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LENOX — With high season approaching for homeowners who rent space to visitors through Airbnb and similar online services, a push is on from the state to consider imposing taxes and as well as potential health and safety regulations similar to … more
NORTH ADAMS — There were many times during the more than 10-year struggle to establish the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts that it seemed to be a losing battle. In fact, during the decade-long period of early development, there were 168 “negative” newspaper articles and editorials written about Mass MoCA before a shovel even hit the ground. Founding Director Joseph Thompson knows this because he saved every one of them. more
NORTH ADAMS — The first hint of what was possible for the old Sprague Electric complex appeared on the front page of the North Adams Transcript on Feb. 12, 1987. It was a simple black-and-white drawing from the perspective of the farthest end of the courtyard of Building 6 looking back at the clock tower. It showed a neat, clean space, with a few people milling around, with well-manicured trees growing near the buildings. Not many details about what would happen there. more
NORTH ADAMS — Located at the convergence point of the north and south branches of the Hoosic River, activity on the 16-acre site of Mass MoCA has long mirrored the economic development of the last 200 years. Prior to the Revolutionary War, the site was home to a grist mill and a saw mill. Under the ownership of Jeremiah Colegrove, the site included an oil mill, a clothing works and a carding house. The first cotton mill, the Windsor Print Works, was located on Marshall Street in 1813. Also calling the site home were wagon- and sleigh-makers; the headquarters for the Johnson Grays, a Civil War unit out of North Adams; and the North Adams Ironworks, which later forged armor plates for the Civil War ship, the Monitor. more
DALTON — This year's annual Remembrance Ride held a little more importance for local veterans and family members. Specifically, the family of Nils "Eric" Jacobsson. Jacobsson, who served in the Vietnam conflict and was an 11-year veteran of … more
PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Public Schools wants your kids.And to that end, the district may begin aggressively marketing its educational offerings to increase its enrollment.Pittsfield's school system has seen a drop in student rolls both … more
PITTSFIELD — A city native who eyed the priesthood as an adolescent is the new pastor at St. Charles Church.The Rev. Michael Wood will succeed Rev. Peter Gregory, who announced his retirement from pastoral duties in March after guiding the … more
LENOX — Nearly 75 years after serving their country, Max Silver, Bernie Handler and Gabe Valenzeula shared an experience of a lifetime honoring the role they played during World War II.The trio boarded a plane in Albany, N.Y., earlier this … more
PITTSFIELD — Memorial Day, when Americans reckon with war's cost, came early that year. It was Dec. 11, 1921. Three thousand people crowded into the State Armory in Pittsfield to honor the late Lt. Col. Charles W. Whittlesey, famed leader of … more
OTIS — Gary Thomas is the town's newest selectman — by a nose. Thomas beat out Michael Ernst for the seat vacated by outgoing Selectman Roberta Sarnacki by only three votes in Tuesday's town election.Thomas received 171 votes to Ernst's … more
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