Berkshire Museum: Art on the Block

The Berkshire Museum recently announced a $60 million plan for its future, largely supported by the sale of those works from its permanent collection, including a $40 million boost for its endowment and a $20 million renovation.
Local News
Counselor helps homeowners hold on

PITTSFIELD — Good news on the foreclosure front elsewhere in Massachusetts is pinching a Berkshire County program. Brad Gordon, executive director of the Berkshire County Regional Housing …

Coming soon: Fiber-optic debut in Mount Washington

MOUNT WASHINGTON — More than 14 months ago, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute gave this town $230,000, making it only the second "fiber to the home" broadband project to win state …

Clues released for Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Leaf Hunt

NORTH ADAMS — The annual Fall Foliage Leaf hunt, a traditional feature of Fall Foliage Festival Week, has returned after a hiatus of one year. It starts Saturday.There will be 20 colorful …

Summer heat, fall festivals

It's a dream come true for organizers of this weekend's two major fall festivals in the Berkshires — a rain-free, sun-splashed summery hot spell expected to tie or shatter records, just several …

Man gets 2.5 years after pleading guilty to drug charges

PITTSFIELD — A city man, found in a vehicle with about 2,000 bags of heroin during a 2016 traffic stop, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail following a guilty plea Monday.Derrick C. …

BerkshireWorks names new director

PITTSFIELD — The interim executive director at the BerkshireWorks Career Center is now the permanent one.Melanie Gelaznik, who has served as BerkshireWorks' program operations manager for 24 …

Top Sport Stories
Lee takes care of its business, beats Drury 55-0 in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — On an unseasonably warm late-September afternoon, the Lee football team treated its trek up the hill to Drury as a business trip.The Wildcats didn't use any flashy plays or …

Hoosac Valley football team blanks Westfield 26-0

Mount Greylock football team clobbers Belchertown 48-8

Hoosac Valley golf team remains unbeaten with 166-174 win over Lee

Local sports
Brother and sister team have an angel looking down in winning Mixed Scotch

The brother and sister team of Curt Foehl and Mace Foehl-Hemphill have made a habit of winning Mixed Scotch tournaments, but their most recent victory surely meant more than the others.A day after a …

Summer fisheries research wrapped up

Howard Herman: It truly is a Red Sox Nation

Fourth-ranked Williams women stave off upset bid by Little Three rival Amherst

Williams beats Colby 24-7, are 2-0 for the first time since 2010

Opinion
Our Opinion: Seeing our way clear to law on eye care

Seeing is believing, but one's vision can become cloudy when it comes to deciding whom to believe in the highly specialized world of eye care. Currently, Massachusetts is the only state in the …

Our Opinion: Latest GOP bill is more bad medicine

Our Opinion: Loss of program hurts refugees, city and Berkshires

Our Opinion: Violence against women is everyone's problem

Our Opinion: Collective will is key to opioid epidemic fight

Columnists
iPhone X: What do the techies say?

LENOX — Are you tired of reading about Apple's new iPhone X, priced at a thousand dollars (plus fees, taxes, etc.)?I am too, but bear with me. From all the air time, web space and column inches …

Edward Udel: Cherry-picking arguments of no benefit to students

Finding a little slice of paradise on the Puget Sound

Bernard A. Drew: Our Berkshires|Cluck, quack for the ambassador

Derek Gentile: To fully appreciate nurses' true worth, spend time in a hospital

Letters
Letter: Towle is best choice in 1st Berkshire race

To the editor:Very simply, as the late Rep. Gail Cariddi's legislative aide, Kevin Towle is clearly the best candidate to fill that seat. Like Gail, Kevin is an unswerving Democrat who believes in …

Letter: Stealth GOP effort to steal health care

Letter: Mishandled art sale compounds damage

Letter: GOP lies of Sept. 11 should anger us today

Letter: Help put Citizens United on Massachusetts ballot

World News
Local News

BMC registered nurses set October strike date

PITTSFIELD — Registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center will go on strike Oct. 3, taking a yearlong contract dispute to a new level and matching the activism displayed this summer at two …

