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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

Hobbled by pandemic, BSO announces Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival

The BSO is also releasing certain performances at the same times as they would have been heard live, with complete online recordings of BSO concerts taking place Sundays at 2:30 p.m. as an example of such scheduling.

The River Houses at Cable Mills in Williamstown

Bring your city style to this contemporary escape in the heart of the Berkshires, stunning maintenance-free new homes surrounded by peace and tranquility yet close to all that makes Williamstown unique.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: ‘Reimagining America’ series; COVID-19, mental health webinar; HDC artist funding; Olmstead Awards for schools

Williams College has announced its 2020 bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development.

Chang-Chavkin Scholars: Program for first-generation college students sees impressive 2020 cohort

The program, which has a sister program in Telluride, Colorado, is now working with six Berkshire County high schools.

Yoga retreat center Kripalu closes for rest of year, lays off more than 450 workers

A 2018 study conducted by Williams College economics professor Stephen Sheppard concluded that Kripalu directly or indirectly generates $64 million to the total economic output in Massachusetts with $56 million of it concentrated in Berkshire County alone.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Berkshire Paraphernalia Pack; virtual town hall; Williamstown Farmers Market online; Tree Seed Photo Challenge

Representing the community, public and private higher education sectors, the panel will share the impacts felt, tactics utilized and outlook ahead as it pertains to higher education in the Berkshires and beyond.

BSO cancels 2020 Tanglewood season, ‘ripple effect’ feared

The announcement was a devastating blow to the region's economy, which is already reeling from the effects of the economic shutdown and the recently announced season cancellations from Jacob's Pillow, Shakespeare & Company and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Bits & Bytes: Tangiers Blues Band benefit; virtual barn tour; Jacob’s Pillow watch party; fellowship for Williams prof

Bill Mangiardi, director of farm and facilities, will lead a virtual tour of Hancock Shaker Village’s Round Stone Barn, which houses sheep, goats, calves, pigs, chickens and donkeys.

BSO cancels Boston Pops spring season; fate of BSO summer season at Tanglewood uncertain

“It is our obligation to our audiences, musicians, and staff to do everything we can to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being during the unprecedented time of this pandemic.” Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart

Amid pandemic, Berkshire Hills to transition next week from ‘enrichment’ to ‘directed learning’

The new directed learning will be more content-based than the earlier enrichment programming. Still, student work during this time will not be graded.

Mountaintop estate with breathtaking 180-degree views!

Maureen Kirkby and Michael Harrigan of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Barnbrook offer a mountaintop estate with spectacular 180-degree views.

BMC employees under self-quarantine as local officials grapple with response to coronavirus

In Great Barrington, town officials put out a statement yesterday, and at Monday's selectboard meeting, town health agent Rebecca Jurczyk briefed officials on measures the town is taking to prepare for the virus.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Fantasy on Ice’; ‘The Sound of Music’ at HVRHS; swing dancing at Dewey Hall; Maplefest at Williams

Maplefest attendees will be able to visit a working sugar house, observe the finishing and bottling of the final product, gather sap, and taste homemade syrup on pancakes and “sugar on snow.”

CONNECTIONS: The mysterious Mr. B

Students struggled up Yale Hill on foot, lined up and formally entered the school to the tinkling sound of a music box playing a march-like tune. They bowed to the Brewer sisters before they took their seats.

Bits & Bytes: Gin Blossoms at the Mahaiwe; digital media talk; BCC dinner series; diseases lecture

“The Impact of Digital Media in Our Region” will feature a panel of local media professionals, including Berkshire Edge editor-in-chief David Scribner and publisher Marcie Setlow; IMBY founder and editor Enid Futterman; Luminary Media editorial director Brian Mahoney; The Gossips of Rivertown founder and editor Carole Osterink; and The Rogovoy Report founder Seth Rogovoy.

Alan Chartock: An honorable politician — and academic

Chris Gibson did not burn any bridges as he moved from the world of politics into academia. But unlike so many denizens of the congressional deep, his honor is intact.
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