Dear Berkshire Edge Reader
A few days ago, The Berkshire Edge launched a membership campaign. Our thanks to all of you who have already joined.
In three and a half years, The Edge has carried on a reciprocal conversation with this community – delivering information to you while, at the same time, inviting you to share information with us. It seems to be working. In record time, The Edge has become a vehicle for building community — the place to hear from and speak back to people who share the same space and focus on the same issues as you.
Here’s how this community conversation takes shape:
- Our contributors represent the community. Take a look at our list of contributors. Chances are many of them are people you know. You have been to meetings with them or your kids went to school with theirs.
- Our contributors are all local, except for a one or two, like my Aunt Ursula who sent us poems from Sarasota, Florida, until she died last year at the age of 104.
- Our contributors cross age lines. We welcome writers from local high schools (and we want to do more) like Victor Feldman who wrote for us while at the Waldorf School and continues as our intern while he studies at Brandeis. Victor wrote a terrific piece this summer on Steve Bannon’s ‘Reclaim New York.’
- Our contributors cross income and experience lines, such as the 35-year-old recovering heroin addict who wrote a ‘Dear Heroin’ letter to her addiction; or Rita Dichele, who shared her personal story of being ‘Homeless in the Berkshires’.
- We welcome new contributors every day. If a writer brings us something we think our readers will find interesting, we post it.
- We present to you as many facets of Berkshire life as possible. News, politics, the environment, deaths, birth, the arts, learning, home and garden and more. We have poems from local writers. We serialize novels from local writers. And we have 100s of events in our calendar.
- And, most important, we invite all of our readers to talk back to our contributors and to converse with each other through comments.
Now, a new way for you to interact with the Edge community is to support us as a member. If you read The Edge and feel that it serves you, informs you and contributes to your enjoyment of the Berkshires, we now ask you to support The Edge by joining our community of members. Click here to see the costs and unique benefits that come with our three levels of membership. Your membership dollars will pay for more and better coverage and for continuing upgrades to the site to make your user experience more enjoyable
We thank you in advance for joining us.
Marcie L. Setlow, Publisher
The Berkshire Edge