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STEPHEN COHEN: A rise in antisemitism

This essay is about our feelings towards one another in our home in the Berkshires.

End of an era in Housatonic: Risingdale Cafe serves its last drink

A combination of factors played into the pending sale to Spectrum Health Systems.

John Boddie, 87, of Great Barrington, founding member of Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad

John Boddie also worked for many years as a special patrolman for Great Barrington and Stockbridge, a Berkshire County deputy sheriff, and at Birches-Roy Funeral Home.

Preston L. Tinker, 70, of Dalton

Preston worked at many jobs throughout Berkshire County including Nejaime’s, Pete’s Motors, Rising Paper and Kolburne School where he made many friends.

Gov. Baker economic secretary ‘surprised’ by criticism of broadband strategy for rural Western Massachusetts

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is quietly flirting with massive private companies like Comcast to deliver what will likely be inferior and expensive service to rural towns. “It’s a slow-rolling tragedy that will blight Western Massachusetts for generations.” -- Susan Crawford, Harvard law professor and director of the Berkshire Center for Internet and Society

Melvin Pope Wilson, 78, Great Barrington, known as ‘Mister Fix It’

At a young age he worked at the former Betros Market. For many years he worked at the Rising Paper Company and A.I.E.R. Economic Research as a driver and general maintenance.

GE restriction hobbles revenue potential for historic Rising Paper Mill

In 2008 Hazen Paper Company bought the building from Neenah Paper Company for $785,000 according to John Hazen, whose company has never had any dealings with GE but whose building is subject to the restriction allowing only industrial use for 12 more years.

Cost-saving Housatonic solar project to go online in January

“It’s quiet and silent and it’s making you money. It’s a win-win for the community and the environment, a secure sanctuary for endangered species. You don’t get that everyday in a neighbor.” -- Ed Dunn, project manager for Housatonic 1 Solar

Solar Project to save town, school district $150,000 annually

"The community is getting clean energy, $230,000 [annually] in money that was not there before, a LOT of conservation land, and public access for fishing and kayaking on the river.” -- Kirt Mayland, developer of the Housatonic Solar Project
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