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SHEELA CLARY: Thoughts on my 52nd birthday

Of course I still have friends, and I will spend the evening celebrating with some special ones, but the gift of being 52, I am discovering, is to realize the pleasure to be had in doing nothing apart from standing still and looking at things.

The curious life of Rawson Brook Farm’s Susan Sellew

Today, Rawson Brook Farm can lay claim to being the oldest continuously operating commercial cheesemaking farm in Berkshire County.

Liberate Town Meeting

Before CoronaTime, I tried to imagine a system that took advantage of modern technology, of expanded broadband, and computers and smartphones to extend and expand our ability to discuss the issues before us. So here are several suggestions about how we can liberate town meeting from the past and meet the challenge of COVID-19.

Alison Harper, 83, of New York City and Chatham, Mass., formerly of Williamstown

Later, she was asked to stay on at the Public Theater, where she started working in the box office in 1967. She retired from that same location in 1996, nearly 30 years later.

News Brief: District Attorney Harrington joins ‘Visit A Prison Challenge’

The “Visit a Prison Challenge” encourages all state and federal policymakers to visit a prison or jail.

EYES TO THE SKY: Worldview: Origin of our Sun, solar system, ourselves

Grand Mesa Observatory in Colorado, under the direction of Terry Hancock, offers on-site and remote access to unpolluted skies.

Of antiques and ‘journeys’: New cannabis shop opens its doors in Lee

"It's exciting. It's interesting and we'll see where it goes, but I don't see any problems other than maybe traffic for awhile, but I don't really see any downside." -- Lee Selectwoman Patricia Carlino

Lee pot shop, Sheffield farm receive final licenses from state cannabis authorities

Nova Farms in Sheffield says it will use sustainable methods to minimize its carbon footprint and will also be home to livestock such as Scottish Highland cattle and an apple orchard.

Adventures in the marijuana trade: Swimming to Atlantis

‘All recreational users should be aware of potential undesired acute cannabinoid effects,' her fancy way of saying that what can sometimes happen when you’re high on pot might be a bummer. And the effects are a function of a bunch of factors—what kind of cannabis, how often you use, who the user is and how much they smoke.”

The Self-Taught Gardener: A river runs through it

The power of water for both good and bad shows our Self-Taught Gardener Lee Buttala that we all can share a collective future if we focus on what brings us together.

Part I: Mother and fan — a journey to Kings Theatre

After my husband died, one of my greatest concerns was whether I was capable of raising a son on my own without his father’s guidance, a son whose musical gifts were burgeoning.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Uninhabitable Earth,’ a grisly, sobering look at climate change

“It is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn’t happening at all …”

Here comes the ‘Boozemobile,’ one liquor store’s response to a changing marketplace

Successful businesses are always on the hunt for growth opportunities, and package stores are no exception. But the stores face competitive threats that were hard to imagine only 15 years ago.

Opening the Weedgates, Part VII: Youth at risk

Four years ago, 70 percent of South Berkshire 12th-graders reported having used marijuana at least once, and 41 percent reported use within the past month. In 2019, those numbers are 52 percent and 36 percent respectively.

Alan Chartock: We have a right to die with dignity

It seems absurd that we will have to use our collective might to lobby the legislature and the governor to give us the right to die. I have seen polls on the issue where support for an individual’s right to die with dignity is overwhelming.

Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington speaks out on criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization

"As a parent, and someone who’s worked with young people who are at risk, I’m very concerned with how we protect young people from marijuana. We know that marijuana is devastating for developing brains. If your kids get drunk before school, you’re going to notice. But if they’re smoking marijuana, it’s a lot harder to tell." --Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington

Opening the Weedgates, Part V: How pot stores got their names

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission explicitly has forbidden retail marijuana stores from describing what they sell. You can’t understand what’s in front of you if the laws make it play hide and seek.
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