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RICHMOND — Imagine the uproar if Becket's residents arrived at town meeting and found medical marijuana dispensaries and broadband reception on the warrant with no prior warning and no public hearings. In Richmond, where zoning has been in … more
LENOX — Hard to believe, though maybe it shouldn't be: The Senate's attempt to ram through a health care bill hatched in total secrecy and unveiled only one week before a scheduled vote is even harsher than the miserable plan approved by the … more
STOCKBRIDGE — In 2009 a bundle of letters written by Edith Wharton to her governess was discovered. In a certain community that was headline news. Why? It helps illuminate the past; it is one more piece in the puzzle, and one more clue to … more
PITTSFIELD — This will be one of the most consequential weeks in the history of United States health policy, as President Trump hopes to have the Senate vote on its plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. The consequences of this repeal and … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — Most Americans agree that the globe is heating, but only about 40 percent think the change affects them. Those who haven't noticed the milder winters or the exotic invasives, like ticks, might want to check their local trout … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — I was sitting on the couch when Murray, the world's cutest dog (bar none), came and sat down next to me.It was Father's Day so I was aware that I had to pay special attention to the little dog who, after our two grown kids, … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — On a stormy November evening in 2016, I led a meeting in the small patient lounge of the maternity unit of Fairview, our local community hospital in rural Western Massachusetts. As the meeting was scheduled at change of … more
To the editor:As a representative of Berkshire Country Day School, I write to express thanks and share how "neighborly" I find our local businesses from across the greater Berkshire region.Berkshire Country Day School holds an annual gala, Spring … more
PITTSFIELD — Once, when I was a little girl of about five or six years old, the family happened to be eating lunch in a restaurant when my mother looked over at me and ordered, "Stop slouching and sit up like a decent white child!"I remember … more
DALTON — My love of trains and Irish history came together in an odd way this week. It's no secret that a lot of Irish immigrants found work in dangerous jobs like mining and building railroads. I can document the fact that at least two of my … more
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