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Shakespeare & Company aims to open summer drive-in cinema

LENOX — For the first time in 25 years, Berkshire County movie buffs may be able to revisit their past by attending a drive-in cinema, custom-designed for the coronavirus pandemic …

Berkshire Community College enrollment down 25%; $1M drop in state aid expected PITTSFIELD — Facing a steep drop in enrollment, Berkshire Community College has approved a budget that anticipates a decline of approximately $1 million in state aid.
Baby Animals exhibit opens at Hancock Shaker Village PITTSFIELD — After weeks of virtual visits with Hancock Shaker Village's newborns, the public finally will have a chance to visit with the baby animals — calves, lambs, goats and its …
The Checkup: Recovery by the numbers RECOVERY IS REAL: Recovered. Recovering. Dead. Those are the grim buckets into which new data from the state Department of Public Health can be placed. The department said Wednesday that of the 97,964 people confirmed to have COVID-19 in Massachusetts, more than 78,000 — about 79 percent — have recovered.
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Pittsfield steelworkers union hands out meals to those in need

PITTSFIELD — After Judy Toomey explained why she was setting up a drive-thru in the parking lot next to Walmart and Home Depot, a man handed her a $100 bill.

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Superheroes work and live here Here's to the few, the proud, the essential workers. Just about one-third (34 percent) of adults in the U.S. have been dubbed essential workers and have found themselves thrust into the surreal …
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Yankee Home Improvement improving much more than Berkshire roofs

PITTSFIELD — Just hazarding a guess, but you're probably spending a little more time at home lately. That's when you start to notice things around the house that need fixing or an upgrade: …

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Greylock Audiology offers balance, fall prevention, hearing help to Berkshires PITTSFIELD — No time is a good time to land in the hospital because of a broken hip. During a pandemic, it's probably the worst time to have ongoing problems with your balance, hearing and …
Local Sports Columnists
Geoff Smith | From the Baseline: Debate about rights for transgender athletes back in the news
There were a lot of sports stories this week that merited a look back, but I found one in particular that should have drawn a lot more … Read More
Howard Herman | Designated Hitter: A new revelation as the live sports absence grows longer
Having been in virtual lockdown since mid-March, I have discovered something interesting.I don't miss watching sports on … Read More
Jake Mendel | On Track: No regrets for Suriana Lee as she wraps up senior year
The winter sports season — COVID-19 aside — was an interesting experience for a second-year sports writer. The first year … Read More
Lauren R. Stevens | Hikes & Walks: A money trail to see Mount Prospect Overlook
Currently accepting nominations for the best views from Berkshire mountains. Let's put views that are structurally assisted, such as … Read More
Gene Chague | Berkshire Woods and Waters: Finally catching up with Jenny Hansell, executive director of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council
When Tad Ames, the last Executive Director of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) retired and was succeeded by Jenny … Read More
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Our Opinion: Military has no place on city streets

During the Obama administration, the baseless theory that the pro-gun control law president would send out the military to collect guns from private citizens frequently made the rounds. A harmless …

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Devanny-Condron thanks many volunteers for remembering the fallen PITTSFIELD — When John Bresnahan thinks of Memorial Day, one person immediately comes to mind: Ted Handerek. By the time he retired from his post in 1992, Handerek was the longest-serving …
Mitchell Chapman: Year 125: MCLA's anniversary lost PITTSFIELD — Leaders don't always show themselves in time of peace, but they do in times of great need. The coronavirus pandemic has seen many leaders step up, from Govs. Charlie Baker and …
Letters to the editor
Letter: What will county do to combat racism? To the editor: In the past week we have all witnessed tragic events across our country. Even as communities work to recover from COVID-19, we are now confronted with the aftershocks from the …
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Margaret Button: How old are these spices? Don't ask ...

Since this quarantine began some three months ago, I have tried to clean out closets, cupboards and drawers. The other day was my spice cabinet. I'm hoping it's just not me — other people …

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Renaissance Investment Group: Close client relations, context and comforting advice during a time of crisis LENOX — There's a pandemic on: Your family is safe; the cupboards are full; and you have enough fuel to keep your generator running for weeks. You're prepared for a catastrophe that's going to keep you at home for a while. But who's watching your investments?
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