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WILLIAMSTOWN — The sound of live music drifted from my home the afternoon I had a special visitor.Fingers strumming guitar, foot tapping to the beat of the music, and velvet voice singing lyrics, Norman Burdick rendered some of the songs he … more
Have you ever felt compelled to make changes in your community, but didn't know how or where to begin?Creating lasting change, right here in the Berkshires, is exactly what Berkshire United Way and our community partners do seven days a week, 365 … more
PITTSFIELD — There are entire websites dedicated to photographs of North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un "looking at things." Most of the time, what he's looking at is almost impossible to determine. But inspect them closer and you'll discover … more
RICHMONDNurses spar with Berkshire Medical Center over contracts, Ohio employers find one in 10 job applicants test positive for drugs, the president promises the revival of coal miners' jobs, a local employer is accused of paying employees with bad … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — The Hoosac Valley reaches from the Hudson at Schaghticoke, N.Y. east to the Hoosac Mountains and south from Cambridge, N.Y. to Lanesborough. Grace Greylock Niles published the first and only book about the area in 1912: "The … more
BOSTON — On Labor Day, it's common to take stock of the latest employment and job creation data. Equally important is asking what kind of jobs are being created. Not all jobs are created equal. Not all jobs provide the kinds of training, … more
LENOX — A thousand ark-equipped Noahs couldn't have saved residents of Houston, Beaumont, Port Arthur and other Texas communities from the calamitous wrath of Hurricane Harvey.It was a storm of biblical proportions, the rarest of events. Yet … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — Shocked by the hate-filled action and rhetoric of recent weeks, our nation seeks to relocate its moral compass.There's been much blaming of elected officials, and we certainly join those who decry leaders that encourage hatred … more
Following the violent events in Charlottesville, Va., our nation found itself facing a stark choice — one it has always shied away from making. It's a choice that transcends political divisions, race, religion or sexual orientation; it's a … more
PITTSFIELD — My granddaughter just came into this world at Maimonides Medical Center where Jewish physicians work side by side with Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and non-religious colleagues pursuing the cause of healing. These Asian, … more
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