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Sewers, streets among Pittsfield priorities

PITTSFIELD — The bulk of the city's potential capital projects next year are centered on wastewater and improving its streets, with beefed up lighting and road upgrades.City Finance Director Matthew Kerwood presented a five year capital …

Middle-mile users will not lose Internet: Judge orders operator to continue operations

Operation of the state's "middle mile" fiber-optic network is assured for another two weeks, amid a month-old bankruptcy filing and a legal battle as old as the $90 million system itself.For the second time in three years, the Massachusetts …

Theater co-founder Gillian Seidl struck, killed in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD — The co-founder of a local theater company was killed Monday evening when she was struck by a pickup truck while crossing Route 7, according to town police.Gillian Seidl, 78, of Sheffield, was on her way to the Bushnell-Sage Library …

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High school roundup: Wahconah boys lacrosse defeats PHS

DALTON — Dart Jaggi, Wyatt Schleicher and Connor Washburn combined for 10 goals as Wahconah rolled to a 15-1 win over Pittsfield on Tuesday night. Jaggi scored four times while Schleicher and Washburn had three each."Our face-off guys, Dayton …

Lee boys lacrosse picks up 17-4 win over Taconic

Little Big Man: Celtics' Thomas finding stride after tragedy

Jimmie Johnson grabs rare Bristol win after Larson mishap

Local sports
High school track and field roundup: Pittsfield, Drury compete at Mount Anthony

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Pittsfield boys track team had multiple first-place finishes on Tuesday at Mount Anthony.Grady Pedersen won three individual events for the Generals, taking first in the 110-meter hurdles (16.40 seconds), the high jump (5 …

Sibley, Lenox softball top Lee 13-0

Local lacrosse and tennis roundup: Mount Greylock boys lax holds off Mount Anthony

Local baseball and softball roundup: Mount Everett softball tops Taconic

Taconic baseball remains undefeated with 8-0 win over Mount Greylock

Opinion
Our Opinion: FERC must be heard from on pipeline concerns

The Tennessee Gas Company is moving quickly in Otis State Forest but not so the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) when it comes to answering questions about the natural gas pipeline construction process there. Before any trees come down, …

Our Opinion: Scandal fades, but corruption fight continues

Our Opinion: Move forward on Chapter 90 compromise

Our Opinion: Towns draw lines on immigration overreach by feds

Our Opinion: Marching for science on Earth Day

Columnists
Conference fuels ideas, energy for local Habitat for Humanity

Local leaders from Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity put the Berkshires' work on an international stage last month when they attended the Habitat for Humanity 2017 Global Conference held in Atlanta.The delegation included Central Berkshire …

Francis Moriarty: Reflections of a St. Joe almost-grad

John Seven: Where initiative meets opportunity, you find community advancement

Barrett Young: Trump leading US deeper into quagmire

Clarence Fanto | Early signs that Trump is having a negative effect on tourism

Letters
Letter: Forward-thinking Hoyt is right for Adams

To the editor:I am writing to express my support for Christine Hoyt to be the next Selectman for the town of Adams.I have known Christine for nearly 10 years and I have found her to be a thoughtful, transparent, caring, and unique individual who …

Letter: Vote 'yes' in Sheffield on aviation facility bylaw

Letter: We can't let Trump wreck our democracy

Letter: Hoyt has demonstrated dedication to Adams

Letter: Ignore Coulter, don't boost her career

Entertainment
Richter retrospective opens in Prague

PRAGUE — German artist Gerhard Richter, whose paintings have sold at record prices, has opened his retrospective exhibition at Prague's National Gallery.The gallery has put on display almost 80 works by Richter, one of the most influential …

The truth will out, O'Reilly asserts

Eighth graders flunk Nation's Report Card on art, music

PEOPLE: Beyonc launches scholarship program for black women; Paul McCartney adds N.Y., N.J. to tour; Jesse Williams files for divorce

