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
Taconic High Principal Vosburgh picked as superintendent for Adams-Cheshire CHESHIRE — The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is getting a rookie superintendent.The school committee Tuesday night agreed to hire Taconic High School Principal John Vosburgh to …
1Berkshire cancels Creative Resources Conference DALTON — Thursday's much-anticipated third Creative Resources Conference, hosted by 1Berkshire, has been canceled.The decision was made late Monday morning.The event needs about 75 to 125 …
In Egremont, residents 'want the future', but broadband access presently has problems EGREMONT — One year after negotiations began with Charter Communications to provide townwide broadband internet service, the conversation has stalled.But Lt. Gov. Karen Polito thinks the state …
Monument Girls Write On event Friday in West Stockbridge WEST STOCKBRIDGE — The work of 10 female Monument Mountain Regional High School student writers will be featured Friday at the sixth Monument Girls Write On performance.Write On started as part …
Sheffield Planning Board OKs Ustico construction application; some residents petition SHEFFIELD — The Planning Board recently awarded a special permit to run a construction business in a largely residential area — and neighbors aren't happy about it.On April 4, Planning …
Podcast | Don Morrison Commentary: The Lost Secret of the Incas In this week's podcast, Don Morrison checks Machu Picchu off his bucket lists and shares some of the things he learned while visiting Peru. About this Podcast: Don Morrison is an author, lecturer, …
Top Sport Stories
Pittsfield boys lacrosse team falls to Mount Anthony

BENNINGTON — It has been a season of streaks for the Pittsfield boys lacrosse team. Unfortunately for the Generals, their current streak is a losing one.After rattling off three wins in a row, …

Opinion
Our Opinion: On taxes, Democrats must go far beyond opposition

Last Saturday, First District U.S. Representative Richard Neal of Springfield, who represents the Berkshires in Congress, delivered the Democratic response to President Trump's weekly radio address. …

Maintain momentum on opioid addiction

Our Opinion: Tragedy doesn't make case for death penalty

Columnists
Judy Waters: Influence of Coolidge, Rockwell resonate in Berkshires today

FITCHBURG — Pittsfield and Berkshire history has often been influenced, sometimes unpredictably, by the artists and musicians who lived locally.During the Great Depression many in Pittsfield …

Ruth Bass: The Fenway mystique has extra magic this season - so far

Clarence Fanto: Bulldog that he is, Giuliani could be Trump's ace in the hole

Letters
Letter: Bring experience, dedication to Williamstown Planning Board

To the editor:I am hoping for your support on May 8 for the 5-year seat on Williamstown Planning Board so I'd like to share a few thoughts with you.I care about our community and I believe I can be …

Letter: The argument for return to Sheffield Select Board

Letter: Lost reverence for life devalues all lives

Ode to impeachment

Letter: Don't use CPA money on a BCC turf field

State House News
Husband of ex-Senate leader pleads not guilty to sex charges

BOSTON — The estranged husband of former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg looks forward to defending himself in court after pleading not guilty Tuesday to …

Selection of offshore wind providers delayed 1 month

Garden of peace bill returned to Legislature

National Headlines
Documents: Manafort interviewed twice by FBI before joining Trump campaign

WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was interviewed by the FBI twice while he was working as a political consultant for a Ukrainian political party — several years …

