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
For 4th time, Ipswich Pharmaceuticals again pitches pot facility in Becket BECKET — For Ipswich Pharmaceutical Associates Inc., the fourth attempt for marijuana in town could be the charm.The organization has announced plans to open a marijuana establishment at 2727 …
Dalton Select Board approves transferring liquor license to new owner of Zip's DALTON — Leave the billiards, take the name.The Select Board, acting as Licensing Board, has approved a transfer of a liquor license to Wilkinson Enterprises Inc., solely directed by Marc …
North Adams woman faces caretaker abuse, involuntary manslaughter charges in father's death PITTSFIELD — A North Adams woman is facing charges for allegedly causing the death of her father, for whom she was caring at the time.Tammy M. Zdon, 46, on Wednesday denied accusations of …
DPW worker resigns after investigation of missing fuel in Great Barrington GREAT BARRINGTON — A town employee has resigned after an audit and investigation showed the worker had removed about $240 worth of gasoline from Department of Public Works fuel tanks."A late …
Crocker to seek federal grants for Sandisfield broadband build - with no hit to taxpayers SANDISFIELD — The cows and the farms here might actually help this town enter the modern digital world, finally, without any hit to taxpayers.After a long struggle for a broadband system at an …
'Coaches' join movement to recover from addiction PITTSFIELD — As the opioid crisis drags on, lawmakers and the governor want new ways to fight it. One now getting attention is "recovery coaching" — a practice that's poised to expand in …
Top Sport Stories
Hoosac Valley boys lacrosse moves to 5-0 with waxing of Springfield Central

CHESHIRE — Thanks to an assist from Hoosac Valley football coach Dayne Poirot, the Hurricanes boys lacrosse team held its first outdoor practice on the school's football field Tuesday. After …

Opinion
Our Opinion: Trump Syria attack doesn't help innocent civilians

Syrian President Assad's chemical weapons attack on civilians motivated President Trump to order missiles dropped on that country, but it hasn't motivated the U.S. president to help get those …

Our Opinion: Keeping the focus on guns

Our Opinion: Honoring Representative Cariddi

Columnists
Phyllis McGuire: Haiku on the Hoosic

WILLIAMSTOWN — "We'll Gather at the River," could be a theme song for the Hoosic River Watershed Association. Over the years they have created events that motivate the public to gather at the …

Elliott Greenblott | Fraud Watch: Millennials beware - you too can be scammed

Robert F. Jakubowicz: Smearing of Comey is no surprise

Letters
Letter: Plenty for Pentagon, cuts for fuel assistance

To the editor:It is time to pay taxes, which we pay to the federal government for what it does for us. Fifty-four percent of your taxes go to the Pentagon. Then all the rest of the federal government …

Letter: Back to the future with Stockbridge intersection

Letter: Museum devolving into a community center

Letter: Art sale a Pyrrhic victory

Letter: Enough already with the bashing of museum

State House News
On Beacon Hill, criminal justice reform comes with a price tag

BOSTON — Implementing a massive criminal justice reform law signed last week will cost the state an estimated $15 million this fiscal year and as much as $40 million next year, according to …

House budget bumps up local aid, boosts state police oversight

CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION: 20 marijuana companies' applications fast-tracked

National Headlines
IRS to delay tax deadline by one day after technology collapses

WASHINGTON — The IRS announced late Tuesday that it will let taxpayers submit tax returns without penalty through Wednesday, after a long day of technical problems that fueled confusion about …

