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Democratic Candidates for State House Discuss Issues in Lanesborough
Paul Mark, who represented Lanesborough when it was part of the 2nd Berkshire, moderated the 90-minute panel.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Education and transportation were among the chief topics of conversation at a Monday forum for Democrats running to fill the unexpired term of deceased state Rep. Gailanne
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Education Task Force Keeps Focus on Creating Opportunities for Students
DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force on Saturday pressed forward less than 48 hours after one school district voted to step back from its participation in the effort.   The committee had a full agenda for its regularly scheduled meeting at Nessacus Middle School, but Thursday's decision from the
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Connell Calls For Commission to Oversee Water/Wastewater
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell wants a commission to oversee the water and wastewater operations.   Connell said there was one years ago but it was halted under former city Commissioner of Public Utilities William Forestell. Now the city is facing what could be up to $150 million worth of capital
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Healey Told Resources Lacking to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Paul Hickling of the Brien Center talks about his organization's initiatives, including a new recovery center for new mothers. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire has been knitting together a wide array of agencies and organizations to combat an opioid epidemic that's devastated communities. Its leaders,
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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Introduces Co-op Cash for Class Program
Cashing in: Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, bakery and cafe in Williamstown, has unveiled Co-op Cash for Class, a new program aimed at raising money for local schools. To participate in the program, schools must register online. They can then download a customizable flyer to share with parents and
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'Walk a Mile In Her Shoes' Main 3rd Thursday Attraction
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Upstreet Pittsfield's award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns for the final event of the season on Thursday, Sept. 21, with the seventh annual Elizabeth Freeman Center Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and
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Berkshires Beat: CATA Artists on Display at Pittsfield Guido's
Touring art: Community Access to the Arts will exhibit at Guido's Fresh Marketplace in Pittsfield as part of ​CATA's "Art on Tour" gallery series. The exhibit, featuring artwork created by Pittsfield-based CATA artists with disabilities, runs through Oct. 31, with a public reception on Friday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 7
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SBA Honors Red Apple Butchers And Yummy Treasures
Red Apple Butchers is a nose-to-tail shop that opens its expanded location this week. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was about 10 years ago when Beth Carpenter wanted to get rid of some excess jewelry making supplies.   She sold them online and turned a decent income. Sales grew and eventually took over her living
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Course Record Set at Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon
LENOX, Mass. -- The Allen Heights Veterinary team won Sunday's Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon in record time.   Biker Josh Lipka, kayakers Tom Keefe and Ben Pigott and runner Steve Monsulick combined to cover the course in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 28 seconds.   The old record, set by a team from High Lawn Farm, was
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Church Seeks Help Making Kits to Aid Hurricane Victims
Supplies wait to be assembled into 'flood buckets' for victims of West Virginia flooding in 2016. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Yes, there is something you can do to help the victims of the recent hurricanes. The New Hope United Methodist Church is assembling "flood buckets," a 5-gallon bucket of items that
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