CALENDARS
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Aug. 21 to 27 in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont

Thursday, Aug. 21 ART Berkshire Botanical Garden Watercolor painting workshop, 10 a. Full Story
 
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At the swimming hole ...

08/20/2014 12:47 PM EDT
When the hot "dog days" of summer are upon us (are they coming this year?), there are hundreds of swimming holes for the residents of -- and visitors to -- the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont to cool off in. 
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John Demos revives Colonial voices
08/20/2014 12:48 PM EDT - TYRINGHAM -- As a 10-year-old, John Demos envisioned writing novels. A long-time American history professor, the Samuel Knight Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University has instead written eight books on early American life from the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth in 1620 to the 1800s, primarily based on letters, diaries, documents and publications he has researched during his career. Full Story

Vermont beekeepers collect liquid gold
08/20/2014 12:59 PM EDT - HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Amanda Haar of Hoosick Falls has always supported local agriculture but never thought much about keeping bees. Full Story

MOST RECENT
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Bondville Fair -- a 217-year tradition

08/20/2014 12:28 PM EDT
BONDVILLE -- It's fair time again. From Friday to Sunday, Aug. 22 to 24, the 217th Bondville Fair, the oldest continuously held fair in the state, will come to town. 
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Bennington Baroque improvise old-school
08/20/2014 12:22 PM EDT - NORTH BENNINGTON -- This Saturday evening, Bennington Baroque will take its audience back in time to an era of musical history that predates modern instruments, notation, tuning standards and playing techniques. Full Story

Renée Nik Davies: Deep Berkshire roots
08/20/2014 03:48 PM EDT - SHEFFIELD -- In the year 1909, William Howard Taft was America's 27th President, the American flag sported only 45 stars and sugar cost a mere four cents a pound. Full Story

Discovering Troy's industrial treasures
08/20/2014 01:37 PM EDT - TROY, N.Y. -- "By a majority of voices, it was confirmed, that in future, it should be called and known by the name of Troy. Full Story

Trio Virado brings brio to Tannery Pond
08/20/2014 12:36 PM EDT - NEW LEBANON -- Expect a new sound in town Saturday at the former tannery of Mount Lebanon Shaker Village. Full Story

Ruth Smith: The end of the passenger pigeon
08/20/2014 03:28 PM EDT - Anniversaries are worth celebrating, but next month marks the 100th anniversary of a somber event. Full Story

Opera Opens Up
08/20/2014 12:39 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD -- Since the old Berkshire Opera Company closed in 2009, there have been slim pickings for local aria fans. Full Story

Catching summer's end
08/20/2014 12:41 PM EDT - 'What's in New Lebanon," my intern asked, and I thought of Qawwali music. Full Story

WAM gathers ‘Change Makers'
08/20/2014 12:44 PM EDT - GREAT BARRINGTON -- A playwright who has talked with freed inmates from death row, an international photojournalist who has covered refugees from the Ugandan Civil War and the dammage from the 2004 Tsunami and a documentary film-maker who has chronicled a dying New Jersey police officer trying to pass on her earned pension to the woman she Full Story

Doug Elkins at Jacob’s Pillow Seeing movement as a conversation
08/13/2014 12:09 PM EDT - BECKET -- Before touring the world as a b-boy with various dance companies, Doug Elkins remembers needing to write dance terms on his arm to prepare for ballet and modern classes. Full Story

Kate Abbott: Sharing comfort food
08/13/2014 01:02 PM EDT - One of my interns had never been to Chocolate Springs. We were talking about directions to a story interview in Lenox when we realized, and it made me blink. Full Story

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Los Angeles port welcomes massive rubber duck

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming an unusual visitor — the world's biggest bath toy. Full Story
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Laverne Cox hopes to inspire with life story

NEW YORK (AP) — Laverne Cox realizes she is having a winning moment as a transgender actor in entertainment — including a recent Emmy nomination — and she hopes her story will continue to inspire others. Full Story
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Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter.