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River Wars

By David Scribner September 27, 2011 LENOX – The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in a tactic that environmentalists claim is a concession to – if not an outright partnership with — the General Electric Company, has adopted a…

Lift off for Great Barrington tax rate

By David Scribner August 26, 2011 GREAT BARRINGTON – With misgivings and trepidation, the Board of Selectmen has approved a 2012 tax rate of $13.12 per $1,000 evaluation, an increase of 7.9 percent over last year. If there is silver…

Small Town Arson; Small Town News

By Mickey Friedman June 24, 2011 I’m not really a news man. I’ve written a non-fiction book, am writing a mystery novel, and have made films. And I write a quirky column every other week for The Berkshire Record about…

Tale of Tangled Town Politics

A Building Inspector, A Town Manager, A Town Counsel, A Board of Selectmen & A Tree Farm That Isn’t June 10, 2011 GREAT BARRINGTON, MA There was a grim smile on Ed May’s face when he left the Town Hall…

BIFF Bops Local Boosters

Has the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) gotten too big for its britches and too swank for the Berkshires? That would seem to be the case when it comes to the way it treated at least some of its local…

C/V/ulture #1

Camille LeCrowe shares her thoughts on the end of the 2011 Spring TV season: Detective Kate Beckett on Castle THE LITTLE DEATHS Now I know the little deaths I’m thinking of hardly matter in the scheme of things.  That’s The…

Musing #1

          I’m writing on Memorial Day 2011, a particularly confusing Memorial Day for me.  I’m experiencing a shifting mixture of pride and bewilderment.  Yesterday, I was out with my peace sign again as I have been…

Red Crow Report #1

GE Distributes Dollars to Influence River Debate By David Scribner Illustrations by Honora Toole Canoe Meadows, in the southeastern corner of Pittsfield, is as richly diverse a river and floodplain ecosystem as there is in the Berkshires. But appearances can…