New York Times - Dan Barry - The scene could have been lifted from a caper movie: An old Volvo station wagon zooms through the southern Berkshire Hills. Its nervous driver pulls up in front of a bank. But instead of pulling off some heist, her gang begins hustling boxes of freshly minted currency in, not out.
ABC News - SOUTHERN BERKSHIRE - Susan Witt is an unassuming middle-aged woman who drives a Volvo around her quaint Rockwell-esque town and has somehow managed to foment a small revolution.
After years of planning, Witt started printing her own money and spending it around town.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune - In the hills of the Berkshires in Massachusetts, residents are trading their dollar bills or George Washington coins for BerkShares, local currency designed by local artists that can only be used for transactions in face-to-face purchases at local stores.
Sure it’s slow and inconvenient. You have to go to a participating bank and exchange your money with BerkShares (although at a 10 percent discount meaning your money goes farther). And then you have to visit different stores to interact with real, live people!
BBC - Tristana Moore - Like any other city in Germany, the normal currency here is the euro. But bizarrely, they also have another currency in circulation: the Urstromtaler .
Before you doubt its existence, it is not "Monopoly" money - it is very real. At a jewellery shop in the city centre, Gerfried Kliems explained how people use the regional currency.