Berkshire Museum: Art on the Block

The Berkshire Museum recently announced a $60 million plan for its future, largely supported by the sale of those works from its permanent collection, including a $40 million boost for its endowment and a $20 million renovation.
Local News
Elizabeth Freeman Center offers financial literacy courses aimed at helping abuse survivors regain footing

People in abusive relationships often have serious money troubles.Abusers can sabotage employment prospects and career dreams or cause problems with current employment.Sometimes, the abuse …

Podcast | Don Morrison Commentary: Thanksgiving in Troubled Times

  Listen and Subscribe | Soundcloud | iTunes | Android | Stitcher  As we gather to give thanks, Don Morrison counts our blessings — and a …

Gusts up to 50 mph temporarily knock out power for hundreds

Sunday was "winds"day as gusts up to 50 mph dropped trees onto power lines, knocking out electricity service to nearly 500 homes and businesses throughout Berkshire County.Eversource customers …

Proposed water rate hike in Sheffield would see it surge by 58% - or $320 a year for average household

SHEFFIELD — A water rate hike of 58 percent has been proposed for Sheffield residents — but first, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey wants to make sure the hike is legitimate.If …

Time's up on unpaid fees for Bentley Brook time-share owners

HANCOCK — Real estate auctions in the Berkshires often bring bargain-hungry investors. But those who buy and "flip" properties are likely to take a pass Tuesday, when 40 foreclosures come up …

Getting Alford online: Officials eye tentative spring start date for new network

ALFORD — Residents of Alford could have a consistent internet connection in their homes by spring, according to the most recent progress report by the town's Municipal Light Plant.The plan to …

Top Sport Stories
Williams women's soccer team defeats Johns Hopkins to advance to D-III Final Four

WILLIAMSTOWN — For the third time in the last four years, the Williams College women's soccer team is going to the NCAA Division III Final Four.Natasha Albaneze scored twice, while Natalie …

Opinion
Our Opinion: A smart state idea on the energy front

The good news is that Great Barrington has been chosen as one of seven Massachusetts towns to be part of the HeatSmart Mass, a pilot program helping households buy alternative heating and cooling …

Our Opinion: Good opioid plan, but work lies ahead

Our Opinion: Congress should share the nuclear football

Our Opinion: City's chance to revisit business park's future

Our Opinion: Adapting to reality of online rentals in hospitality industry

Columnists
Lee Harrison: Exposing Charlie Baker's con

WILLIAMSTOWN — A lot of people admire our governor, the impeccable Charlie Baker. After all, he has boyish good looks, smiles a lot, and talks softly. As such many regard him as a moderating …

The Pun Also Rises: Only In Netflixland

Thanksgiving: A time to think of a softer, gentler America?

Clarence Fanto: GOP is trying to sell a sow's ear as a silk purse

Felix Carroll: With Cove for sale, bowlers take trip down memory lane

Letters
Letter: Bush, Cheney, Trump: united in their crimes

To the editor:How many innocent people have been killed because George W. Bush invaded Iraq? How many cities are gone as if they had been hit by a nuclear bomb?Bush and Cheney should have been …

Letter: BHS 'facility charge" is unfair, confusing

Letter: Pardon a turkey this Thanksgiving

Letter: Skip aside on bacon, Winn wins for nature

Letter: Remembering Gentile and a friendly rivalry

World News
Local News

Price Chopper cuts off cut-through route in former Lee grocery store's parking lot

LEE — Price Chopper caught local motorists off guard recently when the supermarket chain suddenly blocked access to a popular bypass of Main Street.

Gun Owners of America director speaks at MCLA

NORTH ADAMS — In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting last month, gun control advocates have revived calls for legislation aimed at preventing similar slaughters.But at a recent presentation …

Soldier On's homeless shelter program lost state funding - but it's still staying open through winter

PITTSFIELD — Soldier On isn't letting lack of state funds stop it from providing beds for the city homeless this winter.John Downing, president of Soldier On, said for the past four years the …

Staying warm while staying green: Great Barrington in HeatSmart Mass pilot program

GREAT BARRINGTON — The town is one of seven Massachusetts communities selected by the state to participate in a pilot program to put "cleaner," less expensive home-heating and cooling systems …

Students in Shakespeare & Company's Fall Festival a study in intensity, hustle

LENOX — A low rumbling filled the lobby of the Tina Packer Playhouse on Saturday afternoon, when more than 30 student actors in Elizabethan costume and fresh makeup trotted down stairs, making …
Berkshire Landscapes

Holiday movie season is here ...

The sexual harassment and assault scandal triggered by the revelations about disgraced uber-executive Harvey Weinstein has impacted the holiday film season, with the December release "All The Money …

Breakfast with The Eagle: A home-cooked breakfast with Jennifer Trainer Thompson

WILLIAMSTOWN — Jennifer Trainer Thompson doesn't have to visit a local market to buy ingredients for a hearty breakfast.At Hancock Shaker Village, the living history museum that Thompson leads …

Festival of Trees: A holiday tradition

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, how lovely are your ... green butterfly nets? Googly eyes? Birch branches? Wooden paddles? Peacock feathers?At the Berkshire Museum's Festival of Trees, anything …
The Arts

Fantastical world unfolds in new exhibit at Norman Rockwell Museum

AMHERST — Acclaimed children's book author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi is about to have his first major career retrospective at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, but reminiscing is …

Vessels for Change: Project has 'a life of its own'

NORTH ADAMS — The current political and social unrest in the country is enough to get anyone fired up, including Williamstown ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd.Her breaking point came with the news …

Liz Glynn at Mass MoCA: A space filled with questions, but no answers

NORTH ADAMS — When Sprague Electric inhabited the Marshall Street campus it made things, specifically the high-end electrical components used for everything from atom bombs to electric guitars. …
Music

Berkshire Symphony takes a walk on the bright side

WILLIAMSTOWN — If you believed the Berkshire Symphony, the worst malady the United States suffered between the two world wars was melancholy.In the real world, disillusionment and the …

Tanglewood's 2018 Season

2018 Tanglewood Season Listing (exclusive of Friday Night Preludes and Saturday morning rehearsals)All programs and artists are subject to change. Thursday, June 21, 8 p.m. ShedWait Wait...Don't Tell …
Lifestyles

Health Take-Away: Celebrate the holiday, thankfully and healthfully

Thanksgiving for many American families is the start of a 40-day marathon of food-focused gatherings that please the palate, but widen the waistline and are hard on our health. We surround ourselves …

Vegetable-filled sides for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, you'll be thankful for veggie-filled side dishes that fill your vegetable quota for the day, but cut your work load in half.Sure, we all want that Thanksgiving …

The Scene: Mass MoCA's annual benefit in NYC

NEW YORK CITY — $300,000. $350,000. $400,000. $500,000.On Tuesday night, auctioneer Eric Widing was gleefully taking bids on the 11th item up for auction at Tribeca Rooftop, the site of the …
State News
National News
Sick Bridges: Failing Spans; Scant Dollars
Sick Bridges | Failing Spans; Scant Dollars

The Berkshire Eagle offers readers a guide to the sorry state of bridges in Berkshire County.  Odds are good you cross at least one sick bridge on your daily travels. State Department …

Diagnosis: Discord | Nurses Strike at Berkshire Medical Center

Over 100 nurses on strike march outside of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) in Pittsfield. After a year of failed negotiations with the hospital, the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) and nurses …

Cannabis Road
THE CANNABIS ROAD

Larry Parnass, investigations editor for The Berkshire Eagle, spent a little over a week in Colorado reporting on that state’s experience with medical and recreational marijuana. With …

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