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North Adams City Council ’19 Elections: Lisa Blackmer

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Lisa Blackmer; photo by James Kennedy.

Thanks for checking out our elections coverage. We try to cover at least one race a year in an in-depth, meaningful way, and 2019 finds us at it again.

Lisa Blackmer; photo by James Kennedy.

The Finger Lakes: A Composition in Three Movements

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Dr. Konstantin Frank vineyards overlooking Keuka Lake. Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” in the FLX; photo by Nancy Koziol.

The story—and experience—of Finger Lakes wine is no more perfectly analogized than with a nearly note-by-note match with Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C♯ Minor.

Dr. Konstantin Frank vineyards overlooking Keuka Lake. Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” in the FLX; photo by Nancy Koziol.

Questions remain about surveillance cameras on Greylock buses

Schools can hardly be blamed for wanting to decreasing the amount of time investigating problem behaviors. Cameras solve that problem. They’re cheap. They’re easy to install. And besides, everybody else has them.

Featured image a composite of public domain images created to represent the issue, not an actual school bus, graphic by Jason Velázquez.

Unsung Eats: The KShack in New Lebanon

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The KShack, which opened on the Fourth of July, 2019 in New Lebanon, serves up seasonal delights, locally sourced when possible; photo by Robin Catalano.

Drive through New Lebanon on Route 20, and you may notice something a little different: a colorful, comics-esque sign for The KShack. It’s easy to pass if you’re on a mission from Pittsfield to Albany or from New York City to the Berkshires, but this roadside food stand, set off the main drag on Tilden Lane, is worth a stop. In each travel direction.

Robin CatalanoRobin Catalano believes in the power of storytelling to connect communities and cultures. She’s applied her creative approach to writing for magazines, books, blogs, websites, and a wide variety of marketing projects, and has published more than 75 articles and 1,000+ blog posts.…

Beyond the Witches: 48 Hours in Salem

For locals and tourists alike, Salem Willows has been the heart of Salem for generations; photo by Robin Catalano.

Over the centuries, Salem has managed to steadfastly preserve its history while transforming into a modern tourism destination—one with a penchant for festivals nearly every weekend of the year, a burgeoning dining and cocktail scene, and a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination.

For locals and tourists alike, Salem Willows has been the heart of Salem for generations; photo by Robin Catalano.

TLC #75: DA Harrington discusses new juvenile justice initiative

Berkshire County Courthouse, photo by Alexius Horatius; [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

"The plan will hold juvenile offenders accountable while encouraging positive youth development through proven strategies to reduce teen recidivism and address the root causes of delinquency. It is a shift from a court-centered model of addressing juvenile delinquency to a community-based model, focused on ending the school-to-prison pipeline."

Snapshot Travel Guide — Exeter, New Hampshire

Lest you think Exeter is all crusty historical stuff, every Labor Day Weekend, the town hosts a UFO Festival, to commemorate a mysterious incident. In 1965, a young man was hitching a ride home when he noticed flashing red lights that seemed to hover over a farm, then move toward him. The same evening, a woman was found sitting in her car along Route 108, visibly shaken from having been followed for miles by a “huge object with flashing red lights.” Two police officers later testified to having seen the same unidentified object. Virtually all shops and restaurants in the Downtown Area Commercial District get in on the alien-invasion fun.

We always think of you when we’re off adventuring — wouldn’t it be great if we could ALL go touring together?

On second thought, that might look like an invasion from Greylock Nation! But we can
share snapshot moments that let you in our fave finds in both near and
far–flung locales (is “near-flung a thing?) If you’ve been to this
destination, leave a comment below to share your favorite restaurant,
shop, attraction, or other feature.
Robin CatalanoRobin Catalano believes in the power of storytelling to connect communities and cultures.…

Green beans and carrots: Good individually, spectacular baked together

A ridiculously small space can yield massive taste and nutrition. Green beans picked right off the vine in your yard have a taste you'll remember — especially when you combine them with their BBF, the humble carrot, and some spices.

Green beans and carrots, ready to go in the oven; photo by Sheila Velazquez.

IE #34: HiLo North Adams — a resurrection of space and sound

From the Crystal Hardhat to Museum of Dog, 55 Union Street has known it's share of weirdness and wildness. Now, reanimated as the region's premier mid-sized music and comedy venue, HiLo North Adams is already winning the hearts, minds, and ears of North County.

The newly revealed original exterior of 55 Union; photo and effects by Jason Velázquez.

The need to nurture: We all need somebody, or something, to love

Baby African Violets waiting to be separated from their mother leaves; photo by Sheila Velazquez.

What typically comes to mind when we hear the word “nurture” is a mother holding a baby. But nurturing is not a gender-specific activity, nor is it only applied to human babies. In fact, if you think of every instance when you viewed a scene or picture of a farmer cradling a lamb, calf, or chicken, that is what nurturing is—caring for a living being that often cannot express its thanks. The object of nurturing can be a child or other human, or it can be a puppy, kitten, apple tree, or flowering plant.…

The Sea Is All About Us

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A whale watch in Gloucester is a don’t-miss. Here, a humpback dives for a meal; still from video by Floren Garcia.

Based on outer appearances, you might be tempted to lump Gloucester in with other picturesque coastal areas of the Northeast. But this would be a mistake. Photo by Robin Catalano.

Cornbread Cafe #14: The Mammals

The Mammals appear Saturday, July 27 at Hancock Shaker Village as an installment in the Shaker Barn Music series, photo by Schnaidt.

Episode #14 of the Cornbread Cafe features a deep-dive interview with Mike Merenda of The Mammals, tunes, and more tunes.

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