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CONNECTIONS: The discovery and fate of Typhoid Mary

Mary Mallon was something almost unheard of in the early 20th century: an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid.

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.

CAPITAL IDEAS: GPS for ‘the GE’: Marco Polo?

Dalton -- Growing up in the Berkshires, I could tell if a certain generation lived in the area at a certain time period by...

CONNECTIONS: Tales of corruption, past and present

Spiro Agnew countered that the investigation was a “witch hunt.” The investigators were “liberals and biased.” Loudly, Agnew argued that the allegations were false, politically motivated and a sitting vice president could not be indicted.

Cheryl Ann Luft, 64, of Southfield

She was an avid photographer, bird watcher, dog lover and first responder volunteer. Her business CalmLightNow Photography created art and greeting cards that featured her love of nature and photography.

Dr. Robert L. Chesanow, 82, of Cheshire, Conn., formerly of Great Barrington

For a short time, Ches had a neurology practice in Meriden, then joined the staff of Cedarcrest Hospital in Newington where he stayed for 20 years, becoming chief of the medical service.

Ruth McGown, 96, of Lenox

She was a golf widow until her 40s and then became a passionate golfer, spending many enjoyable hours on the links at the Golf Club of Avon.

Laura Batch, 66, of Ashley Falls

Her generous spirit and warm smile will be missed by all who knew her.

Environmental activists want to ban the sale of popular water bottles

If it passes at town meeting, the GB On Tap program intends to provide additional drinking fountains and bottle refilling stations throughout town. In addition, it will help participating merchants and restaurants offer refillable water bottles for sale.

Pastor Van in his own words

“[In my youth] churches were all packed. It was all you could do on a Sunday. The minister had a captive audience. You couldn’t buy a car, or buy liquor. All the stores were closed. All you could do was go to church and then visit with relatives.”

Kraig R. Vogt, 75, of Great Barrington

Kraig was in private practice as a CMSW until he retired. He made many contributions to the Berkshire community that were close to his heart.

Mt. Everett Robotics team updates from World Championships  

Although one team had expressed interest in having us join them, this did not materialize and so our Cinderella run in St. Louis came to an end this morning. In what seemed a reversal of the way things generally go, the kids took the result with more equanimity than the adults, including me. The big story is how well we did against much larger schools who were better financed. In fact, Mt Everett finished ahead of every other school in New England. A great achievement.

Mt. Everett Robotics Team: On to World Championship

In the regional finals, the Mt. Everett team, Team 3085 Higgs Bots, performed well enough to qualify for the World Championship in St. Louis for the first time.

POV: Shakespeare and Company’s Game of Thrones

I hear the cries around me of "bring back Tony Simotes," but who would be so noble as to put himself forward to be humiliated publicly once again. The season awaits. 'The Comedy of Errors' dominates the summer and perhaps that is as it should be in a season where so many errors, though not so comic ones, have already been committed.
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