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Oktoberfest in the 413

Happy October, dear readers! And what an exciting time it is. One sure sign of autumn is the global celebration of the Bavarian Oktoberfest holiday. Full Story
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    Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Festival: Autumn is official!

    Three days of events — including the Fall Foliage Festival Parade on Sunday — celebrate the reason for the season
    10/01/2015 06:03 AM EDT
    NORTH ADAMS — Now that the leaves are starting to turn, longtime locals — and many longtime visitors — know the Fall Foliage Festival and Parade are marching around the corner. 
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    Berktoberfest: A brew bash that benefits
    10/01/2015 06:03 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD — A benefit featuring craft beer makers from around the Northeast will gather Saturday to, in part, raise money for a pair of local social service organizations. Full Story

    Writer-musician explores the artists, stories behind the music in First Wednesdays opener
    10/01/2015 06:02 AM EDT - MANCHESTER — There's the music, and then there's the cultural milieu it came from. Full Story

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    Take Five | Five questions with Bill Haims ...

    10/05/2015 02:16 PM EDT
    William "Bill" Haims: He's probably best known in the Berkshires for his role as a real-life diamond dealer during the 36 years he owned and operated Rogers Jewelers on North Street in Pittsfield. 
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    'These Mysterious Hills': New book details legends, lore, and unexplained Berkshire mysteries
    10/01/2015 05:57 AM EDT - Folklorist and local historian Joe Durwin, in collaboration with Berkshire Paranormal and the Whitney Center for the Arts, will celebrate his new book, "These Mysterious Hills: An Unauthorized History of the Berkshires," with a pre-release "para-reception" on Saturday. Full Story

    Best Bets | Fun things to do in the Berkshires & Shires of Vermont, Oct. 1 - 7
    10/01/2015 06:00 AM EDT - Great Barrington Local astronaut and her journey Stephanie Wilson was raised in the Berkshires and was propelled to become a NASA astronaut who flew on the Space Shuttle. Full Story

    Spencertown Academy: Good old days of British music hall are back
    10/01/2015 06:04 AM EDT - SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — With 15 years of Pantaloons panto behind her, British-born Judy Staber has packed away her fairy godmother wings and picked up a project she began 10 years ago. Full Story

    Take Five | Five questions with Paula Poundstone
    09/24/2015 10:39 AM EDT - Paula Poundstone: She comes from a long line of successful Boston-area comics — Stephen Wright, Dennis Leary and Jay Leno, to name a few. Full Story

    Bring the Kids: Fun in the Shires, Sept. 24-30
    09/24/2015 11:01 AM EDT - Before the very brisk autumn weather kicks in, we have a couple fun, outdoor events for you and the kids. Full Story

    Best Bets | Fun things to do in the Berkshires & Shires of VT, Sept. 24 - 30
    09/24/2015 11:08 AM EDT - Musical cause The You Are Never Alone Foundation hosts "I Matter, You Matter," a night of music with Joseph Wooten, musician, composer and member of the Steve Miller Band, and local musicians, to bring awareness to homelessness. Full Story

    The Great Chair Auction and more
    09/24/2015 01:45 PM EDT - There's more to bid on than just chairs this year as the Youth Center Inc.'s "Great Chair Auction and More" enters its third year. Full Story

    A Manchester highlight: The biennial Blue Jean Ball returns Friday
    09/24/2015 10:37 AM EDT - Join the Manchester Community Library for the 2015 return of the Blue Jean Ball, on Friday, Sept. 24, at the library. Full Story

    Field to table cooking: The fine art of making the perfect sauerkraut
    09/24/2015 10:35 AM EDT - Ripton, Vt., resident Andrea Chesman's latest cookbook, "The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know-How: Field-to-Table Cooking Skills," is a comprehensive guide to cooking and food preservation — from making sausage, canning vegetables, working with sourdough and, of course, the fine art of making the perfect sauerkraut. Full Story

    News and notes from around the Berkshires and Southern Vermont
    09/24/2015 04:53 AM EDT - Naumkeag extends season, adds events Naumkeag Historic Home and Garden, the Gilded Age estate and gardens, will extend its season through Dec. Full Story

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    Nick Gordon charged in Bobby Kristina Brown's death?

    Report says Georgia grand jury will decide this week whether there’s enough evidence to charge Gordon with a crime.