In this issue:Plans for repurposing the Umpachene Grange in Hartsville are just beginning to take shape under the new ownership of Brittany Bailey and Walton Ford. Southern Berkshire students in grades three through six, along with staff, parents, and older Mount Everett students, all collaborated in an outstanding production of A Christmas Carol.
Also: Holiday lights on the New Marlborough Village Green; memories of school days in New Marlborough and Mill River in the 1930s; a challenge from the Land Trust; and some interesting encounters with wildlife.
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