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
North Berkshire cable customers sound off on Spectrum over service changes NORTH ADAMS — After a public hearing, the central question remains: is Spectrum cable in breach of its contract with North Adams?A few dozen local residents and public officials gathered at the …
Podcast | Don Morrison Commentary: The Year that Changed History Fifty years ago this month, the world was aflame with rebellion and hope — which were rudely extinguished. But the dreams of 1968 endure. About this Podcast: Don Morrison is an author, …
Retail marijuana shop proposed for Merrill Road in Pittsfield sparks neighborhood concerns PITTSFIELD — The leader of a city methadone clinic on Monday blasted three brothers as "morally and ethically challenged" for their plan to open a retail marijuana shop so close to his …
Alexander Ciccolo to get 20 years for terror plot, assault SPRINGFIELD — Alexander Ciccolo on Monday agreed to spend 20 years in prison rather than take his case on terrorism, weapons and assault charges to trial.Ciccolo, 25, of Adams, pleaded guilty …
In Great Barrington, a cry for more substance abuse funding and treatment beds for South County GREAT BARRINGTON — Tucked into a tree-lined neighborhood off Main Street, there is a place to get help — but not enough people know about it.Some want to change this. So in a push to get …
Pittsfield power outage was caused by tree felled on power lines PITTSFIELD — An errant tree drop left hundreds of homes and businesses in the city without power for about an hour on Monday.Around 11 a.m., a tree contractor was doing work in the area of …
Top Sport Stories
Mount Greylock girls lacrosse team shows its progress in win over Mount Anthony

WILLIAMSTOWN — When Mount Anthony handed Mount Greylock its first loss of the season on April 14 in Bennington, Vt. it alerted the Mounties and head coach Lindsey von Holtz to a bug in the …

Opinion
Our Opinion: UMass tick program is well worth investment

No matter how much protective clothing you wear, no matter how thoroughly you douse yourself with repellent spray, you may at some point find a dreaded tick dining on your precious bodily fluid. On …

Our Opinion: Political scheming taints race for DA

Our Opinion: Gas prices push case for public transportation

Our Opinion: Healing wounds from Berkshire Museum art sale

Our Opinion: Raise state smoking age to 21

Our Opinion: Wise restrictions in Richmond

Local News
Water main break reported on Pittsfield's Vinal Avenue PITTSFIELD – The city is reporting a water main break on Vinal Avenue this morning. Water service has been interrupted on Vinal and nearby streets such as Cynthia Lane and Tamie Way. Repairs …
Motorcyclist hurt in Route 7 collision in Lanesborough LANESBOROUGH — A motorcyclist was hospitalized late Monday afternoon after his bike collided with a car on Route 7, just south of the US-7/MA-8 Connector Road.Lanesborough police were called to …
Hinsdale man accused of killing mother of four arraigned in Superior Court PITTSFIELD — The case of a 32-year-old Hinsdale man accused of killing the mother of their four children last month has been elevated to the Superior Court level.Michael S. Boulais was …
North Adams City Council kicks off deep dive into zoning ordinances NORTH ADAMS — The City Council was not five minutes removed from a laborious and confusing discussion about updating a zoning ordinance to allow a distillery at the Greylock Mill when it …
A tangle of zoning rules at Sonsini Animal Shelter's temporary new home PITTSFIELD — The Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter may have a new home on Crane Avenue, but zoning regulations could make it difficult for the organization to continue its mission. At a …
Community News
North Adams: MCLA Gallery 51 exhibit opening "Gerald Sheffield: 'pride,'" the next exhibition at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Gallery 51, will open with a free reception and artist talk from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24. Sheffield's …
Great Barrington: Library hosting book giveaway Friends of the Great Barrington Libraries will hold its biannual Massive Book Giveaway from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, on the front lawn of Mason Library, 231 Main St.Books, DVDs, CDs and …
Great Barrington: Berkshire Pulse sets annual performance Berkshire Pulse, the dance and performing arts education center based in Housatonic, will present its 13th annual performance celebration and fundraiser at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, …
Williamstown: Illustrated talk on World War II bombardier Sheila Stone will present an illustrated discussion of the book she compiled with her daughter, Ali Adair, titled "Letters in a Box: The Journey of a WWII Bombardier," at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, in …
North Adams: Hoosac Harvest seedling swap Hoosac Harvest will hold its annual seedling swap from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26, on Main Street near the Concourse at 85 Main St.All gardeners are invited to bring their extra seedlings to …
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
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 …
Peter de Seve lives in a fantasy world The imaginary life of illustrator Peter de Seve is filled with fantastical creatures. They populate New Yorker covers, scamper across screens big and small, and burst out of the pages of storybooks …
Music
Looking for a new favorite band? Try going to camp OTIS — How do you discover your favorite bands?Maybe you use one of the streaming services, letting algorithms tailor to your tastes. Or, perhaps you tune into your go-to radio stations, or …
Lifestyles
Bring your best dish to the picnic Memorial Day weekend is the official launch of the picnic and barbecue season in the region. Because it's the first cookout of the summer, hamburgs and hot dogs will be high on the menu, as will be …
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

