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Community activists are working to pass local ordinances in the sanctuary city model in communities in the Berkshires.

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts has made the guiding principles of one of its most famous residents a formal part of its identity.

The Great Barrington, Massachusetts Selectboard meets again tonight.

The 8th annual Bike ‘n’ Fly is this Saturday at the Great Barrington Airport.


Following a Berkshire County resident’s encounter with a black bear that left the animal dead in Housatonic last month, WAMC reached out to the state’s chief black bear biologist. David Wattles works for MassWildlife, the state agency that oversees the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth. Wattles explained what his job entails, and says you can minimize run-ins with bears like the one in July.

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An attempt to end years of complaints and litigation around a controversial trucking business in Great Barrington, Massachusetts failed at Monday night’s special town meeting.

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An effort by Great Barrington residents to overturn the town’s May vote to ban single use plastic water bottles has fallen short. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes reports from last night’s special town meeting.

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A rare special town meeting is set for tonight in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC has a preview.

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The shooting of a bear last month is stirring strong feelings in Berkshire County.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts is holding a special town meeting Monday night to revisit its May vote to ban single use plastic water bottles.

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Steve Katz, founding member of the legendary Blood, Sweat & Tears, and The Blues Project, will be at Hevreh in Great Barrington, Massachusetts presenting a humorous discussion about his first hand experiences with folk songs of the 60’s and the Greenwich Village scene at the time.

Steve will perform songs from that period. His stories include anecdotes about many of the musical icons of the folk, rock, jazz and blues idiom, including his performance at Woodstock.

Katz is best known as a member of the rock-pop-jazz group Blood, Sweat & Tears. Katz was an original member of the rock bands The Blues Project and American Flyer. As a producer, his credits include the 1979 album "Short Stories Tall Tales" for the Irish band Horslips, and the Lou Reed albums "Rock 'n' Roll Animal" and "Sally Can't Dance."

The Guthrie Family is producing a new series at the Guthrie Center. The Talkin’ Series will feature a line-up of folks who will join them for 4 Wednesday’s in August. In addition to the music, they will have discussion with special guests and Q&A opportunities from the audience with Arlo Guthrie as the host!

Arlo’s daughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie will be on one on the panels and helped put this all together and she joins us.

The Great Barrington, Massachusetts selectboard dealt with recreational marijuana, Mass Development grants, and more at its Monday night meeting.

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As Great Barrington prepares for state-funded improvements to its downtown, some business owners have concerns about how the construction will affect commerce.

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Lee will conduct its annual town meeting tonight.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts is preparing for its town meeting on Monday.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts is turning to its residents to find ways to make its streets safer.

Great Barrington Boards Feud Over Pot Permits

Apr 4, 2018
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Town officials in Great Barrington, Massachusetts are battling over marijuana policy.

A Trump administration cabinet member will be spending some time in the Berkshires.

  Giovanni Boivin from The Book Loft in Great Barrington, MA, joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

“Heart Berries: A Memoir” by Terese Marie Mailhot
“Bad Kansas: Stories” by Becky Mandelbaum
“Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings” by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
“Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories” by Kelly Barnhill
“The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories” by Michael Andreasen
“The Sky is Yours” by Chandler Klang Smith

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts, is using millions of dollars of state aid to improve its downtown.

Broadband internet access will be coming to Great Barrington, Massachusetts sooner than expected.

W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most important African-American activists during the first half of the 20th century. He co-founded the NAACP, supported Pan-Africanism, and was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts 150 years ago this month and Great Barrington's Du Bois anniversary celebration began on January 15 and will continue throughout 2018.

Here to tell us more are Dennis Powell, President of the Berkshire County Branch NAACP;and member of the Steering Committee Du Bois Lecture Series; Professor Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst; Ted Thomas, poet and teacher who directs the student Du Bois spoken word programs; and Barbara Dean, musician, performer, and radio DJ who has worked on Du Bois issues and promotion in Great Barrington for about three decades.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts has received state funds allocated from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help prevent water pollution. 

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Monument Valley Road in Great Barrington, Massachusetts was one of the many backdrops of Paramount Pictures’ “Daddy’s Home 2,” the Will Ferrell movie opening Friday.

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Halloween is Tuesday, and for many communities the ghoulish holiday has a tradition of costume parades, hayrides, corn mazes and trick-or-treating. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Matt Greene about the premiere screening of a short film he directed based on a haunted house from his childhood in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts is once again eyeing the former Housatonic School for redevelopment – this time for housing.

Great Barrington Seeks Wind Power To Cut Costs

Sep 28, 2017
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The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts will switch over to wind power in a move meant to cut costs. 

Sewer Rate Hike Approved In Great Barrington

Aug 19, 2017

Great Barrington, Massachusetts has approved a sewer rate hike. 

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The 7th annual Berkshire Bike-N-Fly fair kicks off Saturday in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.