Rep. Farley-Bouvier backs Berkshire Museum board, calls for civil debate

PITTSFIELD — The city's state representative said Friday she backs both the Berkshire Museum's planned art sale and the people who shaped it. "I stand firmly with the board of the Berkshire …

Winners named in Adams Fire Department fundraiser

ADAMS — A falling golf ball put $1,000 in Mark Simonetti's pocket. In the second year of a fundraiser, the Alert Hose Co. held a "golf ball drop" recently at the Mills Street Field in Adams. …

Taking the high (heel) road: 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' raises funds for Freeman Center

PITTSFIELD — Sometimes being macho means taking a stand against domestic violence, and walking a mile in heels. And that's exactly what Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn did on Thursday …

Pittsfield mayor seeks $580,000 for LTI Smart Glass growth

PITTSFIELD — Mayor Linda Tyer is seeking $580,000 from the Pittsfield Economic Development Fund to help LTI Smart Glass expand its business. The Committee on Community and Economic Development …
Berkshire Landscapes

Big pop-music names coming to the Berkshires

After a summer filled with mainstream rockers and musical icons storming stages throughout the Berkshires, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center's fall slate promises to keep the county's pop music …

Capital Repertory Theatre: 'Sex with Strangers' deals with contemporary issues

ALBANY, N.Y. — Jenny Strassburg is an actress who is not ready to fall into a niche. Her resume is filled with examples of her portraying strong, female characters. However, this week she …

Two FreshGrass luthiers have a short trip to Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — As FreshGrass music festivalgoers wander the grounds of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this weekend, they may happen upon a man resetting a neck — a guitar's neck, that is.Steve Sauve has been repairing guitars …
The Arts

A closer look at what's on gallery walls this fall

With the work of some big names (Picasso, Warhol, Frankenthaler) on display, an historic expansion to one of its foremost institutions and a major controversy, the Berkshires art world provided …

WCMA launches a cosmic experience

WILLIAMSTOWN — In simple terms, one might say Williams College Visiting Professor Barbara Takenaga's work is out of this world.On a more complex level, Takenaga's work calls forth echoes of galaxies, exploding stars and dazzling orbs, which …

WCMA: Bringing a room back to light

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams College Museum of Art has recovered a vanished room.It feels like a mythical medieval place, with a floor of handmade tiles, dark plaster walls, oak beams and diamond-paned windows with inset stained glass. It was …
Music

Classical music fall preview: A solid season with surprises

Easily the strangest program in the Berkshires' fall classical-music season comes from The Orchestra Now, which travels from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., to Bard's Simon's Rock campus …

Andrew Pincus: Sunday afternoon at South Mountain, even the ugly was beautiful

PITTSFIELD — It was just one of many breathtaking moments in the Calidore String Quartet's South Mountain debut concert Sunday afternoon, but it told the story: These players know how to get at the inner essence — the heart and soul …
Lifestyles

Fairview Gala Gleams with Gold

GREAT BARRINGTON — There's nothing better than spending an evening with people who care for and about people. Their compassion, drive and support of the community is a marked example of …

Opioid problem cutting into U.S. life expectancy

Prosecutors in New York announced this week that an August drug raid yielded 140 pounds of fentanyl, the most in the city's history and enough to kill 32 million people, they told New York 4.Those …

New cookbook: Make your own sausage

"Laws are like sausages — it is better not to see them being made," according to Otto von Bismarck, a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890. Not so, and the newly published 4th …
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National News
Cannabis Road
THE CANNABIS ROAD

Larry Parnass, investigations editor for The Berkshire Eagle, spent a little over a week in Colorado reporting on that state’s experience with medical and recreational marijuana. With …

Berkshire Museum: Art on the Block

The Berkshire Museum recently announced a $60 million plan for its future, largely supported by the sale of those works from its permanent collection, including a $40 million boost for its endowment and a $20 million renovation.

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