Chemical arms experts blocked from site of Syria attack

Hannity shares world view with Trump - and a lawyer

Local News
Blantyre renovations nearly complete; bistro, carriage house open LENOX — The multimillion-dollar renovation of Blantyre is taking longer than expected to complete, but a more casual dining area that the new owners have installed in the 114-year-old former …
Hinsdale man told police he killed ex after argument PITTSFIELD — "I just killed my ex."That was part of an approximately six-minute 911 call Michael Boulais reportedly made moments after fatally shooting Kassedi Clark in his Hinsdale …
Barrett wants Mount Greylock State Reservation visitor center named for Cariddi ADAMS — State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi fought to support the Greylock Glen project for years.Soon, a piece of it could be named after her.State Rep. John Barrett III, D-North Adams, has filed a …
The hut is lit in Alford, and fiber broadband subscriptions begin to roll in ALFORD — There's a hot spot in this sleepy town these days — the fire house. The draw? A super-fast internet connection to the tune of 1 gigabyte per second."The hut is lit," said Peter …
County Fare: Vietnam veterans receive gift Local Vietnam Veterans of Chapter 65 gather almost daily at their small office space at 99 First St., Pittsfield. The tiny storefront is filled with Vietnam memorabilia. They have coffee, share war …
Community News
Births Berkshire Medical CenterTristen Cantrell and Tehya Mirae Zoe Christopher of North Adams, a son, Ezekiel Christian Cantrell, April 15.Jorge Heredia and Sarah Lampro of Pittsfield, a daughter, Jocelyn …
Lenox: COA offers financial planning workshop The Council on Aging's next Tuesday Topics program will focus on financial planning. The program will begin at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, after the luncheon at the Lenox Community Center, 6 Walker …
Pittsfield: Church hosting spring tag sale Zion Lutheran Church will host its spring tag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the church, 74 First St.The tag sale will include household goods, linens, craft items, children's toys …
North Adams: Martin Luther King program scheduled A program honoring Martin Luther King Jr., "MLK, 50 Years Later. Where Do We Go From Here?" will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at All Saints Church, 59 Summer St.The program features …
Dalton: Lions announce flag program The Dalton Lions Club announces its "Flags of Remembrance" program. Veterans or family members can be remembered with a flag bearing their name displayed on the Community Center lawn from Memorial …
Berkshire Landscapes
Vermont's favorite troopers hope for a super opening weekend BURLINGTON, Vt. — With a cult following, "Super Troopers" might appear well-positioned for a box office-friendly sequel. But its makers aren't taking any chances.Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin …
With festival, Ramirez battles hip-hop's stigma PITTSFIELD — Andres Ramirez usually uses his Facebook posts to spread positive messages, the kind that have helped make his business, The Funk Box Dance Studio, a North Street success story. …
'Children of a Lesser God' : From the Berkshires to Broadway NEW YORK CITY — Though opening nights mark beginnings, they are also celebrations, homages to the tireless work submitted by cast and crew members to bring productions to fruition. There is …
The Arts
Exhibit forces you to see yourself in America's story of race, violence NORTH ADAMS — The names comes fast and too regularly, they seem to blur together. Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray. Even before we catch up another appears — last …
New exhibit at Mass MoCA gathers the many sides of Etel Adnan into a whole NORTH ADAMS — Etel Adnan's paintings might be at the center of a new show at Mass MoCA, but Elise Chagas, the Williams College graduate student who's curating the show, wants to present the …
Music
Indie folk-pop band The Sea The Sea embraces the future PITTSFIELD — In 401 B.C., while escaping their enemies in Persia, 10,000 Greek troops spotted the Black Sea from the top of Mount Theches. It was a sign that they were nearing safety. …
Lifestyles
Earth Day: Tips to reduce food waste This Sunday is Earth Day. Celebrate by taking a hard look at what's in your garbage can. Astonishing amounts of food are wasted in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food waste …
Marathon bomb survivors inspire medical advances BOSTON — In the five years since the Boston Marathon bombing, medical science has made promising advances in amputations and artificial limbs, in part because of lessons learned from the …
How to make the perfect grilled cheese The grilled cheese sandwich is making a comeback. "Chef's are using different types of vessels to create the sandwich, including rustic sour dough, Ciabatta or even a pretzel-style bun," said Michael …
State News

Marijuana supporters, critics across the US weigh in on 420

America's marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday : Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group.Nine of those states …

Boston business that helps blacks hit by racist graffiti

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston business that helps nurture black entrepreneurs has been struck by racist graffiti just days before its spring opening.The phrase "White Lives Matter" was spray painted …

Ex-boarding school priest faces new child sex abuse charges

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — A former Rhode Island boarding school priest currently imprisoned in Massachusetts is facing new child sex abuse charges in North Carolina.The Providence Journal …

Court rules against state in prison dog policy fight

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' highest court says the state's Department of Correction overstepped its authority when it began using dogs to search prison visitors for drugs without giving the …

Oceanographers in New England ask for new vessel to explore

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Oceanographers in New England are asking the National Science Foundation for a new research vessel so they can explore the ocean together.The foundation is looking for …

National News

Police: 2 die in light airplane crash in Northern Ireland

LONDON (AP) — Police say two people have died in the crash of a light airplane in Northern Ireland.Police said Thursday the airplane crashed near Belfast International Airport. The Air …

Marijuana supporters, critics across the US weigh in on 420

America's marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday : Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group.Nine of those states …

Boston business that helps blacks hit by racist graffiti

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston business that helps nurture black entrepreneurs has been struck by racist graffiti just days before its spring opening.The phrase "White Lives Matter" was spray painted …

Tech companies help pull US stocks lower in afternoon trade

U.S. stocks moved broadly lower in afternoon trading Thursday, placing the market on track for its first loss this week. Technology companies, makers of consumer products and health care stocks …

The Latest: House panel moving 'expeditiously' on Greitens

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):12:25 p.m.The Missouri House speaker says a special investigatory committee will move "as expeditiously" but "as …

World News

Marijuana supporters, critics across the US weigh in on 420

America's marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday : Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group.Nine of those states …

Boston business that helps blacks hit by racist graffiti

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston business that helps nurture black entrepreneurs has been struck by racist graffiti just days before its spring opening.The phrase "White Lives Matter" was spray painted …

Tech companies help pull US stocks lower in afternoon trade

U.S. stocks moved broadly lower in afternoon trading Thursday, placing the market on track for its first loss this week. Technology companies, makers of consumer products and health care stocks …

The Latest: House panel moving 'expeditiously' on Greitens

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):12:25 p.m.The Missouri House speaker says a special investigatory committee will move "as expeditiously" but "as …

US Officials: 16 nations agree to track Venezuela corruption

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two senior U.S. Treasury officials say finance ministers from several Latin American nations as well as the U.S. and Europe have agreed to work jointly to locate and …

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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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