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This week we talk about:
1. Vigil for Pittsburgh planned by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. https://theberkshireedge.com/interfaith-community-vigil-for-pittsburgh-planned-for-thursday-november-1/
2. The state of Massachusetts has funded a pilot to test the weekend-only, tourist-oriented Berkshire Flyer train. https://theberkshireedge.com/berkshire-flyer-pilot-rail-service-funded-for-2020-passenger-rail-on-housatonic-line-remains-a-question-mark/
3. There are two big issues in the upcoming election: the D.A. race and the Nurses proposition. Jonathan Butler from 1Berkshires wrote a statement in Viewpoints saying that the proposition is not a good fit for the Berkshires and that the business community does not support it. https://theberkshireedge.com/no-on-question-1-not-a-fit-for-the-berkshires/
4. A moving profile of Mary Gendler who has led a life of peaceful protest. We have a picture of her with the Dalai Lama, whom she visits regularly, lighting Hanukah candles. https://theberkshireedge.com/mary-gendler-a-life-of-peaceful-protest/
5. We had a four-part series on an addict identified as Sara. Now the author of the series wrote a “finale” about how local high school students, including a journalism class, reacted to the articles. https://theberkshireedge.com/addiction-in-the-berkshires-four-part-saras-story-hits-home/
6. STEM Week winds up with showcase at Monument Valley Middle School. https://theberkshireedge.com/stem-week-winds-up-with-showcase-at-monument-valley-middle-school/
7. If we have time, we can also talk about the state’s designation of Great Barrington’s as a “cultural district.” https://theberkshireedge.com/officials-celebrate-great-barringtons-newly-formed-cultural-district/. We also reported, on September 22, that Lenox is seeking the same designation.