Berkshire Museum: Art on the Block The Berkshire Museum recently announced a $60 million plan for its future, largely supported by the sale of those works from its permanent collection, including a $40 million boost for its endowment and a $20 million renovation.
Local News
Local Italians urge School Committee to restore Columbus Day PITTSFIELD — History is imperfect, but still, it should be honored. That's the message that about 30 members of various Italian-heritage groups sent to the School Committee during its meeting …
Cheshire man faces dangerousness hearing after 5th OUI charge NORTH ADAMS — A Cheshire man was held without bail Monday after facing a fifth operating under the influence charge.Cheshire Police stopped Wayne Field, 59, as he turned into a liquor store …
North Adams officer breaks leg in pursuit of suspect NORTH ADAMS — An Adams man faces charges after his attempt to flee from a North Adams police officer Monday resulted in her being injured.Robert Donnelly, III, allegedly fled from his vehicle …
Stockbridge Select Board, Planning Board, moderator incumbents fend off challengers STOCKBRIDGE — In a vote that maintains the status quo in current town government leadership, residents have re-elected three incumbents by a wide margin over their challengers. Selectman Ernest …
Williamstown voters OK pot excise tax, Sands Springs pool funds, $5M for new police station WILLIAMSTOWN — Voters approved a 3 percent local excise tax on marijuana and marijuana products, allocated $19,000 of town money to the historic Sand Springs pool, and voted to appropriate $5 …
Drugs, cash seized in North Adams apartment raid NORTH ADAMS — The Berkshire County Drug Task Force raided a West Main Street apartment Tuesday night, reportedly turning up crack cocaine and heroin.After watching the property as part of a …
Top Sport Stories
Black Rock Football Club plays Seacoast United to 1-1 draw

LAKEVILLE, Conn. — Two games into their inaugural season, and things are looking pretty peachy for the players and coaches of Black Rock FC.Playing their second home game in four days at …

Local News
Potential economic boon at Great Barrington Fairgrounds leaves many champing at bit GREAT BARRINGTON — Horse racing is hardly a sure thing in Massachusetts, after years of declines. But its return to Great Barrington raises hopes for an economic boost.Just about any new …
At Great Barrington Fairgrounds, 'racing just brought in the dollars' GREAT BARRINGTON — It snagged up traffic all through town. But it also helped residents who lived nearby pay their property taxes by selling a parking spot on their lawn."On a good day, we had …
Incumbent Otis selectman easily fends off challenger OTIS — Incumbent Selectman William Hiller coasted to victory Tuesday in the town election's only contested race.Hiller defeated challenger David Conklin, a local handyman, by a margin of …
Incumbent Select Board chairwoman re-elected in New Marborough NEW MARLBOROUGH — Select Board Chairwoman Tara White has won a fourth term, beating out architect Daniel Doern by 56 votes in last week's town election. White, 62, intends to remain focused on …
Incumbent Finance Committee member ousted in West Stockbridge WEST STOCKBRIDGE — Dan Buehler bested incumbent William Kie for a seat on the Finance Committee during the town's annual election.Buehler received 71 votes to Kie's 32. In all, 106 people, …
Community News
Memorial Day Observances The following cities and towns have submitted information about their Memorial Day observances on Monday, May 28.ADAMSParade will step off at 10 a.m. in front of the Adams Memorial School at the …
North Adams: Drury Class of 1954 planning luncheon The Drury High School Class of 1954 will hold a luncheon reunion at noon Thursday, June 21, at the 1896 House, Route 7, Williamstown. Lunch will be ordered from the menu.All 87 surviving class …
Dalton: Craneville Place sets dinner meeting "How to Talk with Your Doctor" is the topic of the monthly Dine and Learn series at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Craneville Place, 265 Main St.Mary Errichetto, RN, and Donna Gorson, RN, of Kindred …
Stockbridge: Grange hosting awards presentation The Stockbridge Grange will present a National Grange Community Citizen award to the women volunteers of Riverbrook School for their work taking care of the public plantings in Stockbridge. The …
Great Barrington: Monument Mountain 3rd quarter honor roll GREAT BARRINGTON — Monument Mountain Regional High School has announced its honor roll for the third marking period of the 2017-18 school year.In order to achieve high honors, a student must …
Berkshire Landscapes
Barrington Stage Company: 'Handmade theater' PITTSFIELD — Where does a costume go once a production has ended?Some theater companies stuff their ensembles in storage units. Others rent or donate them.During its Sheffield infancy, …
Tanglewood Tales: BSO Stage Manager draws from Pittsfield roots Editor's Note: Every summer, Boston Symphony Orchestra members pack their bags for Tanglewood, moving into neighborhoods around the Berkshires. "Tanglewood Tales" asks these part-timers where they …
Berkshire Botanical Garden: When metal, art and nature meet The next time you see outdoor sculpture on display, take a moment to consider how it got there. As Berkshire Botanical Garden board chairman Matt Larkin knows only too well, moving several tons of …
The Arts
Clark Art acquires masterpiece shown during French Revolution WILLIAMSTOWN — The Clark Art Institute is celebrating the acquisition of an 18th century masterpiece painting, a scene of a Roman beheading that helped to inspire the French Republic. “Brutus …
New exhibit shakes up perception of Shaker art PITTSFIELD — Shaker art is often tied to simplicity. But an exhibit at Hancock Shaker Village reveals that the Christian sect didn't necessarily abstain from ornate creations during the Era of …
Music
Clue: Famous pianist with two-letter name GREAT BARRINGTON — You, too, can grow to co-construct a New York Times crossword puzzle even if you arrive on this continent speaking not a word of English.You can, that is, if you are Emanuel …
Lifestyles
Bring your best dish to the picnic PITTSFIELD — Here comes summer! And not a moment too soon ...Memorial Day weekend is the official launch of the picnic and barbecue season in the region. Because it's the first cookout of the …
Ron Jujawski | Garden Journal: Be on the lookout for lily leaf beetles Among the most attractive flowers in the summer garden are the lilies, including Turk's cap lilies, tiger lilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies. Yes, I know it is still spring, but I mention these …
Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Indigo buntings, little brown bats spotted in area Q An indigo bunting [is] a first for me in my garden in Williamstown. He has stayed around for days (about 10 so far) and this evening, joined the doves ground feeding. In the morning, he was up on …
State News

