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.
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Pittsfield softball notebook: Using dance moves keeps infielders 'loose' during stressful times

AMHERST — Playing high-level softball is stressful. The outcome of a game can shift on a single play. Infielders are expected to stay in front of screaming line drives. Pitchers must remain …

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Mount Greylock teachers say unification process is 'cheating educators' by not honoring previously negotiated benefits WILLIAMSTOWN — Teachers at Mount Greylock Regional School, Lanesborough Elementary School and Williamstown Elementary School are not happy with the regionalization effort to unify union contracts from all three schools. According to Marty Walter, vice president of the Mount Greylock Educators Association, the transition committee charged with conducting the regionalization process has declined to honor previously negotiated benefits to individual school unions during negotiations for a new, unified contract.
4 injured in early Sunday morning rollover accident in Pittsfield PITTSFIELD — Four people were injured following a rollover motor vehicle crash near downtown early Sunday morning. At 1:10 a.m., city police responded to Linden Street near Francis Avenue where …
At faerie festival in Adams, 'It's not just about little girls in pink wings' ADAMS — If flower crowns, tulle tutus and bejeweled wings are indicative of faeries, Adams was a breeding ground for the ethereal creatures Saturday. Donning elaborate costumes, many men, women and children of all ages got in touch with their whimsical side at the third Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival.
Mount Greylock Regional School thinking inside the box - for pending move WILLIAMSTOWN — After years of debate, public ballots, planning, design and construction, the school community will begin moving into the new Mount Greylock Regional School on Friday. According to Principal Mary MacDonald, teachers and staff have sorted through their files and equipment, packing only that which will be needed. By noon Friday, all packing has to be complete and ready to move into the new space
Great Barrington trash-hauling firm, neighbors take town, ZBA to courts GREAT BARRINGTON — The fight over a trash hauler keeps on trucking, as two opposing camps hit the courts.Roger Belanger, a neighbor of Gary O'Brien's company on Roger Road, is suing the town …
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Birth Fairview HospitalTim Likarish Ellis and Lily Swartz Ellis of Great Barrington, a son, Levi Benjamin, June 13.
Great Barrington: Relay For Life slated June 22-23 Cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and community members will unite for the annual Relay For Life of Berkshire County from 6 p.m. Friday, June 22, until noon Saturday, June 23, at Monument …
Lenox: Canyon Ranch offers outdoor yoga class Canyon Ranch will celebrate International Yoga Day with a free one-hour outdoor yoga class for Berkshire residents at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21.Participants should bring their own yoga mat or …
North Adams: Historical Society hosting book talk Author Josh Colon will present his latest book, "The History of the Adams National Bank of North Adams," at a meeting of the North Adams Historical Society at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the North …
Egremont: Dedication planned for community gardens Egremont businesses, town officials, Greenagers, and local families will gather at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at French Park to dedicate newly installed raised-bed organic gardens now available to …
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'Love affair' between dance Royal Danish Ballet and Jacob's Pillow BECKET — In the summer of 1954, in the middle of his international dance festival, Ted Shawn was staying up nights and sending long-distance cables.Just before the curtain of his next …
Ani DiFranco rises up, like she always has GREAT BARRINGTON — Ani DiFranco is on deadline.The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, activist and feminist has a memoir coming out next year, but she owes a draft much sooner than …
We asked Andy Grammer: What's your favorite song? Andy Grammer makes music for sunny days. The 34-year-old pop musician has long been comfortable singing upbeat tunes, including his hits "Keep Your Head Up" and "Honey, I'm Good." His latest album, …
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'Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900': A quiet, yet powerful, revolution The woman leans on the wooden table, as a thin curl of smoke escapes from her lips. She rests her chin in one hand, as she gazes off the canvas into the distance. She holds a cigarette in her other …
SculptureNow: An appreciation of art in nature Edith Wharton had a high appreciation for art and was quite knowledgeable, according to Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount. But what would she think of these sculptures dotting the …
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Mazzie-Danieley show at Mahaiwe postponed GREAT BARRINGTON — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center's June 24 performance of "Broadway and Beyond" with Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley has been postponed due to health issues. The new …
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Great brew gifts for Dad With Father's Day looming this weekend, you may need help finding the gift pack of brews that are sure to be a perfect gift for Dad every beer-loving dad.All dads' tastes in beer are different. It …
Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Protect your garden from unwanted pests Bug off! No, not you! I am referring to the bugs, or more accurately, the insect pests that are beginning to bug me. Among these are the tiny flea beetles chewing holes in leaves of my radishes, the …
For some, going to the doctor is a group activity Walter Gardner knew his life was at risk: Nearly 100 pounds overweight, he had developed Type 2 diabetes and needed several prescriptions. Traditional medical appointments had little effect on the …
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Jogger fights off kidnapping attempt, suspect arrested

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts woman fought off a man who sexually assaulted her and tried to drag her into his car while she was out for a morning jog.Authorities say …

Child scales 'un-climbable' pool ladder in viral video

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts family has captured a viral video of their toddler climbing what is supposed to be a gate stopping children from getting into a pool.Keith Wyman says …

Woodchucks to blame for missing veterans' flags

ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans' graves in Massachusetts.The flags at Bellevue Cemetery …

Boston to sue drug companies over opioids epidemic

BOSTON (AP) — Boston is retaining a law firm to sue pharmaceutical companies for damages from the deadly opioid epidemic.Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday he's tapped Motley Rice …

Sleeping woman wakes to burglar covering her mouth and nose

HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts woman was woken up by a strange man covering her nose and mouth with his hand.Authorities say the 52-year-old woman found 29-year-old Christian …

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Asian stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks tumbled Tuesday after President Donald Trump escalated a dispute with Beijing over technology policy by threatening a tariff hike on additional Chinese …

California lawmakers debate creating regional electric grid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A contentious proposal to link oversight of California's electric grid with other western states faces a crucial test Tuesday in a state Senate committee.Supporters …

US could back 1st pot-derived medicine, and some are worried

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) — A British pharmaceutical company is getting closer to a decision on whether the U.S government will approve the first prescription drug derived from the …

South Korea says US drills suspended to aid talks with North

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Tuesday that a joint military exercise scheduled with the U.S. has been suspended to support ongoing talks both countries have with North …

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

AL-BAB, Syria (AP) — A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Cobanbey to its Syrian sister, al-Bab, across the border. In al-Bab, Turkish and Syrian flags line the streets, and signs on …

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Asian stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks tumbled Tuesday after President Donald Trump escalated a dispute with Beijing over technology policy by threatening a tariff hike on additional Chinese …

US could back 1st pot-derived medicine, and some are worried

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) — A British pharmaceutical company is getting closer to a decision on whether the U.S government will approve the first prescription drug derived from the …

South Korea says US drills suspended to aid talks with North

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Tuesday that a joint military exercise scheduled with the U.S. has been suspended to support ongoing talks both countries have with North …

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

AL-BAB, Syria (AP) — A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Cobanbey to its Syrian sister, al-Bab, across the border. In al-Bab, Turkish and Syrian flags line the streets, and signs on …

Japan to check concrete walls after Osaka quake deaths

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government has ordered an inspection of schools walls across the country after two of the four deaths in Monday's earthquake in Osaka were caused by falling concrete …

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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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