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After all the pomp and circumstance is cleaned up after inauguration weekend, many are wondering: What next?After President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the United States' 45th president on Friday, his supporters, detractors, Congress, the … more
I don't like looking at the three bins in my basement that are overflowing with old electronics, much less touching them. So let me make one thing clear: Do as I say, not as I do.Make a plan to sell, donate or recycle your old electronics now. more
One of the most difficult, yet profound steps one can take when someone passes away, is to pay their respects to the family of the deceased.Recently, I experienced the passing of my mother. My heart overflowed with gratitude by all the cards, calls, … more
For me, the new year prompts a cleaning frenzy. No sense waiting until spring — I prefer to launch into the new calendar knowing that my house is spick-and-span. In addition to the areas of my home I clean regularly, such as the kitchen sink, … more
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
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