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Here are a few stories from the Edge this week:
1. There’s a revolt stewing among the members of the 8-town planning committee in southern Berkshire County trying to come up with strategy for consolidating educational facilities and spending:
2. Concurrently, this same 8-town committee is complaining about a lack of input from staff at the school districts and from the public:
3. The restoration of the historic A.M.E. Zion church in Great Barrington, where W.E.B. Du Bois worshipped, is moving ahead, with the goal of creating a Du Bois Freedom Center:
4. The residents of Housatonic are really getting up in arms about the troubled water system their village depends on. Now the owner of the system is saying there has to be an “alternative” plan to address the water quality issues. At the top of his list, merging his failing system with the town of Great Barrington’s:
5. Pulling for the Pantry. The Great Barrington Food Pantry, where those in need can get food, held a successful Pulling for the Pantry fundraiser, with performances by local musicians: