Berkshires Week & the Shires of Vermont
(south dakota art museum (gift of Marion J. Kaye in memory of her mother, Helen M. KERNS) — NORMAN rockwell museum)
At the Norman Rockwell Museum, the work of an artist as big and resilient as the subjects he painted

STOCKBRIDGE — He was a tall, powerful man, and he knew how to work. He could plough from dawn to dark and stack full grain stacks faster than two hired men together. Full Story
(Ben Garver — the berkshire eagle)
Get the holiday party started with last-minute appetizers

With holidays upon us, you sometimes never know who will be stopping by to bring some cheer along with an empty stomach. Avoid greeting house guests with panic over what you're going to serve and instead offer up some yummy starters. Kim Rawson is a communications consultant in the Berkshires with a passion for cooking. Full Story
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Five tips to help you improve your child's reading skills

Hit the books: You know you want your child to start reading early, but what if he or she just doesn't seem to be interested in picking up a book? Staff members of the Manchester Community Library in Manchester, Vt., offer these additional tips to help get your child started on the right path to reading. Full Story
Thom Smith: Evidence of mountain lions in area exists

Through the years, and more so it seems, in the 1990s, I would receive reports of mountain lions seen locally. Many were questionable because of the lack of hard evidence. On the other hand, I and others are convinced that these big cats have wondered through the region, and from time to time, still do. Full Story
Updated: November 06, 2015 6:52:07 AM EST
(hubbard hall cenhter for the arts and education)
At Hubbard Hall, a new director with a new sense of mission

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — At the age of 44, David Andrew Snider is a man on a mission. Full Story
Vermont rabbi wins papal comedy contest
EAST DORSET, VT. — Becoming the "Honorary Comedic Adviser to the Pope" involves something of a leap of faith, especially for a Jewish rabbi from Vermont. Full Story

Take Five| Five questions with author Jeff Belanger
Jeff Belanger: In the paranormal world, he is the ultimate insider and a jack-of-all-trades. The author of more than a dozen books on paranormal legends, covering bizarre phenomena including Big Foot and UFO sightings, ghosts, strange monsters and ancient mysteries, he's also the researcher for "Ghost Adventures" on the Travel Channel and host of the widely popular web and cable talk show "30 Odd Minutes." He's also the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated PBS series, "New England Legends." Full Story

'Very Semi-Serious': The story behind who draws laughs at the New Yorker
Everyone knows the New Yorker cartoons, but less certain are the stories of the people behind them and how they actually get in the magazine. Full Story

Harrison Ford and Chewbacca finally end feud on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Jimmy Kimmel brings Harrison Ford and Chewbacca of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” together again, after supposed rift, as Adele’s “Hello” plays.