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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

ALAN CHARTOCK: What are they thinking?

It’s so much fun to try to get in the brains of ambitious politicians.

Schools should retain ‘gifted’ classes

We cannot legislate the distribution of intelligence, but we can help the disadvantaged to achieve more.

Boarding school students are not a danger

I am sure the schools are taking all kinds of steps to protect their students and teachers and the communities they’re in.

Fresh concerns aired about Egremont cannabis store proposed by Holyoke developer

George McGurn, who chairs the Egremont Select Board, told The Edge in an interview that the town has no bylaw that addresses retail adult-use or the cultivation of cannabis. The town did enact a bylaw governing medical marijuana several years ago.

CONNECTIONS: Protests are us

In July in a tavern in Stockbridge, 60 delegates drew up and signed the “League and Covenant.” It was the first combined opposition to Royal rule in Berkshire.


If I’m honest, I felt more peaceful during the lockdown than I ever have before. No need to maintain the “mad pursuit.”

Going online: Embracing new ways

Though there are no Matisses and Joan Mitchells among us, this juried exhibition, titled “Our Berkshires,” with 51 works by 32 artists, offers a wide range of good work.

Lawrence S. Pratt, 78, of West Stockbridge

Larry worked for almost his entire adult life until retirement at the American Institute for Economic Research, a nonprofit think tank in Great Barrington, writing and editing its bimonthly report analyzing finance as well as periodic book-length reports.

Forced out as fire chief, fined by state ethics panel, Skorput seeks to reclaim seat on select board

In the last 12 months, some of the board's meetings have been standing-room-only and the manners among some attendees have been anything but mild.

Nell Ezequelle, 82, of Great Barrington

Nell loved animals and was a veterinarian technician for many years. Later, she was a library assistant at the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.

Alan Chartock: Swimming upstream

It’s pretty plain to me that Cuomo can be taken at his word that he is not interested in the presidency this time around. But Andrew Cuomo isn’t governor because he has no ambition.

Peace on the left, justice on the right

I tell you all this because what’s new is old to me. And I have a slightly different perspective on the events following George Floyd’s murder.

LEONARD QUART: Righteous protests begin to have an effect

Still, I felt that in the absence of any semblance of national leadership, there was a need for more than righteous anger from the protestors.

VISTA changed my life, but did it change the world?

As a VISTA volunteer, I had to shoot a Klansman, but I also learned that all of our hearts have similar rhythms.

LEONARD QUART: The future of New York City

We have taken the marginally safer path and moved to the isolation of our Berkshire house. We have acted out of self-preservation.

Lamentation for stages gone dark

It is up to our media presenters, newspapers, television and radio news stations, public broadcasting and the like to remind our citizens of the losses to our economy and to our way of life that the closing down of our theaters brings about.

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