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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.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire BioBlitz; Berkshire Fermentation Festival; Neal at Williams College; CATA poetry reading

Berkshire BioBlitz is an opportunity for biologists, naturalists and environmentalists to work in collaboration with the general public to survey the Thomas and Palmer Brook.

Berkshire County immigrant advocates, elected officials call DACA rollback ‘immoral’ and ‘despicable’

"It was unfathomable to me that this president could do something so cruel, so un-American and, quite honestly, something that's just bad policy." -- Brooke Mead, director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center

News Brief: U.S. Rep. Neal faults Trump for expanding Afghan war

'The President announced his intention to put more American boots on the ground with no clearly defined mission.' --Rep. Richard Neal

Hinds visits pipeline site, urges reform of FERC and says Trump ‘gutting the EPA’

State Sen. Adam Hinds: "If anybody's learned anything from this election, it's that elections have consequences – serious policy consequences. They are absolutely gutting the EPA at a rate that even the most pessimistic person would be surprised about right now." Hinds was also sharply critical of the state in allowing the pipeline project to move through the Otis State Forest, which is state-owned land ostensibly protected from development.

News Briefs: Fairview receives grant to develop rural network; Baker-Polito administration awards $10.2 million for transportation options for seniors, paratransit customers

The purpose of the program is to assist in the development of an integrated healthcare network, specifically in communities where such programs have never previously existed.

Did pipeline protesters trespass? Lawyers disagree on definition

Since the activists did not enter a building, boat or vehicle, the state must prove that the protesters entered "improved or enclosed land."

In the Sandisfield woods, a testament to Thoreau stares down those who cut and blast

Sitting right next to the existing right-of-way being widened aggressively by Tennessee Gas Company is a "Thoreau Cabin," so named for American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, who wrote the famous essay on civil disobedience.

Bits & Bytes: Affordable Care Act rally; habitat slideshow; Kiwanis scholarships; Writers Read; CoA luncheon

The rally at Park Square in Pittsfield, Mass., in support of the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare is one of hundreds of similar events being held across the country this Saturday.

News Brief: Neal releases statement on Republican plan to cut Social Security benefits

"Social Security is the bedrock of retirement security – a benefit that seniors have earned through contributions over a lifetime of work. We should be strengthening Social Security, not cutting it." -- Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal

News Briefs: Kennedys surprise guests at Fairview gala to honor Eugene Dellea; Rock the Community

Rock the Community will involve more than 150 students, faculty, and staff volunteering approximately 400 hours of service to community projects.

Bits & Bytes: Neal and Tyer to present heroin documentary; ‘Artistic Insights’ at Shakespeare & Co.; ‘Nudes Beyond the Prado;’ Carole Owens book signing;...

Shakespeare & Company Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer and Company actor Jonathan Epstein will give a talk entitled “Shakespeare and the Jews,” which will explore Shakespeare’s controversial play “The Merchant of Venice.”

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal on pipelines, PCBs, politics, and the Berkshire economy

The reason why natural gas costs so much more in New England than it does in Pennsylvania is that other states have made a commitment to building pipelines.
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