Bernie Sanders to unveil employment plan

NASA baffled by mysterious ice circles in the Arctic

Local News
A cigarette butt in mulch 'likely' caused small fire at Mobil Xtra Mart in Great Barrington GREAT BARRINGTON — Firefighters quickly doused a small surface fire Tuesday outside the Mobil Xtra Mart on South Main Street.Town Fire Chief Charles Burger said a smoldering cigarette flicked …
Taconic High School project on time and under budget PITTSFIELD — The new Taconic High School building is progressing on time and under budget, construction managers said Monday. The building is scheduled for July 1 completion, and movers will …
Berkshire Place launching $4M senior housing project PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Place plans to reroot itself on South Street with a $4 million restoration of its historic former digs.Allegrone Companies is designing and developing the project, which …
Advanced Learning Seminar promises deep dives on diverse topics, from swearing to eclipses to Russian corruption PITTSFIELD — Four speakers are offering a crash course in an eclectic array of topics from the psychology of swearing to a history of dwarfs in Europe's royal court at the One Day Advanced …
Adams-Cheshire School Committee opts against sharing superintendent with North Adams CHESHIRE — The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee has, for now, kicked aside the concept of a shared superintendent, paving the way for the district hiring its own school boss.By a 6-0 …
Community News
Pittsfield: City hosting Arbor Day event The Department of Community Development's Parks and Recreation Program will host a community Arbor Day celebration at noon Friday, April 27, at Wellesley Park, 50 Wellesley St.The public is invited …
Sheffield: Mount Everett plans pep rally The community is invited to Spring Fling, the Mount Everett High School pep rally, at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Town Park. The event features music by Berkshire Bateria and the Mount Everett …
West Stockbridge: Young women writers to showcase works The West Stockbridge Historical Society is sponsoring the sixth annual "Monument Girls Write On" event at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Old Town Hall, upstairs in the auditorium.Ten young female …
Williamstown: Chorale announces concert program The Northern Berkshire Chorale will present a concert of choral music under the direction of Noah Palmer at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Thompson Chapel on the Williams College campus. The concert …
Dalton: Library Friends plan book sale The Friends of the Dalton Free Public Library will be holding a used book sale from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the library, 462 Main St.The sale …
Berkshire Landscapes
A portrait of a second act SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — Performers Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas have a history in construction. In Wilmington, N.C., the couple transformed an automotive garage into the 50-seat Red Barn Studio …
Canty seeks to find discovery once more NORTHAMPTON — In February 2015, San Francisco Chronicle pop music critic Aidin Vaziri declared that singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty was "ready to be discovered" following the release of her …
Berkshire School student reaches finals of NEA's Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge SHEFFIELD — Though his parents live in New York City, Berkshire School senior Tucker Donelan doesn't attend ballyhooed Broadway musicals much."I'm not going to go see 'Chicago,'" the …
The Arts
A pioneer of photorealism visits North Adams NORTH ADAMS — If you attend the April 28 artist reception for "Tom Blackwell: Motorcycles and Mannequins" at The Artist Book Foundation's Louis and Susan Meisel Gallery, don't ask the …
Exhibit forces you to see yourself in America's story of race, violence NORTH ADAMS — The names comes fast and too regularly, they seem to blur together. Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray. Even before we catch up another appears — last …
Music
Post-punk band Ganser: Lanesborough native part of group that isn't afraid to ramp up the anxiety Lanesborough native Nadia Garofalo wasn't a stand-out music student as a child."I think it was really frustrating for me and the music teacher," she said of trying to learn guitar during elementary …
Lifestyles
Breakfast for dinner: A 'risque' delight Sometimes, at the end of the day, you just have a hankerin' for breakfast. Kathy Portolano, owner of Papa Pete's Diner on Vt. Route 9 in Bennington's east end — which is known for its 14-inch …
Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Where have all the pigeons gone? Q There are no more pigeons in downtown Pittsfield. Where did they all go? I have been in business on North Street for 44 years and have not seen any for the last several years. I saw one single …
Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Friday is Arbor Day - plant or hug a tree! This coming Friday is Arbor Day, a day dedicated to trees. Some will celebrate the day by participating in a community project, such as a commemorative tree planting, while others will demonstrate …
State News

Martha Stewart's studio props up for auction

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — The pots and pans that once appeared on home decor and food expert Martha Stewart's television shows may soon find a place in someone's home.The Salem News reports that …

Driver in crash that killed 6-year-old girl gets probation

EAST BROOKFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Connecticut man involved in a crash in Massachusetts that resulted in the death of a 6-year-old girl has been sentenced to three years of probation.The Telegram …

14 ACC players who could break out during fall camp

A look at football players in the Atlantic Coast Conference this spring who are poised to break out this fall:ATLANTIC DIVISIONBOSTON COLLEGEELIJAH ROBINSON, WR, Sr. — Robinson had two long …

Get a grip: Company trying to revolutionize baseball bats

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Players have been altering bats for decades in a bid to improve their grip — adding pine-tar or some specialized grip tape, maybe shaving the handle slightly to …

Established ACC QBs face challenges during spring practice

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — This spring was a busy one around the Atlantic Coast Conference — especially for the returning quarterbacks who won division titles last season.In a conference in …

National News

AP, other media seek access to records in Mueller probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press and other news organizations are asking a judge to unseal records in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.The media coalition argued in …

The charges against Bill Cosby and the sentences they carry

A jury is deliberating the fate of Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges. The jury began its work Wednesday, about two weeks after the retrial started outside Philadelphia.A look at the charges, and …

Postponement talk raised for Nobel Literature Prize

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish Academy's permanent secretary has indicated that the recent crisis within the body that hands out the coveted Nobel Prize in Literature, may mean …

Germans don skullcaps to protest anti-Semitism

BERLIN (AP) — Germans of various faiths donned Jewish skullcaps and took to the streets Wednesday in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and express fears about growing …

The Latest: UN warns of surge in attacks on Syrian civilians

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):7 p.m.The U.N.'s deputy humanitarian chief says attacks on civilians in Syria and their homes, schools and health facilities …

World News

AP, other media seek access to records in Mueller probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press and other news organizations are asking a judge to unseal records in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.The media coalition argued in …

The charges against Bill Cosby and the sentences they carry

A jury is deliberating the fate of Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges. The jury began its work Wednesday, about two weeks after the retrial started outside Philadelphia.A look at the charges, and …

Postponement talk raised for Nobel Literature Prize

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish Academy's permanent secretary has indicated that the recent crisis within the body that hands out the coveted Nobel Prize in Literature, may mean …

Germans don skullcaps to protest anti-Semitism

BERLIN (AP) — Germans of various faiths donned Jewish skullcaps and took to the streets Wednesday in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and express fears about growing …

The Latest: UN warns of surge in attacks on Syrian civilians

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):7 p.m.The U.N.'s deputy humanitarian chief says attacks on civilians in Syria and their homes, schools and health facilities …

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Berkshire Business Outlook: A diverse economy, geared for the future

The Berkshire economy is changing. The pace of the transition has often been frustrating, especially considering the economic boom at the other end of the state. But it looks like there is new light …

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