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Encore! Billy Collins

Billy Collins is surely the most popular American poet since Robert Frost. We are pleased to offer an encore column of his wonderful work.

Samara Klein named Great Barrington Library Director

Great Barrington -- The town’s next library director is Samara Klein, who will oversee operations at the Mason and Ramsdell libraries. Klein, a resident of...

Parking lot government: A Great Barrington town meeting for the ages

If the town meeting is not able to pass a budget by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the town of Great Barrington, like hundreds of other small municipalities in the state with a town-meeting form of government, has a problem.

Anne K. Bourquard, 97, formerly of Housatonic

Anne worked for over 25 years as a librarian at the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic.

Amid economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19, Great Barrington furloughs 14 employees

As required by collective bargaining agreements, Town Manager Mark Pruhenski bargained with labor unions representing town workers on Friday.

Great Barrington Town Buildings closed to public; town services available online, by phone

"The town is as on top of this ever changing situation as possible." -- Selectboard member Ed Abrahams

Ramsdell Library in Housatonic open fewer hours

In his letter to the editor Jim Stark protests the cut in hours at Ramsdell Library.

Selma Hawkins, 77, of Great Barrington, librarian at Ramsdell and Mason libraries

Her favorite job, however, was as a librarian at both the Ramsdell and Mason libraries.

Bits & Bytes: Holiday Handcraft Fair; ‘Under Pressure’ screening; Cedric Watson at Dewey Hall; ‘Three Gentlemen of Vienna’; free children’s books

Created by the class of 2019 at Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, “Under Pressure” covers the September 2018 Merrimack Valley Columbia Gas explosions and the natural gas industry in Massachusetts and nationally.

Historical Commission issues Phase 1 of historic resources survey in Great Barrington

This survey of a portion of Great Barrington's rich catalogue of historic buildings was a significant undertaking for the Historical Commission. It provides the town with the first of a series of reports that provide documentation of sites worthy of preserving and those potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Jacqueline Storti, 94, of Great Barrington

She then joined the local Sears catalog store in Great Barrington and worked her way up to manager; she was one of the first female managers for Sears before retiring at age 61.

News Brief: Plastic bottle ban to begin Nov. 1

'We expect that all merchants in town who have not already done so will be in full compliance by Nov. 1 as our town seeks to reduce the generation of plastic waste.' -- Town Manager Mark Pruhenski

A plan for Housatonic Village revitalization

A vision should address the necessary integration of our two village centers (Great Barrington and Housatonic), the beautification and improved use of a revitalized town center, the reuse of town properties, housing needs, and the creation of an economic development template that would attract community members and investors.

Tales from the ‘dead letter office’: Greetings from Costa Rica 43 years later

Marie Tassone had an interesting and colorful life, culminating in her designation by the board of selectmen as Great Barrington's "photographer laureate" in 1989, a year before her death at age 86.

Rumors of downtown hotel project’s death greatly exaggerated

Chrystal Mahida and her husband, Vijay, who own several hotels in Berkshire County, did not offer a specific timeline for when construction to convert the school would begin, but she wanted to assure the public that plans are proceeding.

Bits & Bytes: Car Seat Headrest at MASS MoCA; Egg Cream Eggstravaganza; John Bonifaz at Berkshire Athenaeum; pajama drive; Valentine’s swing dance

At Hevreh of Southern Berkshire the evening will begin with a screening of the short film “Egg Cream” by Nora Claire Miller, Peter Miller and Amy Linton, a bittersweet look at memory, history, and the enduring meaning of the beloved chocolate soda drink born on the Jewish Lower East Side of New York City.
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