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1. At long last, advocates of honoring civil rights leader and Great Barrington resident W.E.B. Du Bois have won their battle to name a Great Barrington school after him.
2. A victim of the COVID19 pandemic and contractual issues with the town of Great Barrington, the Southern Berkshire Elderly Transportation Corp. is shutting down:
3. Jamal Ahamad, a teacher at Taconic High School in Pittsfield, teaches a course in African American literature, and he’s created a curriculum he calls BlackBooksMatter. You can follow him on his Stories with Mr. Ahamad on Instagram…
4. You may not know this but the Revolutionary War was won near Bennington, Vermont — at least that’s what Vermonters believe, and that’s why Vermont celebrated Battle Day for the 243rd time. 735 men from the Berkshires fought in that battle on Aug. 16, 1777:
5. The COVID19 pandemic hasn’t entirely shuttered the Berkshire concert scene… on Sept. 12 the West Stockbridge Chamber Players (members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) will give their final benefit concert.
6. Finally, it’s apple-picking time … and we have a great feature about orchards that offer you a chance to pick your own apples — in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, too.