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THEATER REVIEW: ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ plays at Hartford Stage through June 23

I don’t always recommend solo performances, but this one is that rare exception. It is a must see!

Bits & Bytes: World music at Race Brook Lodge; American Mural Project tours; Laurel Hill meeting; French film festival

Mike Beck, executive director of Berkshire Botanical Garden, will present “Teaching an Old Garden New Tricks: How Berkshire Botanical Garden Is Creating Its Own Future.”

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.

Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Initiative launched

Thinking about all of the good that would have been done and the lives saved if Stumo had been given a chance to continue her work ultimately fueled the discussion about how to build her legacy.

Harry Fracasso, 83, of Clayton

Harry worked for Simscroft-Echo Farms in Simsbury, Connecticut, for several years, then worked closer to home at Pete’s Sales and Service in Sheffield until his retirement in 1998.

Raymond Riiska, 98, of Ashley Falls

After his retirement from Safeway Products, Mr. Riiska began working for the Housatonic Railroad (1988–2006), which was something he really enjoyed.

Birth announcement

A girl born at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington.

Samya Rose Stumo, 24, of Sheffield, Mass., global health visionary

En route to Kenya for her first assignment with ThinkWell, Samya perished in the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.

Edward Riiska Jr., 75, of Sandisfield, race driver and highway superintendent

For 30 years he raced at Lebanon Valley Speedway. A well-respected driver known for driving clean, he was proud to mentor new drivers.

‘More than just travel’: SBRSD takes global education program to the next level

The idea is to bring foreign students to enrich the experiences of current students at Mount Everett and, in the process, provide needed revenue to the school district and ultimately help boost district enrollments which have been dropping throughout the county.

Lucy Hankey, 92, of Mill River

They frequently went to the ITAM Lodge in Pittsfield to listen to the bands and so Lucy could dance. She liked to do the polka, which she continued to do until she was 86 years old.

Carol Campetti, 91, of Sandisfield

Carol and her husband, Angelo, owned and operated New Boston Fuel Company from 1948 to 2007.

Business Briefs: Berkshire Nonprofit Awards announce finalists; free museum admission for foster families; internet security seminar; grants for American Mural Project; Eagle Fund awards...

Created in 1998 to provide educational opportunities for Southern Berkshire Regional School District students, the Eagle Fund received more than 20 applications and awarded grants to students, teachers and community members.

Bits & Bytes: Paula Poundstone at Fairview gala; Hurricane Harvey benefit concert; ‘Growing Up in the 50’s;’ Phil Donahue at Winsted Community Bookstore; ‘Pink...

Paula Poundstone regularly performs standup comedy across the country and recently released the book “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.”
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