BERKSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Tom Johnson owns and runs the Birchwood Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts. He says bookings have decreased due to competition from Airbnb rentals.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Residents of the Berkshires have rented out rooms in their homes for decades as a way to make extra income. But some innkeepers now say their room rentals are down because of competition from short-term rentals, like those found on Airbnb.  

The exhibit, "Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion," will be at the Berkshire Museum until the middle of May 2019.
Courtesy / Evergreen Exhibitions

After a delay caused by the government shutdown, an exhibit focused on the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci opens Saturday at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

Stephanie Westover, left, and her cellmate Kelly Belcher talk in their cell at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.
Stephanie Zollshan / The Berkshire Eagle / berkshireeagle.com

Women in Berkshire County who are being held on bail are sent to a regional facility for females in Chicopee, instead of in their own county. 

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal spoke Aug. 23, 2018, at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Sarah Crosby / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

An advocacy group has started running TV ads calling on a western Massachusetts congressman to use his new power as committee chair to get President Trump's tax records.

Massachusetts State Sen. Jo Comerford at Greenfield Community College on January 21, 2019.
Paul Franz / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Massachusetts State Senator Jo Comerford, who represents more than 20 cities and towns in Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester counties, wants the state to explore rail service between Boston and North Adams.

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