County Fare: Berkshires has key roles in TV shows

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The Berkshires has a lot to celebrate in the world of television this week.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Boston/ New England announced Tuesday that "New England Legends: The Spooky Berkshires," independently created and produced by paranormal author and legend hunter Jeff Belanger and PBS producer and director Tony Dunne, has been nominated for an Emmy award under the category of "Magazine Program/Special."

The program was produced in 2013 for a series called "New England Legends," and aired on PBS and local affiliate WGBY last Halloween.

The episode explores the tragic history and active haunts of the Houghton Mansion in North Adams. The investigators then trek up through October Mountain State Forest to delve into the stories of Bigfoot sightings, UFOs, and the ghost of a young girl said to haunt an ancient cemetery in the woods.

Some familiar faces can be spotted in the episode, including The Eagle's own online editor Jen Huberdeau; Joe Durwin, iBerkshires.com correspondent and writer of the blog "These Mysterious Hills" and local historian, Paul Marino. All three have researched and written about the area's hauntings.

"This Emmy nomination is a huge honor, and is such a sweet reward for all of our hard work and sacrifice," said Dunne in a written statement.

Belanger credited director of photography Nate Buynicki and composer John Judd for helping create a spooky show. "We know we're clearly the underdog," Belanger said of the nomination, "so we're soaking in this moment all we can!"

This is Dunne's fourth Emmy nomination and Belanger's first. For more information on their series, visit ournewenglandlegends.com

The Boston/New England Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievements in broadcasting by conferring annual awards of merit in the chapter's designated award region. Winners will be announced at the 37th Emmy Awards on Saturday, June 7, in Boston. For more information on the awards, visit newenglandemmy.org.

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Tonight's episode of "Jeopardy!" will feature a category titled "The Art of Norman Rockwell Museum." The category of the popular, nationally syndicated TV game show will include clues that were filmed in the museum's galleries last December. Additional segments filmed at the museum in Stockbridge by the "Jeopardy!" Clue Crew, will air in the coming months. Check your local listings for air times. For more information on the show, visit jeopardy.com.

Tonight's episode of "Jeopardy!" will feature a category titled "The Art of Norman Rockwell Museum." The category of the popular, nationally syndicated TV game show will include clues that were filmed in the museum's galleries last December. Additional segments filmed at the museum in Stockbridge by the "Jeopardy!" Clue Crew, will air in the coming months. Check your local listings for air times. For more information on the show, visit jeopardy.com.

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Two Sheffield brothers were featured on the April 9 broadcast of "American Pickers," the History Channel's antiquing reality show during which pros scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns.

The episode, titled "Frank's Holy Grail," was filmed last year, and features the show's Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe as they pay a visit to Gregg and Mark Massini of the Massini Bus Co. A teaser on the show's website says, "Scouring a mind-blowing collection of vintage petroliana in Massachusetts, Frank breaks a sweat and the bank when he uncovers the holy grail of oilcans."

The collection was started by Henry Massini, the late father of Gregg and Mark.

The "holy grail" turned out to be a 1908 Harley-Davidson oil can that which Fritz immediately offered $2,000 for. The Massinis finally gave it up for an astounding $3,500.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.


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