BERKSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

A box of joints branded as Dogwalkers are sold at Rise, a marijuana medical dispensary in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Pittsfield is the latest Massachusetts community to host a recreational marijuana store — and the second in the Berkshires.

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

Berkshire County in Massachusetts may soon see its first two marijuana retail stores. One in Great Barrington opens Friday, and one in Pittsfield is now cleared to open as early as Saturday.

An American Robin is measured as part of federal research on urban wildlife in a backyard in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Federal researchers in western Massachusetts study ways to protect migrating fish, backyard birds and urban trees. The government shutdown is keeping them home and away from their research.

Plastic water bottles.
Ricardo Bernado / Creative Commons/www.flickr.com/photos/zone41/4102673364

A ban on plastic water bottles originally set to take effect on New Year's Day in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has been pushed back until the spring.

Lee Elementary School counselor Heather Lucy consoles a student.
Karen Brown / NEPR

There's an ongoing effort in Berkshire County to look at how trauma is dealt with, in areas including education and law enforcement. 

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