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LENOX — With the opening of the new Courtyard by Marriott in Lenox last Monday, another 92 rooms have been added to the town's high-power lodging industry, bringing the total to just over 1,000.That's nearly half of the estimated 2,300 rooms … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — I regularly interview all the members of Congress who represent the substantial WAMC listening area (portions of seven states) who want to be on the radio.My favorite is U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, who happens to … more
FITCHBURG — Despite the chill of May and early June, another golden Berkshire summer is near. Whether it's watching fireworks at Wahconah Park, canoeing the surface of Pontoosuc Lake, sitting beneath a canopy of stars at Tanglewood, or … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Edward Griffin Beckwith (1826-1909) visited the Sandwich Islands, aka Hawaii, not for climate, beach or volcanic reasons, but for educational ones.He became principal of Royal School in Honolulu in 1854. The son of Deacon … more
WESTPORT. CT. — The year is 1546. The fetid, dangerous Delta of the Mara on River in Brazil claims the life of conquistador and explorer Francisco de Orellana, but not before he has renamed the great river the Amazon, claiming to have fought a … more
PITTSFIELD — I got a few emails in the wake of my column on D-Day last week. Always nice to be noticed.One of the notes is from a guy who knew my father, although he and I have met. It was something along the lines of, "Good job. Hard to … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — I never expected to meet an internationally acclaimed artist when I was just strolling in my neighborhood. But one day, a couple of feet away from me, Barbara Ernst Prey stepped out of a car. As an admirer of the American … more
BOSTON — Long before more than $40 million was spent last year making the cases for and against charter public school expansion, I was skeptical about using a statewide ballot initiative to decide the question. Ballot initiatives are best … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Far be it for me to bemoan the passing of the good old days, but I guess I'm at that age now.I know the good old days are defined in different ways by different people, but I define them as back when people agreed on some … more
RICHMOND — If you ask a World War II veteran when he or she arrived in Europe, the answer is likely to be D-Day or D-Day plus a number. Time after time, my husband would say D-Day plus 90 and briefly describe landing at Cherbourg where a bunch … more
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