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North County Ice Cream Truck on the Road — and at a Distance
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Saturday's snow notwithstanding, kids are already screaming for ice cream.   And as he has done for more than decade, Gary Martin will be making them smile by vending cones and novelties from his ice cream truck.   He just might not always see them smile.   "Quite a few
Hancock Shaker Village Focuses on Gardens, Livestock
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The museum at Hancock Shaker Village may be closed, but the gardens are thriving. Unlike any other cultural institution in the region, Hancock Shaker Village is both a museum and a working farm. (In fact, it is the oldest working farm in the Berkshires.) Though the museum is closed — and, like every other
Running Community Adapts to COVID-19 Reality
The commonwealth’s premier road race may be shut down, but that will not keep down Berkshire County’s running enthusiasts.   Monday should be marathon day in Massachusetts, but the 124th running of the Boston Marathon has been postponed until at least September by the Boston Athletic Association in response to the
M&J's Food Truck Serves Essential Workers in North Adams Area
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — M&J's Food Truck set up at Greylock Works on Saturday morning to serve area first-responders and essential workers a free meal..    "We wanted to do something for the community to show our support to all the first-responders and front-line workers, and all the essential
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Pandemic Forces 'Total Change' for Berkshire County Arc
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier speaks at BC Arc's annual breakfast in 2018; President and CEO Kenneth Singer is at right. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the most vulnerable members of our community, day-to-day life can be filled with challenges, even in the best of times.   The frightening times we all are
'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House': Blueprint for a Comedy
Multiple Blandings houses were built around the country to promote the film. Here's a great story from the Toledo Blade about an Ohio one (and one apparently in 'Worchester, Mass.') I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that
@theMarket: Bulls Are Back in the Saddle
A spate of good news helped stocks this week battle the overriding pessimism of the last month. A possible drug to combat the COVID-19 virus coupled with a flattening of the virus curve in some regions helped the markets to gain ground. Can it continue?   It sure can, although a pause to catch our breath may be in order for next
Baker: Testing, Not Tweeting Will Determine State's Path Forward
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday that he plans to follow the phased approach guidelines to reopening the commonwealth that were issued on Thursday and not be distracted by the noise of President Trump's Friday tweets.   At his daily briefing on the state's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Baker was
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Berkshire Delegation Tells Nonprofits: State Budget in Limbo
State Sen. Adam Hinds also held a budget discussion on his Facebook page later on Friday.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — What is most striking about the fiscal 2021 budget discussions in Boston is how little is known by those in the know.   But what they can say does not sound good.   "We had
April Snowstorm Could Drop Up to 6 Inches on Berkshires
April is doing its best January impression. Lake effect snow showers persist along the I-90 corridor this morning. Tonight, a low pressure system will bring accumulating snow to much of the area. Slippery travel is possible, especially over higher elevations. — NWS Albany (@NWSAlbany) April 17,
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