, may have had no impact on the county at all. You decide.

Supporters for home rule on Great Barrington horse racing take their fight to Boston

Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said he is "personally very optimistic" about the chances of the petition passing in one form or another.

Hearing on Great Barrington home-rule petition on horseracing set for Jan. 27 in Boston

It is not clear precisely when the home-rule petition hearing will begin. There are 10 hearings starting at 1 p.m. and the Great Barrington hearing is seventh on the list for that afternoon.

VIEWPOINT: Residents organizing written, oral testimony to support home rule on horseracing

Senate Bill 101 provides that horse racing licenses in locations that previously were granted commercial racing licenses would need no further approval from the municipality. In Great Barrington, that would mean neither the selectboard nor the citizens would ever have a vote.

‘Creative Aging’ exhibit highlights growing older in the Berkshires

“As our Berkshires community — and the world’s population — grows older, this exhibit reminds us all to look beyond stereotypes and to know that growing older can encompass more curiosity, creativity and community engagement than ever.” -Megan Whilden, Berkshire OLLI executive director

News Brief: New Ashford presents town flag to state officials

New Ashford’s flag was presented to the Bureau of the State House during Wednesday’s ceremony in the Great Hall of Flags, which serves as the largest function room in the State House.

Bits & Bytes: Clinton Church restoration kickoff; ‘Kohelet’ at the Mahaiwe; ‘Creative Aging’ on Beacon Hill; STEAM Challenge Night; Red Cross blood drives

Close Encounters With Music will kick off its 2019-20 season Sunday, Oct. 27, with the American premiere of Andre Hajdu’s ‘Kohelet’ for four cellos narrated by film, stage and television actor Sam Waterston.

AMPLIFICATIONS: Civics in action

I realized that the last remnant of her childhood had disappeared. A levelheaded and determined young woman was carrying out her business and I was standing on the side, holding her stuff.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Short Film Festival; Berkshire Children’s Chorus concert; ‘Hi, I’m Norman’; ‘Caring for the Caregiver’; area writers honored

Sarah Miller MSW, LCSW will address the topic of caregiver burnout and share tips on how to avoid it and promote positive relationships with those being cared for.

News Briefs: Marijuana cultivation, manufacturing discussions; Harrington responds to Barr; Citizens Legislative Seminar

In their joint statement, the current and former prosecutors, law enforcement, Department of Justice and judicial leaders corrected the factual inaccuracies in Barr’s remarks and cautioned against a return to past failed approaches.

PROFILE: Sen. Adam Hinds looks back at legislative accomplishments – and challenges

The Edge recently sat down with Hinds in his Pittsfield office to discuss his proudest accomplishments, how to align workforce development needs with the education system, and his hopes and concerns about the rollout of recreational marijuana in the state, among other things.

News Briefs: Hinds staff office hours; Rural School Aid grant funding program restored

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means fiscal year 2020 budget proposal released Wednesday appropriates $1.5 million for the Rural School Aid grant program.

News Briefs: Black Excellence on the Hill Award for Jackson, Edgerton; North Adams man pleads guilty to drug possession

The Black Excellence on the Hill Award is presented to local leaders, nominated by their state legislators, for their work in civic engagement, education, business and other notable fields.

News Briefs: GBPD responds to crash; GB absentee voting ballots; Citizens’ Legislative Seminar

Absentee voting ballots must be received at the Great Barrington Town Hall by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

News Briefs: Pignatelli co-hosts electric vehicle briefing; Harrington endorses criminal justice reform bill

Legislators spoke not only to electric vehicle technology, but also to state policy and programs that support the transition to electric vehicles.

News Brief: Applicants sought for legislative seminar

The two-day Citizens' Legislative Seminar features engaging presentations by senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the Commonwealth.
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