Friday, May 24, 2024

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Emily Thurlow

Emily Thurlow is a longtime journalist who's roved from central and western Massachusetts, Arizona, Pennsylvania and into the Berkshires. She's covered a tornado, wildfires and tariff tussles as well as nonprofit issues, education, and arts and culture. Have a tip? Drop her a line at localloislane@gmail.com. Follow Emily on Twitter @localloislane.

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Halloween round-up: West Stockbridge church hosts haunted Halloween on wheels drive-thru

The Haunted Drive-Thru is located at 45 Main St. and is accessible through Hotel Street and moves onto Maple Street. Along the route, motorists will be met by costumed actors and dimly lit scenes.

@GBLabs encourages locals, visitors to explore Great Barrington

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, government research and marketing group @GBLabs was formed with aims on improving community cohesion and engagement in Great Barrington.

When the visual goes virtual: CATA showcases online art exhibit ‘Back & Forth’

With the adaptive method, an artist with significant physical disabilities uses a laser pointer worn on their head or wrist to direct the creation of the artwork. A trained "tracker," who serves as the artist's hands, follows the direction of the artist so that the vision of the artist is conveyed.

COVID-19 spurs real estate buying ‘frenzy’ in the Berkshires

While the Berkshire County Board of Realtors doesn’t track where the buyers are coming from or whether they intend to use the property as a primary or secondary residence, many local real estate agents have noted that buyers are coming from New York, specifically Brooklyn.

Former Porchlight VNA/Home Care in Lee is listed for sale

Free-standing, small visiting nurse associations do not really have a referral source pipeline like hospital-based agencies or national chains do and are finding it hard to financially stand alone in this health care environment.

PERSPECTIVES: Adjusting to a world post-pandemic: Berkshire gyms adapt in ever-changing environment

The demand for exercise hasn't wavered while people have been stuck indoors.

Lee High School graduates 53 students

"Our biggest mistake was that even though we've made countless memories together, we didn't make more in a time of uncertainty, in a time where we can't even be together as a class and experience the things we have been looking forward to as kids: prom, graduation, Class Night." -Suriana Lee, valedictorian of the Lee High School class of 2020

PERSPECTIVES: In the pandemic age, gardening blooms in the Berkshires

"Business as usual" does not exist for any industry at this point. With that said, county horticultural businesses have taken steps to keep both staff and consumers safe while still adapting to increased demands.
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