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LENOX — "Calm fell. From Heaven distilled a clemency; There was peace on earth, and silence in the sky." So said Thomas Hardy, who I imagined was seated by my side. His poem, "And There Was Great Calm," was his hymn of thanksgiving recognizing … more
Williamstown — Henry David Thoreau will be 200 years old July 12, an occasion for statewide celebrations. I'm supposing that his 27th birthday — or the day after, given his appreciation of a home-cooked meal — was the occasion he … more
LENOX — Fair fight. Level playing field.Those catchphrases were heard repeatedly this past week when state lawmakers chose Berkshire County for a public hearing on the likelihood that the state and local communities will tax homeowners who … more
PITTSFIELD — During a 2012 talk about his biography of Thomas Jefferson, Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was asked what he considered Jefferson's major failing. Meacham said it was his giving up the political fight to end … more
By Carrie SaldoChallenge to candidates City Council and Pittsfield Public Schools Committee candidates have been challenged to provide their work for free.Craig C. Gaetani, who has taken out nomination papers for three elected positions, has … more
PITTSFIELD — The experts agree. Reading proficiently by the end of third grade is the most important predictor of a child's future success. Seventy four percent of children who struggle with reading in third grade will continue to face this … more
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
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