• Southern Berkshire town information - 05/27/2015 04:17 PM EDT
  • Southern Berkshire highlights - 05/27/2015 04:08 PM EDT
  • Southern Berkshire education - 05/27/2015 04:07 PM EDT
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    Bakers suggest light cakes for college graduation parties

    Keep, parties light; cakes, drinks are popular
    Find a good seat, get out your tissues and prepare to hear some quotes about following one's bliss. It's college graduation time. A commencement ceremony is a time for students to celebrate the fruits of four (or five or six) years of hard work, all while ending one chapter of their lives and starting another. Full Story
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    Guide to day hiking in the Shires of Vermont, Berkshires

    Every year, emergency responders head to the woods to assist lost or injured hikers. Just this year, according to Vermont State Police, a group of hikers contacted 911 after they became stuck in waist-deep snow on the Long Trail in Peru, Vt. A group of rescuers wearing snowshoes managed to reach them and guide them off the mountain. Full Story
    Thom Smith: Black/yellow bees might be carpenter bees

    Q: Every spring, black-and-yellow bumble bees buzz back and forth on my house. They don't nest, they just fly around. Are they mating, looking for pollen or just chasing each other? By June they are gone. — Tony, Pittsfield, Mass. A: My thought is they are carpenter bees and may be mistaken for bumble bees. Full Story
    Updated: May 27, 2015 4:17:51 PM EDT
    Southern Berkshire town information

    Town Halls Alford: 5 Alford Center Road; 413-528-4536; townofalford.org Becket: 557 Main St. Full Story
    Kate Abbott: 13th-century Chinese artists share work, love
    Guan Daosheng lived and worked in the 13th century in Wuxing, China — she was an artist and a rare being, because she was known in her lifetime, and she is known now. Full Story

    Berkshire Lyric champions local opera performance
    PITTSFIELD >> For the first time in about seven years, the Colonial Theatre will fill with the vibrato and bel canto of live opera — calling attention to the state of opera in the region. Full Story

    Southern Berkshire highlights
    Arts Becket Arts Center: Art shows all summer. Artwork of Becket Washington Elementary School May 22 to 31. Full Story

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    Officials say those Boston snow piles are even more vile

    BOSTON (AP) — It's disgusting enough to put you off snow cones for the rest of the summer. A Boston public works official says the towering piles of filthy snow left over from the city's record-setting winter are even more grotesque than most people can imagine. Full Story
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    B.B. King funeral to take place Saturday in Mississippi

    INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — Blues pioneer B.B. King is being remembered in the Mississippi Delta as a man whose talent was equaled by his generous spirit. Full Story
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    Michael Jackson's ranch can be yours for $100 million

    'Thriller’ singer’s amusement parks rides are gone, and property now called Sycamore Valley Ranch.