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Hearing Tuesday in Lenox on proposed medical marijuana dispensary bylaw

LENOX — The town's first bylaw amendment on medical marijuana dispensaries will be up for discussion at a Planning Board public hearing this Tuesday.The board is proposing the bylaw for a vote by residents at the Annual Town Meeting on May 4. …

Burning brush? Be safe

NEW MARLBOROUGH — Keep it small, have some water on hand, and make sure the surrounding area is clear.That's some of the advice offered by local and state officials to Berkshire residents as the brush burning season winds down."This time of …

Refugees must wait for safe harbor

Originally expected to begin in late 2016, refugee resettlement in Pittsfield remains on hold until at least until October.But despite the uncertain political climate, organizers of the program say efforts continue to prepare for upcoming …

Top Sport Stories
Thomas scores 33, Celtics beat Bulls 104-95 to tie series

CHICAGO — Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 104-95 on Sunday to tie their first-round playoff series at 2-all.Boston blew a 20-point lead, but Thomas keyed a third-quarter run that put the Celtics …

MacArthur returns, scores for Sens to beat Boston 3-2 in OT

Machado in center of bad blood as Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2

Pittsfield christens Buddy Pellerin Field with win over Mount Greylock

Local sports
College roundup: MCLA baseball sweeps doubleheader

BRIDGEWATER — The MCLA baseball team improved to .500 in MASCAC play with a doubleheader sweep of Bridgewater State on Sunday.The scores were 4-1 and 1-0.In the first game, Liam Nolan pitched a complete game for the Trailblazers, striking out …

High school sports standings, April 23

Designated Hitter: Rooney reflects on NHL call-up

High school roundup: Mount Everett baseball beats Lee in extra innings

College roundup: Williams softball sweeps doubleheader against Amherst

Opinion
Our Opinion: Move forward on Chapter 90 compromise

With a House-Senate conference committee having agreed on a Chapter 90 highway funding bill, we urge both legislative bodies to make quick final action a priority. May is approaching and Berkshire road crews need to put that money into use.The …

Our Opinion: Towns draw lines on immigration overreach by feds

Our Opinion: Marching for science on Earth Day

Our Opinion: State should be prepared for self-driving cars

Our Opinion: Readers' role in exposing fake news

Columnists
Barrett Young: Trump leading US deeper into quagmire

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Following President Trump's decision to strike Syria, the military-industrial complex emerged in full force to applaud the start of yet another military intervention in the Middle East. Fareed Zakaria, a prominent critic of …

Clarence Fanto | Early signs that Trump is having a negative effect on tourism

Patricia M. Johnson: Dangerous attack on childhood immunizations

Mitchell Chapman: Crowdfunding proves to be no panacea

Bernard A. Drew|Our Berkshires: Goodale's much-reprinted poem

Letters
Letter: Ignore Coulter, don't boost her career

To the editor:When will liberals learn not to play into the hands of conservatives? The breathlessly stupid intention of some "liberals" to engage in violent demonstrations when Ann Coulter speaks at UC Berkley shows just how clueless those people …

Letter: Infrastructure crisis felt in Berkshires

Letter: Clean energy means jobs, revenue, bragging rights

Letter: NIMBYism wasn't issue, the environment was

Letter: Election results matter, poll results do not

Entertainment
Renowned Polish sculptor, fiber artist dead at 86

The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland — Renowned sculptor and fiber artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, Poland's leading visual artist, has died at age 86, the rector of Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts said Friday.Abakanowicz' work was notable for her …

Fans bring their memories to Paisley Park on anniversary of Prince's death

PEOPLE: Bill Murray setting out on tour with cellist; Kevin Hart joining Charlamagne Tha God at book convention; Dierks Bentley on ground control

