Local News
Native Americans to fight FERC over pipeline work

SANDISFIELD — A Native American tribe says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission broke federal law by giving Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. permission to build a natural gas storage loop here before fully studying Native American sites in Otis …

Sears closing more stores; Berkshire Mall outlet not on list

LANESBOROUGH — Cash-strapped Sears announced another round of store closings on Thursday, but the chain's outlet in the Berkshire Mall has received yet another reprieve.Sears Holdings is planning to close an additional 20 stores, including an …

Pittsfield man charged in shooting

PITTSFIELD — A city man suspected in a June 2 shooting was tackled and arrested at Taser-point on Wednesday following a foot chase on South John Street.

Worker badly injured on job wins $750,000

PITTSFIELD — A Berkshire jury has awarded $750,000 to a man who was injured on the job in February 2015 while working for a business without worker's compensation insurance.business, …

Adams town meeting approves $15.9 million budget

ADAMS — Town meeting members supported public school budgets and an initiative to withdraw the town's police department from Civil Service Law requirements.The centerpiece of the annual town meeting held on Monday night was the proposed $15.9 …

Berkshire delegation explains both the House and Senate legislation around marijuana

BOSTON — "The point is to implement the will of the voters." That was state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, talking about how legislation to work out Massachusetts' new marijuana law is proceeding through the Legislature.

Top Sport Stories
Pittsfield Suns fall to Wachusett in Home Run Derby finish

PITTSFIELD — In less than three minutes, Wachusett's Zack Tower hit more home runs at Wahconah Park on Friday night than he did in an entire season playing for the Pittsfield Suns.Tower, who played for the Suns back in 2014, hit a game-tying …

Berkshire County seniors lead Hills to win over Valley in first Western Mass. Senior Bowl

Red Sox retire No. 34 for Ortiz: 'This is his (pause) city'

Butler trade sets the stage for looming free agency

Local sports
Roundup: Pittsfield Post 68 bounces back with win over Greenfield

GREENFIELD — The Pittsfield Post 68 baseball team bounced back from a loss on Thursday with a 2-0 win over Greenfield on Friday night.Jack Scarafoni drove in both Pittsfield runs in the third. After AC Hernandez reached on a single, Jack …

Defending Pewter Cup champions Billy McDonald and John Kelly lead after Day 1

Paronto, Torra to host youth baseball clinic

Pittsfield Suns drop 11-6 decision to Martha's Vineyard

Pittsfield Post 68 bats go quiet in loss to Northampton

Opinion
Our Opinion: Berkshire role in next initiative on life sciences

The life sciences initiative launched 10 years ago by Governor Deval Patrick that was instrumental in making Massachusetts a leader in that field is winding down, and Governor Charlie Baker is seeking to extend it, but with a shift in focus. Going …

Our Opinion: MCC arts access initiative will expand horizons

Our Opinion: Needle exchanges help rebuild lives

Our Opinion: LGBTQ events a source of local pride

Our Opinion: A visionary program from Jacob's Pillow

Columnists
Alan Chartock | What a dog would teach us about politics, if only we'd listen

GREAT BARRINGTON — I was sitting on the couch when Murray, the world's cutest dog (bar none), came and sat down next to me.It was Father's Day so I was aware that I had to pay special attention to the little dog who, after our two grown kids, …

Claudia M. Gold, M.D.: Giving every newborn baby a voice

Letter: Berkshire County Day thanks good neighbors

Dorothy van den Honert: A lifetime's education from Ruthie to Tubby

Anne Horrigan Geary: Irish put down roots by workin' on the railroad

Letters
Letter: An active legislator for Berkshire voters

To the editor: I take genuine pride being able to represent Berkshire County in the U.S. Congress. It is a great place to live, work and raise a family. From the peak of Mount Greylock to the Housatonic River Valley, the county is one of America's …

Letter: Goshen board makes proper internet call

Letter: Democrats must act on health care issue

Letter: Protect bees to preserve our own food supply

Letter: St. Joe Class of '47 offers its gratitude

Entertainment
"Beatriz at Dinner" proves to be a sign of the times

LOS ANGELES — The culture clash drama "Beatriz at Dinner" wasn't written about Donald Trump, but Salma Hayek understands why you might think it was.In the film, Hayek plays a Mexican healer who finds herself at an intimate dinner party with …

Hard-to-die myth put to rest in Rome exhibition

Richie looking forward to campy times on the road with Mariah Carey

Olivia Wilde, fellow actors give their all to "1984"

Hardwick makes power moves through 'Power'

Local News

Western Mass. judge in the running for spot on SJC

BOSTON — A Western Massachusetts resident is a candidate to sit on the state's highest court, but whether they will get the job won't be known for weeks.Governor's Councilor Mary E. Hurley, representing the 8th District, said she will do …

What drives up downtown rents?

