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Telling the family story

A perc of being a newsman or local historian is you get to meet a lot of interesting people and sometimes gain access that gives surprising results.
Various of my writings have explored the black experience in South Berkshire County, Mass. Through my research into the story of Great Barrington native William E.B. Du Bois, I got to know his adopted son, the late David Graham Du Bois, and his great-grandson, Arthur McFarlane II of Colorado. And last week, I enjoyed a dinner with another great-grandson, Jeff Peck of Houston, Texas.

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Grant funds student made documentaries

CORNWALL/SHARON — The Civic Life Project (www.civiclifeproject.org)has received a grant of $6,000 from The Buchanan Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation to adapt and expand its existing program for middle schools. 
The grant, announced today by Dominique Lasseur, co-founder of the Civic Life Project with Catherine Tatge, will enable eighth grade students from Cornwall Consolidated and Sharon Center schools to produce short civic-themed films on public issues of their choice.

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Municipal Salaries 2018-19

As towns make their way through budget planning for the 2019-20 fiscal year, which begins July 1, salaries of administrators will once again be discussed. In general, pay increases for selectmen are rare; most other town employees are given a flat pay raise that is applied to all at Town Hall and on the town crew. 

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‘Green Book’

Academy Award voters declared “Green Book” the film of the year on Sunday, Feb. 24. That happened to be one of the few nominated movies I have seen. For some reason, my picture attendance has run mostly to bio-pics. I thought Rami Malek captured Freddie Mercury’s drive in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” I admired two non-nominees, John C. Reilly as the fading but determined Hardy in “Stan & Ollie” and Tom Waits as the shot-through prospector in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

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Additional findings, a breach of trust

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Harsh reaction to proposed school consolidation plan

GOSHEN —  Town leaders who were at the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG) meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14, expressed their concerns about three bills currently being deliberated in the state Legislature.
The first proposed bill SB-454 was introduced in January by Senate President Martin M. Looney (D-11) and, if passed, would create a commission to implement the regional consolidation of school districts.

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This vet makes house calls

SHEFFIELD, Mass. ---— Veterinarian Tracey Fahey goes the extra mile for her patients. Literally. 
Since opening her private practice, Berkshire Barks and Purrs Advanced Mobile VetCare last fall, the Sheffield resident has become a familiar sight navigating her sprawling, 26-foot, customized Ford E450 van around portions of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York while making house calls.

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Mountain Lions in New England? An Acclaimed Naturalist Discusses their Return

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Starting the year as a volunteer

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American Girl doll shines a light on the Hudson Valley

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HUDSON VALLEY — From young readers looking for a new adventure to local officials searching for ways to promote their communities, locals were delighted to learn that the newest Girl of the Year from American Girl, Blaire Wilson, was modeled to reflect the life of a young girl growing up in the Hudson Valley.
Since the company was first founded in 1986, American Girl has focused on building character and instilling confidence in young children.  

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