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Money change votes?

Will money change votes?

A fund-raiser at a Broadway sports bar in late June launched the beginning of a new campaign to shape the future of Saratoga Springs. The event raised an initial round of donations for the newly formed Saratoga Political Action Committee, or Saratoga PAC, which counts some of the city’s leading real estate developers among its supporters. read more



Judy Kniffin

Farm to plate, at the farm

Barn dinners showcase couple’s sheep cheeses, cured meats.
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Two mayors face uphill races in the Berkshires

Mayoral races in Pittsfield, North Adams, Hudson and Saratoga Springs are among the marquee contests on the ballot in local elections set for Nov. 3 in Massachusetts and New York.

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Vital Eats

Changing a college’s energy equation

Green Mountain College already holds an impressive array of environmental credentials, and now a group of students want it to achieve another milestone: by becoming a “net-zero” energy campus.
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Spreading the gospel of locally grown grains

In Amy Halloran’s new book, flour is a character that can be wildly exciting, and wood-fired ovens have lineages. The book, “The New Bread Basket,” is the culmination of her five-year study of an emerging movement to grow and process grains outside the Midwest.

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Art shines a light on a ‘forgotten holocaust’

Although the Holocaust carried out by Nazi Germany is a well-known and well-documented chapter in history, the Columbia County artist Maria Kolodziej-Zincio has a new exhibit that focuses on another, lesser-known mass tragedy from World War II: the mass deportation of Polish citizens to Siberia.

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X-Files of the Berkshires

Berkshire County may not have an actual office of the X-Files, but if it did it would be run by local writer Joe Durwin, whose ongoing project, “These Mysterious Hills,” is about to enter a new stage as a book.

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whispering bones ghost stories Oct 30


Belcher Hollow Forge, Handforged iron