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
Stockbridge begins to take a hard look at Cottage Era bylaw

STOCKBRIDGE — What should be done, if anything, about the town's divisive Cottage Era Estate bylaw? Should it be eliminated, left alone or retooled? What about the elephant in the room, the …

No strike for now: BRTA paratransit drivers reach tentative agreement

PITSFIELD — An impending strike of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus drivers has been avoided yet again after union representatives and their employer came to a tentative contract …

Hearing to be continued on Great Barrington trucking company's noise level

GREAT BARRINGTON — The decades-old question of whether a trucking business can continue to operate in a residential neighborhood wasn't answered Tuesday night, as many hoped it would be.After …

Snow train makes a return for Thunderfest

ADAMS — Back in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, big-city folks used to take the snow trains on winter weekends to Western Massachusetts for a visit to the ski slopes.It was unique and popular at the …

Muddy Brook Elementary principal moving on

GREAT BARRINGTON — After 13 years in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, Muddy Brook Elementary School Principal Mary Berle has resigned.She told the School Committee about her …

Dalton's proposed pot bylaws similar to those governing alcohol

DALTON — Marijuana and alcohol stand to be regulated in similar ways, if the town approves proposed bylaw changes at the annual town meeting in May.The Select Board approved three bylaw changes …

Top Sport Stories
Mount Greylock boys basketball wins 9th straight heading into postseason

WILLIAMSTOWN — There might be teams that are in the Western Massachusetts Division III boys basketball tournament with better resumes. But it's pretty certain that nobody will be going into the …

Opinion
Our Opinion: A well-earned celebration of Great Barrington's Du Bois

President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and the Reverend Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream Speech" in 1963 were in a sense bookends to a tumultuous century for …

Our Opinion: Shameful, cynical attack on poor and elderly

Our Opinion: Our Four Freedoms require vigilant defense

Columnists
Phyllis McGuire: From North Adams to Southern Africa, wildlife photographer leaves her mark

WILLIAMSTOWN — Chrystina Geagan Parks is a wildlife photographer, filmmaker, explorer and conservationist. Her work takes her as far as Africa and as near as North Adams.This spring, Chrystina …

Letter: Firing, house-cleaning is a better 'new vision'

Felix Carroll: Appalachian Trapping & Wildlife Management owner is a man among beasts - and he prefers it that way

Letters
Letter: Bloom has what it takes for wildlife management

To the editor:I just read the column by Felix Carroll about Chris Bloom and loved it (Eagle, Feb.18). That's the guy I want showing up if there's a bear in my house, or dangerous rodents threatening …

Letter: Follow the blood money to gun manufacturers

Letter: Calling BS on politicians' inaction on gun violence

Letter: Goodbye to Melania's folks

Letter: Good cop a role model to his trooper grandson

State House News
House sour on syrup as sweetener

BOSTON — Who's to say if syrup is a better sweetener than, say, honey? Not Rep. Theodore Speliotis.The Danvers Democrat, whose committee controls the flow of House bills to the floor, released …

State cannabis commission hires CFO, launches website

Conscious of cyber threats, Mass. focuses on election integrity

National Headlines
Trump adds cautious support to changes to background checks for gun buyers

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The White House indicated Monday that President Donald Trump was open to supporting a bipartisan congressional effort to revise federal background checks for prospective …

Florida School Shooting: DeVos, Dems urge Congress to hold hearings

Trump blames Obama, Dems for failing to stop Russian meddling

Local News

North Adams State of the City: Mayor talks economic development, infrastructure plans

NORTH ADAMS — Mayor Thomas Bernard used his first State of the City address Tuesday to lay out a template for addressing the city's long-standing challenges and summarize the progress he has …

Fatal police shooting likely 'suicide by cop,' probe finds

PITTSFIELD — The call sounded like a routine domestic disturbance.Jacqueline Sykes had summoned police to her home at 43 Taylor St., after her boyfriend, Daniel Gillis, had broken in the front …

Spectrum makes switch to totally digital signal in Northern Berkshire

NORTH ADAMS — Northern Berkshire cable customers said goodbye to their coaxial cable connections Tuesday. Spectrum switched to a 100 percent digital signal in the North Adams and Williamstown …