Fisher's death stunned 'Catastrophe' creators

After more than a decade, "Onegin" still a challenge for Met baritone

Local News

Jacob's Ladder Trail Scenic Byway in Lee now accessible

LEE — After six years of planning, securing permits and fundraising, the Lee Land Trust has finally broken ground on a entrance to an established hiking trail through one of the town's historic homesteads.The preservation group is constructing …

Bushey running for Adams Select Board

ADAMS — Longtime town resident Elizabeth Bushey is running for the Select Board in Adams, She will face off against two opponents for a single seat on the Select Board in the upcoming town election. Though not a native of Adams, she's lived …

In defense of reason

PITTSFIELD — It seemed as though just about everyone had a sign at the March For Science on Saturday at the Pittsfield Common. That included dogs like Franco, a small mixed breed canine who sported a "Doggies For Science" sign tied around his …

North Adams inches toward taking over former nonprofit's assets

NORTH ADAMS — The City Council agreed this week to absorb the assets of nonprofit Housing Opportunities Inc., but not before members asked questions about two of its properties. City councilors sought assurances Tuesday that the city would be …

Great Barrington's Creative Building Solutions builds new offices

GREAT BARRINGTON - Linda Shafiroff says she is finally going to bring out of hiding the busy custom building business she co-owns with Sarah Stiner.The two principals of Creative Building Solutions, a Green Certified firm, are about to build their …
Lifestyles

Could the Henrietta Lacks case happen today?

NEW YORK — What happened in the 1951 case of Henrietta Lacks, and could it happen again today?The story of the woman who unwittingly spurred a scientific bonanza made for a best-selling book in 2010. This weekend, it returned in an HBO film …

Use up your jam with this jammy crisp

Every year, I think to myself, "the weather will definitely be nice by the end of March. Just hold on until the end of March. You'll see." I never see. In my entire life, I don't think I've lived through one spring-settled, sunny March. This year …

The Scene: Fashion lovers flock to BerkChique

GREAT BARRINGTON — We women wish to be fashion fabulous. It’s our unique way to express ourselves and flaunt our truest colors from the inside out. We glow with confidence and self-assurance in clothing and accessories that emulate our spirit and give us wings to fly. So it’s only natural that when we see the word “sale” on clothing, you better believe we’ll flock like geese in search of the perfect bag, shoe, dress or jewelry to match our distinctive and flowering personalities.

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: It's springtime throughout the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont

I left the frozen Berkshires one Sunday for a week of birding, botanizing and boating and returned to temperatures in the 70s with spring peepers peeping their single, high-pitched notes, repeated about once a second.

Grab your crayons and color these Baby Animals

In celebration of spring and the opening of Hancock Shaker Village’s annual Baby Animals Exhibit, illustrator Jana Christy created this fun coloring page for artists of all ages.
The Arts

Berkshire Theatre Group adds Graham Rowat, Brycen Katolinsky to summer actor roster

STOCKBRIDGE — Broadway actor Graham Rowat and 28-time Elvis Tribute champion Brycen Katolinsky have been added to the roster of actors be appearing this summer in productions at Berkshire Theatre Group's Stockbridge campus.

Barrington Stage rolls out cabaret season

PITTSFIELD — Julie Budd, Leslie Kritzer and Andrea McArdle are among the performers slated to appear this summer at Barrington Stage Company's Mr. Finn's Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, …

WAM revives 'Emilie' complete with original cast

LENOX — Patrons of Shakespeare & Company's Tina Packer Playhouse are in for a surprise when they come to see WAM Theatre's staging of Lauren Gunderson's "Emilie: La Marquise Du Ch telet Defends Her Life Tonight."WAM artistic director …

Berkshire Business Outlook
Berkshire Business Outlook: Millennials in the Berkshires

How Generation Y is reshaping the way Berkshires does business.

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St. Joseph's Central High School
St. Joseph's Central High School: The Final Year

St. Joseph Central High School, the last remaining Catholic high school in Berkshire County, will close at the end of the school year in June. Gathered here is a collection of articles documenting the days leading up to the end.

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