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In Cautious Song, Early Birds Proclaim Vernal Awakening
Oh what a joy to see goldfinches in small feeding flocks dining on sunflower seeds provided in the porch feeders. It is time with a steel bristle brush to clear out last year's thistles and scrape away any rust clogging the tiny holes suited so well for their small bills. What a treat to watch showy yellow and black males,
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Williams College Lays Out Construction Safety Plan
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is ramping up its pending construction projects with a phased approach that follows state and federal guidelines for reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus.   Working with the town's Board of Health, the college has implemented a new health and safety plan that will allow work
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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Museum Starting Series of Renovations
Museum renovations Construction fencing and heavy machinery will appear on South Street next week as the Berkshire Museum begins essential renovations. Together, three capital projects will preserve the 117-year-old museum structure and protect its unique collection of fine art, historical objects and scientific specimens for many years to
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County's Colleges Train Workers for Post-Pandemic Economy
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The county's institutions of higher education are ready to do their part to help their students navigate their way through a post-COVID-19 economy.   On Friday, the presidents of Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Williams College and the provost of Bard College at
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'I Remember Mama': Motherhood: All Love Begins and Ends There
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 glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've
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@theMarket: Memorial Day Markets
As we begin the Memorial Day weekend that usually launches the nation's summer season, investors are anxious to discover if Americans will ignore CDC warnings, and go back to their old ways of celebrating the holiday. And if they do, will new cases of COVID-19 spike?   The re-opening of much of America this week had been met
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BRPC Eliminates Community Assessment Increases
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission accepted an amended budget Thursday with no increases to community assessments.   The Committee voted to rescind the assessment increases to member communities in response to the financial impacts COVID-19 will surely have throughout Berkshire
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Williamstown Planning Board Candidates Meet in League of Women Voters Forum
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The two candidates for one seat on the Planning Board found a lot of common ground in a forum held last week.   The main point of agreement: The board needs to do a better job of getting buy-in from the town before taking bylaw amendments to town meeting.   "I think it has been said a
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The Independent Investor: Chinese Checkers
If you are wondering why China is suddenly back in the news on various political and economic fronts, look no further than the November elections. America needs a scapegoat for all the pain and suffering we have endured during this pandemic. The world's second-largest economy is an easy target.   There is no dispute; if we want
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No Public Display, But Williamstown Legion to Honor the Fallen
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Field Park will be silent on Monday morning.   It just won't be the usual, solemn moment of silence that accompanies American Legion Post 152's annual Memorial Day observance.   The silence will be total, because the usual Memorial Day ceremony and the parade that precedes it were
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