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Hinds, Pignatelli Field Questions at Kimball Farms Forum
State Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli share their thoughts on the upcoming legislative session at the Tuesday morning forum. LENOX,  Mass. — Despite the challenges the Berkshires face, state Sen. Adam Hinds is "bullish" on the economy.   Hinds cited
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In Pursuit of Beetle Happiness: Part 2
A sacred scarab of Egypt. Interfering with beetles pulling a dung ball across the desert sands may have aroused the anger of the gods in Egyptian superstition and ancient folklore. Thus the beetle is not pierced but rather held in position by the pins.    One spring day in Truro, Cape Cod, in the late 1980s,
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'The No-Collusion Oscar Picks 2019'
The phone rang, as it usually does whenever I'm sitting in the third-floor witch's hat of my haunted Victorian home in some gothic-like, small New England town with a dark past, anguishing over my Oscar picks. The voice at the other end sounded like Alec Baldwin at first.   "Want to get all your picks right this year,
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1Berkshire Calls For 'New Narrative' of Berkshire Economy
Tyler Fairbank was an integral part of both the original blueprint and the new one. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire economy is growing, according to 1Berkshire.   The economic development agency said some $1 billion worth of investment has been made in the county in just the last three years. Now, the
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@theMarket: Markets Gain on Hope & a Prayer
Investors remain cautiously optimistic that the wall of worry that has been plaguing us for months may now be crumbling. That's no sure thing, but at least we did have some good news this week.   While most investors were not expecting a repeat of last month's partial government shut-down, it was still a relief to see that
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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775. Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 18. The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of
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Packer Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Shakespeare Theatre Association
LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company's founding artistic director, Tina Packer, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Shakespeare Theatre Association. She received the Douglas N. Cook Lifetime Achievement Award while attending the 2019 STA Conference in Prague. The award honors STA members who have made and
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Berkshire United Way Taps New Director of Development
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire United Way has hired Ilene Marcus as director of development. Marcus joins the organization with more than 30 years of experience in social service programs, policy development, operations and revenue generation. She holds both her master of science in social work and master of public affairs from
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Hinds Given Committee Assignments: Chairing Revenue, on Ways and Means
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds will serve as the first stop for many of the big initiatives coming from the State House this year.   Hinds was given his committee assignments on Thursday: He'll chair the Joint Committee on Revenue, be vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Redistricting, and will serve on the
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The Independent Investor: Trump's War on Drug (Prices)
For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump called on Congress to do something about the escalating drug prices in America. The president is doggedly pursuing this campaign promise in the face of an army of special interest groups and big drug companies. Hurrah for you, Mr. President.   In his State of the Union address he
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