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
Plan scrapped to bring Iraq, Syria refugees to Pittsfield area

PITTSFIELD — A plan to resettle dozens of refugees in the Pittsfield area has been scrapped by the U.S. State Department.Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts, which would have worked to bring the refugees to the area, announced the …

Democratic 1st Berkshire District candidates share vision to succeed Cariddi

LANESBOROUGH — The spirit of state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi was present Monday night as the Democratic candidates to fill her seat gathered for a forum in Town Hall.The event, hosted by the town's Democratic Committee, was moderated by state Rep. …

After allegedly robbing a Pittsfield store, man said he was 'feeling bad about his life' and turned himself in

PITTSFIELD — A guilty conscience apparently got the better of a robbery suspect who turned himself in to police about three hours after allegedly swiping $50 from a Tyler Street convenience store.Christopher Hennington, 26, entered Kirk's …

Amid opioid epidemic, workshop aims to give 'sense of hope' to grandparents raising grandchildren

NORTH ADAMS — With the state in the grips of an ongoing opioid crisis, many children find themselves without parents able to care for them. And grandparents are often the ones stepping up."Grandparents raise grandchildren for a lot of …

Labor-hosted forum to explore issue of staffing at Berkshire Medical Center

PITTSFIELD — Four labor organizations will sponsor a forum Tuesday about a union's staffing dispute with Berkshire Health Systems. The groups bill the forum as "an opportunity for all stakeholders ... to join the conversation." For a year, a …

Man held as dangerous in recent Pittsfield shooting

PITTSFIELD — A man accused of shooting a Windsor man last month in Pittsfield is being held without bail after being arrested on drug and ammunition possession charges.Tahj McCormick, 21, of Wilbraham, was arrested Thursday after police, …

Top Sport Stories
Halverson scores a pair as Hoosac Valley girls soccer team tops Lee 5-0

CHESHIRE — Both the Lee and Hoosac Valley girls soccer teams are using the early section of their respective schedules to work on some things and get ready for what's to come. So, while the 5-0 Hurricanes victory Monday afternoon in a …

Allen Heights Veterinary team rewrites Josh Billings RunAground history book to take home overall title

Kent Lemme retains Ironman title at Josh Billings RunAground

A moment for the girls: Sponsored all-female team finishes 7th at Josh Billings RunAground

Local sports
Golf/volleyball roundup: Lenox golfer top Monument Mountain

GREAT BARRINGTON — Noah Hunter took medalist honors by one stroke on Monday as Lenox defeated Monument Mountain 184-197.The match was played on the first eight holes and the 10th at Wyantenuck Country club, for a par 36.Hunter shot a 40, while …

Soccer roundup: McCann Tech girls soccer team records first win of season

Roundup: Williams women's soccer team bests Bowdoin 3-0

Josh Billings RunAground Notebook: Green Tape Crew rides again

Pittsfield Fire Department members compete in Josh Billings RunAground in honor of former colleague battling ALS

Opinion
Our Opinion: Spectrum, FCC aren't doing right by county

Obviously, Founding Father Thomas Jefferson lacked any frame of reference to even fantasize about what life might be like in the television age. Words he wrote at the dawn of our nation's existence, however, are just as relevant in Berkshire County …

Our Opinion: Wealthy in county are part of solution to economic woes

Our Opinion: North Adams has carved out place on festival map

Our Opinion: If Tweety is wobbling, it is a bad sign for us

Our Opinion: Painful end to era at Country Curtains

Columnists
Donald Morrison: Two cheers for the president

BECKET - When the president of this newspaper came to town recently for a coffee gathering at the local general store, one of my more articulate neighbors asked a question about the editorial pages: "Why all this Trump-is-a-jerk stuff? We know he's …

Ruth Bass: For tourists, the cup runneth over around the Berkshires

Lauren R. Stevens: Spruces project is model of cooperation

Colin Harrington: Growing bicycle culture benefits Berkshire County

Thomas Birmingham: Massachusetts students shortchanged in civics and history

Letters
Letter: Voices are rising up, for goodness' sake

To the editor:In a time when integrity and sound character are rotting from the head of the nation, the responsibility to pursue equality, respect, tolerance and democratic ideals shifts to the body of the country. While the boundaries around …

