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
Great Barrington shooting incident: One man released, another still detained

GREAT BARRINGTON — One of the men charged in recent gun incidents at Cumberland Farms and Lake Mansfield beach is out of jail, for now, the other remains in custody.

Thanksgiving basket raffle to support North Adams Farmers Market SNAPx2 Program

NORTH ADAMS — The centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal could help support those who rely on food assistance programs buy fresh produce. The North Adams Farmers' Market is holding a raffle, the …

Most Berkshire police forces say military gear 'not something that's on our radar here'

Grenade launchers, bayonets or weaponized vehicles?Berkshire County law enforcement officials are saying "no thanks" to that potential opportunity.With the Trump administration's recent rescinding of …

LGBTQ community presses for better health care in the Berkshires

PITTSFIELD — Jill Williams, a transgender woman living in Pittsfield, drives more than two hours to Oneonta, N.Y., to receive hormone treatments because of a lack of doctors who will administer the drugs to …

Two Pittsfield men charged with trafficking fentanyl-laced heroin from Springfield to Berkshires

PITTSFIELD — A city man who police have suspected of distributing drugs in the Berkshires is facing charges after he was allegedly caught during a traffic stop with 460 bags of heroin laced …

After losing federal grant, Music in Common gets funding lift from community — including James Taylor

SHEFFIELD — After the devastating loss of a federal grant this year, a music nonprofit inspired by slain journalist Daniel Pearl has seen steady help, and found some of it in high musical …

Opinion
Our Opinion: Casting bright light on suicide prevention

While the statistics on suicide in Berkshire County are discouraging, the response in the Berkshires is encouraging. Help for those suffering considering suicide is available, and the willingness of …

Our Opinion: State actions are limited against D.C sabotage

Our Opinion: Tricky balancing act for cannabis board

Our Opinion: Arts funding grant is good news for many

Our Opinion: An education gap in financial literacy

Columnists
Felix Caroll: Lessons lived and learned under the Friday night lights

GREAT BARRINGTON — It's game night. It says it right there on the chalkboard in the band room in big block letters with three exclamation points. It says it right there in the tense face of the …

Carole Owens: Doggie chauffeurs on errands of mercy

Ruth Bass: Sometimes, boys should be boys and girls should be girls

Lauren R. Stevens: The four Newton boys and the three Vermont lakes

E.J. Johnson: Faulty reasoning behind museum's new vision

Letters
Letter: Counter hate, treat all with due respect

To the editor:Not long into Hillary Clinton's last presidential campaign she made it known that Donald Trump "attracts the hate groups." I wasn't sure what she meant by hate groups, but now I do …

Letter: Green energy hypocrisy seen in Berkshires

Letter: Gammel is ideal for North Adams Council

Letter: Anthem protests honor Constitution

Letter: Mass MoCA paint-over is unresolved issue

World News
Local News

Berkshire Museum plan spurs New England Museum Association think tank on 'deaccessioning dilemma'

PITTSFIELD — Amid the conversation sparked by Berkshire Museum's plan to sell key pieces of its art to fund a renovation and new direction, the New England Museum Association has decided to add …

Pretrial hearing in Sheffield crosswalk death waiting on accident report

SHEFFIELD — A pretrial hearing for the driver who struck and killed a woman in a crosswalk now awaits an accident report.In Southern Berkshire District Court Thursday, Judge William Rota …

Crash on Route 7 in Sheffield sends man to New York hospital

SHEFFIELD — A man was taken by helicopter to Albany Medical Center on Friday afternoon after he was seriously injured in a car crash on Route 7, according the Sheffield police. At about 3:30 …

Milestones in Berkshire Museum's legal history

The following are key actions in the museum's legal history.1871: Trustees of the Berkshire Athenaeum are chartered by the state Legislature under Chapter 129 of the Acts of 1871 "for purpose of …

High Lawn Farm open house treats visitors to glimpse of heritage

LEE — Growing up in Winchester, England, surrounded by dairy farms, Carmen Brown wanted her family to see the source of their fresh, local milk from High Lawn Farm. "We buy their milk every …
Berkshire Landscapes

I'll be right back ... Your guide to horror films

A group of teen camp counselors sit around a campfire in the woods, each trying to scare the other with tales of a serial killer that slaughtered the campers at a nearby summer camp in the recent …
Harvest Season in the Berkshires: Part III

Honoring original CSA's legacy at Indian Line Farm

GREAT BARRINGTON — Rays of autumn sun settled over Indian Line Farm last Friday evening, swaddling the South Egremont hills in a lingering, golden glow. CSA members meandered between tables of harvested produce in the old dairy barn and then, wandering down a two-track dirt lane, entered the fields to pick husk cherries and flowers.

Find your way out of the Hicks Family Farm Corn Maze

CHARLEMONT — In a more difficult labyrinth, the pun-laden advice from animals on information sheets lining the paths of Hicks Family Farm Corn Maze might seem unnecessarily cruel."Cherish wide …
The Arts

Artist Morgan Bulkeley searches for hope amid rubble of despair in exhibit at Berkshire Museum

PITTSFIELD — Morgan Bulkeley's 50-year career retrospective, "Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash," at Berkshire Museum, aims to bring hope — to an institution that is selling 40 …

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 …
Music

Ray LaMontagne leaves a lot in his wake as he just passes through

TROY, N.Y. — Ray LaMontagne's "Just Passing Through" tour will make a stop at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Sunday night, and Ashfield, Mass.' resident rocker is bringing another …

The ukulele gets a serious feminine touch at 7th Annual Berkshire Uke Fest

WILLIAMSTOWN — Berkshire County Uke Fest organizer Bernice Lewis believes the four-stringed instrument helps women overcome musical barriers."I think that most of Western music from the get-go …
Lifestyles

Thom Smith: Stop! Don't touch that fuzzy, white caterpillar

Q: When I walk around my gardens, I frequently see a hairy white caterpillar, about 1 1/4" long. It has a tiny black bead-like head and a row of tiny black triangle-like marks down its back. …

Ron Kujawski: Time to plant wonderful, multi-purpose garlic

Garlic is perhaps the most useful of vegetables. It is a key ingredient in all cuisines; it has medicinal properties; it wards off vampires; and it can help clear a crowded room in no time at all. …

UVM enshrines healthy living in bricks and mortar

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Pledges by college students to eschew drugs and alcohol are old hat. Now they're meditating, working out, practicing yoga, eating healthfully, and at least one school, the …
State News
National News
Diagnosis: Discord | Nurses Strike at Berkshire Medical Center

Over 100 nurses on strike march outside of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) in Pittsfield. After a year of failed negotiations with the hospital, the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) and nurses …

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 …

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