Berkshires Week & the Shires of Vermont
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10 ways to enjoy apples at Lenox Apple Squeeze

LENOX, MASS. — This year's Lenox Apple Squeeze will include a new mainstage, new performers and new vendors, but apples — despite a challenging growing season — will remain the main attraction of this year's popular community harvest festival. Full Story
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Fast and healthy plant-based cookbook dishes reign

In Angela Liddon's previous life, there were chia seed doughnuts drizzled with coconut lemon whipped cream and decadent parfaits with homemade jams and hearty granolas for breakfast. At least once a week, the plant-based blogger and cookbook author dreamed up another breakfast. But these days, breakfast is a bit more utilitarian and typically something that can be eaten on the run while Liddon, Full Story
Smart Money: You're due money back for extra costs

DEAR BRUCE >> I bought glasses from a retail optical shop. I had to go back three times to get the glasses fixed due to problems with my prescription lens. I asked the store to pay for my roundtrip transportation, and the manager refused. I sent the cab receipts to the corporate office, and they sent me a check with an apology letter for the poor service. Full Story
Stargazer | Finding the aquatic constellations

After the flooding that some of our nation experienced this summer, I almost hesitate to bring this up. But of the 88 constellations that fill our night sky, 15 are somehow associated with water. Of those 15, several shine in our southern sky after dark this week. To see them, however, you'll need to retreat to a rural area far from city lights. Full Story
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Updated: September 26, 2016 1:06:32 PM EDT
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Best Bets: Fun things to do in the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont, Sept. 22 - 28

Civil war See rare quilt close up Even if you can't sew a button on a shirt, you'll appreciate the delicate craftsmanship of the "1863 Jane Stickle Quilt," at the Bennington Museum. Full Story
Annual Fall Run: Where you can admire motorcycles for a good cause
ADAMS, MASS. — Traffic Alert: Be prepared for the rumbling hum of motorcycles on a mission this weekend. Full Story

Glow Ball: Putt by the glow of the moonlight for a good cause
Test your short game by the light of glow sticks and help support the Berkshire County Special Olympics in the same stroke on Friday, at Baker's Golf Center in Lanesborough, Mass. Full Story

2016 Fall Foliage Festival: Annual Northern Berkshire fall fest kicks off
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — It's time to pack away the flip flops and herald in the start of fall by officially kicking it off with the North Adams, Mass. Full Story

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Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston split up

Taylor Swift decides Tom Hiddleston isn’t the one after all and hands him his walking papers.