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CONNECTIONS: A tale of two 19th-century Berkshire women

One had a solid impact on Berkshire County and her generation. While the other, although more famous, may have had no impact on the county at all. You decide.

CONNECTIONS: Mary Flynn, sage of Stockbridge

Right from wrong was a thing about which Miss Mary never was in doubt. Also, like Pelosi, Miss Mary acted out of her own convictions, never swayed by the praise or criticism of others.

CONNECTIONS: Temporarily disconnected

It is unbelievable to me, but this year I wrote my 500th column.

Second-class citizens no longer: Berkshire second-home owners eye greater involvement, voting rights

Second-home owners have no voting rights in Massachusetts, so their influence in state and local affairs is necessarily limited. They certainly are permitted to attend town meetings and, in most towns, are allowed to speak at the discretion of the moderator.

Bits & Bytes: Williams astronomer captures eclipse images; Bryant Day; National Moth Week workshop; Housatonic River cleanup; youth tennis program

Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center will celebrate National Moth Week Tuesday, July 24, from 8 to 10 p.m., with a workshop about nighttime pollinators, insects and moths.

Bits & Bytes: DA candidate forum; ‘Senior Prom’; Carole Owens on ‘Remarkable Women’; Weber on ecological economics; ‘Catch the Fever’ at the Colonial

This year’s Berkshire County District Attorney election is the first contested district attorney race in over a decade.

Bits & Bytes: River Walk March for Science; Eric Foner at Simon’s Rock; David Sedaris at the Colonial; Carole Owens at Dewey Hall; Rabbi...

Author, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Columbia University DeWitt Clinton Professor of History Eric Foner will deliver the 22nd annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture at Bard College at Simon’s Rock Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Lenox at 250 Years, Panel I;’ ceramics exhibit at Simon’s Rock; Ten Days of Play; Jo Firestone at MASS Moca; Hotchkiss...

“Lenox at 250 Years: Panel I, 1787–1880" will include Charles Flint and Lucy Kennedy, who will discuss the town’s early history; Dr. Carole Owens, who will focus on the years 1750–1800); and Bernard Drew, who will discuss Lenox in the mid-19th century).

Former DeSisto School redevelopment proposal shocks Stockbridge selectmen

“We don’t need more people from New York and Boston to come spend millions of dollars on houses....the town needs to be rejuvenated.....to function as a community. We need families.” -- Sally Underwood Miller, criticizing the proposed massive redevelopment of the former DeSisto School campus on Route 183

CONNECTIONS: In honor of Bobby Zimmerman from Brainerd, Minnesota

Carole Owens remembers growing up with Bob Dylan in the lonely cold wilds of northern Minnesota: “He went right up – when they called 'open mike' -- and sang. Abby and I were mortified, embarrassed, whatever, because he was scrawny and his voice was nasal and not very melodic."

Bits & Bytes: Neal and Tyer to present heroin documentary; ‘Artistic Insights’ at Shakespeare & Co.; ‘Nudes Beyond the Prado;’ Carole Owens book signing;...

Shakespeare & Company Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer and Company actor Jonathan Epstein will give a talk entitled “Shakespeare and the Jews,” which will explore Shakespeare’s controversial play “The Merchant of Venice.”

CONNECTIONS: Timeless congressional indecision

We have survived 240 years and you know what they say: the more things change, the more they remain the same.

CONNECTIONS: Poetic mysteries solved, but no way to prove it

Stockbridge in 1856 was rich with poets, painters, and novelists, as were neighboring Lenox and Pittsfield.

CONNECTIONS: Birth of the Tanglewood Music Festival

From the genesis, the “advancement and material gain to the Berkshires” was the first concern of the Berkshire Symphonic Festival, with classical music a means rather than an end.

CONNECTIONS: Gilded Age crumbled of its own exclusivity

Even as the Berkshire cottages were being built, the seeds of the undoing of an American aristocracy were being planted.

CONNECTIONS: Berkshire ‘cottages,’ then and now

The size of these Gilded Age estates helped create South County’s unique beauty and semi-rural character. For a video tour of the cottages, go to the end of the article.

CONNECTIONS: Life, love and death in 1906 America

Were we the same country in 1906 or were we as different as chalk and cheese?

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