A taste that resonates through time

A taste that resonates through time

Maple syrup is ubiquitous in pantries and breakfast eateries in the U.S., but how did it get there? The sweet and sticky pancake topping was first introduced to European settlers by Native Americans and a Saturday, March 23 event at the Bidwell House Museum in Monterey will detail how that historical process has evolved over […]

Sheffield fatal fire investigated as a murder-suicide

Sheffield fatal fire investigated as a murder-suicide

Evidence suggests husband was the assailant PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington reported that investigators are treating the Sheffield fire as a five-person murder-suicide. First responders recovered the bodies of two adults and three children at 1343 Home Road, Wednesday morning. The deceased individuals have been identified as Luke Karpinski, and his wife, […]

Pot-infused edibles firm seeking Barrington site

Pot-infused edibles firm seeking Barrington site

GREAT BARRINGTON — A manufacturer of cannabis-infused edibles hopes to set up shop. The community, however, wasn’t prepared for such a proposal until it established a marijuana product manufacturer host community agreement. So, they did. The select board was recently approached — for the first time — by an enterprise that hopes to manufacture marijuana […]

Tina Packer, the driving power

Tina Packer, the driving power

LENOX — All the world’s a stage and in Tina Packer’s world, the play’s the thing. Born in England in 1938, the spotlight found Packer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London where she won the Ronson Award for most outstanding actor and graduated from in 1964. Writing, in particular, she says, is […]

Sharon Gregory, a vibrant force and a woman of multiple talents

Sharon Gregory, a vibrant force and a woman of multiple talents

This is the first of a four-part series saluting women in the community throughout the month of March in honor of National Women’s History Month. GREAT BARRINGTON — March is more than a month to sport shades of green and don shamrocks. It’s also Women’s History Month, an occasion to observe and celebrate the role […]

Taking a hike just got easier

Taking a hike just got easier

PITTSFIELD — Looking for somewhere to go snowshoeing in the Berkshires? Maybe a place to hunt for geocaches? Or how about a trail with a rugged terrain to hike? The Berkshire Natural Resources Council has got it covered — right at your fingertips. Last Friday, the Pittsfield-based nonprofit launched a mobile trails app tailored for […]

Life after a brain injury

Life after a brain injury

Broom handles. Blue Duct tape. Toilet plungers. Doesn’t seem like much alone, but MacGyvered together, these three items have the ability to assist individuals in achieving cognitive wellness. Just ask Susan Taylor, who used the items recently as part of a painting workshop during a brain injury day program in Lee. In 2011, Taylor was […]

Redevelopment plans in Lee include former Price Chopper

Redevelopment plans in Lee include former Price Chopper

LEE — A California-based developer is hoping to catch some rays in Lee with the installation of a solar farm on a 105-acre property off Chanter Road. Annie McQuillan, community engagement manager for Cypress Creek Renewables, came before the Lee Planning Board on Monday night to propose the project and submit a site plan. As […]

Seven Hills Inn $2.2M renovation nears completion

Seven Hills Inn $2.2M renovation nears completion

LENOX—The historic Seven Hills Inn will embark on a new era next month as its $2.2-million renovations are slated for completion. The Lenox lodgings, set on 26 acres and spread between three buildings, are currently undergoing a makeover tailored to the modern traveler, said Jamie Wolfe, general manager for Seven Hills. Even the check-in area […]

First phase of Powerhouse Square nears completion

First phase of Powerhouse Square nears completion

GREAT BARRINGTON — The future home of the Berkshire Co-op Market is expected to be open for business in early spring as construction for the first phase of $30 million Powerhouse Square development on downtown Bridge Street nears completion. The co-op’s new location will be the first time that a space was designed for the […]