BERKSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

The Housatonic River.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Massachusetts has allocated the last of a pot of money designated to compensate for the damage to the environment caused by General Electric's Pittsfield plant. 

A courthouse in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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A top lawyer in the Berkshire County District Attorney's office resigned this week after a dispute involving the release of public documents.

Elizabeth Freeman is buried in the Sedgwick family plot in the Stockbridge, Massachusetts, cemetery.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Nearly 250 years ago this month, 11 men gathered in a house on the Housatonic River to draft a document on equality and independence aimed at the British crown. A woman who was enslaved in the house overheard the discussion, and determined the words applied to her, too.

A stretch of the Housatonic River in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Under an EPA proposal, sediment containing PCBs would be dug up from this section of the river.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

A citizens group focused on the cleanup of the Housatonic River is meeting in Lenox, Massachusetts, Wednesday night, but a key issue will not be discussed.

Recreational Marijuana Sales Help Pittsfield Save For Rainy Day

Jan 10, 2020
Marijuana at Temescal Wellness in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Aviva Luttrell / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

Recreational marijuana sales have been a boon to Pittsfield's ability to stash money away in case of an emergency or downturn, a strategy that a Massachusetts official said Thursday could be useful in other communities.

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