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.
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Pittsfield softball team downed by Wachusett in MIAA Division I state semifinals

WORCESTER — The Pittsfield softball team's magical season came to an end at the hands of a team enjoying its own fairy tale run. Central Massachusetts champion Wachusett used its high-powered …

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Up to 3 years for Conn. man caught with heroin in Great Barrington PITTSFIELD — A Connecticut man caught with 40 bags of heroin has been sentenced to three years in prison — which he began serving in tandem with a sentence on similar charges in his home …
Savoy, Florida back wireless route to last-mile internet SAVOY — Two Berkshires communities bringing up the rear on last-mile internet access have picked a business partner — one that would not cost local taxpayers a dime. Now, Florida and …
Men's group forms in North Adams to counter problem of domestic violence NORTH ADAMS — Advocates hope that a newly formed men's group will fill a gap in domestic violence prevention programs in North Adams.The group has held its first meeting and will gather again …
NYU students redesign Monument Mountain High School to fit education's future GREAT BARRINGTON — There the high school sits, dark and sometimes leaking, with "retirement home curtains" shut to insulate the single-pane windows — at least in winter.The Monument …
After plans near Housatonic St. nixed, developers still seeking solar project site in Lenox LENOX — Even though prospects for a major $10 million commercial solar farm in town have dimmed, the developers still hope to find a new site for their proposed seven-megawatt project.A plan by …
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Pittsfield: BCC recognizes nursing graduates PITTSFIELD — The 49th pinning ceremony of Berkshire Community College's associate degree in nursing program was celebrated May 22 in the College's Robert Boland Theatre in the Koussevitzky Arts …
College Graduates Hollie M. Brown, daughter of Peter and Denise Brown of Pittsfield, graduated May 20 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Framingham State University. Brown earned dean's list and …
Births Berkshire Medical CenterMatthew Williamson and Stephanie Soto of Pittsfield, a son, Alexander, June 11.Michael and Danielle Giulian of Pittsfield, a son, Ashton David, June 14.Adam DiGennaro and …
Pittsfield: Third Thursdays celebrates health Upstreet Pittsfield's award-winning street festival, Third Thursdays, will celebrate health from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, with a dance party with Jacob's Pillow, a road race, and free Zumba and …
New Ashford: Town-wide tag sale slated Saturday A town-wide tag sale sponsored by the Council on Aging will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Town Hall on Mallery Road.Participating families must provide their own …
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'Love affair' between dance Royal Danish Ballet and Jacob's Pillow BECKET — In the summer of 1954, in the middle of his international dance festival, Ted Shawn was staying up nights and sending long-distance cables.Just before the curtain of his next …
Ani DiFranco rises up, like she always has GREAT BARRINGTON — Ani DiFranco is on deadline.The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, activist and feminist has a memoir coming out next year, but she owes a draft much sooner than …
We asked Andy Grammer: What's your favorite song? Andy Grammer makes music for sunny days. The 34-year-old pop musician has long been comfortable singing upbeat tunes, including his hits "Keep Your Head Up" and "Honey, I'm Good." His latest album, …
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'Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900': A quiet, yet powerful, revolution The woman leans on the wooden table, as a thin curl of smoke escapes from her lips. She rests her chin in one hand, as she gazes off the canvas into the distance. She holds a cigarette in her other …
SculptureNow: An appreciation of art in nature Edith Wharton had a high appreciation for art and was quite knowledgeable, according to Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount. But what would she think of these sculptures dotting the …
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Cabaret act, "My Kinda Sixties," is no drag for Charles Busch PITTSFIELD — Longtime drag actor Charles Busch is in the midst of a creative reinvention."For the past six years, I've had this new chapter of my life as a cabaret entertainer, and I've just …
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In the kitchen (in Vermont) with Gesine Prado Gesine Prado might be a star on the Food Network with her popular cooking show, "Baked in Vermont," but she is most at home on her Green Mountain State farm, cooking and baking up a storm for …
Great brew gifts for Dad With Father's Day looming this weekend, you may need help finding the gift pack of brews that are sure to be a perfect gift for Dad every beer-loving dad.All dads' tastes in beer are different. It …
Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Protect your garden from unwanted pests Bug off! No, not you! I am referring to the bugs, or more accurately, the insect pests that are beginning to bug me. Among these are the tiny flea beetles chewing holes in leaves of my radishes, the …
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Deal struck on family leave, sales tax, $15 minimum wage

BOSTON (AP) — A compromise has emerged at the Statehouse that could keep three potential questions off the Massachusetts ballot in November.A House panel is voting Wednesday on a bill that …

Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan pick Gawande to lead health firm

Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway have picked well-known author and Harvard professor Dr. Atul Gawande to transform the health care they give their employees.The three corporate titans …

Man who set up wife's killing must serve life sentence

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — The conviction of a New York man accused of setting up the fatal shooting of his wife while they walked with one of their young sons has been upheld by an appellate …

Man awarded $18.4 million in lawsuit over canceled HIV test

BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $18.4 million in damages to a man who said in a lawsuit that two doctors failed to test him for HIV, which allowed the virus to progress to AIDS.The …

Prosecutor: Suspect in kidnap attempt a convicted rapist

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a man charged with trying to abduct a woman jogging along a Massachusetts street last weekend has previously been convicted of rape.Not guilty pleas to charges …

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APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in 'tender age' shelters

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three "tender age" shelters in South …

PayPal move blocks sales of school shooting video game

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The developer of a school shooting video game condemned by parents of slain children has lost the ability to sell its products online after being dumped by PayPal.Acid …

EU to tax Harleys, peanut butter and other US goods from Fri

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will start taxing on Friday a range of imports from the U.S., including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bikes and cranberries, in …

Suit dismissed over faulty gun check before church shooting

A judge dismissed a lawsuit against the FBI for a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a South Carolina church.But U.S. …

FDA reconsiders added sugar label for maple syrup, honey

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering its plan to label pure maple syrup and honey as containing added sugars.Maple syrup producers had rallied against …

World News

APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in 'tender age' shelters

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three "tender age" shelters in South …

PayPal move blocks sales of school shooting video game

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The developer of a school shooting video game condemned by parents of slain children has lost the ability to sell its products online after being dumped by PayPal.Acid …

EU to tax Harleys, peanut butter and other US goods from Fri

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will start taxing on Friday a range of imports from the U.S., including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bikes and cranberries, in …

Suit dismissed over faulty gun check before church shooting

A judge dismissed a lawsuit against the FBI for a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a South Carolina church.But U.S. …

Fed chair signals gradual rate hikes in tame inflation era

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Federal Reserve will likely keep raising short-term interest rates at only a gradual pace, Fed chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday, partly because there are few …

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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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