"Orange is the New Black's" Poussey Washington is gone, but not forgotten

Local News

Christian camp in Monterey wants to expand, but neighbors aren't happy

MONTEREY — The loudspeakers disrupt the peace and quiet, buses and trucks endanger the children, and the town sees no financial benefit. Those are some of the complaints from the neighbors of Hume New England, a Christian camp in this small …

New effort in the works to save Cheshire Elementary

CHESHIRE — A grassroots effort aiming to stop the closure of Cheshire Elementary School has won the support of hundreds of town residentsA petition, which was presented to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee on Monday, calls for the …

"It was always nice to see him": Remembering Ben Barber

PITTSFIELD — "He encouraged us to be bold."That was how Berkshire Theater Group's Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire described Dr. Ben Barber, who died on Monday at 77. The world will remember him as the author of influential works of …

Man accosting walkers, joggers in southeast Pittsfield, police warn

PITTSFIELD — Several people have been accosted by a man as they were walking or jogging in the southeast section of the city over the past week, according to police.No one has been injured in those incidents, police said.While it is unclear if …
Digital Divide | Broadband in the Berkshires

Massachusetts Broadband Institute board chairman cites progress in last-mile projects

Nearly a year after changing course, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute is pushing on multiple fronts to bring fast internet to unserved communities, its board chairman says.
Lifestyles

How'd you get that job: As a wedding planner, 'You never know what's going to happen'

As she places menus next to each table setting, hundreds of thoughts are swimming through Tara Consolati's head. Should the napkins be on the bread plate, or on the side of the plate? Does the groom need help tying his bowtie? How is the bride's …

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Plant a tree on Arbor Day

A little before my time, 1872, to be precise, the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture proposed that the 10th day of April be set aside as a tree-planting holiday, and thereby named it Arbor Day, the first such celebration in the nation.

Could the Henrietta Lacks case happen today?

NEW YORK — What happened in the 1951 case of Henrietta Lacks, and could it happen again today?The story of the woman who unwittingly spurred a scientific bonanza made for a best-selling book in 2010. This weekend, it returned in an HBO film …

Use up your jam with this jammy crisp

Every year, I think to myself, "the weather will definitely be nice by the end of March. Just hold on until the end of March. You'll see." I never see. In my entire life, I don't think I've lived through one spring-settled, sunny March. This year …

The Scene: Fashion lovers flock to BerkChique

GREAT BARRINGTON — We women wish to be fashion fabulous. It’s our unique way to express ourselves and flaunt our truest colors from the inside out. We glow with confidence and self-assurance in clothing and accessories that emulate our spirit and give us wings to fly. So it’s only natural that when we see the word “sale” on clothing, you better believe we’ll flock like geese in search of the perfect bag, shoe, dress or jewelry to match our distinctive and flowering personalities.
The Arts

Berkshire Theatre Group adds Graham Rowat, Brycen Katolinsky to summer actor roster

STOCKBRIDGE — Broadway actor Graham Rowat and 28-time Elvis Tribute champion Brycen Katolinsky have been added to the roster of actors be appearing this summer in productions at Berkshire Theatre Group's Stockbridge campus.

Barrington Stage rolls out cabaret season

PITTSFIELD — Julie Budd, Leslie Kritzer and Andrea McArdle are among the performers slated to appear this summer at Barrington Stage Company's Mr. Finn's Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, …

WAM revives 'Emilie' complete with original cast

LENOX — Patrons of Shakespeare & Company's Tina Packer Playhouse are in for a surprise when they come to see WAM Theatre's staging of Lauren Gunderson's "Emilie: La Marquise Du Ch telet Defends Her Life Tonight."WAM artistic director …

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St. Joseph's Central High School
St. Joseph's Central High School: The Final Year

St. Joseph Central High School, the last remaining Catholic high school in Berkshire County, will close at the end of the school year in June. Gathered here is a collection of articles documenting the days leading up to the end.

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