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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Best Damn Espresso—going full steam ahead

From Brooklyn to the Berkshires: Founders Asio and Angela Highsmith "want to keep growing in an organic, community-minded way.”

Remembering the ‘great’ Great Barrington tornado 25 years later

The National Weather Service reported that debris was carried more than 45 miles to the northeast in Belchertown, where a fairgrounds racing ticket was found along with white corrugated plastic roofing material.

GB, South County Year in Review: Of mergers, bridges, cannabis and ‘blood money’

In the spirit of reflection and self-examination, herein lies The Edge's second annual Great Barrington year in review. It includes some select stories from other South County towns as well, along with embedded links to Edge stories for more information.

Amid an atmosphere of mistrust, airport revives plan for more hangars

The airport proposes to construct six new hangars, while removing the existing clamshell hangar.

Historical Commission issues Phase 1 of historic resources survey in Great Barrington

This survey of a portion of Great Barrington's rich catalogue of historic buildings was a significant undertaking for the Historical Commission. It provides the town with the first of a series of reports that provide documentation of sites worthy of preserving and those potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rotary Club Bike & Fly: Fun for the family

The 2019 Rotary Club Bike & Fly, held Sunday at the Great Barrington's Walter J. Kolodze Airport, had something for everyone, including cow plops.

Selectmen put the kibosh on plans for ‘mini Woodstock’ hot-air balloon festival at airport

In the end, it was simply too much to ask of the board, especially after receiving several emails from neighbors who complained loudly that allowing the event would be a "slippery slope" and that the neighborhood near the airport was too densely populated.

Thomas J. ‘Tom’ Vigneron, 61, of Great Barrington, flight instructor

He was a highly experienced pilot and an outstanding flight instructor who introduced many local residents to the joys of flying.

News Briefs: Fairview disaster exercise; GBPD mental health first aid course; Mass Pike lane closures

Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety provides officers with more response options to help them de-escalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so they can respond to mental health-related calls appropriately without compromising anyone's safety.

5K runners (and walkers) turn out for Berkshire South

Everyone was a winner at the Berkshire South 5K "fun run" last Sunday (April 8).

After 37 years as a community vet, Ron Majdalany hangs up his stethoscope

Majdalany has treated countless pets and livestock and has saved many animal lives over 34 years of working at his own practice, Seekonk Veterinary Hospital on Alford Road.

Airport to hold annual Bike-N-Fly this Saturday

On Saturday at the Walter J. Koladza Airport on Egremont Plain Road, there will be a full schedule of activities, the proceeds of which will benefit the Great Barrington Rotary Club's higher-education scholarship program as well as various other local charitable organizations.

EDITORIAL: Time for neighbors to rethink opposition to Great Barrington airport improvement

As proposed, the airport's plans are entirely reasonable, given its need to remain viable and its history of good citizenship.

Airport officials, opponents spar again during rowdy hearing on expansion plans

The latest episode saw the public hearing on the airport's quest for three new hangars continued to July 10, but only after the selectboard heard from both sides of the controversial proposal, with noisy airport antagonists drowning out proponents.

Planning Board scrutinizes airport’s plan for new hangars

The Planning Board decided that it wanted updated renderings and more information on signage and the potential visual impact of the proposed hangars before they voted to approve the site plan. On Monday, June 12, the airport’s application for a special permit will be voted on by the Selectboard.

Airport owners again seek permission for controversial new hangars

"There is no discernable evidence leading me to conclude future real property values will be negatively impacted by such an occasion and to assert otherwise is speculation." -- Town Assessor Chris Lamarre

As airport continues permit quest, threat from lead in plane fuel causes concern

Among other research, the EPA’s findings indicate that where there are small, piston-engine aircraft operating, there is an increase in lead concentrations in air. The FAA says it, along with the EPA, is working to stop the use of lead in the fuel, and backing research to come up with alternatives.

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