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
Savoy residents asked to adjust wind power bylaw

SAVOY — "How much" is likely to be a central question this week when Savoy residents gather once again to talk about wind power.Not how much taller, but how much more money?Nearly a decade …

Record-high temperatures will soon cool off

If you're enjoying the belated arrival of summer-like heat during these first days of autumn, don't get too used to it.After a two-day flirtation with record highs, followed by Monday's scorcher, the …

Great Barrington pursues 'low cost and green' collective power purchase plan

GREAT BARRINGTON — Electricity in town will soon come from a wind power source for less than standard green energy prices after the Select Board last week decided to pool the town's collective …

Podcast | Don Morrison Commentary: The Twilight Of Football

Should football go the way of dueling and cockfighting? In his weekly podcast, Don Morrison waxes poetic about his own football career, while contemplating the future of the sport which has been connected to neurological and behavioral disorders.

Stockbridge couple killed in Lenox crash

LENOX — A Stockbridge couple were killed Sunday afternoon after an SUV ran through a stop sign and struck their vehicle on Route 20, according to Lenox police.James L. Kelly, 60, and his wife, …

At Swift River, high-end drug treatment that can't be for everyone

GREAT BARRINGTON — Without spending a penny, Carla Hiers kicked a lifelong heroin habit at an upscale Cummington detox center.But not everyone struggling with addiction can afford to get …

Top Sport Stories
Lenox volleyball team continues hot start with 3-0 win over Mount Everett

LENOX — Three years ago, Lenox volleyball was a .500 team constantly finding itself on the postseason bubble. It was a quick turnaround once head coach Bessena Cabe took over, and in just four …

Monument Mountain boys soccer team strikes first, last to top Lenox 3-1

NFL Capsules: Falcons edge Lions on touchdown call reversal

President's criticisms spark more protests at NFL games

Opinion
Our Opinion: Don't cut sales tax, level tax playing field

Running a brick-and-mortar retail business has never been the easiest of undertakings, and technology and economic pressures have made the task even tougher of late. As if the road to success weren't …

Our Opinion: Getting NYC link back on track

Our Opinion: Seeing our way clear to law on eye care

Our Opinion: Latest GOP bill is more bad medicine

Our Opinion: Loss of program hurts refugees, city and Berkshires

Columnists
Felix Carroll: What the wind may blow

FLORIDA — Michael Fairneny invites you to his home. Everyone, come visit. He insists. It's way up, just off the Mohawk Trail, the Berkshires' top shelf, where the county holds for safekeeping …

Bill Densmore: Four words are key to 'right to die' debate

Ruth Bass: The art of listening, real-time talk are endangered in the new normal

Carole Owens: Houses tell stories of Berkshire electricity pioneers

Clarence Fanto | iPhone X: What do the techies say?

Letters
Letter: Bosley will be an advocate on farms and environment

To the editor:I am writing to voice my support for Stephanie Bosley in the race for state representative from the 1st Berkshire District.Stephanie recently spent an hour with me discussing her …

Letter: Come out and support Clarksburg school project

Letter: Auction house terms a mystery, and a concern

Letter: Savoy should get savvy about wind turbines

Letter: Museum plan fits city's cultural development

World News
Local News

Berkshire delegation hopes retail marijuana can grow jobs

BOSTON — The legalization of the recreational marijuana in Massachusetts offers a chance for economic growth for Berkshire County, area legislators believe, in agricultural and retail sectors. …

Farm to Fork Fondo brings out 600 cyclists with love for Berkshire landscapes and farms

PITTSFIELD — A near record-breaking turnout of cyclists sped off from Hancock Shaker Village on Sunday morning to highlight the harmonious relationship between biking, farming and the local …

In Lenox, how do you discuss potentially changing a school's mascot? Carefully

LENOX — Two students leading the drive to remove the unofficial Millionaires nickname as the mascot at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School say they were "impressed and surprised" by the …

Vigil recalls those lost to addiction and hope for those recovering

NORTH ADAMS — First Baptist Church Pastor Dave Anderson officiated his 12th funeral for a young person who died of a drug overdose last week.He has almost become numbed by the experience, "as …

Slow spiral into the debt trap: For one Lanesborough woman, losing her home of 28 years followed a perfect storm of woe

LANESBOROUGH — At high noon, Antonio J. Marcella opened the legs of a red "AUCTION TODAY" sign. He set it at the edge of a lawn as a line of men stood across Westview Road.An arrow on the sign …
Berkshire Landscapes

Big pop-music names coming to the Berkshires

After a summer filled with mainstream rockers and musical icons storming stages throughout the Berkshires, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center's fall slate promises to keep the county's pop music …

Capital Repertory Theatre: 'Sex with Strangers' deals with contemporary issues

ALBANY, N.Y. — Jenny Strassburg is an actress who is not ready to fall into a niche. Her resume is filled with examples of her portraying strong, female characters. However, this week she …

Two FreshGrass luthiers have a short trip to Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — As FreshGrass music festivalgoers wander the grounds of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this weekend, they may happen upon a man resetting a neck — a guitar's neck, that is.Steve Sauve has been repairing guitars …
The Arts

A closer look at what's on gallery walls this fall

With the work of some big names (Picasso, Warhol, Frankenthaler) on display, an historic expansion to one of its foremost institutions and a major controversy, the Berkshires art world provided …

WCMA launches a cosmic experience

WILLIAMSTOWN — In simple terms, one might say Williams College Visiting Professor Barbara Takenaga's work is out of this world.On a more complex level, Takenaga's work calls forth echoes of galaxies, exploding stars and dazzling orbs, which …

WCMA: Bringing a room back to light

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams College Museum of Art has recovered a vanished room.It feels like a mythical medieval place, with a floor of handmade tiles, dark plaster walls, oak beams and diamond-paned windows with inset stained glass. It was …
Music

Music review: Brahms, overcooked and undercooked

PITTSFIELD — Brahms composed two piano concertos, but if you hear his Piano Quintet in certain performances, you could be excused for thinking it was a trial run for his first concerto, with …

Classical music fall preview: A solid season with surprises

Easily the strangest program in the Berkshires' fall classical-music season comes from The Orchestra Now, which travels from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., to Bard's Simon's Rock campus …
Lifestyles

The Scene | Fairview Gala Gleams with Gold

GREAT BARRINGTON — There's nothing better than spending an evening with people who care for and about people. Their compassion, drive and support of the community is a marked example of …

Opioid problem cutting into U.S. life expectancy

Prosecutors in New York announced this week that an August drug raid yielded 140 pounds of fentanyl, the most in the city's history and enough to kill 32 million people, they told New York 4.Those …

New cookbook: Make your own sausage

"Laws are like sausages — it is better not to see them being made," according to Otto von Bismarck, a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890. Not so, and the newly published 4th …
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Cannabis Road
THE CANNABIS ROAD

Larry Parnass, investigations editor for The Berkshire Eagle, spent a little over a week in Colorado reporting on that state’s experience with medical and recreational marijuana. With …

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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