BERKSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Susan Johnson in Camden,  Maine on top of Mt. Megunticook.
Thomas Thompson / Courtesy of Susan Johnson

I began hiking regularly with a friend and her chubby dog eight years ago. The friend worked a 9-to-5 job, so neither she nor her dog got much exercise. But on Saturday afternoons we would hike.

John Oliver in a file photo.
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John Oliver, who founded the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Festival Chorus more than 45 years ago, died Wednesday night in Great Barrington. He was 78 years old.

A rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, California.
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Norman Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barbershop" -- considered to be the most valuable and recognized piece of art being sold by the cash-strapped Berkshire Museum -- is being acquired by a yet-to-open museum in Los Angeles.

The Ramsdell Public Library in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on August 17, 2007.
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It's budgeting season in communities across New England. And it happens to be National Library Week. Terry Cowgill of the Berkshire Edge wrote about what he calls "the budget cutting ritual" in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Libraries and budget cuts often go together.

The old town hall in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
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With so many old buildings in New England, it’s not unusual to see old mills or even churches transform into retail space or condominiums. But what about town halls taking on a new purpose?

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Now that it has permission from the Massachusetts high court, the Berkshire Museum says it will start auctioning off part of its art collection next month.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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We kick off with a decision from Massachusetts highest court this week in favor of the Berkshire Museum's sale of dozens of its art works, including at least one piece by Norman Rockwell. 

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A group opposed to the sale of artwork by the Berkshire Museum calls a judge's decision on Thursday that the museum could proceed "terribly disappointing" and says most of it could end up out of public view.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, received approval from state's highest court Thursday for an agreement allowing it to sell up to 40 artworks. The decision clears the way for a contentious sale that will include some pieces by Norman Rockwell.

A stretch of the Housatonic River that under an EPA proposal would be dredged to remove PCBs.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The New England EPA is suggesting mediation may help speed up the clean up of the Housatonic River. 

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