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Feb. 26 to March 4 Nightlife in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont

American Legion: Karaoke, 8 p.m. Friday, 258 North St., Dalton Back Nine Bar & Grill: Karaoke 8 p. Full Story
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Things to do in the Berkshires

Congratulations! You're one step closer to the weekend. Here's a sample of ways you can get out and about to celebrate: Ongoing See a new play every 10 minutes, as the 10x10 New Play Festival wraps up its run at Barrington Stage Company's Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St. Full Story
 
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Berkshire Festival of Women Writers opens with poets, Madonnas

Dani Shapiro to give keynote in monthlong celebration
02/25/2015 03:58 PM EST
Berkshire Festival of Women Writers begins with a novelist and memoirist, a panel of poets, an art show and more. 
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Cabin fever: Winter games indoor and out in Vermont
02/25/2015 03:53 PM EST - BENNINGTON - "Cabin fever" often suggests holing up in the cold — but as February turns into March, local B&Bs, restaurants, outdoor events and friendly contests invite people to come out, into the snow or into a warm room by the fire. Full Story

LGBT activist and politician Cheryl Jacques will visit MCLA
02/26/2015 05:43 AM EST - NORTH ADAMS - Reflecting on the decades-long civil rights movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-identifying people, leading LGBT advocate Cheryl Jacques sees many triumphs. Full Story

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Kate Abbott: Looking for a cure for cabin fever

Bright color can bring comfort in late winter
02/25/2015 04:01 PM EST
"I'd write about that —" JV VanSant turned from his computer, excited. 
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Translator will share Balkan war stories at Bennington college
02/25/2015 04:00 PM EST - BENNINGTON - A novel following an Italian woman after World War II may be a short step from evidence of war crimes on the Balkans in the 1990s. Full Story

On the Bridge: A rainbow may come after the sky falls
02/25/2015 04:03 PM EST - Resilience is the ability to convert the negative to a positive. Sometimes, out of the darkest, most devastating challenges and catastrophes come beauty and new beginnings. Full Story

A cup of warmth in cabin fever time
02/25/2015 04:06 PM EST - Sometimes color and flavor come to me unexpectedly. Heading into West Stockbridge on Swamp Road on a winter morning, I found myself looking straight at the bright yellow building on the corner, and I stopped. Full Story

Take Me Outside: Squirrels act as arboreal acrobats
02/17/2015 04:35 PM EST - At this time of year, many people enjoy feeding birds. Inevitably, if you put up bird feeders, you'll also end up feeding squirrels. Full Story

Redpolls to pine siskins: Uncommon winter birds flock to feeders
02/17/2015 04:36 PM EST - Predicting winter bird irruptions, surges in numbers, is infinitely more accurate than long-range weather forecasts — though just as meteorologists have difficulty tracking the edge of a major snow event even a few days ahead, it can be hard to know at whose bird feeder unusual species from the far north will dine. Full Story

Kate Abbott: WCMA Publication Studio - when a book is born
01/28/2015 04:11 PM EST - She holds a book about the size of her cupped hands, made with Ethiopian leather binding and link stitch — a living tradition that has not changed in hundreds of years. Full Story

Frozen assets: Commercial ice harvesting once provided winter income for farmers
02/05/2015 11:04 AM EST - SHEFFIELD >> The late Walter D. Hewins Sr., a life-long Sheffield resident, learned the hard way not to trust the Housatonic River during the annual ice harvest. Full Story

Ice architects build castles from icicles
01/28/2015 04:05 PM EST - STRATTON >> Stratton Mountain Resort has become the latest site for the Utah-based company, Ice Castles, to create a huge-scale ice structure on its property next to the Sun Bowl Lodge, open for people to visit and marvel at, and appearing like something out of a fairy tale. Full Story

Gallery Walk: SVAC celebrates winter show
02/04/2015 01:41 PM EST - MANCHESTER >> The Beatles once famously sang "When I'm 64," but the Southern Vermont Arts Center has gone them one better. Full Story

Tick control, fresh eggs rewards of owning chickens
01/28/2015 04:01 PM EST - SUNDERLAND — "Cock a-doodle doo!" It's unmistakable in a new next door neighbor. Full Story

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Maine weighs revoking seat belt law days after 75-car pileup

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It's an effort that even the bill's sponsor acknowledges is poor timing. Just two days after a 75-vehicle pileup injured at least 17 people in the state, lawmakers in Maine are considering legislation that would allow adults to opt out of wearing seat belts. Full Story
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Osbourne exiting 'Fashion Police' after Zendaya hair flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kelly Osbourne is exiting "Fashion Police," days after complaining about co-host Giuliana Rancic's comments on Zendaya's dreadlocks. Full Story