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Missing woman's daughter says search continues

PITTSFIELD — Wednesday marks nearly three weeks since 39-year-old Joanne Ringer was last seen or heard from.The search continues for the Clarksburg woman, whose 2001 green Volkswagen Jetta sedan was found in Easthampton on March 6.Ringer's …

Great Barrington airport expansion plan stirs concerns over water

GREAT BARRINGTON -- They're worried about their views being ruined, and about more low-flying air traffic destroying their peace.But now they're talking about what they say is a serious risk to town's drinking water source. Neighbors of the Walter …

Mass. 'middle mile' internet provider may halt project over money woes

The company hired to operate the state's $90 million "middle mile" internet connection says it will halt operations within months unless it stops bleeding money. In a bankruptcy filing Wednesday, KCST USA Inc. said it has been losing more than $3 …

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Sweet 16 guide: Top NCAA matchups, players and story lines

The NCAA Tournament's first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball.That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great …

Dallas Green, who managed Phillies to 1st title, dies at 82

Turris scores 2, Senators beat Bruins 3-2 to end 4-game skid

Back from injury, Thomas scores 25 as Celtics top Wizards

Local sports
College Roundup: Williams men's basketball finishes season ranked No. 5

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams College men's basketball team finished its season in the NCAA Division III national semifinals last weekend. That got the Ephs back into the top 10 of Division III basketball.D3hoops.com released its final national …

Berkshire County sports notes: Quinto to receive sportsmanship award

UMass men's basketball hires Kelsey as head coach

Prep/College roundup: Guachione again an All-Star for Miss Hall's

College roundup: Williams softball opens year with sweep

Opinion
Our Opinion: Familiar Berkshire cable fight to be fought once more

It's a timeless and tiresome story that repeats itself periodically, often when there is a change in corporate cable communications ownership. Berkshire County, though squarely within the borders of Massachusetts, must fight to maintain access to …

Our Opinion: Marijuana law turf war can be avoided

Our Opinion: The right mix for Great Barrington

Our Opinion: Local elections have magnified impact in 2017

Our Opinion: Another loss challenges Berkshire Mall viability

Columnists
Phyllis McGuire | E-etiquette a conundrum, but it's worth it to stay in touch

WILLIAMSTOWN — I am confused by rules of email etiquette. One rule tells us to keep our emails brief. How is that possible if you need to introduce yourself before explaining your first important point? But do not panic if you break that rule …

Clellie Lynch: Across the hills, into cloud forest

David Tebaldi: Arts, humanities are needed more than ever

Mark Tully: At ceiling, Pittsfield confronts reality

John Seven: Trump budget, ACA repeal threaten North Berkshire

Letters
Letter: White House receives a real Obamacare story

To the editor:I recently received an email from the White House that, in an unprofessional tone, asked me to describe my disaster story with "Obamacare." Even though I was disgusted with the tone of the email and wanted to delete it, I knew it was …

Letter: Thank you, Donna Brazile, for giving America Trump

Letter: History won't treat Speaker Ryan kindly

Letter: Threatened grant program of value to community

Letter: Obama is to blame for divided nation

Local News

Driver charged with OUI after crash with police officer

PITTSFIELD — A city police officer was involved in a car accident Tuesday night with a vehicle driven by an intoxicated man.Pittsfield Police Detective Lieutenant Michael Maddalena was operating an unmarked car at the intersection of West …

Lanesborough looks at accepting Cheshire students

LANESBOROUGH — The Select Board is looking to Cheshire for more students to boost enrollment and revenue at Lanesborough Elementary School.With Cheshire Elementary set to close in June, board Chairman John Goerlach has suggested the local …

Federal legislators weigh in on WWLP

PITTSFIELD — Three members of Massachusetts' federal legislative contingent, including the state's two senators, have asked Charter Communications to keep Springfield's NBC affiliate on Berkshire County cable TV lineup.Sens. Edward J. Markey …

Woman charged in robbery found asleep nearby

PITTSFIELD — A city woman who allegedly robbed a package store at knifepoint on Monday was found a short time later asleep in the hallway of a nearby building — with the knife and stolen bottles of vodka and Gatorade, police said.Melissa …

Stockbridge takes up effort aimed at `trust policy' to ease immigrants' fears

STOCKBRIDGE — A group of residents is seeking voter support to designate the town as a "trust community" in order to "formally and publicly affirms the value we place on being welcoming and inclusive.""We welcome all people," said advocate …
Lifestyles

Pile your plate high with pie - host your own pie contest

Does anyone really need an excuse to eat pie?We don't, here at The Berkshire Eagle, but sometimes we like to celebrate random holidays — such as Pi Day (March 14) by holding a pie contest.

Peak time for flu, colds: Why does sickness surge in winter's chilly temperatures?

As winter drags on, so does the season for colds, stomach viruses, strep and the flu.Many illnesses occur most frequently in the winter months. And peak season can last through May.It's not clear why winter brings so many health woes, says Pritish …

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal; It's spring! Time to start gardening chores

Tomorrow is the first day of spring and for gardeners the juices are flowing. Just be careful when you step outside for the juices may freeze. After a relatively mild February, I had hopes we'd have an early start to the gardening season, much as we …

PLUCKY PROJECT: Retirees knitting sweaters for chilly chickens

MILTON — Sweaters for chickens? It sounds like a joke, but a plucky group of retirees in suburban Boston has hatched a plan to keep poultry warm during the New England winter.The unusual project began after members of a knitting club at Fuller …

Fairy gardens captivate imaginations of all ages

A set of little wings. Ceramic fountains. Tiny versions of ornate cottages and brick walkways fit for the English countryside. These are just some of the whimsical decorations that adorn fairy gardens. When such miniature decorations are paired with …
The Arts

Diana Ross, Melissa Etheridge join Tanglewood's Popular Artists Series lineup

LENOX — Diana Ross and Melissa Etheridge are joining Tanglewood's 2017 Popular Artists lineup this summer.Ross will perform in the Koussevitzky Music Shed at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30. Her daughter, American singer and actress Rhonda Ross, opens the …

"The Whale" lands at Town Players

PITTSFIELD — Director Jackie DeGiorgis first ran across playwright Samuel D. Hunter's work several years ago. She had read his 2011 Obie Award-winning "A Bright New Boise" and that drew her to some of his other work, notably "The Whale.""I …

What does friendship mean?

NORTH ADAMS — In 2010, on New Years Eve, Tanja Hollander was at home alone. She was sending a Facebook message to a friend working on a film in Jakarta and writing a letter in pencil to a friend deployed in Afghanistan.She began thinking about …

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St. Joseph's Central High School
St. Joseph's Central High School: The Final Year

St. Joseph Central High School, the last remaining Catholic high school in Berkshire County, will close at the end of the school year in June. Gathered here is a collection of articles documenting the days leading up to the end.

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