(Kristopher Radder — Reformer Staff)
Fruit pies, tarts popular in summer months

Trips to a local farm to pick your own berries can be a great family activity. But what if you went a little crazy? What if you picked too many? What can you do with all that fruit? Baking a pie is a sure-fire way of using up those berries and crafting a tasty treat in one fell swoop. Producing a pie at home can be simple enough (especially with a store-bought crust), but there are plenty of Full Story
(Ben Garver — The Berkshire Eagle)
State forests offer New England's unique beauty

The United States Forest Service dates back to 1905. There are now more than 150 national forests covering nearly 190 million acres of land throughout the country. A considerable portion of that acreage can be found in New England, and is primed for exploration during the summer months. According to Mass. Full Story
Stargazers: Billions of stars and miles between

Guests on my popular Night Sky Tours quickly become accustomed to hearing large numbers. For example, in any one program I might declare that our sun emits some 400 billion trillion watts of power each second, that our Milky Way Galaxy contains hundreds of billions of stars, or that the distances to even the nearest stars are measured in trillions of miles. Full Story
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Updated: August 01, 2015 7:49:18 AM EDT
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Bring the Kids: Fun things to do for the week of July 30 to Aug. 5

So you want to do something fun with your kids without breaking the bank? Check out these three free, family-friendly, events. Full Story
Best Bets - Fun things to do this week in the Berkshires and the Shires of Vermont
Free theatre O' Romeo, Romeo What's more exciting than star-crossed love, sword fights, or someone faking their death? Full Story

Thoroughfares — Main Street, Great Barrington
One can shop and eat their way through this bustling downtown Great Barrington has been called one of the best towns in America by numerous media outlets, and it's not hard to understand why. Full Story

Superheroes are all the rage these days at the Lichtenstein
Lawrence Klein, the founder of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City, curated a new exhibit coming to the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts (Renne Avenue, Pittsfield) called "Reimagined! Full Story

Massachusetts woman's chicken getting $2,500 prosthetic leg

CLINTON, Mass. (AP) — This chicken leg isn't for eating. A hen owned by a Massachusetts woman who specializes in chicken rehabilitation and rescue is getting fitted with a prosthetic leg Wednesday at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Full Story
2 women dead from suspected drug overdoses at music fest

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Two women died from suspected drug overdoses at a popular weekend music festival, prompting calls for an investigation and concern over the use of narcotics at youth-oriented events. Full Story
J.J. Abrams broke his back filming 'Star Wars'

The 'Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens' director reveals to Jon Stewart how the Millennium Falcon door that injured Harrison Ford on set also broke Abrams' back.