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At Northeast summit in Pittsfield, Boys & Girls Club offers kids a digital defense playbook

PITTSFIELD — Keely Baker of the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires was surprised to learn that many children are adding strangers on social media. Dan Joslyn, program director for the city …

Officials talk school busing costs GREAT BARRINGTON — The high cost of busing students and insufficient state help are weakening schools and undermining education, officials say. For more than a decade, educators have bemoaned …
Lessons on paid leave offered PITTSFIELD — The state's new Paid Family Medical Leave program doesn't begin for another two years, but the first step in initiating the process starts July 1, and the county's state designated …
The Herbalist: Cannabis Culture in Western Massachusetts

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Deficiencies, abuses, impending closure at Sweet Brook nursing home Since summer of 2017, the Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has been cited by the state Department of Public Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services for a laundry list …
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Letter: Scare tactics on climate change To the editor:Franklin Delano Roosevelt said "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Well, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez certainly instilled a great deal of fear in children when she said …
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Our Opinion: A teaching moment in Lenox school

The anguished response in Lenox to the use of a gender-insensitive word in a middle school play speaks well of the community. This incident can certainly be used as an educational moment, but we hope …

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After depression and grief, Paul Graubard's paintings, collages celebrate the light LENOX — Paul Graubard has endured enough darkness in his life. Art provides him with an opportunity to revel in the light."I laugh a lot at my own paintings," Graubard said at his home studio …
Conversations lead to deeper connections between descendants When Bonney Hartley, tribal historic preservation officer for the Stockbridge-Munsee Band, watches archeologists scrape back aged earth, something special - and emotional - happens: The centuries, …
Shaping the exhibition Follow Leslie Ferrin on social media and you'll notice that she rarely sits still. One day, she's sharing images of new ceramic works at gallery openings in New York City. The next day, she might be …

The story of one-man's resistance

PITTSFIELD — "Deru kugi wa utareru," the Japanese proverb goes. It warns that the nail sticking out is the one that gets hit. In "Hold These Truths," Gordon Hirabayashi hears this saying early …

May is for morels

"If I told you, I'd have to kill you!" is a common tongue-in-cheek answer that a successful morel mushroom forager will give you if you ask where they found their harvest of these delicious, elusive …

'Gardens of Delight' isn't just about splendor SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — In Otto Marseus van Schrieck's "Still-Life with Insects and Amphibians," the forest floor is in a state of upheaval. Snakes coil, bearing tongues and teeth. A mushroom …
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