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Powerless In Peru

A Berkshire County resident is one of the thousands of Americans stranded overseas as the world grinds to a halt amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts is calling on its landlords to seek relief from mortgage lenders and pass it on to their tenants. 

As New Yorkers flee the city for Berkshire County, some towns are preparing for a new threat of COVID-19 transmission.

The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts is taking steps to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Early voting in the March 3rd Massachusetts primary began this morning, and Berkshire County voters were ready.

After decades of waiting, construction is underway on a new affordable housing project in downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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Smitty Pignatelli is the Democratic State Representative for the 4th Berkshire District in Massachusetts. With State Senator and fellow Democrat Adam Hinds, Pignatelli is the co-presenter of a bill that would put Great Barrington’s December town vote for home rule into law. The Southern Berkshire community of around 7,000 is seeking the legal confirmation to ensure that it will have the final word on whether horse racing returns to the Great Barrington Fairgrounds for the first time in two decades, which Suffolk Downs is exploring. Pignatelli spoke with WAMC Tuesday.

Hearings are set for next week as Great Barrington, Massachusetts develops its budget for fiscal year 2021.

This week's Book Picks lists comes from Tim Oberg from The Book Loft in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

"Mr. Nobody" by Catherine Steadman
"Lady Hotspur" by Tessa Gratton
"Wake, Siren" by Nina MacLaughlin
"The Janes" by Louisa Luna
"Anyone" by Charles Soule
"Into the Fire" by Gregg Hurwitz
"Race to the Sun" by Rebecca Roanhorse
"Follow Me to Ground" by Sue Rainsford
"Five Unicorn Flush" by T.J. Berry
"You Look like a Thing and I Love You" by Janelle Shane

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Town residents gathered in Great Barrington, Massachusetts for a public forum on marijuana bylaws Wednesday night.

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Saturday marks one year since legal recreational marijuana sales began in Berkshire County. WAMC takes a look at how the burgeoning industry has impacted the area.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts announced Thursday that a much discussed road project is taking another step forward.

The Berkshire Bach Society presents “Bach at New Year’s” with a program of all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti at three locations in our region: Monday, December 30 at 3 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts; Tuesday, December 31 at 6 p.m. at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Wednesday, January 1 at 3 p.m. at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York.

Berkshire Bach Ensemble Director and soloist, Eugene Drucker, violinist and Co-Founder of the Emerson String Quartet joined us.

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As the town debates how to approach the possible return of horse racing to the Berkshires, voters in Great Barrington, Massachusetts adopted a home rule petition at special town meeting Wednesday night.

A second person has died as a result of a structure fire in Great Barrington, Massachusetts Monday.

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On Saturday, a Great Barrington, Massachusetts author will release a book written in the aftermath of her husband’s death.

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Tate Coleman – the 15-year-old Chairman of the Great Barrington Public Transportation Advisory Committee – is pushing to make public transit more efficient and responsive to Southern Berkshire County residents. The Simons Rock student tells WAMC that a forum Tuesday at the South County Berkshire Community College Center will allow locals to share feedback on efforts to modernize regional bus service.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts is marking the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the W.E.B. Du Bois boyhood home site.

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As the community discusses the return of horse racing to Great Barrington, Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds has removed his name from a bill about opening up regulations on the industry.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts officials are deliberating how to carry out paving repairs to Lake Mansfield Road.

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Bus company Peter Pan will begin a new direct route from New York City to Great Barrington, Massachusetts on Monday.

    This week's Book Picks lists comes from Julia Hobart from The Book Loft in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

“Living on the Borderlines” by Melissa Michal
“Rabbit and the Motorbike” by Kate Hoefler
“Goat” by Anne Fleming
“What Rose Forgot” by Nevada Barr
“Beadworkers” by Beth Piatote
“Midnight at the Blackberry Café” by Heather Webber
“Cosmology of Monsters” by Shaun Hamill
“Cold Storage” by David Koepp
“Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell” by Illustratus
“Gideon the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir
“Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers” by Anna James
“Bookish Life of Nina Hill” by Abbi Waxman

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts artist Suzi Banks Baum has spent the past three years developing an arts residency in Armenia. She teaches women book binding techniques deeply tied to the country’s history and culture. As she fundraises to return for a new round of workshops next month, Banks Baum sat down with WAMC to talk about what initially drew her to Armenia, the women she works with, and the country’s long-held traditions around books.

Suffolk Downs

As locals raise questions about the potential return of horse racing to Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the company eyeing the town is trying to answer them.

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A longtime Great Barrington, Massachusetts public servant was arrainged in Berkshire Superior Court today. Prosecutors allege she stole over $100,000 from the town.

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There is plenty of confusion as locals consider the possibility of horse racing returning to Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles' repertoire, The Fab Faux treat the seminal music with unwavering respect, and are known for their painstaking recreations of the songs (with emphasis on the later works never performed live by the Beatles).

The Fab Faux will performing “Abbey Road” in celebration of that album’s 50th Anniversary at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on Friday, August 2 at 8 p.m.

Bassist, former “Late Show with David Letterman” band member and founder of the group Will Lee joins us this morning to give us a preview.

The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts has completed work on a major downtown construction project.

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This summer, The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA will present world class music, dance, theatre, film screenings, and comedy with performances from Momix, Buddy Guy, Patti LuPone, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, David Sedaris, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Natalie Merchant, Savion Glover, John Mulaney, and more!

Beryl Jolly is the Executive Director of The Mahaiwe and she joins us.

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As we’ve reported in recent months, a teen has taken on the task of improving public transit in Southern Berkshire County.