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1. Last night at 9 p.m., on the eve of the Presidential inauguration and, hopefully, the beginning of a new era, Great Barrington residents joined other communities in “shining a light for democracy.”
And one of the brightest lights, it turned out, was the Great Barrington Police Department, that illuminated its headquarters:
2. Our Berkshire legislative delegation is satisfied with the aid packages offered Berkshire residents and businesses by the federal government, but is less than satisfied with state contributions:
3. Writer Julia Dixon has a fascinating look at how artists and freelancers are navigating the pandemic economy:
4. Writer Bob Luhmann — a Connecticut scribe, we should note — has written an amusing tribute to oatmeal, since January is Oatmeal Month. Luhman wonders whether oatmeal could heal the nation’s divided soul:https://theberkshireedge.com/on-oatmeal-the-way-forward/
5. Our columnist Leonard Quart has written a column about the influence that Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) has had upon the city of North Adams. He writes about a film “Farewell to Factory Towns? and Quart’s conclusion is that the museum has really transformed the city of North Adams as much as cultural aficionados have claimed:https://theberkshireedge.com/leonard-quart-the-plight-of-an-old-mill-town/
6. Let us conclude with Sarah Wright’s account of getting the COVID19 vaccine… she’s a health care worker at Berkshire Health Systems — and a very fine writer, as well: