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Here are a few stories from the Edge this week:
1. The Housatonic River has received a federal designation as a Wild and Scenic River, thereby further protecting the river and its immediate surroundings:
2. True to its progressive credentials, Pittsfield hosted a demonstration commemorating the 50 year anniversary of Roe v. Wade, now that the court has reversed itself, allowing states to determine the legality of the procedure:
3. In a review of the state of the Berkshire economy, 1Berkshire cited the introduction of east-west passenger rail service through Pittsfield … giving hope to the business community that a more robust rail service could be restored from Pittsfield south through Great Barrington and Connecticut to New York City:
4. In her “dateline Stockbridge” column Carol Owens has summoned the soul of Stockbridge, depicting the community as still governed by traditional but vanishing old-time values:
5. And finally, what’s in a name? The two southern Berkshire regional school districts are stalled in their effort to merge simply because school officials can’t decide on a name for the enlarged district: