The Berkshire Edge On-Air Wednesday – August 18, 2021

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It is the dog days of August, as they say— with few big news happenings but lots of routine items:

1. And here’s a measure of what I’m talking about. Infrastructure… a story about the painting of the “brown” bridge red:
2. From Jim Sleeper, a resident of Lakeville, Connecticut, and a national correspondent for Newsday, comes an essay on the debacle in Afghanistan:
3. In response to the ongoing COVID plague Berkshire Hills Regional School District has announced its mask mandates for students and vaccination requirements for staff:

4. Meanwhile, despite the pandemic, we have theatre and dance and music. Here’s a sampling:At Berkshire Theatre Group we have “Nina Simone: Four Women” — like by our critic Peter Bergman
At the Ancram (N.Y.) Opera House “The Plein Air Plays” — a series of one-acts — is intriguing, writes reviewer Dan Dwyer:

5. The state of Massachusetts has awarded Great Barrington a grant of $126,000 to complete a trail system north and east of downtown:

6. Finally, we have a profile of Damon Groves, the piano tuner who keeps all the instruments at Tanglewood on their proper sharps and flats:


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