The Berkshire Edge LLC is a locally owned, regional publication. Our goal is to provide – regularly and in depth – content that truly reflects the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually rich and vibrant community.
Guided by respected journalistic standards, the principle of fairness, the quest for truth, a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and an abiding admiration for the independent spirit of the Berkshires, The Berkshire Edge offers in-depth local news reports and features, perspectives on the arts, wide-ranging commentary, and a comprehensive calendar of events – all written, illustrated, and, in some cases performed, with wit, intelligence, insight and humor.
1. Bill Walsh, the long-serving police chief of Great Barrington, is retiring… he has served for 40 years in the department, 37 as chief:
2. The end of the federal moratorium on evictions has many people, who are continuing to suffer from the consequences of the COVID19 pandemic, has many people very distressed:
3. For a little comic relief: Remember the so-called “Brown Bridge” in Great Barrington, bearing Route 7 over the Housatonic? It’s now red, after a brief green stint. Historian Bernard Drew recalls the history of this span:
4. The Berkshire Innovation Center has become a critical component in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic. It has developed a portable freezer to transport the COVID19 vaccine:https://theberkshireedge.com/business-monday-berkshire-innovation-center-to-the-rescue-with-freezer-for-vaccines/
5. The Housatonic River cleanup saga continues. EPA announces a “final” permit for the cleanup of toxic PCBs:https://theberkshireedge.com/epa-announces-final-revised-permit-for-ge-clean-up-of-the-housatonic-as-lee-group-threatens-lawsuit/
6. Finally, on this apocalyptic era, we end with a poem by Robert Frost, highlighted in our magazine by writer Phil Holland. Frost, of course, lived just north of us in Shaftsbury, Vermont.The poem poses which shall end the world: fire or ice: