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“Through his hard work and vision,” the voiceover intoned in that video projected Sunday evening on a big screen at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, “Fredric Rutberg has helped revitalize a historic newspaper, transforming it into an essential component of our civic dialogue.” For that reason — “for championing a vibrant and free press” — Rutberg, the publisher, president and co-owner of The Berkshire Eagle, was one of four honorees in the 2022 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities hosted by Mass Humanities.

The Berkshires recently lost two remarkable men, Dick Lipez and Ken Keehnle. While vastly different in style and substance, both shared their interesting points of view with a wide circle of people through their columns in the Berkshire Sampler.