Life In the Berkshires

Pleasant and Main in Housatonic: Village companionship — and sour cherry pie

Saturday, Nov 18 - “Thanksgiving,” Craig Bero explains. “It’s my favorite meal of the year.” This year will mark his third at the corner of Pleasant and Main, and he’s already talking about the baked beans – a blend of cranberry and black turtle beans – he’ll have cooking over the fire out back, not to mention eight turkeys, hand-plucked.

Berkshire Thanksgiving ‘wheres’

Saturday, Nov 18 - Professional chefs contribute their delectability skills and the food for some of the dinners, like Squanto and Massasoit long ago. All the chefs, cooks and volunteers who present these meaningful dinners are experienced and will be creating meals to remember.

Egremont Green News: Festive tips for skipping all that holiday trash

Thursday, Nov 16 - Check with your town, but most paper and tissue gift wrappings, as well as cards, are recyclable as long as they don’t contain foil, metallic inks or glitter. And all those cardboard shipping boxes could make a great first layer of sheet mulching next spring.

PROFILE: Susie Weekes-Roeder is building a school in South Africa

Wednesday, Nov 15 - When Susie Weekes-Roeder isn’t managing her Berkshire-based staging business or co-chairing local drives as a Construct board member, she’s tackling her most inspired undertaking yet: founding the Indwe Learning Center in Illovo, South Africa, adjacent to the Mother of Peace orphanage.

CONNECTIONS: Are there too many roads?

Tuesday, Nov 14 - There are a number of complicating factors related to easements and rights of way but, in general, the act of discontinuing a road is as simple as it is controversial.