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Clinton, Sanders Campaigns Kick Off Local Super Tuesday Push
Clinton supporter Lynne Roberson speaks with coordinator Mary O'Brien and state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Campaigns for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have begun the local push in anticipation for Super Tuesday.   On Saturday, volunteers from the Sanders campaign began
Berkshire Tidbits: Winter Comfort Food
Well, winter is ensconced, even if it is not as dreadful as the last one. Coziness, comfort, heartiness and abundance are all welcome in our food right now. Soup. Stew. Burbling baked and potted meals. Lavish sauces and drinks are what we want. Rubiner's array of cheese and charcuterie for wine and cheese pairing
Governor Appoints Michael Case to DCR Regional Director Post
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The governor has tapped Michael Case to head the Western Regional office of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.   Case took over the job on Feb. 1 and now oversees 39 parks from Mount Holyoke west, including Pittsfield State Forest, Mount Tom, and Mount
Deadline Approaching For Becket Community Preservation Fund
BECKET, Mass. — Requests for funding through the Becket Community Preservation Fund for this coming year are due by Feb. 28. The Becket Community Preservation Fund may be used to support projects in three broad areas: open space/recreation, historic preservation and affordable housing. Funding may be used to acquire, create,
'Goldberger in Oscarland': Digging Deep for the Winners
I peered out my window. It was Oscar picking time. But no help seemed forthcoming. Over the years I've depended on the kindness of strangers to help make my selections. Last year the politically innocent squirrels who call my backyard home (a fat bunch since named The Goldberger Squirrels) made the treacherous journey across an angrily
The Independent Investor: OPEC's Poker Game
The news this week that some OPEC members have at least agreed to talk, and possibly freeze production, had traders covering their oil shorts, sending crude up over 15 percent. But why should simply freezing production at multi-year levels stem oil's price decline? Naysayers are right when they argue that holding production where it is
Rep. Paul Mark Opts Out of Senate Run
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark will not run for the open state Senate seat being left vacant by Benjamin B. Downing.   The Peru Democrat has spent the last several weeks considering whether he should take on the sprawling Senate district. On Thursday, he said he didn't want to lose the traction he has gained in
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