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Behind two swinging wooden doors adorned with an ironic "beware of attack cow" sign, Bill Galusha performs his life's work. Three days a week, the 60-year-old paces in the sunken corridor between his milking parlor's two platforms, where, at 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, cows are ushered in 22 at a time. Galusha's job is to hook up milking machines to teats, hose off hooves and check each of his 230 beloved dairy cows for disease. more
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 … more
She had a cow. He had some land. Amelia and Will Conklin's love story began when both Sheffield natives finished up their college studies and left behind traveling to return to their roots. Will inherited his great-grandfather's land, formerly used as summer dairy pastures, at Sky View Farm, and he set to work returning them to productivity. Amelia, who was in the Peace Corps, decided to leave a rural village in Paraguay to raise cows in her own rural hometown in the Berkshires. more
NORTH ADAMS — The current political and social unrest in the country is enough to get anyone fired up, including Williamstown ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd.Her breaking point came with the news … more
HANCOCK — On a damp Saturday morning, 3-year-old Henry Coughlin engaged in an old Berkshires custom. He sat on a stool in a sawdust-lined stall and milked the four full teats in front of him. Coughlin, who traveled from New York City to visit his grandparents in Williamstown, diligently filled a blue bucket as his family watched on from the aisles in Ioka Valley Farm's dairy barn. Asked if this was the first time he had milked a cow, Coughlin said yes — and no. more
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 … more
The sexual harassment and assault scandal triggered by the revelations about disgraced uber-executive Harvey Weinstein has impacted the holiday film season, with the December release "All The Money … more
NORTH ADAMS — When Sprague Electric inhabited the Marshall Street campus it made things, specifically the high-end electrical components used for everything from atom bombs to electric guitars. … more
Ever wonder why your front porch display doesn't quite live up to magazine perfection? (Raises hand!) No matter how you arrange those pumpkins, mums and twisty gourds it just doesn't have the same … more
If you've spent any considerable amount of time in the Berkshires, you've probably walked or driven past an antique shop or 12. Perhaps you've also doubled back and stopped in for a visit, attracted … more
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