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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.

Great Barrington Town Hall Briefs: Du Bois celebration; Tim Drumm to retire; Blue Hill Road residents demand action

Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, who directs Multicultural BRIDGE and co-chairs the Du Bois 150th Committee, was in Town Hall Monday night with Randy Weinstein, founder and director of the Du Bois Center at Great Barrington, to gain approval to mount banners on utility poles in town and to report on the progress the committee had made on celebrating the birthday of iconic scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois.

Great Barrington Town Hall briefs

Sean Van Deusen, who heads the Great Barrington Department of Public Works, told the selectmen the sewer rate increase was necessary in order to fund debt incurred because of a mandated sewer system upgrade.

Surprise: ‘Flushable wipes’ not so flushable after all

The cost for a sewer system as small as Great Barrington's is staggering. The annual cost for dealing with so-called "flushable" wipes is estimated to be $150,000 for cleaning and unclogging, with labor alone costing $85,000.

News Brief: Great Barrington receives regional EPA wastewater award

Great Barrington’s wastewater treatment facility, which maintains 35 miles of sewer line and six pumping stations throughout Great Barrington and Housatonic, was recognized for its exceptional organization and exemplary maintenance program.

Wastewater Treatment Plant super: No chemicals released into air

Drumm said the only chemical smells in the air near the wastewater treatment plant came from the 8-acre brownfield next to it during an attempt at bioremediation over the last two years.

Selectboard sends Zoning Board list of 21 conditions for 100 Bridge Street project

The entire site, polluted with dioxins and pentachlorophenol, is a puzzle for both remediation and development economics.

Alford residents vote 133-8 for town-wide Internet service

“The purest form of democracy on the planet: Alford, Massachusetts.” -- Alford resident Tom Doyle

Alford to consider townwide broadband Internet accessibility plan

Convinced that Internet access is as essential modern living as electricity, the Alford Broadband Committee is well along the way of determining the process by which the town could build and organize a high-speed Internet infrastructure. Information meeting August 8, at 10 a.m. at Town Hall; vote on project Monday, August 10, at 7 p.m.

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