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(Ben Garver — The Berkshire Eagle)
Rat population on rise in the Berkshires, pest control companies report

Pest control outfits working in the Berkshires say business is booming lately — with rats.

Chris Quinn, operations director of Catseye Pest Control out of Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y., said he's responded to 12 homes and eight businesses with rat issues this winter, a 50 percent increase over last year.

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Pittsfield Police log for Tuesday, March 3

Tuesday, March 3 6:52 a.m.: A motor vehicle accident with no personal injury is reported at the intersection of East Street and Appleton Avenue. Full Story
(Ben Garver — The Berkshire Eagle)
Ten Berkshire sites to share Massachusetts Cultural Council Facilities Fund grant

Ten Berkshire cultural sites are set to share nearly $2.5 million in state funding for facility improvements, historic preservation and environmental upgrades. Full Story
(Stephanie Zollshan The Berkshire Eagle)
Levesque's clutch 3-pointer helps Hoosac boys hoops to Western Mass. final

Shot in the final minute gives Hurricanes victory over rival Drury
The willingness to take the big shot is almost as important as the ability to make it. Hoosac Valley's J.P. Levesque took that shot Wednesday night. Full Story
Pittsfield A.M.E. Zion church leaders honored for contributions
PITTSFIELD — As long as you remember someone, they never die.

Those were the words of the Rev. Louise Williamson, who at Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church on Saturday led a ceremony honoring two Pittsfield giants who now stand to live on for many years: the late Rev. Fanny R. Cooper, founder of the church, and the late Rev. Willard H. Durant, a 30-year pastor at the church. Full Story

Great Barrington: Rudolf Steiner School to present student circus

GrEAT barrington GBRSS students to perform circus Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School will present "Around the World in a Circus," starring seventh and eighth-graders in an extravaganza of juggling, tumbling, jumping, balancing, clowning and twirling fun for the whole family, at 2 p. Full Story
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Rooms going fast at Hungary's village for rent

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Rooms at Hungary's village-for-rent are going fast. More than 300 inquiries and reservations for 280 guests have been made since Mayor Kristof Pajer last week began advertising the village of Megyer, available for 210,000 forints ($760) a day. Full Story
Music Review: Kelly Clarkson's new album fails to woo

Kelly Clarkson, "Piece By Piece" (RCA, 19) As one of the most successful "American Idol" winners, Kelly Clarkson can hold her head up high — she's still in the game after 13 years. Full Story