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Berkshire, Bennington Cultural Institutions Create 'Art Country'
Mass MoCA Director Joseph Thompson talks about the ArtCountry collaborative on Wednesday morning. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Joseph Thompson's been talking for years about creating a destination in North County that will keep tourists longer than a day. The director of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is convinced
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Pittsfield Student Arrested For Threatening to Blow Up School Bus
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A middle school student was arrested for allegedly threatening to blow up a school bus.   Police say shortly before 1 p.m. on Monday three calls were made by a 15-year-old to a School Department employee's cell phone saying, "I'm going to blow up 126 today." The "126" reference
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Payless Shoe Store to Close at Berkshire Mall
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Payless ShoeSource at the Berkshire Mall is slated for closure, the latest hit to the struggling shopping center. Payless joins a number of national brands closing brick-and-mortar storefronts in the face of declining sales and the rise of online shopping. Two weeks ago, J.C. Penney, a founding anchor at the
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BArT Charter Public School Announces New Executive Director
ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Trustees of BART Charter Public School has named James "Jay" C. White II as the school's executive director, starting June 19. Trustee Chair Charles Swabey said White will bring to BArT more than 30 years of teaching, administrative and fundraising experience in a variety of settings,
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Wahconah's Apollonian Players Present '42nd Street'
DALTON, Mass. — The Apollonian Players of Wahconah Regional High School will present the Broadway musical extravaganza "42nd Street" on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 8, at 1 and 7 p.m.   The play is under the direction of Pamela Fortlage-Gold, assisted by Liz Daniels, with musical direction by
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How Can the Sandwich Generation Relieve Financial Stress?
Don't worry too much if you haven't heard, but April is National Stress Awareness Month. Of course, stress can present emotional and physical challenges to all of us, but if you belong to the “sandwich generation” – that is, you may be caring for aging parents while still supporting your own children – you may be
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Higher Ed Commissioner Santiago to Speak at BCC Commencement
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 57th commencement.   Santiago was appointed to his position by Gov. Charlie Baker in July 2015. Working with the Board of Higher Education, he is responsible for providing overall direction to
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Pittsfield Fire Graduates Nine From Training Academy
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nine new firefighters joined the department after graduating from the department's six-week academy.   On Friday, the new firefighters were joined by friends, family, and city officials for a graduation ceremony at Reid Middle School.   The ceremony featured an invocation from the Rev.
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Billy Keane To Seek Pittsfield's Ward 5 Council Seat
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Musician and real estate broker William "Billy" Keane is mounting a bid for a seat on the City Council.   Keane took out papers on Monday to challenge incumbent Donna Todd Rivers. Keane is the managing broker for his family's business, Jan Perry Realty & Associates, and a
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Flurry of Potential Pittsfield Candidates Take Out Papers on Day 1
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Monday wasn't just opening day for the Red Sox season, it was also opening day for election season.   This fall, voters will be choosing a new City Council and School Committee. Nomination papers became available on Monday and there was a flurry of activity in the city clerk's office. A total of 14
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