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This week we talk about:
1. First, the marijuana beat: Great Barrington is becoming the pot capital of the Berkshires with 5 outlets in the offing:
2. Tina Packer, one of the founders of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award … and she deserves it:
3. For those looking forward to Tanglewood this summer, the former Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson will be back with Pet Sounds, an album that Rolling Stone described as the No. 2 album of all time:
4. We had a story about what farmers do when they’re not growing greens. — so we interviewed a few about how they shift away from growing crops to tending to their animals… and the story provoked a lot of controversy when some readers realized that animals are kept outside in the winter:
5. Stockbridge Road — Route 7 north of Great Barrington — is a mixed-use commercial/residential zone…but it’s been suffering as businesses fail. The Planning Board is rezoning the district to make it more viable:
6. One business that is thriving is the sweets business, as the Wall Street Journal noted when it did a story about Robin Helfand and her Robin’s Candy Shop in Great Barrington, where she employs student interns, teaching them what it takes to be an entrepreneur:
7. On an Edgier note, columnist Carole Owens summoned tales of corporate corruption in the 1920s — remember the Teapot Dome scandal? — a civic environment that witnessed scandal and scandal, with certain government figures colluding with crooks. It sounds eerily familiar, doesn’t it?