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1. The divisions within the country were on full display at Lake Mansfield in Great Barrington Sunday when a crowd of skaters — from New York, it should be said — defied health protocols and refused to wear masks, and dismiss the dangers of the COVID pandemic as “a government hoax”:
2. Our political analyst Mickey Friedman has written a thoughtful examination of the storming of the Capitol by Trumpeters:
3. And along these lines, our writer Andrew Blechman has called attention to a national demonstration of support for democracy. Light a candle for Democracy on Friday, January 15 at 8 p.m.
4. COVID or no COVID, you can’t keep a good orchestra down. So here’s some good news for BSO fans… Andris Nelsons is back as Music Director:https://theberkshireedge.com/bso-music-director-andris-nelsons-returns-after-years-absence-to-fete-beethoven/
5. Our writer Sheela Clary has written a terrific profile of University of Massachusetts student from Lenox, Claudia Maurino, who is volunteering for AmeriCorps, the domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps:
6. Finally, Great Barrington has promoted one of its own to become Police Chief. Paul Storti has been on the force for 26 years. He replaces Bill Walsh who had retired after 40 years in the Great Barrington Police Department: