Berkshire Museum: Art on the Block The Berkshire Museum recently announced a $60 million plan for its future, largely supported by the sale of those works from its permanent collection, including a $40 million boost for its endowment and a $20 million renovation.
Local News
Pittsfield School Committee passes $60.5M budget request PITTSFIELD — The School Committee unanimously approved its budget request Wednesday, kicking a proposed $60.5 million spending plan to City Council for final approval. The proposed …
Pittsfield branches out for Arbor Day with free tree program PITTSFIELD — Trees are pretty cool. They quite literally offer shelter from the hot sun, and emit cooling vapors. That's why the city and state are partnering with the Berkshire Environmental …
Some homes, businesses in Lee will have water access limited during Thursday morning valve repair LEE — Hundreds of homes and businesses could be waterless in the predawn hours of Thursday as the town replaces a faulty water main valve.Interim Lee Public Works Superintendent Alan Zerbato …
Cannabis Control Commission stresses public safety in preparation for pot's footprint during Lenox meeting LENOX — With state-licensed retail shops poised to sell a wide range of marijuana products as soon as July 1, officials are emphasizing to communities the importance of security, safety and a …
Thursday meeting may decide Great Barrington trucking company issues GREAT BARRINGTON — The fate of the Blue Hills neighborhood and GJO, a trucking company located there, will likely be resolved Thursday night — members of the deciding board are running …
Taconic High Principal Vosburgh picked as superintendent for Adams-Cheshire CHESHIRE — The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is getting a rookie superintendent.The school committee Tuesday night agreed to hire Taconic High School Principal John Vosburgh to …
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Berkshire County sports notes: Talkin' Baseball event returns to Baseball in the Berkshire Museum this weekend

Talkin' Baseball returns to Baseball in the Berkshires exhibitBaseball in the Berkshires Museum will host a double "Talkin' Baseball" session on Saturday to celebrate its one-year anniversary.From …

Opinion
Our Opinion: Responsible decision on wastewater treatment plant

Pittsfield's wastewater treatment plant has been in need of an upgrade for a decade and Mayor Linda Tyer and the City Council can be proud that they are the leaders who have addressed it. With a …

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Local News
Polito promises to arrange top-level meeting on Stockbridge Bowl cleanup kerfuffle STOCKBRIDGE — Amid conflicting signals from two state agencies, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito has promised to arrange a top-level meeting to get the stalled $4 million Stockbridge Bowl weed-cleanup …
For Peace Train Tees, downtown Pittsfield offers a better fit than mall PITTSFIELD — Mike Sacco started Peace Train Tees in the Berkshire Mall in 2010 and "the business has grown every year since it's been open." But now, with the mall in decline, Sacco has decided …
Pittsfield Finance Committee tries to ease confusion about two costly water infrastructure projects PITTSFIELD — There has been some confusion about the status of the city's water infrastructure projects, members of the City Council Finance Committee said Monday. Committee members clarified …
A cigarette butt in mulch 'likely' caused small fire at Mobil Xtra Mart in Great Barrington GREAT BARRINGTON — Firefighters quickly doused a small surface fire Tuesday outside the Mobil Xtra Mart on South Main Street.Town Fire Chief Charles Burger said a smoldering cigarette flicked …
1Berkshire cancels Creative Resources Conference DALTON — Thursday's much-anticipated third Creative Resources Conference, hosted by 1Berkshire, has been canceled.The decision was made late Monday morning.The event needs about 75 to 125 …
Community News
Cheshire: Award-winning singer to perform The multi-award-winning singer Jaci Velasquez will bring her Trust Tour ministry to First Baptist Church, 32 North St., at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3.Velasquez is the recipient of seven Dove Awards and a …
Williamstown: Spaghetti dinner to benefit Rotary A spaghetti and meatball dinner fundraiser to benefit the Rotary Club of Williamstown's community and scholarship programs will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Williamstown Commons, 25 …
Lanesborough: Church sponsoring lobster roll lunch St. Luke's Episcopal Church is sponsoring a lobster roll bag lunch on Friday, May 4, to benefit local charities.The cost is $12 for lobster, chips and a brownie. Orders must be received by Monday, …
Williamstown: Medical ethics lecturer named Anita Allen, vice provost for faculty and the Henry R. Silverman professor of law and professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, will give the annual Weiss Lecture at Williams College …
Williamstown: Planning Board candidates forum The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum for the four candidates running for two seats on the Williamstown Planning Board from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the Selectboard's Room at …
Berkshire Landscapes
A portrait of a second act SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — Performers Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas have a history in construction. In Wilmington, N.C., the couple transformed an automotive garage into the 50-seat Red Barn Studio …
Canty seeks to find discovery once more NORTHAMPTON — In February 2015, San Francisco Chronicle pop music critic Aidin Vaziri declared that singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty was "ready to be discovered" following the release of her …
Berkshire School student reaches finals of NEA's Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge SHEFFIELD — Though his parents live in New York City, Berkshire School senior Tucker Donelan doesn't attend ballyhooed Broadway musicals much."I'm not going to go see 'Chicago,'" the …
The Arts
A pioneer of photorealism visits North Adams NORTH ADAMS — If you attend the April 28 artist reception for "Tom Blackwell: Motorcycles and Mannequins" at The Artist Book Foundation's Louis and Susan Meisel Gallery, don't ask the …
Exhibit forces you to see yourself in America's story of race, violence NORTH ADAMS — The names comes fast and too regularly, they seem to blur together. Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray. Even before we catch up another appears — last …
Music
Post-punk band Ganser: Lanesborough native part of group that isn't afraid to ramp up the anxiety Lanesborough native Nadia Garofalo wasn't a stand-out music student as a child."I think it was really frustrating for me and the music teacher," she said of trying to learn guitar during elementary …
Lifestyles
Breakfast for dinner: A 'risque' delight Sometimes, at the end of the day, you just have a hankerin' for breakfast. Kathy Portolano, owner of Papa Pete's Diner on Vt. Route 9 in Bennington's east end — which is known for its 14-inch …
Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Where have all the pigeons gone? Q There are no more pigeons in downtown Pittsfield. Where did they all go? I have been in business on North Street for 44 years and have not seen any for the last several years. I saw one single …
Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Friday is Arbor Day - plant or hug a tree! This coming Friday is Arbor Day, a day dedicated to trees. Some will celebrate the day by participating in a community project, such as a commemorative tree planting, while others will demonstrate …
State News

