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NORTH ADAMS — I have kicked off my campaign for state representative. I am running to make sure those who reside in the 1st Berkshire District have the opportunities they need to prosper in their lives, their work and raising their families. A … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — This month marks the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau's birth. What's new to say? How about the three stories of the worm in the applewood?The late Bob Benson, whose wife, Bonnie, still operates their Yellow House Books … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — I never expected to meet an internationally acclaimed artist when I was just strolling in my neighborhood. But one day, a couple of feet away from me, Barbara Ernst Prey stepped out of a car. As an admirer of the American … more
The Mark Belanger Memorial Park, which features several athletic fields, is located at the corner of Newell and East streets in Pittsfield.The park was dedicated in 2008 to my classmate, Mark Belanger, who sadly had passed away 10 years earlier. … more
Riddle me this: What has every man imagined himself being, but no man actually is?I think we all want to be Batman. I used to think it was only me who secretly wanted to be Batman, until 20 years ago when a friend gave a public reading of an essay … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Far be it for me to bemoan the passing of the good old days, but I guess I'm at that age now.I know the good old days are defined in different ways by different people, but I define them as back when people agreed on some … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — As the political leadership in Washington grapples with the grim debate over who will have access to health care in the future, and who will not, there is, in fact, good news about health care in the United States. This … 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
LENOX — The common notion here in the Berkshires is that nearly all of us drive as soon as we can get our licenses, since navigating the county without wheels is nearly impossible. That's especially true for folks who live off the BRTA bus … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — It was something of a rite of passage for young men from this area and elsewhere in the late 1890s: go search for gold in the Klondike.Patrick H. Clarrisey caught the bug. So did his fellow Daltonians W.W. Clark and Lawrence … more
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