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.
Here are a few stories from the Edge this week:
1. The dispute over The Foundry in West Stockbridge — a performing arts venue seeking a special permit and that’s next door to a venerable restaurant — continues before the town’s Planning and Zoning board.
2. Our feature writer Sheela Clary has been creating a series of stories (Where We Are) about local people and enterprises that epitomize the character of South Berkshire County. This week she wrote about Craig and Gail Elliott, former owners of the Egremont Store in Egremont.
3. We have a profile of Volunteers in Medicine, headquartered in Great Barrington, that offers a broad definition of healthcare —physicians integrating housing, food insecurity, employment, education, in a comprehensive approach to health:
4. Our columnist Carole Owens has begun a series on the origins of “welfare” in the Berkshires — and how it has been a polarizing issue since the county’s founding:
5. We should note that during the holiday season we have daily updates on the many events celebrating the holidays, with links to purchase tickets: