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Police, first responders training to aid those with dementia

PITTSFIELD —For most people lost on a cold night, police sirens promise welcome relief.But for those living with dementia, sirens might only frighten and confuse.

Lanesborough fire crew scrambles to preserve ambulance service

LANESBOROUGH — The fire department is preparing to make the case that it can continue to provide ambulance service, amid staffing, equipment and funding issues.If it can't, the town may opt for a pitch from County Ambulance.The fire department …

Pittsfield Police investigating break-in, theft at Berkshire Pipe and Tobacco

PITTSFIELD — City police are investigating an apparent late-night break-in and robbery of Berkshire Pipe and Tobacco.According to a store employee, a masked man apparently used a gun barrel to break into Berkshire Pipe and Tobacco Sunday …

State News
3 teens rescued from island after falling through icy pond

WORCESTER (AP) — Officials say firefighters had to rescue three teen boys from an island after they fell through the ice on a frozen pond in Worcester.Deputy Chief John Sullivan tells the Telegram&Gazette emergency responders were called …

Amazon to begin collecting 6 percent sales tax in Vermont

Baker's budget to add $91 million for schools, $40 million in local aid

Republican Gov. Baker faces political challenges in new year

'I've seen rain:' James Taylor bemoans end of Obama era

Nation & world news
EPA: Chrysler faked emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler of installing secret software that allowed more than 100,000 of its diesel vehicles to emit pollutants above legal levels.The case has echoes of one against Volkswagen, which on …

Trump bridge-building overshadowed by false voter fraud line

Changes mulled as synthetic drug sentences cause confusion

Trump abandons Trans-Pacific Partnership, Obama's signature trade deal

Southern California pounded by intense storm and flooding

Local News

Great Barrington Housing Authority to be understaffed for about a week

GREAT BARRINGTON — Staffing at the Housing Authority is expected to be thin for the next week, and perhaps later, as two health crises combine with the departure of the Executive Director to create a perfect storm."We have a week," said acting …

Nor'easter expected to deliver slippery Tuesday morning commute

An intense nor'easter barreling up the Eastern Seaboard on Monday is poised to deliver an icy coating of sleet and snow to the Berkshires, causing potentially hazardous travel conditions until midday Tuesday."It's going to be a mess," said …

Head of 100 Bridge St. remediation plan to be on hand on Tuesday

GREAT BARRINGTON — The man handling cleanup of a polluted Great Barrington site will take questions Tuesday.Tim Snay of Ransom Consulting Inc. will attend a meeting of the Community Development Corp. of the Southern Berkshires at 6 p.m. at the …

Man acquitted of drunken driving charge after field sobriety test questioned

PITTSFIELD — A city man facing a second drunken driving charge was acquitted on Wednesday amid questions about the field sobriety test and inconsistent testimony.Hector Palestino, 37, was found not guilty by a Berkshire County jury of six …

Emergency responders find hikers lost in October Mountain State Forest

WASHINGTON — A pair of hikers with heads up survival skills were found less than two hours after they reported themselves lost on October Mountain State Forest on Sunday evening.
Local sports
High school roundup: Mount Everett boys hold off Lee

LEE — The Lee boys basketball team came storming back after starting the game slowly, but Cavan Brady provided just enough offense to give Mount Everett a 55-54 win on Monday.The Eagles (5-8) led by nine points heading into the final quarter. …

Local colleges: Williams men's basketball with work to do in NESCAC

NECBL releases league schedule

Berkshire County Sports Notes, Jan. 23

Opinion
Our Opinion: Taxing Airbnb brings fair play to hotel trade

All who house paying visitors to the Berkshires should compete fairly. When websites like Airbnb are able to avoid paying taxes other lodging establishments must make, they exploit an unfair advantage.Gov. Charlie Baker recently announced his next …

Our Opinion: School funding fight underway once again

Our Opinion: Different paths to poor choices

Our Opinion: A president's vision awaits the details

Editorial: Inauguration Day brings anxiety and a challenge

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Food
Make your pork chops sizzle in savory miso paste

I bought half a pig from a local farm again this year. It's the best pork ever, raised within 15 miles of where I live, fed through pasture foraging, veggie scraps and local grain. We have 100 pounds of it, frozen, from hocks to roasts to chops to, …

Robin Anish: Sip away a cold with homemade ginger ale

North County Eats offers deals, meals starting at $10

Easy conversation, delicious food at Cricket Creek Farm potluck

Entertainment
PEOPLE: Baldwin sets 'SNL' record; Colbert makes an Emmys promise

Baldwin setting 'SNL' hosting recordAt the dawn of the Donald Trump administration, "Saturday Night Live's" own Trump — Alec Baldwin — will be back as the show's guest host for the 17th time.The NBC show said Monday that Baldwin will …

Actor keeping the fire stoked

Fox News letting contributors go

Hollywood's worst go head-to-head

Folk-rock singer-songwriter Maggie Roche dead at 65

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