Women look to make mark on male-dominated marijuana industry

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — When Danielle Schumacher attended her first convention of marijuana activists about 15 years ago, she could count on one hand all the women in a room of older men.The …

What's new at theme parks: Wonder Woman coaster, Pixar Pier

NEW YORK (AP) — Orlando, Florida, doesn't have a lock on theme park news this summer.Sure, Toy Story Land at Disney World and a new "Fast & Furious" attraction at Universal Orlando will …

Driver in Halloween crash that injured family pleads guilty

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges in connection with a crash that injured a family celebrating Halloween.The Salem News reports that Dexter …

Prep school says ex-teacher engaged in sexual misconduct

ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — A prestigious Massachusetts boarding school said an investigation has uncovered sexual misconduct by a Russian language teacher decades ago.John Palfrey, head of school …

Sweet for Necco: 3 new bidders emerge in wafer maker's sale

REVERE, Mass. (AP) — Three new bidders have stepped in with offers to buy the bankrupt manufacturer of Necco Wafers, Sweethearts and other iconic candies.There are now four offers for …

National News

German foundation examining origin of colonial-era goods

BERLIN (AP) — The German foundation that coordinates research into the origin of Nazi-confiscated property says it will also start looking into cultural objects collected during Germany's …

Man charged with shooting at black teen waives hearing

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A white suburban Detroit homeowner accused of shooting at a black teenager who came to his door to ask for directions will stand trial.Jeffrey Zeigler was bound …

Women look to make mark on male-dominated marijuana industry

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — When Danielle Schumacher attended her first convention of marijuana activists about 15 years ago, she could count on one hand all the women in a room of older men.The …

The Latest: Man who killed deputy snapped into military mode

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on sentencing for a man in the killing of a South Carolina police officer (all times local):12:55 p.m.A 47-year-old banking industry worker will spend the rest …

California moves to defend law allowing life-ending drugs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general is asking an appeals court to quickly block a judge's decision to toss a 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their …

World News

Lawmakers to pick successor to disgraced attorney general

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Legislature was poised to vote for the temporary successor to fill the attorney general's position Tuesday, two weeks after Erie Schneiderman suddenly …

German foundation examining origin of colonial-era goods

BERLIN (AP) — The German foundation that coordinates research into the origin of Nazi-confiscated property says it will also start looking into cultural objects collected during Germany's …

Man charged with shooting at black teen waives hearing

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A white suburban Detroit homeowner accused of shooting at a black teenager who came to his door to ask for directions will stand trial.Jeffrey Zeigler was bound …

Women look to make mark on male-dominated marijuana industry

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — When Danielle Schumacher attended her first convention of marijuana activists about 15 years ago, she could count on one hand all the women in a room of older men.The …

California moves to defend law allowing life-ending drugs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general is asking an appeals court to quickly block a judge's decision to toss a 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their …

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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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