Rockwell's 'Four Freedoms' resonate 75 years later

STOCKBRIDGE — At a time of national political turbulence, the 75th anniversary of Norman Rockwell's series of paintings, "The Four Freedoms," resonates strongly, especially for the many …

Adams man arrested in connection with hit-and-run death

ADAMS — A 61-year-old Adams man has been arrested in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of 85-year-old Theresa Marby on Friday. David Sookey Jr., of 157 East Road was arrested by Adams …
Community News

Pittsfield: Pregnancy Support Services elects officers

Pregnancy Support Services of Berkshire County Inc. recently held its 45th annual meeting.Officers elected were Stella Wibby of Pittsfield, president; Roseanna St. Pierre of Cheshire, vice president; …

Pittsfield: Library mini-golf supports literacy

Miniature golf, sponsored by Berkshire Gas, returns to the stacks of the Berkshire Athenaeum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. This family event is organized by Literacy Volunteers of …

Great Barrington: Berkshire South hosting swim-a-thon fundraiser

Berkshire South Regional Community Center will hold its eighth annual Swim-A-Thon fundraiser beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 3. The goal is to raise $15,000. All funds raised are used to support …

Births

Fairview HospitalDennis Desaulniers and Alicia-Ana Del-Molino of Sheffield, twins, a son, Bodhi Edward, and a daughter, Ellie Jane, Feb. 18.

Cheshire: Volunteer Fire Department hosting pancake breakfast

The Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Fire House.Admission is $8; $6 for seniors and young children. All proceeds …
Berkshire Landscapes

Fashion Week: How does this look get from the runway to the Berkshires?

Ladies, if you do nothing else, invest in good shoes.At least, that's the advice of fashion designer Adam Lippes, founder and creative director of Adam Lippes LLC. But if you think it's a sales …

Breakfast with The Eagle: Sitting down with Rachel Branch, a community street fighter

NORTH ADAMS — When Rachel Branch thinks ahead to her birthday this April, when she turns 76, liberation springs to mind. It's the month of Paul Revere's ride, she says, and the "Spirit of `76." …

Metropolitan Opera in HD is a grand show

GREAT BARRINGTON — After a handsy confrontation with Baron Scarpia (Zeljko Lucic) during Act 2 of the Metropolitan Opera's Jan. 27 production of "Tosca," Sonya Yoncheva, playing Floria Tosca, …
The Arts

Felt art: Going crazy for gnomes

HOUSTATONIC — It started with a bead store, a fiber festival on a fall weekend and an amiable, improvisational pair ... of gnomes. Across 10 years, a hobby and a gift has evolved into a …

'Intersections': Artist Leslee Carsewell's work a natural fit for Monterey Library

MONTEREY — When she was a graphic designer, Leslee Carsewell would obsess over details. Typography was a special preoccupation."Picking the typeface and making it legible, and making the line …
Music

British pop phenom Declan McKenna rides into the Iron Horse

NORTHAMPTON — In the comedy film "Step Brothers," Will Ferrell's character, Brennan, says at one point, "I've been called the songbird of my generation." The line is meant to elicit laughs, as …
Lifestyles

National Margarita Day: Celebrate with the perfect margarita

Thursday is National Margarita Day. To celebrate, round up your friends, put Tortured Soul's "We Like Tequila" in the CD player and sing along ... then head to your favorite watering hole for a …
By Thom Smith

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Reader offers his design for squirrel-proof feeder

A READER'S 99 PERCENT SQUIRREL-PROOF FEEDERGet some old [or new] vinyl-clad clothes line at least twice as long as the distance between a [sturdy] tree branch [about 20 feet] and the ground. To one …

How to know when a child's flu turns serious

The standard prescription for flu is to stay home and rest, drink plenty of fluids, and keep pain and fever under control with over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen.But this flu season has been a …
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 …

The Disappearance of Joanne Ringer

Ongoing coverage of the disappearance of Joanne 'Jo' Ringer, of Clarksburg, who went missing on March 2, 2017. The night she went missing, Ringer was headed to Easthampton to begin a new job, working for a taxi company, but never arrived.

2018 Winter Games

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