Berkshires Week & the Shires of Vermont
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Hikes welcome the solstice in the winter woods

From valley to ridge, outdoor explorers can enjoy winter
12/17/2014 06:13 PM EST
Each year, the winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year and the gradual conversion to longer days and shorter nights. 
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Leg lamp stolen from New York store's display

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — Who took the leg lamp belonging to Ralphie's "Old Man" from a New York store's annual tribute to "A Christmas Story"? Full Story
South Africa's high crime rate inspires novelist

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Novelist Angela Makholwa's fascination with South Africa's violent crime has made her one of the country's most popular writers. Full Story