In this issue: A look back 152 years by Berkshires historian Bernard Drew to New Marlborough farmers’ collaborative effort in large-scale cheese production.
Also: Nat Yohalem reflects on his nine years as a New Marlborough selectman; Dr. John Schreiber gives an update on where we are now with Covid-19; the Board of Selectmen seeks an answer to the conundrum of when, where, and how to hold the Annual Town Meeting; the Town highway crew presents its case for higher wages; graduates, lots and lots of graduates, from kindergarten on up through college; two wildlife reports; and a return to listing of new acquisitions at the Library... and, of course, more!
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