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Early quarantines foreshadowed a growing threat in the Berkshires

Throughout the Berkshires, it began with a foreshadowing. Trips abroad forced a few people into 14-day quarantines. More houses locked down, one by one. Then invisibly, everything changed. …

Because of pandemic, Northern Berkshire budgets back to drawing board WILLIAMSTOWN — Sitting on a barstool at his kitchen island surrounded by a cellphone, two laptops, an iPad and a cat named Sabrina, Williamstown Town Manager Jason Hoch described the new normal …
The week that was: Stories from the coronavirus saga The world changed remarkably this past week — yet again, just as it did the week before, as the coronavirus marched across the world. No corner of the planet was safe, it seemed: If the virus …
Baker stresses blood donation needs amid outbreak BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker made an appeal Saturday for Massachusetts residents to donate blood, calling it a way to save lives as the state strives to prevent its health care system from …
Cannabis shops aid in resupply of hand sanitizer PITTSFIELD — Two Berkshire County marijuana dispensaries are involved in a partnership between two state agencies that has asked cannabis-related businesses to make hand sanitizer that will be …
The Rest of River Cleanup Settlement

Visit our Rest of River Cleanup page, covering the planned burial of toxic Housatonic River sediment in Berkshire County dump sites.

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When Nima Amraa returned to the Gaza Strip from neighboring Egypt earlier this month, she was surprised to learn she was being placed in a makeshift quarantine …
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Early quarantines foreshadowed a growing threat in the Berkshires Throughout the Berkshires, it began with a foreshadowing. Trips abroad forced a few people into 14-day quarantines. More houses locked down, one by one. Then invisibly, everything changed. …
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After 39-year run, couple seeks to sell Paperdilly in Lee

LEE — After successfully riding out four decades of a roller-coaster economy, and surviving a near-crippling car-pedestrian accident, Doug Wilcox is eager to retire and vacate the thriving …

Lee firm helps in fight against coronavirus

LEE — Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing has been chosen by a private company to help develop a medication to combat the effects of the new coronavirus. The proposed serum that BSM will help …

Social distancing guts Berkshire hospitality industry

The county's hospitality industry is taking a severe hit from the coronavirus pandemic, with a sharp decline in reservations and hundreds of layoffs, with many more anticipated. "The impact is …

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Stop the hop: Workers average 2.3 jobs in a 5-year span

PITTSFIELD — Never before have workers in the United States had so many occupational options. It’s a boon for job seekers, but a bane for employers. Job-hopping (yep, that’s a …

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Ruth Bass: Jigsaw puzzling absorbs many hours for stay-at-homes RICHMOND — One of the bones of contention in my family concerns jigsaw puzzles. Several close relatives insist that a puzzler must start with the outside edge. Their vehemence implies that some …
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Mike Walsh | Powder Report: Going for a shred along with Jiminy Peak ski patrol
There was a moment a couple months ago, I was interviewing former Team USA skier Ryan Riley at Dottie's in Pittsfield and he said … Read More
Gene Chague | Berkshire Woods and Waters: Alice Christman, a very special angler
A couple of weeks ago, I featured the MassWildlife Gold Pin and Angler of the Year Awards. You may remember that picture of … Read More
Howard Herman | Designated Hitter: Drury's Vidal seizes moment at glory
AMHERST — Twelve months ago, Keeghan Vidal was watching basketball in the Curry Hicks Cage. Saturday, he got to celebrate as a … Read More
Geoff Smith | From the Baseline: McGuire puts himself in WMass basketball lore with finals performance
The perks of being a sportswriter are plentiful, but high up on that list is getting the chance for a front-row view of history as it … Read More
Lauren R. Stevens | Hikes and Walks: Forging and sharing tracks at Mountain Meadow Preserve
Deer, dogs, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, walkers, all-terrain vehicles — lots of tracks appear on the snow-covered trails … Read More
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Yes, your local farm is still open Farmers Ashley Amsden and Michael Gallagher had been floating the idea of adding home delivery of their pasture-raised chicken, beef, pork and eggs as an option for customers of their Lanesborough "for a while." The husband-and-wife team, who own Square Roots Farm, were waiting for the right time to launch the service.
Quarantine tips: 5 places you should clean, organize in your home PITTSFIELD — Like many of us, Melissa Garcia, of Fresh Start in Pittsfield, is currently in place at home. Garcia, who started cleaning residential homes in 2008 and officially started her …

What we're (finally) reading: Time for classics and epics

"Moby Dick." "Middlemarch." "Ulysses." "Infinite Jest." "Crime and Punishment." For many, such books have been read grudgingly, because there was a grade riding on it, and completion of the …

Quarantine cooking: Dress up that pantry pasta with delicious sauces After taking stock of your pantry, you may find you've got a few too many boxes of dry pasta. (Or, at least that's what we're guessing given the many empty shelves of pasta we've been seeing at area …
John Seven | Viewer's Discretion: Film on 1970s hostage situation relies on real news footage 'DEAD MAN'S LINE' (TOPIC) Enraged white men with guns seem like a cultural norm at this point, but back in 1977 when Tony Kiritsis took Indianapolis banker Richard Hall hostage by wiring a shotgun to …
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