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A mountaintop home and artist’s studio with spectacular views

Ascending the steep, wooded driveway to Ridley and Nina Maric Whitakers’ home in South Egremont, the property makes an immediate impression. The day I was there, two white-tailed bucks grazed on the lawn below the house—they apprised me and my… Read More

All-inclusive schools – Breaking down institutional barriers

Paula Lima Jones (photo above) is getting her colleagues to think about their work in different ways. As the first Dean of Equity and Inclusion at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, the bulk of her work begins with a simple,… Read More

Aging in the Berkshires

A little-known movement with a large-scale mission—to create a community that is more livable for people of all ages, especially the older population—has been making great strides across the county. The name says it all: Age Friendly Berkshires. And… Read More

Ten Minutes with Austen Riggs Center’s Medical Director/CEO – Talking about Mental Health

Dr. Eric Plakun came to the Berkshires to train in psychoanalysis, and it has turned into “a 41-year residency,” as he puts it. Today, he heads the world-class mental health treatment facility on Main Street in the village of Stockbridge.… Read More

A Stone’s Throw Away – Curling finds its footing

As the seasons change, as the state of water turns from liquid to solid, the state of mind of a few dozen cold-hardy Berkshirites becomes lulled and lured by thoughts of granite stones, broomsticks, and a vocabulary requiring its own… Read More

WAM Theatre and Multicultural BRIDGE join forces to unhinge racism

Part of Kristen van Ginhoven’s personality is to challenge the status quo. As co-founder and artistic director of WAM Theatre (Where Arts and Activism Meet), she spent the last decade creating opportunity for women and girls. Today, she is at… Read More

HiLo Music Club is setting the stage for touring bands

After 120 years, the building at 55 Union Street in North Adams is making some noise in its new life as the HiLo Music Club, a mid-level venue aiming to attract a range of touring bands that typically bypass… Read More

Meat Shares – more and more local farms are selling their meats direct

On a crisp morning, bacon is frying. It is the season for sweet herbed sausage to go with scrambled eggs. In the fall, animals raised over the summer become a part of the harvest at local farms. And many of… Read More

Chihuahua Cheer – Therapy dogs reduce stress and anxiety for hospital patients

Bill Capasse and his teacup chihuahua Amie have near-celebrity status at Fairview Hospital. The pair is a trained and certified therapy dog team—the telltale sign is Amie’s tiny red Velcro vest—and they make the weekly trip from Ashley Falls to… Read More
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