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Here are a few stories from the Edge this week:
1. We have a new director of Great Barrington libraries… Samara Klein, daughter of the well-known writer Daniel Klein:
2. The Great Barrington selectboard spent a scant 15 minutes on the issue of the Housatonic Water Works water system for the village of Housatonic, despite hundreds of Housatonic residents demonstrating outside Town Hall:
3. Finally, after a long and weary effort, the village of Sandisfield has been designate a national historic district:
4. On August 31 a candlelight vigil was held in front of the South County Recovery Center in Great Barrington to remember those lost to drug overdoses and to call attention to the scourge of drug addiction.. This coming Saturday, a “Smash the Stigma” event will take place at Town Hall, sponsored by the South County Rural Recovery Center:
5. OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Berkshire Community College is sponsoring a program on the indigenous peoples of the Berkshires. Hint: they still live here:
6. Finally, our columnist Carole Owens, who lives in Stockbridge, has touched a live wire with her column supporting a residential tax exemption that would place more tax burden on the second-home owners: