The Berkshire Edge On-Air – – Wednesday June 5, 2019

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.  Marie Ryan, who has been Great Barrington’s town clerk for the past 12 years, has taken a new job as the town administrator of West Stockbridge … a move up, in pay if not in geography:

2.  Construct Inc. is cekebrating 50 years of having helped the homeless find housing … it’s quite an organization, building affordable housing and hosting a fund-raising walk in the fall from Butternut to the Fairgrounds:

3. High Times in Berkshire County. The cannabis culture keeps on growing. A pot shop in Lee, Canna Provisions, received a license, as did Equinox Farm in Sheffield, to grow marijuana. Interestingly, Ted Dobson, owner of Equinox Farm, has been arrested years ago for growing pot amidst his arugula:

4. And we should mention the number of 50th anniversaries in the Berkshires. The Red Lion Inn is 50, as is the Norman Rockwell Museum … and let’s now forget Woodstock. Fifty years ago we went to the moon, and celebrated the musical counterculture in a spectacular way, as is noted in a Rockwell Museum exhibit titled ‘Woodstock to the Moon’:

5. This past weekend was the Berkshire International Film Festival in Great Barrington, and we will be running a number of reviews of the new films that the festival previewed. One is “Ophelia,’ a reworking of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ from the point of view of Ophelia:

6.  Finally, just so that you won’t think we’ve gone up in smoke up here in the Berkshires, Housatonic residents are objecting to a proposal to construct a marijuana cultivation and manufacturing site on Van Deusenville Road:


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