Vol. III No. 12 6/15/2022
Stockbridge Updates has enjoyed the wisdom and support of an Editorial Board since inception. After our last meeting, members had a few words to say. See this guest editorial and Reader to Reader — look for more in coming issues.
Elections are over. The results are in on races for office; all warrant articles presented and discussed. Once again, voters have spoken. In Stockbridge, the voters have multiple and enviable resources for making decisions on a local level.
Residents have a daily newspaper (well, almost). They have a radio station in Great Barrington that covers local events (sometimes). They have gatherings at the Post Office (in and out) to exchange information and get up to date. They have a Town website, and perhaps more importantly, access to public meetings and the workings of Town government from Stockbridge Updates.
When Carole first discussed the possibility of a local online newsletter, I thought, sure… Why not? I grew up in Great Barrington. We had the Berkshire Courier, a weekly newspaper (hardcopy) that gave residents a more than adequate overview of happenings in town. They even had the "Police Blotter" that told you how your neighbor got into trouble and why. But this was going to be different. This was going to be straightforward and factual, covering public meetings, local events, the nonprofits, social happenings and celebrations, interspersed with great photographs provided by talented residents. It would allow residents (and others) to weigh in on all of the above and share opinions. It was always implied, if not clearly stated, that this would be done with civility and adherence to the facts. And, it was to be purely Stockbridge. Hence, Stockbridge Updates came to be.
I was asked to sit on the SU Editorial Board. The members of that group were called upon to debate almost any question that came up. It has been a privilege to work with other members who share the same values: Trust, accuracy, fairness, impartiality, and a desire to let the sun shine on all. It has worked.
A newsletter can be a tricky thing (not to mention, a ton of work). Fortunately, I think Carole Owens has hit upon the formula. Stockbridge Updates has become the common thread of communications for locals, second homeowners, businesses, and anyone interested in the village. It is a catalyst for dialogue, debate, and enlightenment.
None of us dreamed SU would become the mainstay it is. It is a reflection of ourselves. That residents look forward to it, and depend on it, is a reward in itself. To see that it thrives is necessary; to see that is endures an imperative.
SU Editorial Board
Photo: Blue Moon Images/Dana Goedewaagen