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Strangers in a strange land

Strangers in a strange land

A program that many said would reinvigorate the Berkshires and increase the region’s diversity is now stuck in limbo as President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” sits undecided. Approved in January, the program would resettle 50 refugees, primarily Syrians and Iranians. The agency who would be resettling refugees is the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts. […]

A Starseed Odyessy

A Starseed Odyessy

Meet Dayne Herndon. Herndon lives in Monterey, Massachusetts. He is 23 years old and stands tall at over 6 feet. He rocks long brown hair, swept across his face in an almost extended, new wave “I Ran” look. By every outward account, Herndon looks like a Berkshire County 20-something. But Herndon is an extraterrestrial. “I’m […]

Legalized it, now what?

Legalized it, now what?

After Election Day to many supporters of Question 4 the state looked a little greener. That was because voters approved a ballot measure making Massachusetts the first state in the eastern U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. As of Dec. 15, it will be legal in Massachusetts to possess small amounts of marijuana […]

The Hit Factories

The Hit Factories

Recently, my middle school, death-metal obsessed, guitar-playing inner self has undergone a bit of a resurgence. But I would be lying if I said that the aggressive-chord-loving, dark-lyric-obsessed portion of my life was not a bit of a sunspot. Everyone goes through phases, though. That is why I know I’m not alone in this. Kids […]

Paint Wars

Paint Wars

Diving against the foam barrier I can almost feel the paintballs whipping over my head. This is the moment I am most sure that I was always far too weak and way too much of a wimp to ever join the military. I mean, this is just some damn paint, never mind real bullets, and […]

Underground Railroads

Underground Railroads

“A standard rule is you have to be a little nuts to do this,” David Townsend, 86, said, laughing. “But there are a lot of misconceptions with this hobby.” Down the unpaved – and admittedly fun to drive – Houstanic River Road just outside of Canaan, Connecticut, Townsend’s home sits on the crook of an […]