Monday, Sept. 23, 2019
Good morning, Berkshires! Welcome to fall! That means it must be time to fall back. Or is it fall forward? Or springing into fall? Whichever it is, don't worry about it, because you don't have to change your clocks until 2 a.m. Nov. 3. Plenty of time to worry about that later.
Before I get to the news, let me tell you a tidbit more about Radically Rural, a summit that I attended last week in Keene, N.H. The intensive seminars pushed a major point to community leaders and the media: The answers to our common rural problems are out there, and through sharing of resources, hard work and data-driven research, we can find them together.
To that end, let me ask you two questions:
* What do you think are the three biggest hurdles that are holding back Berkshire County from flourishing in all sectors?
* Based on your experience, where have you seen a substantially similar region that's succeeding (anywhere in the U.S.), and what are they doing that we are not?
For example, is abolishing poverty in the county the answer? Who's doing it right? What about getting everyone into a home of their own? How about stopping the flow of drugs, and the accompanying violence or crime? Please email me and let me know what's on your mind. Just like the truth, the answers are out there (that's an "X-Files" reference, in case you're a millennial).
But enough about the future! Here's the news ...
LOGGING ON: Forestry to some; logging to others, the divisve practice of taking down trees has prompted a bill before the state Legislature. Our Larry Parnass explains here, and puts a face on the land and the people who use it, here.
MORE THAN A BIT OF A PICKLE: Fermentation takes many forms, as seen and tasted at the fifth annual Berkshire Fermentation Festival on Sunday in Great Barrington.
ETHICS VIOLATIONS LEVIED: The West Stockbridge fire chief says a failure to file paperwork has led to lies and exaggeration about him and his tenure as the leader of the Fire Department.
THE SMELL OF MONEY: In Berkshire County, money does grow on trees; but, cannabis and hemp carry a distinctive smell, and some neighbors to commercial sites are sick and tired of the skunky scent that wafts into their homes.
RISING FROM ROCK BOTTOM: At an event focusing on substance-use recovery, some speak from a place of understanding, in the hopes that they can pull their fellows up from the dark depths of the disease called addiction.
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