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Motorcycle crash closes Route 44 in Norfolk, DOT says

NORFOLK — Route 44 was closed Sunday after a motorcycle crash near the Memorial Green, according to the state Department of Transportation. The agency said the crash occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m. at the junction of Route 44 and North Street in the Norfolk Historic District.
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Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade Coming 'Back With a Bang!'

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's historic Fourth of July Parade will return on Monday for the first time since 2019. Themed "Back With a Bang," the procession will have 164 units. "We have an arrangement of community groups, floats, fire departments, musical units, veterans organizations," parade Committee President Peter...
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THEN & NOW: Laurel Lake in Lee

The southeast side of Laurel Lake in Lee was once home to a giant stone “Sea Lion,” as shown the circa 1907 postcard above. Decades later the rock monster was decapitated and became known to locals as “Perch Rock” because of the good fishing found there.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Coffee house opens; CEDS seeks projects; MNN meeting; CHP CEO steps down; Lee Bank welcomes new team member

The Great Barrington Rock Sanctuary and Flying Church Coffee House opens. GREAT BARRINGTON— Paul Joffe, coffee roaster, Berkshires geology enthusiast, and renovator of historic buildings, announces the official opening of the Great Barrington Rock Sanctuary and Flying Church Coffee at 200 Main Street in Great Barrington on Saturday July 9.

3 Red Hook, NY Teenagers Save Drowning Teen on Cape Cod

School has let out for the summer and parents and kids are heading to their favorite vacation spots and swimming holes. Folks from the Hudson Valley are traveling far and wide. Trips down south to Florida and the Carolinas, to closer destinations like Lake George and the beaches of Cape Cod.

Baseball community rallies behind local teen fighting cancer

The Pittsfield Suns and the Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England teamed up to give a local teen a day to remember at Wahconah Park on Sunday. 17-year-old Evan Franz was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2019, but hasn’t let surgery, chemotherapy or radiation dampen his spirits. The two teams invited Evan to the park to be part of warmups and batting practice, but also surprised him with a one-day contract to make him a member of the Rox for the day. He signed on the dotted line at home plate and then led off the game for Brockton wearing #34, the number of this favorite player David Ortiz. Franz hit the ball down the first base line and then hustled in for the single before leaving the field to a standing ovation. It was an emotional and special day for everyone involved.

Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The following work will take place July 5-8, as part of the city of Pittsfield's 2022 Street Improvement Project. On Tuesday and Wednesday, crews will be milling Appleton, Stratford, and Belvedere avenues, and Howard, Elm, and View streets. The first course of asphalt will be applied in these locations on Thursday and Friday.

Pittsfield AL, NL All-Stars Earn Wins

DALTON, Mass. -- Both Pittsfield 10-and-under Little League All-Star teams earned wins on Sunday at the Don Gleason District 1 Championships. The Pittsfield American League All-Stars improved to 2-0 in the four-team round-robin tournament with a 12-4 win over Dalton-Hinsdale on Sunday. Landon Murphy got the win on the mound...

Sports in a Minute: Amesbury's Francoeur first alternate for U.S. Amateur

Amesbury’s Chris Francoeur was one of 76 golfers who competed at last Thursday’s U.S. Amateur qualifying event at Bershire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield, M.A. The top 3 finishers, plus two alternates, advanced to this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, which will take place between Aug. 15-22 at Ridgewood CC in New Jersey.

Fascinating and Unique New Store Open in Saugerties, NY

It's a great place to get cool and interesting gifts for someone. There are so many cute little shops here in the Hudson Valley and you can pretty much find anything you need around here. I was on Facebook the other day and came across a post about a new store that opened up in Ulster County and it looks pretty interesting and very different. It's not your average store, but it's definitely one to add to your shopping list.

Freedom rang early in the Town of Canaan

CANAAN—While most of us prepare for the Fourth of July and Independence Day with all that it connotes, the Canaan Historical Society celebrated the 226th anniversary of Declaration Day in Kings District. Towns covered by Kings District on June 24, 1776 included: Canaan, New Lebanon, Austerlitz, and East Chatham. Its citizens voted that day, 11 days before the nationwide Declaration, to declare their independence from Great Britain. And the rest is, as we say, history of independence and growth of an exceptional nation.

'Great to be back': Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular returns to Esplanade for first time in 3 years

BOSTON — The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is making its much-anticipated return to the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade on the Fourth of July. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Pops have not played their Independence Day show at the Hatch Shell since 2019. The 2020 live show was canceled and last year's event featured a pared-down celebration at Tanglewood in Lenox.