GREAT BARRINGTON - Somebody wrote a letter to the Planning Board, wanting to know if there was a way to cut down on the number of banks and real estate offices allowed in the downtown."It's a tough call to limit businesses," said board member Pedro …

Judge continues case in robbery

PITTSFIELD — In over 10 years on the bench, Judge Maureen Hogan said, she has never continued a defendant's case without a finding.That all changed Thursday, when she ruled in the case of Heidi Bliss.Bliss, 37, of Pittsfield, was charged with …

Drug suspect requests release on bail

PITTSFIELD — A third defendant connected to a large-scale drug buy last month has petitioned the Berkshire Superior Court to have bail and release conditions set.

Lanesborough voters support changing retiree insurance split

LANESBOROUGH — Voters backed all three ballot questions and elected a new Finance Committee member during Tuesday's annual town election. By a 121-91 count, the electorate agreed the Select Board should appoint members of the Cemetery Commission — typically elected positions — in part because finding candidates to run for the seven seats has been difficult. The change takes effect in 2018.
Berkshire Landscapes

Barrington Stage Company's 'The Birds' never takes flight

PITTSFIELD — Irish playwright Conor McPherson is, at his best, a masterly, profoundly nuanced storyteller with a gift for weaving the elements of theater into spellbinding — not to mention unsettling and chilling — narrative.But …

Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio: 'Replacing a leather floor isn't easy'

LENOX — Finding the right person to install your new tile floor can be difficult. Finding the right person to install your new leather floor is near impossible. It was just one of the challenges faced by T. Kinney Frelinghuysen, director of …

Take home a piece of the house's history

LENOX — What would you do with the 76-year-old leather tiles from the living room floor of famed abstract artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen?When the question was posed to artist Michael King by Kinney and Linda Frelinghuysen, …
The Arts

Laurie Norton Moffatt reflects on 40 years with Norman

STOCKBRIDGE — Laurie Norton Moffatt, the director and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum, recently celebrated 40 years with the institution. Moffatt's association with the museum began in 1977, when she started as a summer intern while …

'Ragtime' - a musical to make you laugh, cry and think

PITTSFIELD — Joe Calarco, who is directing the musical "Ragtime" at Barrington Stage Company — which officially opens Saturday evening after a series of previews that began Wednesday — says he is "drawn to intimate and inspiring …

The world comes together at Jacob's Pillow

BECKET — For its director, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival is more than a place to watch performers, world-renowned and upstart alike. "We want people to know this is a place to linger," said Pamela Tatge, who in April marked a year on …
Music

Enjoy Scottish folk music in an intimate venue

ehirsch@berkshireeagle.comSHEFFIELD — Acclaimed fiddler player Jamie Laval has played in front of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, on the NBC "Today Show" and on Dave Matthews' platinum album, "Some Devil." Now, he's coming to Sheffield. The …

We asked Mark Morris ... what's your favorite song?

Hailed as the "the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical," by the New York Times, Mark Morris knows a thing or 150 (he's also created over 150 works for the Mark Morris Dance Group) about music.This …
Lifestyles

Ripe for the picking: Everything you need to know about strawberry season

There is nothing like biting into one of the first strawberries of the season, perhaps still warm from the sun in the field of a pick-your-own farm. The sweet, strawberry scent as you hold it by the crown to bring it to your mouth ... and then the …

The Scene | SculptureNow is 'Sculpture Wow' at The Mount

LENOX — The vast and lush grounds of Edith Wharton's country estate were once again brimming with visitors and multifaceted sculptures as The Mount and SculptureNow kicked off their fifth year of collaboration with a free opening celebration and grand reception on Sunday, June 11, for "Nexus." …

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n for your houseplants

With summer arriving on Wednesday, June 21, I'm sure many folks are already thinking of summer vacation. Everyone loves a vacation, even your houseplants. Huh? Oh, yeah, plants suffer from the same winter blahs as we non-chlorophyll-laden type of …
Podcast: Wilco, Solid Sound, Joshua Jackson and Tanglewood
Berkshire Landscapes Podcast Ep. 5: Wilco, Solid Sound, Joshua Jackson and Tanglewood

Listen and Subscribe | Soundcloud | iTunes | Android | Stitcher What's happening this weekend? Join Berkshire Landscapes Podcast host Carrie Saldo as she chats with Berkshire Eagle Features …

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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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