Yawkey Way outside Fenway Park changed over racist past

BOSTON (AP) — Boston officials Thursday approved changing the name of Yawkey Way, the street outside Fenway Park, because of allegations former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey was a racist who …

Police identify man killed in motorcycle crash

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have publicly identified the man killed in a motorcycle crash on Martha's Vineyard earlier this week.Chilmark police say 39-year-old Lynn Murphy …

Sheriff to suspect in deputy killing: 'Turn yourself in'

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) — A sheriff on Thursday urged a man sought in the killing of a deputy to turn himself in and warned a community to stay vigilant during a manhunt in what is believed …

New protection zone for right whales off Martha's Vineyard

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is asking boaters to slow down in an area south of Martha's Vineyard to make way for a small group of endangered whales.Three North Atlantic …

The Latest: MGM, Wynn tamp down Boston casino intrigue

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on MGM's plans to open a casino in Massachusetts (all times local):1 p.m.Executives for MGM and Wynn are tamping down speculation the companies are quietly in talks …

National News

US seeks to extradite 'El Chapo' case suspect from Caribbean

MIAMI (AP) — A Canadian known as "Russian Mike" who has been charged in the drug trafficking case involving notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman sought Thursday to block his …

The Latest: Cosby lawyer: 'Fight is not over'

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial (all times local):2:50 p.m.Bill Cosby's lawyer says the "fight is not over" after the 80-year-old comedian's …

Trump praises CNN's Cooper for Comey town hall

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has found something to like about CNN — Anderson Cooper.For an hour, at least. The president has been a relentless media critic during his time …

US judge allows suit over Berkeley speakers to move forward

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge is allowing a free speech lawsuit against officials at the University of California, Berkeley to move forward, although she says there is no evidence the …

Timeline in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case

Bill Cosby was convicted on Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004 at his home near Philadelphia. The 80-year-old comedian could spend the rest of his life in prison after he was …

World News

US seeks to extradite 'El Chapo' case suspect from Caribbean

MIAMI (AP) — A Canadian known as "Russian Mike" who has been charged in the drug trafficking case involving notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman sought Thursday to block his …

The Latest: Cosby lawyer: 'Fight is not over'

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial (all times local):2:50 p.m.Bill Cosby's lawyer says the "fight is not over" after the 80-year-old comedian's …

Trump praises CNN's Cooper for Comey town hall

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has found something to like about CNN — Anderson Cooper.For an hour, at least. The president has been a relentless media critic during his time …

Timeline in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case

Bill Cosby was convicted on Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004 at his home near Philadelphia. The 80-year-old comedian could spend the rest of his life in prison after he was …

Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of …

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Berkshire Business Outlook: A diverse economy, geared for the future

The Berkshire economy is changing. The pace of the transition has often been frustrating, especially considering the economic boom at the other end of the state. But it looks like there is new light …

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