THE CHECKUP FOR JUNE 18: STATE, PITTSFIELD LIFT EMERGENCY ORDERS
COVID-19 THIS WEEK IN BERKSHIRE COUNTY: It's been three weeks since the state lifted almost all pandemic safety restrictions, and COVID-19 cases remain well below where they were before vaccinations became widely available.
THIS WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR': SHIRLEY EDGERTON, ON THE IMPORTANCE OF JUNETEENTH
Community leader Shirley Edgerton serves on the executive committee of the NAACP Berkshire County branch, is the cultural proficiency coach for Pittsfield Public Schools, and is the founder of the Women of Color Giving Circle of the Berkshires and the Rites of Passage + Empowerment (ROPE) program . . .
AMID JUNETEENTH'S DESIGNATION AS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY, BERKSHIRE RESIDENTS TALK OF FREEDOM
While Juneteenth it's a combination of the words June and 19th has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s, Saturday is the first time the date will be commemorated as a federal holiday.