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Housatonic High Wakes Up With Musical 'Rip Van Winkle'
FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. — Set against the backdrop of Colonial America, "Rip Van Winkle: The Musical!" shares the untold story of Washington Irving's legendary farmer who slept for 20 years, from 1770-1790. This family musical celebrates community, love, forgiveness, and home through music, comedy, dance, and a little gnomish
'Greta': Guilty Thrills
In my bedroom when I was little, a sloppily misplaced piece of clothing on a chair in the dark of night sure could look like a saber-toothed tiger. Experiencing this and other such optical illusions every so often during those tender years, I estimate that I adequately satisfied the quota for horror that one must endure in a lifetime. Hence, it
Biz Briefs: Dinner Raises Money to Support WTBR in Pittsfield
Mike Filpi of Meatball Mike's Catering and the Pittsfield Elks organized the event, which brought more than 50 people to the Elks Lodge on Union Street in Pittsfield Radio benefit A benefit dinner in support of the operations of Pittsfield Community Radio, WTBR-FM, raised $500 for the station on Saturday, March 2. Mike
Who Can You Trust to Reduce Stress of Estate Planning?
When it's time to do your estate planning – and it's actually never too soon to begin – you may find the process, at first, to be somewhat bewildering. You will have many questions: What sort of arrangements should I make? Who should get what? And when? How can you address these and other issues? You will need to get
Berkshires Beat: SVMC Kicks Off Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Month
Blue Day Employees at Southwestern Vermont Health Care gathered on Friday, March 1, for a photo to celebrate Dress in Blue Day in honor of Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Month. Dress in Blue Day was first observed in 2009. It is a program of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, and it is meant to raise awareness of the
Southern Vermont College to Close Doors
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College, facing "insurmountable pressure," will close at the end of the spring semester.    In an announcement made Monday morning, President David R. Evans cited declining enrollment, financial pressure, and adverse action by the college's regional accreditor concerning
Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2019-20 school year. Schools can send their information to to be included on this list. All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation,
In Pursuit of Beetle Happiness: Part 3
Ink sketch of a stag beetle by Tor Hansen. Below, an actual North American stag beetle.  This is the third in a three-part series on beneficial and invasive beetles. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Switch research mosaic to Cape May in New Jersey, and situate yourself in an overgrown
County Officials Celebrate Completion of Berkshire Flyer Plan
1Berkshire CEO Jonathan Butler and state Sen. Adam Hinds discuss the Flyer. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A committee that spent the last two years working on the Berkshire Flyer project is anxious to see how 2,600 new visitors to the Berkshires each summer will bolster the economy.   The goal is a passenger rail
@theMarket: Stocks on Hold
February delivered good gains for the markets. All the main averages were up, continuing January's climb toward the old highs. This week, momentum stalled a bit, indicating that investors need more good news to continue buying.   A China trade agreement (or lack thereof) still takes center stage. Despite the Washington, D.C.,
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