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Biz Briefs: Wood Brothers Music now offering Band and String Instrument Rentals
Music to their ears: Wood Bros. Music of Pittsfield will now be offering a complete line of band and string instrument rentals for the 2016-2017 school year. Owner Chip Winnard also is working with RS Berkeley, a New Jersey-based instrument manufacturing company, which has been the sponsor for several clinics in area schools, including North
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CodeRED Emergency Notification Service Launched in Great Barrington
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town is implementing CodeRED, a high-speed emergency notification system, and is encouraging all community members to sign up to receive alert messages. The CodeRED system provides Great Barrington officials with the ability to quickly and seamlessly deliver messages to targeted areas or to the entire
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'Sausage Party": Food Orgy
Contemplating "Sausage Party," an R-rated, animated food orgy in more ways than one, I'm reminded of what a fellow journalist once opined at a block party: "You know what's wrong with you film critics? You see so many movies that when you chance upon something different, you just go crazy." Thus, I'm proud
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Berkshires Beat: Adams Alert Hose Brings Home Awards
Trio of honors: The Alert Hose Co #1 of Adams attended the Bennington Battle Days parade on Aug. 14, in which members pulled their infamous parade cart, which was built in 1885.   The department is well known for wearing their Prince Albert- style buff and white uniforms. This rare uniform style has been preserved by the company
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The Mountís Writers-in-Residence Program Application Deadline Nears
LENOX, Mass. — The 2016 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence, a two- to three-week residency offering writers the opportunity to work and create in the house Wharton built as a writer’s retreat, will accept applications through Sept. 2. The program is open to writers of demonstrated accomplishment who are currently working on a
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Baker Highlights Craft Industry With Trip to Berkshire Mountain Distillers
The governor bellies up to the bar to become the first customer to purchase a cocktail from the distillery — thanks to new legislation making that possible. SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Twelve years ago Chris Weld had grown tired of his work in emergency rooms. So, he moved back to Massachusetts and bought an apple
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End of Session Review: Benjamin Downing
Senator Downing at the governor's signing of the energy diversity bill earlier this month in Boston. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin Downing is happy with the state's new energy bill but feels it doesn't go far enough.   Just before the July 31 end of the formal legislative session, the
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Centennial Hikes Across Massachusetts Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Park Service
BOSTON — The Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead park visitors on free "Centennial Hikes" at 12 parks across Massachusetts, including two in the Berkshires, on Thursday, Aug. 25, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The DCR-managed parks are part of the cherished and historic
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Post-Tanglewood, Area Chamber Concerts Blossom
The approach of Labor Day marks the conclusion of the summer music festival season, and so the local classical music scene coalesces, as regional presenters favor intimate spaces for chamber music during the upcoming fall. This will become the dominant genre of music making to be found until next June, when the warm late spring weather
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Investors Can Learn Much from Workers
Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. And there's a lot to celebrate, because our workers have accomplished great things and, in the process, demonstrated a variety of impressive character traits – many of which also can be useful to investors. For example: Perseverance: Have you ever read
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