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When we were kids we built hot rods out of boards, a wooden crate and old carriage wheels or roller skates. These were often called soap box racers, as many of the crates used in earlier days were … more
Many local baby boomers will recall the government-funded houses built during World War II off Benedict Road in Pittsfield. These houses were constructed in place of those that were designed by … more
LEE — When they navigate the aisles of the Big Y, they can proceed unencumbered by celebrity. Same thing in the hardware store. Same thing pretty much anywhere they travel in these parts.The … more
LANESBOROUGH — As autumn takes over on Summer Street, Phil Shallies agrees to pause cleaning out his gutters, step down off his extension ladder and talk about the times he's raced stock cars … more
LENOX — At least $2 million in new tax revenue for Stockbridge. As many as 150 to 200 well-paying year-round jobs, with more in the prime tourism season. A $150 million investment.That's the … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — I talked about Monument Mountain history in October. My audience was students of Monument Valley Regional Middle School in Great Barrington. My roving lecture hall was beside … more
RICHMOND — If you remember when kids put money in savings accounts at school, then you're already required to take payments from your 401(k). How strange to think of teachers getting 50 cents … more
PITTSFIELD — More than 2,000 senior members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) gather this month for a national congress that will rubberstamp another five-year term for President Xi … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — If walls could talk, the Orchid Beauty Salon, aka the Orchid, in North Adams would have countless stories to tell.Founded by Lottie Harriman in 1927, the Orchid can boast of … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Years ago, I was at Wahconah Park, waiting for a baseball game to start. I think it was a Berkshire Brewers game, because there were only about 33 people in the grandstand. … more
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