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 Post 68 moves to 3-0 with home win over Longmeadow

PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield Post 68 starting pitcher Carter Matthews had complete control of his off-speed pitches against Longmeadow.The Pittsfield Generals ace dropped in his change-up for …

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Williamstown man charged with sexually assaulting babysitter he hired NORTH ADAMS — A Williamstown man is accused of sexually assaulting a babysitter.Peter Kapiloff, 36, hired an 18-year-old babysitter and allegedly touched her without her consent April 23, …
Plea deal unravels in Pittsfield domestic abuse case PITTSFIELD — A 56-year-old city man withdrew a guilty plea to charges including domestic assault and strangulation after a judge added a two-year period of probation.Judge Mark Mason said he …
Richmond voters to decide on solar project at school RICHMOND — Completion of a two-phase solar installation project at the Richmond Consolidated School is up for voter approval at a special town meeting Thursday evening.The project would supply …
Berkshire mayors call on federal lawmakers to condemn immigration policy Outrage over the federal government's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has separated thousands of children from their parents at the …
Student-made speed signs turn heads along notorious roadways PITTSFIELD — Colorful, student-made speed signs are harder to ignore than the standard-issue black and white.That's the idea behind the latest move in the Pittsfield Police Department's …
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BART announces upcoming enrollment deadline ADAMS — Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School (BART) is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 through 10 for the 2018-2019 school year. The next enrollment …
Middlefield: Purple Heart ceremony slated The National Purple Heart Truck Run will pay a special honor and tribute to a Revolutionary War hero at noon Saturday, June 23, at Bell Cemetery on the Skyline Trail.The police escorted convoy will …
Huntington: Gateway Hilltowns to reveal new brand The six towns of Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, and Russell, having joined forces as the Gateway Hilltowns, will unveil a newly created shared marketing identity at "The Big …
Pittsfield: Sexuality talk explores myths Hillcrest Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 169 Valentine Road will host a talk by Dr. Ashley Mader on "Sexuality Across the Lifespan" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27.Mader …
Pittsfield: Knesset Israel gala features 'Rockwell' excerpts "Rockwell: Life on a Palette," a new musical based on Norman Rockwell's covers for the Saturday Evening Post, will present excerpts at Knesset Israel's annual gala fundraiser on Monday, June 25, at …
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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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Cabaret act, "My Kinda Sixties," is no drag for Charles Busch PITTSFIELD — Longtime drag actor Charles Busch is in the midst of a creative reinvention."For the past six years, I've had this new chapter of my life as a cabaret entertainer, and I've just …
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In the kitchen (in Vermont) with Gesine Prado Gesine Prado might be a star on the Food Network with her popular cooking show, "Baked in Vermont," but she is most at home on her Green Mountain State farm, cooking and baking up a storm for …
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 …
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Legal pot will roll out differently in Canada than in US

Mail-order weed? You betcha!With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult …

Boston's energy chief to leave for a new job

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's chief of energy and the environment has announced he is leaving City Hall.The Boston Globe reports city officials confirmed Wednesday that Austin Blackmon is leaving for …

Mayor: Stop feeding wild animals, or face a fine

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor has proposed fines of up to $300 for people who feed wildlife as part of an effort to keep bears, coyotes and other animals from the …

Kepler, Grossman homer to help Twins beat Red Sox 4-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Facing a run of starting pitching that included two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Chris Sale and David Price, the Minnesota Twins could have seen …

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio State University said he acted as a team physician at other universities, most of which …

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Yemeni prisoners say Emirati officers sexually torture them

CAIRO (AP) — The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind headdresses, but their accents were clearly foreign — from the United Arab Emirates. …

Days after buying Time Warner, AT&T launches new TV service

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is launching a new streaming service incorporating television networks from the Time Warner company it just bought.The WatchTV service, a cable-like package of more …

EU says tax on Harleys aimed to 'make noise' in trade debate

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Thursday that the grouping has targeted some iconic American imports like Harley-Davidson motorcycles …

Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died.The Gorilla Foundation says the 46-year-old western lowland gorilla died in its sleep at the foundation's …

EU seeks to screen migrants in Africa, stop boat crossings

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top migration official says the EU wants to screen migrants in centers in northern Africa to see whether they are eligible for asylum and prevent people …

World News

Pope, in Geneva, says Christians can work together on peace

GENEVA (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians to work together to further peace and justice in the world and resist the temptation to use religious differences as excuses to …

Yemeni prisoners say Emirati officers sexually torture them

CAIRO (AP) — The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind headdresses, but their accents were clearly foreign — from the United Arab Emirates. …

Days after buying Time Warner, AT&T launches new TV service

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is launching a new streaming service incorporating television networks from the Time Warner company it just bought.The WatchTV service, a cable-like package of more …

EU says tax on Harleys aimed to 'make noise' in trade debate

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Thursday that the grouping has targeted some iconic American imports like Harley-Davidson motorcycles …

Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died.The Gorilla Foundation says the 46-year-old western lowland gorilla died in its sleep at the foundation's …

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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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