Hospital accused of lax handling of narcotics settles claim

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts hospital accused of lax handling of federally controlled narcotics has agreed to pay a $50,000 settlement.The U.S. Attorney's Office for Massachusetts …

Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2

BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger.Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points — his ninth 20-point game of the postseason — and …

Red Sox rally in 9th, Price helps 3-hit Rays in 4-1 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox didn't need much offense to win their fourth straight game Wednesday night.The 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays was accomplished with six strong …

Civil rights activist to address Harvard graduates

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Civil rights activist U.S. Rep. John Lewis is set to address Harvard University graduates.The Ivy League school is hosting its 367th commencement ceremony on Thursday …

Nurse who sued hospital for retaliation awarded $28 million

BOSTON (AP) — A jury has ruled that a Boston hospital retaliated against a Haitian-American nurse who stood up for a black colleague and has awarded her $28 million.Gessy Toussaint's attorney …

National News

Hawaii volcano produces methane and 'eerie' blue flames

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue flames burning from cracks in the pavement as Kilauea volcano gushes fountains of lava in the background, offering a …

China, Japan protest US probe into need for auto tariffs

BEIJING (AP) — China and Japan both condemned Thursday the Trump administration's decision to launch an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imports of vehicles and automotive …

Video of Brown arrest sparks criticism of Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales has apologized to Bucks player Sterling Brown for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include the …

Syrian monitor: At least 12 killed in presumed US-led strike

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syria war-monitoring group says at least 12 pro-government fighters were killed in airstrikes the previous night in the country's east.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for …

Malaysia's ex-leader questioned again in corruption scandal

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was being questioned again Thursday by anti-graft investigators looking into alleged theft and money laundering at a …

World News

Hawaii volcano produces methane and 'eerie' blue flames

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue flames burning from cracks in the pavement as Kilauea volcano gushes fountains of lava in the background, offering a …

China, Japan protest US probe into need for auto tariffs

BEIJING (AP) — China and Japan both condemned Thursday the Trump administration's decision to launch an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imports of vehicles and automotive …

Video of Brown arrest sparks criticism of Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales has apologized to Bucks player Sterling Brown for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include the …

Syrian monitor: At least 12 killed in presumed US-led strike

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syria war-monitoring group says at least 12 pro-government fighters were killed in airstrikes the previous night in the country's east.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for …

Malaysia's ex-leader questioned again in corruption scandal

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was being questioned again Thursday by anti-graft investigators looking into alleged theft and money laundering at a …

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Berkshire Business Outlook: A diverse economy, geared for the future

The Berkshire economy is changing. The pace of the transition has often been frustrating, especially considering the economic boom at the other end of the state. But it looks like there is new light …

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