Lenox Elects Mitts to Board of Selectmen

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LENOX, Mass. — Town meeting rejected an affordable housing plan last week but easily elected the chairman of the Affordable Housing Trust, MaryBeth Frazier Mitts, to a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen on Monday night. 
Mitts garnered 462 votes against Max Scherff's 114 and Michael Feder's 78 to win the seat being vacated by three-term Selectman Kenneth Fowler. Mitts has also served on the School Committee. 
On May 2, town meeting had rejected a proposal to convey the so-called six-acre Sawmill Brook land to develop into 41 affordable and nine-market rate apartments. The land would have served as the town's matching funds to qualify for tax credits. It failed to garner the two-thirds majority needed by 73 votes. 
The selectman's seat was the only race on the ballot. Elected unopposed were John J. McNinch as moderator, Dianne Romeo to a three-year term on the Board of Health; Thomas Romeo to a three-year term as assessor; Robert Vaughan to a three-year term on the School Committee; and James Harwood to a five-year term on the Planning Board. 
The turnout for Monday's election was 18 percent, with 657 of 3,631 registered voters casting ballots. 
Last week's town meeting did pass a zoning bylaw to allow adult marijuana business as a non-unanimous voice vote that met the two-thirds required votes and a marijuana sales tax that passed by unanimous voice vote. A citizens' petition to prohibit recreational marijuana failed on a voice vote and two other articles were tabled by the petitioner. 
Town meeting saw 618 of 3,628 registered voters in attendance, or 17 percent. 

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Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood to Offer Year-Round Programming

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For the first time since it was established as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood will be holding programming during the fall, winter and spring. This change is enabled by the the development of Tanglewood's new Linde Center for Music and Learning, which was launched in the summer of 2019.

The Linde Center will host a variety of programming, offering participants a wide spectrum of performances and multidisciplinary activities designed to attract both newcomers and longtime patrons seeling to becoming more involved with music and the arts. The Linde Center will also serve as an event and concern rental space for use by the Berkshire community in beyond, including weddings, conferences, receptions, workshops and meetings as well as performances and concerts through the fall, winter and spring.

Kickoff weekend is set for the weekend of Oct. 24-27 and includes a screeing of "Falling Down Stairs," the Yo-Yo Ma/Mark Morris collaboration involving Bach's Cello Suite No. 3; a multidisciplinary presentation on "Mastery in the DIY Era," a chamber music concert featuring BSO musicians, and a special edition of the TLI's Focal Point, offering lessons in amateur photography and painting. After this weekend, there will be a "Fiddle Weekend," special presentations, open forums, TLI talks and more. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 11; for tickets and info call 888-266-1492 or visit the website.


Renewable energy at BCC

As national campus sustainability month kicks off, MASSPIRG Berkshire Community College students will launch a campaign to encourage BCC to generate 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources. This campaign is part of an initiative that aims to get 150 schools to commit to switch exclusively to renewable energy by 2021.

The nationwide effort includes targeted weeks of action, petition drives and direct engagement with administration officials to press for this goal. Thousands of students and faculty from every region of the country are expected to mobilize for this cause. BCC is committed to being zero waste by the end of 2020; so far 84 percent of waste is diverted from landfills through re-use, recycling and composting bins throughout campus.

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