Letter: Child of Pittsfield backs museum plan

Letter: Support Elizabeth Freeman Center walkers

Letter: Bosley for state rep. from 1st Berkshire

Letter: Avoid terms of war in writing of disease

World News
Local News

Pittsfield home pierced by bullet; 'numerous' shell casings found

PITTSFIELD — City police are investigating a shooting incident early Saturday in which an Appleton Avenue home was struck by gunfire. Multiple shots were fired about 1:30 a.m., and one round pierced the home's exterior, traveled through an …

Competitions fuel FreshGrass Festival's third day

NORTH ADAMS — "He better be back."As she tuned her tenor guitar in a backstage dressing area at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's Hunter Center, Shona Carr was concerned. Her group, The Buck Stops Here, was less than 20 minutes …

Berkshires-based Raise Up Mass backs $15 minimum wage, paid leave ballot effort

PITTSFIELD — A small, enthusiastic group of community leaders has kicked off the Berkshires effort to get a $15 minimum wage and paid family and medical leave in Massachusetts.Local/state politicos, labor leaders and civic groups got the …

Five Town Cable Advisory Committee shares frustrations with Charter

STOCKBRIDGE — The Five Town Cable Advisory Committee wants more respect from and a better rapport with Charter Communications.The cable television overseers for Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Sheffield taking Charter to task at …

Berkshire Trans Group aims for support, empowerment at new Pittsfield peer group

When Ray Garnett went to his first peer support group for people who are transgender, it was located in "a little anarchist bookstore" in his town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Internationalist Books & Community Center to be exact.There …
Berkshire Landscapes

Two FreshGrass luthiers have a short trip to Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — As FreshGrass music festivalgoers wander the grounds of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this weekend, they may happen upon a man resetting a neck — a guitar's neck, that is.Steve Sauve has been repairing guitars …

WCMA: Bringing a room back to light

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams College Museum of Art has recovered a vanished room.It feels like a mythical medieval place, with a floor of handmade tiles, dark plaster walls, oak beams and diamond-paned windows with inset stained glass. It was …

The Big E: Tears and beers both parts of Swindell's performances

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Country singer-songwriter Cole Swindell is from a small town in rural Georgia, so local fairs were a significant part of his childhood."That was like the biggest event we had," the 34-year-old Bronwood, Ga. (population: 513, …
The Arts

WCMA launches a cosmic experience

WILLIAMSTOWN — In simple terms, one might say Williams College Visiting Professor Barbara Takenaga's work is out of this world.On a more complex level, Takenaga's work calls forth echoes of galaxies, exploding stars and dazzling orbs, which …

Fall movie preview: What's on the big screen

Fall is a more serious time of year than summer, which is reflected in the movie schedule. Not that there won't be room for dumb comedies, there always is.It is also the time when Academy Award contenders begin arriving in theaters. It says here, …

Susan Merrill celebrates life, her work after cancer diagnosis

STOCKBRIDGE — Susan Merrill and her husband, Carl Sprague, are sitting under the grape vines on the terrace outside their old white house, with two corgis underfoot.Susan's grandfather lived in this house; it has been in the family almost 100 …
Music

Andrew Pincus: Sunday afternoon at South Mountain, even the ugly was beautiful

PITTSFIELD — It was just one of many breathtaking moments in the Calidore String Quartet's South Mountain debut concert Sunday afternoon, but it told the story: These players know how to get at the inner essence — the heart and soul …

Experience a 'musical exhibit' at The Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN — As closing nears on two well-received summer exhibits of Helen Frankenthaler's complex woodblock prints and bold, color-struck paintings, the Clark Art Institute honors the life and legacy of this innovative artist with a full …
Lifestyles

Ron Kujawski | Garden Watch: Black-eyed Susans make gardens pop in the fall

We really don't need the calendar to let us know that autumn begins this coming, Friday, Sept. 22. Yellowed and browned leaves of bearded iris and daylilies, red and purple spots on the foliage of disease-ridden peonies, and faded flowers and …

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Planting a pollinator garden is a very wise idea

So much is being said about insect pollinators lately, especially the honey bees, bumblebees and other bees numbering something like 20,000 species worldwide. Pollinators also include many flies, a variety of beetles, our lovely butterflies and …

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

NEW YORK — A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu.Vaccine experts think the results …
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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 …

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.

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