Coverage of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

A seven-foot plaster model from 1916 of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French, as seen at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This model was used for pointing up and carving the final statue.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow and MassMOCA are all go-to places in the Berkshires. But the one-time summer home and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French is perhaps more of a hidden gem. 

Berkshire DA To Investigate 'Billboard' Cases

Mar 25, 2019
A billboard placed in January 2019 on Route 7 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Heather Bellow / The Berkshire Eagle /

The Berkshire County District Attorney's office said Monday it's investigating sexual abuse allegations prosecutors learned about as a result of two billboards that went up in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

The Sheffield, Massachusetts, town line.
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The district attorney in Berkshire County said a house fire Wednesday morning in Sheffield, Massachusetts, was the scene of a murder-suicide that left a family of five dead.

A billboard, at right, on Route 7 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, was paid for by the mother of a man who says he was sexually abused decades ago in a now-closed elementary school in Sheffield. This one went up in February 2019.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The mother of a man who says he was sexually abused as a child in a Berkshire County elementary school paid for two billboards this winter to call attention to the case.

A sign in front of St. Anne Church in Chicopee, Massachusetts, announcing the day of prayer.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Some Catholics in western Massachusetts heeded the call of their bishop Monday and headed to church to pray for victims of clergy abuse and their families.