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April 2020

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Setting Her Own Precedents

It was a sunny day in the Capital on Wednesday, March 4 1885. As the newly elected, 22nd President of the United States, Grover Cleveland placed his left hand on the Bible his mother had given him when he was 15 and took […]

Sustainable Sustainability

I’m going to start this article with some important science because we all know attention wanes pretty quickly a few sentences in, and before I lose you I need to justify why small – and large – actions on behalf of our planet […]

Fighting for Generations

The year was 2005, President George W. Bush had begun his second term in office that January. The US’ 11th Circuit Court of Appeals refused – by a vote of 2-1 – to stop the euthanasia of Terri Schiavo, who had been in […]

My Transfer Station

I love my transfer station, and I’m not the only one. There is something cathartic and freeing about dropping off one’s refuse at a site distant from one’s own house, but not too distant. Most of my life, I lived in places with […]

Word on the street is…

School Closures could Spawn New Era of Distance Learning for Educators

The sudden and unprecedented arrival of the COVID-19 virus resulting in the onset of wide swaths of school closures across our area has understandably sent many educators and families scrambling to find solutions to problems that were unimaginable mere weeks prior. Now, in the throes of pandemic, many questions still [...]

What’s happening on a Main Street near you

What to do While Cooped Up

Bored yet?- so are we. Though we can all agree that maintaining our distance from the general population -especially those most vulnerable- is the safest way to ‘flatten the curve’, the prolonged sojourn can have the unwelcome side-effect of making us all feel like Phil Connors as one day slowly creeps into the next. The seemingly endless stream of news updates, political opinion, and social media inference is, for some people, the most horrifying version of I Got You Babe imaginable. Still, [...]

List of Local Businesses for Takeout, Grocery, Delivery and Retail options

To ensure the continued support of our local businesses, we will be providing a growing list, organized by county, of businesses in our area who are offering our community takeout, grocery, delivery as well as retail options. If you do not see your business on this list contact Griffin Cooper at griffin@mainstreetmag.com to add your business name, contact info and what you are currently offering: Berkshire County TAKEOUT Egremont Market Egremont, MA 413-528-0075 Full deli, hot soup, and some grocery items and [...]

Rankings & Reviews

Top Five Wines at Hudson Chatham Winery

One of the most enduring aspects of exploring the Hudson Valley is finding those spots that offer the world class views we have come to expect, the lushness of upstate New York’s natural world, and a little something for our own spirits to enjoy. As you saunter through this historic region during these dog days of summer, allow yourself a bit of respite, and perhaps imbibe at one of the area’s many idyllic vineyards. Here are five of our favorites from the [...]

10 fashion faux pas

High rise jeans with crop tops Crocs with socks Sandals with socks Pajamas outside of your house Active wear when you're not being active Equestrian wear / apparel when you don't even ride! Clothes that just don't fit, i.e. too big / small Pull up your pants, no one wants to see your underwear or crack Too much makeup Knowing when to tuck or leave your shirt un-tucked.

Real Estate

Money does grow on trees

For every month’s real estate feature I try to find a topic that I want to learn more about whether it’s flood maps, taxes, or real estate markets. This month’s inspiration came from my experience as a real estate agent when a buyer was advised to have a 100-year-old maple tree removed before buying a house. In my research on trees and landscaping, I was amazed to see how much value trees can potentially add to a house in every way. And [...]

Animals & Outdoors

What You Feed Your Cat or Dog

Pet owners know that what you feed your cat or dog can be just as important as how much love and attention you give them. According to longtime dog owner, pet lover, and dog groomer Hayley Cooper, salon manager at PetSmart in Greenport NY., fish is the way to go. "Feeding your pets food with any kind of fish based nutrients helps to moisturize and take care of their skin from the inside out. Her experience in the pet grooming industry has [...]

Health & Beauty


Who doesn’t love a good slice of bacon, is there anything more representative of an American morning than the familiar sounds and smells of a mouth watering piece of bacon sizzling over a hot frying pan. However, despite the popularity of this sprightly piece of pork, it remains debatable whether or not the risks outweigh the tasty reward. Here are a few things to watch out for when it comes to bacon according to Reader’s Digest Cardiovascular diseases- a lot of the [...]