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HONG KONG — When I heard that a half-dozen people had been shot during practice for the Republicans vs. Democrats baseball game, I quickly confirmed the story, then posted a statement on my Facebook page: "Time to ratchet down the rhetoric on … more
NORTH ADAMS — Of all the nationwide controversies for a Berkshires organization to become embroiled in, Shakespeare & Company being dragged into the new anti-Shakespeare movement is an absurd one.It reveals how outsider idiocy can descend … more
RICHMOND — If you're tired of politics, accusations, scandal and gunfire, you may want to think about agricultural illiteracy, the subject of an inside pages story in The Berkshire Eagle last week. It's not really upbeat, since it indicates … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — It's fun to buy veggies at the farm market: we pay the farmer directly and we know our money is supporting a local farm. Why don't we get this same warm feeling buying a gallon of milk at the supermarket? It's not just … more
LENOX — And King Donald, jealous of King Canute, said, "I am master of all! I rule the gods and winds! Roll back, Tide. I command thee!"And Tide said, "I command you, fool, you do not command me."And King Donald said, "Oh yeah? Nobody commands … more
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
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