Berkshires Week, the No. 1 arts and cultural magazine that has run for more than 50 years in The Eagle, will go year-round as a standalone publication. In addition, it will expand its coverage to include The Shires of Vermont -- the Bennington and Manchester area -- starting with today’s edition.

To unite the region’s four seasons of culture and recreation, "Berkshires Week and The Shires of Vermont" will be published Thursdays in The Berkshire Eagle, Bennington Banner, and Manchester Journal. Berkshires Week and The Shires of Vermont also will serve up updates and news online at benningtonbanner.com, berkshireeagle.com, manchesterjournal.com and berkshiresweek.com.

For decades, Berkshires Week by itself has been the most sought-after source for residents and visitors alike when it comes to the arts, culture, theater and entertainment news and calendar listings. Since the Routes 7 and 8 corridors in Southern Vermont and the Berkshires shares a cultural and recreational synergy, Berkshires Week and The Shires of Vermont aims to unite its cultural and recreational happenings in one source.

Writers and editors who have long covered the area in The Eagle, Banner and Journal will bring their expert coverage to these pages.

One can find Berkshires Week and The Shires of Vermont online at berkshiresweek.com or at berkshireeagle.com, with new events posted every day. On Twitter, it’s at @berkshiresweek and on http://tinyurl.com/BerkshiresVermont.

To learn more about sending your news and calendar items, turn to Page 3 of the Berkshires Week and The Shires of Vermont section.