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Here are a few stories from the Edge this week:
1. We have the primary election results from Berkshire County:
In a closely watch race, Tim Shugrue easily defeated Andrea Harrington for the post of District Attorney, and Tom Bowler was elected sheriff.
2. Housatonic residents are continuing their protest against the rusty water emanating from the Housatonic Water Work. There are new developments in the frustration that Housatonic residents feel against Housatonic Water Works On Thursday, September 1, the company’s owner issued a press release that its water quality now meets compliance with some of the state’s DEP standards, and to address the problems of manganese in the system, they would be raising rates. This led to an angry protest in front of Town Hall last Saturday. s:
3. Our regular columnist Carole Owens discussed the proposed Residential Tax Exemption (RTE) that has been proposed for Stockbridge.This would lead to second home owners paying taxes at a higher rate than full-time resident. In response to a terrible fight looming in Stockbridge over this, Carole advocates civility and truthfulness, and she has attracted several spirited comments. This is a very interesting issue.
4. Just as most of us think we can lower our guard against Covid, our commentator Mickey Friedman offers a warning that we’re not out of the woods yet titled “Covid: What, me worry?”
5. The inaugural authors guild WIT (words, ideas and thinkers) festival is coming to Shakespeare & Company. The theme: Reimagining America: