The Berkshire Edge On-Air – Wednesday September 16, 2020

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.

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1.  As in other schools districts, in the Berkshires, in Massachusetts, in Connecticut, grappling with how to reopen schools in a pandemic, Berkshire Hills is grappling with the complexities of trying to sustain an educational program and keep their students and staff safe. Schools have tentatively  reopened — but not in classrooms.

2.  Build something new,  neighbors will object… and so two projects have been scotched, one at the airport for new hangars, the other  on a residential street where residents  complained about an affordable housing project. And in the same package, there is a complaint about the chairman of the Housing Authority, Jim Mercer, who also owns the controversial Housatonic Water Works:

3. On a more mellow note, a local organization is offering a program for teachers to deal with stress … and who isn’t in need of such a program these days:

4.  What kind of education will children have if schools are closed due to the pandemic, but their parents are at work — they’ll be alone at home? Techer Sheela Clary (and one of our writers) has a plan. She wants to have the local community center, and other nonprofit centers, join together in an effort to provide education and child care:

5.  The Guthrie Center in Housatonic, located in the church building where free meals are distributed to the needy, needs help, and has embarked on a fundraising campaign. This is the church made famous by Arlo Guthrie where a community Thanksgiving dinner was held, all related in his ballad, “Alice’s Restaurant.”


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