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Jan. 22 to 28 calendar of arts and community events in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont

About Town Arlington American Legion: Chili cook-off at American Legion Post 69, 1 p. Full Story
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Save cash when going to the gym

Getting in shape for the New Year? Keep your budget in shape with these tips
NEW YORK >> How's that new year, new you fitness pledge going? January, the start of New Year's resolution month, sees a healthy uptick in sign-ups at gyms and specialized studios offering such things as Pilates, kickboxing and yoga. Full Story
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Berkshire breweries brave new flavors

Barrington Brewery, Big Elm and Glass Bottom experiment
01/21/2015 04:06 PM EST
Glass Bottom The Glass Bottom Brewery in Lee creates beers for a very niche market by highlighting some unusual flavors. 
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Vermont pubs tap variety in local barrels
01/21/2015 03:56 PM EST - VERMONT >> For craft beer enthusiasts, a look at the tap lists at Three Penny Tap Room in Montpelier or Whetstone Station in Brattleboro sparks the urge to drive to one of the pubs and sample the beers on draft. Full Story

Scouting for new beers from regional brewers
01/21/2015 04:04 PM EST - Big Elm Brewery 65 Silver St., Sheffield Tours and Tasting Hours: Saturdays, noon to 4 p. Full Story

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Kate Abbott: We raise a toast in winter

01/21/2015 03:58 PM EST
Orange and coriander? Chocolate malt? Around here, beer and ale seem to get more robust and flavorful by the day. 
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Micro microbrew becomes popular in Vermont
01/22/2015 09:33 AM EST - As the popularity of craft beer tours increases, Vermont has a lot to offer, from widely distributed companies like Harpoon Brewery in Windsor and Boston and Otter Creek Brewing in Middlebury to smaller brewing companies like Backacre Brewing in Weston, which focuses on one beer — a sour golden ale aged for up to three years in oak barrels. Full Story

'Bibliothecaphilia' reveals love of libraries at Mass MoCA
01/21/2015 03:57 PM EST - NORTH ADAMS >> In the space at the end of the page, someone has written in pen: "I will sing solo gospel and music focused on healing and empowering, lifting up men, brotherhood and gay male relationships. Full Story

Artists and artisans renew the book at Williams library
01/23/2015 12:20 PM EST - WILLIAMSTOWN >> In the fall of 1906, 42 binders and artisans founded the National Guild of Book Workers in New York to show their work in illuminating, printing and binding, calligraphy, papermaking, and design and leatherwork. Full Story

The Mount: Play cycle mines Edith Wharton's times
01/21/2015 03:57 PM EST - LENOX >> It's 1907 in New York City. Edith Wharton is 45. She is moving from Park Avenue to Paris and looking forward to the publication of "The Fruit of the Tree," the novel following her best-selling debut with "The House of Mirth. Full Story

Epoch 18 artists see growth in downtown Manchester
01/21/2015 03:55 PM EST - MANCHESTER >> One of only a handful of artist cooperatives in the state presents a fine aggregation of local talent downtown. Full Story

Dustbowl Revival makes old-time new
01/21/2015 04:03 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> Los Angeles-based Dustbowl Revival looks back at American musical history to deliver something new, taking cues from old-time jazz, bluegrass, country, Dixieland and more and translating them into sounds to get 21st-century feet moving. Full Story

Fathi Hassan illuminates ambiguity
12/30/2014 11:31 AM EST - WILLIAMSTOWN >> The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents "Fathi Hassan: Migration of Signs" through April 26. Full Story

Yoga and relaxation can stretch the mind as well as the body
01/14/2015 07:09 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> While yoga is well-acknowledged as a healthy physical pursuit nowadays, the practice may have benefits for mental well-being. Full Story

Kate Abbott: Where we look for well-being
01/14/2015 06:54 PM EST - We are thinking this week about wellness. When did you last feel a sense of well-being? Full Story

On the Bridge: John Fülöp remembers Hungary in World War II
01/14/2015 07:06 PM EST - WEST STOCKBRIDGE >> "Four years after the war, I distinctly remember that train ride, going from Amberg to Bremen and not seeing anything but piles of rubble," said John Fülöp, an architect living in West Stockbridge. Full Story

TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88. Full Story
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Seth Rogen sorry for 'American Sniper' comments

“The Interview” actor compared Clint Eastwood’s movie to a Nazi propaganda film depicted in “Inglourious Basterds” because both dealt with snipers, he says; but his comments were taken by many to suggest he was dismissing “American Sniper” as pro-war propaganda.