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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on One Mercantile and Sett—success in downtown Great Barrington

Local couple successfully builds a pair of brick-and-mortar businesses from the ground up by meeting the community where they are.

Of plastic bottles and ‘marijuana wars’: a Great Barrington year in review

2018 has provided enough Great Barrington news to keep journalists busy and observers of town politics highly amused, signaling that the community dubbed "best small town in America" by Smithsonian Magazine continues to be a place in transition.

Library trustees letter inaccurate; Karen Smith expects a ‘public retraction and apology’

The accusations came to a head earlier this month when the selectboard held a hearing to consider calls for her removal from the housing authority. Some witnesses vouched for Smith's integrity and hard work but others accused her of practicing nepotism, creating an environment of "toxicity," and exhibiting "aggressive and hostile behavior."

Bits & Bytes: ‘Art That Speaks’ at Fuel; Radius Playwrights Festival submissions; ‘Mass. Cast’ at Schantz Galleries; library deliveries; ‘People Paintings’ at Camphill Ghent

Berkshire Playwrights Lab is calling for submissions for its third annual Radius Playwrights Festival, which features five or six new, short plays created by playwrights who live within a 50-mile radius of Great Barrington.

Consultant: Ramsdell Library in Housatonic is ‘vibrant part of the community,’ needs upgrades

There was also an agreement that the Ramsdell's resources and services need to be focused, in part so that the Ramsdell is not merely duplicating the services of the Mason, but on a smaller scale.

Bits & Bytes: Ramsdell Library presentation; B’Shalom Chorale concerts; Monument Cup; JoAnne Spies at Bascom Lodge; Roe Jan Library picnic

The B’Shalom Chorale, the Berkshires’ only chorale showcasing Jewish music, will culminate its fifth season with concerts in Pittsfield and Great Barrington Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hopes are high in the village as old Housie Market and Cafe is bought at auction

Buyer Patrick Hollenbeck, who also chairs the Great Barrington Libraries board of trustees, said he's not sure what he wants to do with the property.

Holly Hamer for Great Barrington Selectboard

In his letter to the editor Patrick Hollenbeck writes: “Holly has the courage to stand behind tough decisions and has the wisdom to evolve her position if the facts warrant that.”

Amid budget-cutting ritual Great Barrington libraries become a target

"Sometimes the easiest thing to do is cut some of the lowest hanging fruit but sometimes it's a matter of taking a bigger picture and stepping outside and seeing what can be done for the community as a whole." -- Local businesswoman Ilana Siegal, addressing the Selectboard on proposed cuts to the town libraries

Bits & Bytes: Future of Ramsdell Library discussion; Bettye LaVette at Club Helsinki Hudson; RSYP parent education workshops; Holocaust Remembrance Day film screening; Earth...

The Railroad Street Youth Project workshop offers tools and support for parents of young people who are currently experimenting or struggling with substance use.

Bits & Bytes: Joshi to address area educators; elder activist TV programs; pajama drive; art awards for Monument students

Through Thursday, March 15, the Mason and Ramsdell libraries will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens.

Bits & Bytes: Pittsfield figure skaters at Bay State Games; Ramsdell Library special programs; Linda Greenhouse at Kimball Farms; climate-oriented art call; free income...

Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, and writes a biweekly opinion column for the New York Times on the Court and the law.

TOWN HALL BRIEFS: Selectmen take stand against hate and intolerance

Individual selectmen signed a "Not In Our County" pledge presented to them by Multicultural BRIDGE.

Bits & Bytes: Norman Rockwell Museum to honor first responders; ‘Halloween in Boosatonic;’ ‘The Ambulance Drivers’ at Ventfort Hall; organ concert to benefit food...

Visitors to the first responders' event will have the opportunity to view official police cars, fire trucks and an ambulance; and take photos with a special mock-up of the diner from “The Runaway.”

Bits & Bytes: Sunday library programming; folk music series in Monterey; children tour Fairview; Easy Ridin’ Papas at Dewey Hall; Community ReStart fundraiser

Karl Finger will trace the origins of folk music from its value as a window into the various periods in history, its effect on social and political movements.

Ramsdell Library at risk — again

In her letter to the editor, Holly Hamer writes: “A sharp reduction in hours (with a jumbled schedule that a spelling bee champion couldn't remember) will hasten the demise of this venerable community beacon.”

Jacqueline (Jackie) Costa, 55, of West Stockbridge

A graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High School and Massachusetts Bay Community College, she was employed at Out of Hand in Great Barrington.

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