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CONNECTIONS: Baldwin’s in West Stockbridge marches on

The Civil War had created pent-up demand for goods, and there was Baldwin’s. Folks all over the North and South were glad to see the war ending and new businesses starting up.

Federal corruption probe targets towns’ cannabis agreements

Great Barrington, Eastham, Leicester, Newton, Northampton, and Uxbridge have received subpoenas from the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling seeking information about so-called host community agreements. 

Great Barrington responds to powerful plea, recognizes ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’

Randy Weinstein and Gwendolyn VanSant of the W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee appeared before the board on Monday to ask town officials to consider recognizing the second Monday of October, the day on which Columbus Day is traditionally observed, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show; dinner with Hershey Felder; ‘The Spirit Behind the Spirit of St. Louis’

Berkshire Theatre Group will host a backstage dinner with 'George Gershwin Alone' star Hershey Felder and BTG artistic director Kate Maguire Friday, Aug. 30, at the Colonial Theatre.

The numbers are in: Great Barrington snags almost $1 million from pot sales

At Monday's selectboard meeting, member Kate Burke noted that the money cannot be spent yet because it was not budgeted for. The disposition of the funds will be discussed during budget deliberations this fall.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Dirt’ by Denise Gosliner Orenstein

One day a one-eyed, pudgy Shetland pony appears when Yonder is out gathering rotting pumpkins and squash. Yonder discovers soon enough that the pony understands her without her having to speak and they instantly become friends for life.

Proliferation of pot shops in Great Barrington prompts questions about social justice

"Ultimately, it costs so much money for people to start these businesses, that it's just another way for rich people to make more money. That's not a great thing for a town that touts itself as progressive." -- Great Barrington Selectboard member Kate Burke

South County recreational pot shops score big wins from state cannabis commission

Theory Wellnesss' Great Barrington adult-use establishment would be the first in southern Berkshire County with its final license. But down Route 7 in Sheffield, Berkshire Welco received its provisional license yesterday by unanimous vote from the CCC, and without conditions

Opening the weedgates: What will the recreational marijuana industry mean for Berkshire County?

If all applicants and interested parties are eventually approved, there could be as many as five cannabis outlets in and around Great Barrington.

Great Barrington medical pot shop receives provisional license to sell recreational marijuana

For now, it looks like adult-use sales will have to be cash-only. Since recreational sale and use of marijuana remains a federal crime, few banks that issue credit and debit cardsare willing to stick their necks out.

Marion Consaul, 73, of Sheffield

Marion enjoyed several years of operating Consaul Tours with her late husband, Robert.  She loved meeting new people on her numerous trips to casinos, beaches and ballgames.

CONNECTIONS: The enigmatic Ethan Allen, ‘founder’ of Vermont

There are two mysteries about Ethan Allen: Who was he and where is he?

News Brief: Hinds foresees economic benefits to western Mass. rail initiative

"[The] announcement, paired with the ongoing efforts to prepare for a pilot season of Berkshire FLYER service shows that we’re positioning the Berkshires and western Mass. for positive economic growth." -- Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield

REVIEW: ‘See the Wolf,’ poems by Sarah Sousa, innocence lost

These poems don’t demand pity; their tone is strong like the women ultimately are. She is reading her poems this Tuesday, May 22, at the Lee Library, along with the renowned poet Charles Rafferty. The reading is at 5:30 p.m.

GB Planning Board has a ‘vision’: ‘Marijuana mills’ in Housatonic

If voters approve the Great Barrington bylaw, indoor cultivation of marijuana of the sort envisioned in the mills will be permitted by-right in the light industrial zone that covers much of Housatonic.

Roundabout history at the Red Lion Inn intersection

In the middle of the intersection, on what started out as a quiet Sunday morning 241 years ago, there was a call to arms.

‘Sister event’ to Women’s March planned in Pittsfield

On the one-year anniversary of the iconic movement, Indivisible Pittsfield has organized another sister event to this year's march – what it calls a "March into Action Resource Fair and Community Forum" at the Colonial Theatre on South Street.
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