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1. My Day at Ground Zero. Retired Episcopal priest Dr. Stephen White, who has served in the Berkshires, recalls his day at Ground Zero as a volunteer clergyman:https://theberkshireedge.com/steve-white-my-day-at-ground-zero/
2. The state giveth, and sometimes giveth not. An unexpected grant for a road repaving project in Great Barrington, and nothing for the repair of the derelict Housatonic School:
3. Meanwhile, in statewide news, former Berkshire state Sen. Ben Downing has announced he’s running for governor … and in a campaign event in Lee, he focused on transportation issues;
4. In a sign of how the COVID19 pandemic has upended the Berkshire cultural scene, community choral groups have had to go on hiatus:https://theberkshireedge.com/community-choral-groups-go-silent-as-the-pandemic-drags-on/
5. The volunteer Berkshire Literacy Network (LitNet) is celebrating its 30th anniversary of helping immigrants learn English in order to gain American citizenship:
6. And finally, Music in Common (an organization that was founded by Daniel Pearl, the journalist and musician who was murdered by Muslim extremists while on assignment for the Wall Street Journal — Pearl also worked in the Berkshires for the North Adams Transcript and Berkshire Eagle) is launching a groundbreaking racial equity project in the Berkshires: