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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
HONG KONG — The death of Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiabo on Thursday was as every bit as heartbreaking as it was inevitable. Liu can at last rest in peace. But the same peace cannot be had for the Chinese government that … more
LENOX — The 24/7 White House horror show reached new heights of horrification this past week as the environment took a beating, globally as well as here in our backyard.On Thursday, we learned that as part of an order by Environmental … more
I remember when Zayre first opened in Pittsfield back in 1959. I had never been in such a big store with so much merchandise on display on one floor. It was probably Pittsfield's first real "big box" store. What also really impressed me was what I … more
CHESTERFIELD, LINCOLN — With fresh memories of the recent heat wave, now seems like an odd time to consider the benefits of renewable wood heating energy. But it's actually the perfect time to start thinking about a new heating system that … more
PITTSFIELD — A sacrifice from teachers and stopgap funding from the state. That combination means the Pittsfield Public Schools will be able to fund two pre-kindergarten classrooms next year, educating about 36 students. The program — … more
The Fourth of July holiday in the 1950s and 1960s was celebrated with family picnics, flags on our porch, attending Pittsfield's colorful parade, watching Firemen's Muster competitions in Wahconah Park, the Gillette Brothers carnival, cheering the … more
Dear Rory: I just learned from The Golf Channel that you're searching for a new caddie. Well, me lad, look no further because I'm your ticket. I'm 68, sure, but in good health. In fact, my doctor assures me I'll live another 20 years provided I consume my daily ration of three pints of Guinness a day. Easy duty, that! 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
We all can get more involved in celebrating and promoting what's great about living here, if we want to keep it that way. The Berkshire Eagle is releasing a new mobile app for all of the Berkshires, called GoBerkshires. It's free to download and free for local venues to list their events. more
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