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Swinging for the Majors – Local boys aims for the mlb

Dillon Lifrieri has loved baseball as long as he can remember. He dreamt the dreams of most little kids, to play in the Major Leagues just like the heroes he watched on TV and at the grand ballparks. But at a tender age, Lifrieri’s childhood dreams hit an emotional roadblock. “When I was ten and [...]read moreSwinging for the Majors – Local boys aims for the mlb

Ten Minutes with Annie Farrell – A master farmer at millstone farm

Annie Farrell’s father was an NYPD detective and her mother was a “Lord & Taylor lady.” A fan of all creatures great and small, Farrell grew up with “a turtle pen, a snake pen, birds, and every critter I was allowed.” The family spent weekends at their lakeside home in North Salem, surrounded by farmland, [...]read moreTen Minutes with Annie Farrell – A master farmer at millstone farm

Follow That Goat – Calypso, Sapphire, and Wisteria: the unpretentious goat guides

Hannah Bracken has an affinity for the trio of Alpine goats grazing in the pasture adjacent to her Monterey home. Calypso, a two-year-old wether, holds a particularly special place in her heart: His mother, part of the herd at Susan Sellew’s neighboring Rawson Brook Farm, had a difficult labor. After a night of struggling, Bracken [...]read moreFollow That Goat – Calypso, Sapphire, and Wisteria: the unpretentious goat guides

A New Home – CATA is moving to a bigger, brighter, more complete space

Clearly, CATA is having a banner year—its 26th as an inimitable, impactful bridge connecting the cultural world and disabled community. On the heels of receiving a boost from Mass Cultural Council and being presented the Excellence in Collaboration award by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Community Access to the Arts held a groundbreaking ceremony at the [...]read moreA New Home – CATA is moving to a bigger, brighter, more complete space

On the Bowl – A photographer finds serenity and beauty on this Berkshire body of water

It’s 5 a.m. Cup of coffee in hand, I look out the kitchen window to check the sky and see a faint, rose-colored glow. It’s a good sign. At the end of my road, I pause. Left or right? I turn right. Stockbridge Bowl has won the coin toss again. On mornings like this when I have no [...]read moreOn the Bowl – A photographer finds serenity and beauty on this Berkshire body of water

The Gift of Gal Time A Mother Daughter Trip in Litchfield Hills

Every year, my mother tells us the story of how I was her birthday present. What sounds like a sweet story could have been tragic, so I am glad she remembers my birth fondly. Her doctor insisted I was underweight, but my mother’s intuition told her otherwise. I was close to ten pounds when her [...]read moreThe Gift of Gal Time A Mother Daughter Trip in Litchfield Hills

Ten Minutes With an IVF specialist – Rachel A. Bennett, MD

Rachel A. Bennett, MD is a reproductive endocrinologist, or to put it more simply, an IVF specialist. She opened her private practice, Westchester Reproductive Medicine, in Mount Kisco in 2006 and has been practicing for 24 years. She trained with some of the world’s leading pioneers in the field at Cornell Weill and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Her practice is considered to be a “boutique” operation; she sees about 150 women and couples a year.


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Deep Roots – Digging in with Susan and Coleman Burke

Susan and Coleman Burke’s garden is alive with the sound of birds and insects: a pollinator’s paradise. Susan, sitting in the sunshine on her red brick patio, is debating the growth of the fig trees she has planted in pots—just released from their winter hibernation in the basement—while pausing to name the various birds swooping [...]read moreDeep Roots – Digging in with Susan and Coleman Burke

Connection to the Past – Daffodils And Cows With The Morosanis

In 1941, Remy Morosani, eager to start a dairy farm and spread the popularity of Brown Swiss cattle, acquired 120 acres on Wigwam Road. His wife Virginia envisioned rugged ledges sprawling with daffodils and planted 10,000 bulbs. Remy’s commitment to improve the breed was recognized in the mid 1950s when one of his 80 cows [...]read moreConnection to the Past – Daffodils And Cows With The Morosanis

Peel Me a Grape – The Secret To Centuries As A Family Farm

“Not many people can say they’ve been on a piece of land 235 years,” muses Bill Hopkins with a laugh and a shrug, “My father in law used to say the first 100 years are the hardest.” Bill and Judy Hopkins are talking about their farm, sitting side by side at what looks like their [...]read morePeel Me a Grape – The Secret To Centuries As A Family Farm

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