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THE OTHER SIDE: The king is not dead — not really

Well, in one fell swoop, the new conservative majority—it might be more accurate to call them the new MAGA majority—betrayed originalism and textualism.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Witches of Litchfield County;’ Writers Read; harvest concert; hawks and owls program; FilmColumbia 2016

FilmColumbia 2016 will get underway with a special James Ivory tribute and kick-off celebration on Saturday, Oct. 22, benefiting FilmColumbia and the nonprofit Chatham Film Club.

Bits & Bytes: Brooke Skinner Ricketts at Simon’s Rock; Banned Books Week; CATA exhibit; High Holy Days at Knesset Israel; Hopkins Forest fall festival;...

Typically held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week is an annual event highlighting the value of free and open access to information.

Fairies & Elves rule — on Saturdays — at the Ramsdell in Housatonic

Over the past three Saturdays, children ranging from ages four through twelve and their families have decorated miniature wooden homes provided by the library, with moss, bark, leaves, flowers, and other found natural objects

A Sunday afternoon at Ramsdell Library

In her letter to the editor, Michelle Loubert of Housatonic writers: "The Friends of the Library provide refreshments for library visitors offering a warm, inviting atmosphere, akin to visiting the home of a good friend."

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Drum & Dance Fest; BerkshireSPEAKS; historic markers unveiled; choral workshop and concert; Craft Beer Festival

BerkshireSPEAKS will feature brief presentations by six Berkshire trendsetters discussing their work, their passions, and their visions for the future.

Library staff, trustees at loggerheads over Sunday hours at Ramsdell

No one has come up with one single reason why it wouldn’t be advantageous to the residents of Housatonic and Great Barrington and the surrounding towns [to have Sunday hours at Ramsdell Library]" -- Holly Hamer, member of Friends of the Libraries and former library trustee

Natalie Scholes Goranson, 85, educator for Berkshire Hills School District

Natalie was a longtime employee of Berkshire Hills Regional School District, teaching home economics at Monument Mountain High School and then at Searles Middle School. She initiated and developed the curriculum for the nursery school at Monument Mountain, which continues in existence to this day.

Bits & Bytes: Garden mural for Ramsdell; solar workshop in Sheffield; Fairgrounds cleanup; Rufus Wainwright at Mahaiwe; Shakespeare & Young Company; Snowden Wright at...


In addition to being a celebrated contemporary pop singer, Rufus Wainwright has made a name for himself in the classical world. His much-acclaimed first opera, titled Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in 2009.

Great Barrington Town Hall briefs

Sunday hours are the “busiest days for libraries across the country which have those hours. Nothing has gotten the same kind of public support as the one Sunday we were open.” -- Holly Hamer, president of the Great Barrington Board of Library Trustees

EDGEWISE: The Powder Keg Sessions: Creating a new women’s lexicon in the Berkshires

Since the rise of the feminist movement, women's voices have become stronger. The words and work of writers and artists have begun to illuminate what has long been silenced.

Eleven projects advance for CPA funds in GB; two eliminated

In the next stage, in which the committee will determine how much funding to recommend for each. The final decision on whether to fund CPA projects is made at Town Meeting in May.

Tale from the crypt: The Wetherbee Vault, a CPA candidate

“In 1964 the whole [Mahaiwe] cemetery was in disrepair and the town took it over. When you buy a [cemetery] lot from the town, you have ‘perpetual care’.” -- Walter F. “Buddy” Atwood III, a member of the Cemetery Commission
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