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STOCKBRIDGE — Our first glimpse of Ludlow Fowler in the Berkshires is of him falling on the grand staircase at Bellefontaine. To the delight of the child in the household, Boy Foster, Fowler fell up the stairs. Boy recalled, "Ludlow was so … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — According to investigators, there were "tons of fish" in Hopper Brook in July. There's a reason for that. At this time of year, when flows are low and air temperatures are high, fish search out cold water. Two students from … more
GREENFIELD — Against all odds, 122 countries agreed in July to ban nuclear weapons. At the heart of the United Nations treaty is an explicit ethical goal: to protect peoples of the world from the humanitarian catastrophe that would ensue if … more
PITTSFIELD — The sky fell on my older sister, Kitten in 1929 when she was only seven and she came down with something called Mastoiditist. The mastoid bones are right behind your ears on both sides, and the suffix, -itis, means infection. It … more
DALTON — Looking out my inspiration window, the place my eyes are drawn to in order to escape the chaos of the office, I am awed by the Oriental lily now in bloom. The flower stalk is about six-feet-tall, topped with six fully-opened flowers … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — I love Moonshine Holler. Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof are an incredible musical duo. Steeped in American musical traditions, they are very much in demand and you can find them playing out someplace pretty much all the … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — I was talking to a friend of mine about how summers now are different for kids than they were when we were growing up. No, this is not a lament for the "old days." I wouldn't put anyone through that! But my point is that, as … more
Fraud Busters: Crusaders for "truth, justice and the American Way!" Who are these relentless superheroes? Surprise — all of us! We are the front line in combating fraud and scams; we need to constantly educate ourselves as well as friends, … more
NEW YORK — I have been fortunate to attend many plays this summer, an impressive number of the best ones by women, several of them by black women. I'd like here to single out three plays, written in the last decade-and-a-half, and another an … more
PITTSFIELD — Until events of late, I had never heard of the word "deaccession." The recent controversy about the Berkshire Museum, a story that has made its way into the Boston Globe and New York Times, changed all that. "Deaccession" is … more
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