• Business Briefs for Aug. 31 - 08/31/2014 01:46 AM EDT
    (Courtesy of Outstanding in The Field)
    Berkshire tourism industry targets tourists' taste buds

    08/31/2014 02:39 AM EDT

    This summer, it's not just about art and culture; people are traveling to the Berkshires to eat local.  Full Story

    Study: Social media users shy away from opinions
    08/31/2014 12:37 PM EDT - WASHINGTON (AP) -- People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. Full Story

    Short Answers: Older couple needs to discuss their future
    08/29/2014 10:42 AM EDT - Life is complicated. Short Answers isn't.  Full Story

    Mr. Know-It-All: Secrets behind star's weight loss
    08/29/2014 10:41 AM EDT -

    Q: I have seen Marie Osmond on a regular basis hawking Nutrisystem weight-loss meals. She looks fantastic. How long has she been a Nutrisystem spokesperson? Has she had plastic surgery? How many times has she been married? -- T.M., Florence, Ohio  Full Story

    Thom Smith: Blue jays are occasional nest raiders
    08/29/2014 10:41 AM EDT - Q: In the two trees in our front yard we had three nests. Yesterday, we watched in horror as a blue jay came back again and again, snatching the babies and flying away with them until all were gone. Full Story

    Ron Kujawski: Plenty of gardening season left
    08/31/2014 02:36 AM EDT - Certain holidays defy the calendar.  Full Story

    Get picked: 'American Pickers' looking for treasure in Berkshires
    08/23/2014 11:49 AM EDT -

    The History Channel's hit TV show "American Pickers" came to the Berkshires last April and now they are hoping to return and are seeking tips.  Full Story

    Short Answers: Cope with unwanted ‘plus one'
    08/22/2014 02:08 PM EDT -

    Life is complicated. Short Answers isn't.  Full Story

    Go Green: Is wind power viable?
    08/22/2014 02:07 PM EDT -

    In this column, staff at the Center for EcoTechnology offer advice on easy ways for people -- and businesses -- to introduce green changes in their daily lives. This column is written by EcoFellow Jenny Goldberg. Full Story

    Ron Kujawski: Peak time to harvest vegetables
    08/22/2014 02:04 PM EDT -

    There's a distinct smell in the air. I showered this morning so it's not that. It's an aroma that reminds me of my youth, working in the onion fields on the family farm, and it's not the scent that most people associate with onions. This is the smell of ripening foliage of onions, of corn, and of other vegetables in the garden -- the smell of maturity.  Full Story

    Penn State student gains rep as squirrel whisperer

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a "squirrel whisperer" for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named "Sneezy. Full Story
    Review: 'Summer of the Dead' has powerful plot

    "Summer of the Dead" (Minotaur Books), by Julia Keller Small towns — where everyone knows your name and keeping secrets seems unfathomable — can be hotbeds of concealment. Full Story