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Q: Almost every night in Pittsfield, past midnight, CSX freight trains sound their horns frequently and loudly while traveling through the city, audible from miles away. Since there are no longer any railroad crossings in the city, why are the train … more
An early start to this winter has Berkshire and Southern Vermont homeowners boning up on their snow removal sooner than they were a year ago.Since late November, area retailers have seen a surge in consumers buying snowblowers, snow shovels and roof … more
For many families, posing with the Jolly Old Elf himself is a quintessential holiday photo op. But it may not always be a pretty picture.You know the scene: It's a crowded day at the shopping mall, or maybe there's a bustling line to see Santa Claus … more
Editor's note: We believe good manners are timeless, that's why we're introducing a once-a-month etiquette column offering you tips and advice on how to handle real-life situations.Whether your office cocktail party is at a restaurant or the boss' … more
WORCESTER, Mass. — It only takes a minute for a crispy Christmas tree to touch off a raging inferno. Researchers who set up a mock living room complete with curtains and an armchair — and then hit "record" as a … more
As you travel the Berkshires and Southern Vermont in search of the perfect Christmas tree, a bit of advice: Avoid the pitfall of Clark Griswold. It's unlikely you'll repeat the faux pas of Chevy Chase's film character in "National … more
We all know snow globes are fun to shake, and they make cute mementos. But you might not realize that snow globes are easy and inexpensive to make. A jar from your refrigerator or pantry can substitute for a globe. Your local craft or … more
Q: Where can you find craft breweries in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont? A: Whether you want to stock your fridge or give a growler this holiday season, there are several options and opportunities to share local libations. From … more
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