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1. In spite of the COVID19 pandemic, the instruments of New England government survive. In Sheffield, for example, the Annual Town Meeting — the town’s actual government — passed its budget and contribution to the school district, though not without a bit of conflict:
2. There won’t be any fireworks over Stockbridge Bowl on the fourth of July this year, since Tanglewood will be dark because of the COVID19 pandemic, but there is a Boston Pops “Salute to our Heroes” concert to be broadcast online:
3. The Southern Berkshires seem to be evolving into the marijuana capital of the region. A second pot store is in the works for the little village of Egremont (to get those New Yorkers just over the border as they drive to Tanglewood?):https://theberkshireedge.com/second-cannabis-store-planned-for-egremont-outreach-meeting-slated-for-thursday-via-zoom/
Meanwhile in Great Barrington, another marijuana emporium is opening up across the street from an established pot shop — Theory Wellness — north of town on Route 7. With all the tax revenues from sales, the town is going to make out handsomely:
4. Carolyn Newberger, an artist and child psychologist, writes of the confluence of the pandemic and racism:https://theberkshireedge.com/contagion/
5. At Part II of Great Barrington’s Annual Town Meeting, held in the parking lot of Monument Mountain High School, the citizens rejected a proposal to keep access to Lake Mansfield open as a two-way road:
6. And in Part I of Great Barrington’s Annual Town Meeting, you may recall, the voters rejected a proposal to “defund” the police;https://theberkshireedge.com/police-defunding-effort-fails-town-and-school-budgets-pass-but-great-barrington-annual-town-meeting-to-continue-thursday/