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DALTON — New cars come with manuals, new appliances do too; but when it comes to the arrival of new family members, you are completely on your own.Time does not always bring expertise; it seems there is always some new crisis or unplanned … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — So the WAMC fund drive is over. This time it took just 19 hours to get it done and to put it to bed. The Berkshires sure did their part. There were moments when I was reading all the names of contributors on the air and I … more
PITTSFIELD — This is probably a good week to write a column about some summer adventure I had in the '80s or '90s, or how I hitchhiked to Vermont one day, but I made a promise to some guys, most of whom aren't here any more, that I would do my … more
NEW YORK — In 1956, I escaped my mediocre neighborhood Bronx high school by surprisingly passing the test for one of New York City's elite high schools, the Bronx High School of Science. It was never an ideal school for someone like myself … more
Summertime, and the scamming is easy! With the summer recreation and travel season here, its time to look at some seasonal tips and review a few dangerous vacation scams.The arrival of summer can be an opportunity for home improvements, a vacation, … more
In the '60s, a rite of passage was having one's first "legal" alcoholic beverage, and in Massachusetts that was at age 21.However, a short car ride over Lebanon Mountain gave Berkshire County residents a three-year head start because New York's … more
STOCKBRIDGE — Harriet Beecher Stowe's connections to The Berkshires were familial and friendly, professional and social. She was the sister of the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher of Blossom Farm in Lenox. She was a friend of "The French Mrs. … more
On June 21, Berkshire United Way will celebrate its annual Day of Caring.What is the Day of Caring? It's Berkshire United Way's major volunteer engagement and community building experience.In the past, Berkshire United Way has installed Born … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Last week's about face by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, from holding General Electric's feet to the fire on a $613 million cleanup of the Housatonic River to announcing that it will reopen negotiations … more
PITTSFIELD — "There is a silent health crisis in America. It's the fact that American men live sicker lives and die younger than American women," says Dr. David Gremillion of Men's Health Network. Many researchers estimate that women live 4-10 … more
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