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DALTON CIRCUS, PITTSFIELD 4th PARADE JOINED AT THE LOW-LIFE HIP

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 16, 2018) — The events may be a cuppla-three weeks old, with Wifegate deserving of more attention on THE PLANET, but duty bids comment on an annual duo of delight that its perpetuators insist on continuing. Recently, the Dalton Lions Club hosted […]

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THE HIVES … AND THE WIVES

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE-ESSEX, THURSDAY AND THE WEEKEND, JULY 12-15, 2018) — The blueberries on the farm are the biggest and sweetest they’ve been in years. It’s the pollination from the hives. The plantain and mint have been superb, and the first tomato tasted — in the words […]

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THE PLANET’S BEES … AND YOU — YOU — HAVE THE TALKING STICK

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 9 & BEYOND, 2018) —  As THE PLANET continues out summer hiatus (the bees are particularly needy at this time but the honey … oh, mercy … the honey is out of and around the world), we open up a new commentary […]

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HAPPY FOURTH AND HAPPIER HIATUS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, FOURTH OF JULY ETC., 2018) — In honor of the 4th, THE PLANET will take and enjoy a brief hiatus. In Vegas, they call it “going dark.” Check back Monday to see if we’ve taken down the “Gone Fishin’” sign or if we’ve decided […]

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SPORTS AND THE MEN

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 2, 2018) — This is THE PLANET‘s 1,800th column since we began in late September-early October of 2010. We saved it for something, and someone, special. The week before last, THE PLANET was honored to accept an invitation from our Right Honorable Good Friend […]

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‘TOURISTICOUS OBNOXIUM’: THE ANNUAL PLAGUE HITS THE BERKSHIRES

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, JUNE 29-JULY 1, 2018) — Our good friends in local culture love them, especially the theaters (Berkshire Theatre Group, Shakespeare and Co., Barrington Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Tanglewood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and the like). THE PLANET does too, especially when […]

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