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Sagas of the Shire: The Morewood Lake Disaster
By Joe Durwin
PITTSFIELD - 08-24-2015 - "So gruesome was the scene that the spectators turned their heads away from the awful sight."
Guest Column: Remembering the Titans
By Richard Alcombright
NORTH ADAMS - 08-18-2015 - Who like many of our past leaders of ordinary people will step up to do extraordinary things? Who will be the next Mr....
Our Neighbors: ' ... Seems to Have Been Mislaid'
By Paul W. Marino
NORTH ADAMS - 08-15-2015 - The Berkshire Hills Sanatorium was now the largest private hospital in the nation for the treatment of cancer.
Pittsfield Banker Vanished Without A Trace
By Joe Durwin
PITTSFIELD - 08-09-2015 - A neighbor reported that he had seen him shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday, passing him walking under the train bridge...
Letter: Ice Cream Social Raises More Than $400 for...

WILLIAMSTOWN - 08-07-2015 -
'Irrational Man': Crime & Academics
By Michael S. Goldberger
NORTH ADAMS - 08-06-2015 - While this tale about a fabled scalawag of a college philosophy professor doesn't blow us away, it's still time spent...
Our Neighbors: The Teacher
By Paul W. Marino
NORTH ADAMS - 08-01-2015 - As a teacher, Miss Haskins was of the "old school" variety, with a firm belief in the three Rs and the value of...
Guest Column: Cheshire Override Will Fund Schools
By Paul Butler
CHESHIRE - 07-31-2015 - The budget for the coming school year for the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District hangs in the balance.
Letter: Vote No on Override
Letters to the Editor
CHESHIRE - 07-29-2015 - The major standout in the Cheshire budget deficit problem is the ACRSD school budget.
Brewing Boomed In Pre-Prohibition Pittsfield
By Joe Durwin
PITTSFIELD - 07-26-2015 - Real crisis came at the end of the decade, as increasing restrictions on alcohol grew into total national prohibition.
'Trainwreck': What Raillery
By Michael S. Goldberger
NORTH ADAMS - 07-23-2015 - While moral motifs are of course exaggerated, there is nonetheless a clever and time capsule-worthy parody of the...
'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl': Growing Up, the Hard...
By Michael S. Goldberger
NORTH ADAMS - 07-19-2015 - The flood of lovingly etched teenaged sensibilities in Jesse Andrews' screenplay, adapted from his novel, recall a mien...
'Ted 2': Raunchier Than the Average Bear
By Michael S. Goldberger
NORTH ADAMS - 07-03-2015 - Pretensions noted and quickly dismissed, the allegorical relevance of Ted's plight as a subjugated minority manages a...
Sagas of the Shire: The Madness of Sue Dunham
By Joe Durwin
PITTSFIELD - 06-28-2015 - It was perhaps her shrewd tongue that most contributed to her status as a legendary local figure during her lifetime.
'Inside Out': Out and Out Insightful
By Michael S. Goldberger
NORTH ADAMS - 06-25-2015 - Affectionately drawn to match their callings, they are a funny bunch of friendly adversaries, all dedicated to what...
Our Neighbors: Two Men & Four Buildings
By Paul W. Marino
NORTH ADAMS - 06-20-2015 - In 1902, it was common for office buildings to have a ballroom on the top floor, and this one is no exception.
'Jurassic World': Just When You Thought it was Safe
By Michael S. Goldberger
NORTH ADAMS - 06-19-2015 - So here we mere mortals are again, paying no mind to those before us who messed with Mother Nature and unleashed gosh...
The House of Springside: The Evolution of 'Elmhurst'
By Joe Durwin
PITTSFIELD - 06-13-2015 - Rooms still piled high with stored artifacts from its half century of parks coordination give a glimpse into the...
The Classical Beat: Berkshires Classical Music Season...
By Stephen Dankner
LENOX - 06-03-2015 - What makes Tanglewood such a great festival? In a word, it's all about diversity.
Rattlesnakes: Disparaged Denizens of the Berkshires
By Joe Durwin
PITTSFIELD - 05-31-2015 - "Because the innocent snake was the villain of the Bible, he has always had a hard time in New England." — Morgan...
Sagas of the Shire: Recalling the Wendell Hotel
By Joe Durwin
PITTSFIELD - 05-17-2015 -
'5 Flights Up': A Cut Above
By Michael S. Goldberger
SOUTH COUNTY - 05-16-2015 -
Our Neighbors: The Hillside Hotel
By Paul W. Marino
NORTH ADAMS - 05-16-2015 - If a cemetery is a city, it's important to recall what else one can find in a city.
'Avengers: Age of Ultron': Had Me Showing My Age
By Michael S. Goldberger
WILLIAMSTOWN - 05-07-2015 - So the short review is, unless you're a diehard fan or video games are your second language, save yourself.
Our Neighbors: Strange Bedfellows
By Paul W. Marino
NORTH ADAMS - 05-03-2015 - Up until 1911, the post office occupied a modest space in the Wilson House Hotel on Main Street, but in 1910, Lawrence...
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Second Cheshire Block Party
Cheshire resident enjoyed good food and music by the...
Downtown Celebration 2015
The annual Downtown Celebration brought hundreds to Main...
Pittsfield Ethnic Fair
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Annual Cruz Nite And...
Cheshire residents enjoyed classic cars, good food, a BMX...
Adams National Night Out 2015
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Motorama 2015
The 5th annual Motorama filled downtown North Adams with...
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Madison Avenue wrapped up the 2015 Live on the Lake concert...
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The Pat Torchia Women's Softball League playoffs concluded...
Berkshires Craft Beer Fest...
The 9th annual Western Mass beer festival drew hundreds of...
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