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9 takeaways from this week's Rest of River cleanup meetings

Some questions about the Rest of River deal floated to the top this week, during a series of public meetings. Under the agreement signed this month, General Electric Co. will remove PCBs from the …

Rest of River dealmakers face waves of frustration over PCB landfill LEE — A panel of Berkshire leaders and their environmental partners struggled to defuse the ire of a community angry about a PCB landfill planned for Lee.
Where to celebrate women's rights centennial this year On June 4, 1919, Congress granted women the right to vote, a bittersweet moment for many who had fought for equality for decades. To commemorate the centennial of the ratification in 1920, enshrined …
The Rev. Timothy Weisman to leave Zion Lutheran Church after nearly 9 years PITTSFIELD — The Rev. Timothy Weisman has spent nearly nine years helping his congregation reconnect with the community.
The Rest of River Cleanup Settlement

The U.S. government now agrees to allow local burial of toxic Housatonic River sediment, sparing the General Electric Co. the high cost of shipping it all out of Massachusetts as part of a long-awaited cleanup.

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Gene Chague | Berkshire Woods and Waters: Berkshires waters yield an Angler of the Year in 2019
Each year, MassWildlife recognizes anglers who catch exceptional freshwater fish in waters open to the public. If you submit the … Read More
Mike Walsh | Powder Report: Getting the lowdown on the 'Ski Bum-dle' and seeing what the CBD fuss is all about
On my 18th birthday I was working waiting tables at a breakfast joint in my hometown. My slightly older, slightly cooler co-worker, … Read More
Howard Herman | Designated Hitter: Thoughts on Astros explanations, Garnett's enshrinement and a pair of former Pittsfield Suns
Things I think about while waiting for the coffee to brew and the bagel to toast — lightly, with lox, cream cheese, tomato and … Read More
Lauren R. Stevens | Hikes & Walks: Organized groups a good vehicle for exploring
Sometimes, maybe more often than not, you want company in the woods. Friends, of course, are good companions, but going out with an … Read More
Gene Chague | Berkshire Woods and Waters: Tavares lands big fish on Onota Lake
On Jan. 21, Ben Tavares of West Lebanon, N.Y. was ice fishing by himself on Onota Lake in Pittsfield. He was jigging for smelt using a … Read More
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Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of 1619 Project, will host Williams College lecture WILLIAMSTOWN — In 1619, 20 to 30 men and women and children walked onto the shore near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. They came from what is now Angola on the west coast of southern …
Open book with David Levering Lewis In honor of W. E.B. Du Bois and Black History Month, the Stockbridge Library is hosting a lecture with two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian and author David Levering Lewis. The author of …

Book Review: Filkins shows deep understanding of Adler's life

"H. G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds," by Peter Filkins, is a biography that remembers the life and writing of a man whose work and personal history are profound. Through a detailed, closely …

Community dinners a labor of love, service for Frank and Lynn LaRagione PITTSFIELD — When Frank and Lynn LaRagione met playing racquetball at the Pittsfield Family YMCA, little did the couple know they would be cooking for 150 people eight times a year for the next …
The Foundry: Happy one-year anniversary to a 'happening spot' WEST STOCKBRIDGE — Since first opening in March 2019, performing and visual arts space The Foundry has been busy with a full calendar of unique events. Events have included everything from …
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