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
State drops disturbing-the-peace charge against Gaetani

NORTH ADAMS — A charge of disturbing the peace leveled against Craig C. Gaetani has been dropped by the state.Gaetani, who has been a candidate for City Council and mayor in recent years, …

Bail reduced for man facing weapons charges connected to killing of Asiyanna Jones

PITTSFIELD — Bail has been reduced for a city man facing weapons charges connected to the Oct. 2 shooting death of Asiyanna Jones.Justin D. Crawford was being held on a total of $25,500 bail on …

Judge: Feds can keep IDs of informants, operatives secret in foiled potential terror plot

SPRINGFIELD — Federal prosecutors do not have to reveal the identities of informants and operatives who helped foil a potential terror plot hatched by an Adams man.Citing national security …

'Not in Our Berkshires' movement rallies pledges against intolerance

LEE — More than 375 Berkshire County residents have pledged not to stay silent in the face of intolerance or discrimination.The list is growing, and come January, towns, cities and …

Three hurt in rear-end crash on Route 7/20 in Lenox

LENOX — Three people were hospitalized Thursday night following a two-car crash on Route 7/20 (Pittsfield Road).About 6 p.m., a Subaru Forester rear-ended a Ford Fusion that was waiting in the …

Podcast | Don Morrison Commentary: Making Life Wonderful

In this week's podcast, Don Morrison dissects a classic Christmas movie that has never been more relevant...

Top Sport Stories
Hoosac Valley girls basketball defends home court at holiday tournament with rout over Auburn

CHESHIRE — Practice makes perfect.For the first time in coach Ron Wojcik's tenure, the Hoosac Valley girls basketball team had a full three weeks of training camp before their season-opener …

Opinion
Letter: Kudos for Muddy Brook Elementary

To the editor:A number of years ago, we had the good fortune to be introduced to Muddy Brook Elementary School, when we volunteered to tutor as part of a project when the Jewish Women's Foundation …

Our Opinion: Health inspector needed to protect area's reputation

Our Opinion: The right way to help immigrants

Our Opinion: Pot regulations cause some head-scratching

Our Opinion: What is the essence of a community?

Columnists
Carole Owens: The narcissist eventually falls

STOCKBRIDGE — The behavior of a malignant or pathological narcissist is repellent to many but not all. Even though a narcissist commands and demands all the attention, it is interesting to turn …

Our Berkshires | Bernard A. Drew: Ballads rise from the grave

Robert F. Jakubowicz: GOP tax plan a deception

Alan Chartock | I, Publius: 'Tis the season to make merry - and resist temptations

Unspin Room | Dalton Delan: In these times, impartial reportage essential

Letters
Letter: A failed Mohawk effort would be devastating

To the editor:The Mohawk Theater in North Adams can and should be renovated. I agree with most readers and North Adams residents who argue that the theater has sat idle for too long. In fact, I …

Letter: Best wishes to all in these difficult times

Letter: Let's be green and ban wind turbines at once

Letter: We can still be saved from awful tax bill

Letter: City Council was wrong in its latest giveaway

State House News
Harvest Cup set to showcase marijuana contest, 100-foot joint

BOSTON — One year after it became legal for adults to possess and use marijuana in Massachusetts, cannabis aficionados will gather in Worcester this weekend to show off some of the best locally …

ACLU releases DA report card rubric

Galvin throws up caution flag on Bitcoin

National Headlines
Walmart will let workers take pay before payday

This week, the nation's largest private employer will begin providing its more than 1.4 million workers a service that will allow them to receive wages before their next payday.Instead of waiting two …

Republicans say deal struck on new tax bill

Democrats call for halt to GOP tax bill until Jones is seated in the Senate

World News
Local News

Family and Friends of Charlie Slate: Christmas Breakfast ready to deliver

BRATTLEBORO — Hungry for a holiday from cooking breakfast this Christmas? Jadi Flynn and Megan Walker are hoping to help out some people.Make that 1,000 people.Flynn and Walker are the …

Williamstown Select Board signoff is last step for proposed medical marijuana dispensary

WILLIAMSTOWN — The first application to sell marijuana in a state-regulated facility in town is more than two-thirds of the way through the licensing process.Silver Therapeutics is seeking a …

State might back full replacement of Pittsfield Municipal Airport terminal

PITTSFIELD — The terminal at Pittsfield Municipal Airport might be replaced in several years with a new and larger building able to accommodate growing aviation interest in the city. The …

Pittsfield teen lends her strength to 'Strong Little Souls' fighting cancer

PITTSFIELD — Over the past few years, 15-year-old Madison Quinn has made dozens of new friends. She shares their images on her Facebook page. Some stand smiling in the sun. Others flex their …

Four years prison for man who robbed Pittsfield variety store, assaulted clerks

PITTSFIELD — Mackenzie Colvin was in the throes of drug withdrawal and homeless when he robbed a city variety store in late January, according to his attorney …
Berkshire Landscapes

Bousquet Mountain: Let it snow, let it snow - make it snow

PITTSFIELD — Snowfall in the city had relented by the time the sun rose behind winter's gray cloak on Wednesday morning. But at Bousquet Mountain, a blizzard had just begun.About 70 snow guns …

Breakfast with The Eagle: Sherwood Guernsey II rejects life on sidelines of politics

PITTSFIELD — Long before Teach for America, a young Sherwood Guernsey II (his dad hated the term "junior") took a job at a public school in northern New Hampshire, ink fresh on his Dartmouth …

Hiring Our Heroes: Local vet recognized for early trucking expertise

PITTSFIELD — After serving in the Marine Corps, Pittsfield native Wayne Roy returned to life as a civilian in August of 2008 without a clear career plan lined up. He just knew he wanted a …
The Arts

Take home artwork priced from 99 cents to $99.99

NORTH ADAMS — Looking for a special or unique gift? The "99 Cents Affordable Art Show" at Gallery 51 celebrates the artwork of local and regional artists and includes sculpture, ceramics, …

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 …
Music

Close Encounters With Music brings a touch of Tuscany to South County

GREAT BARRINGTON — As a wintery chill settles over the Berkshires, a warm Tuscan breeze will waft over the Mahaiwe stage on Saturday, carrying with it musical memories of sun-drenched Italian …

Blind Boys of Alabama are all about good times

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Blind Boys of Alabama spread cheer throughout the year."When you come to a Blind Boys concert, if you come feeling sad, leave feeling glad," band member Eric "Ricky" …
Lifestyles

A sweet cookie swap tradition

PITTSFIELD — 'Twas two weeks before Christmas and over at the Eagle,Staff members were gathered, to swap cookies that looked oh, so regal!If it's the second Monday in December, odds are the …

Gene therapy shows promise against hemaphilia

Gene therapy has freed 10 men from nearly all symptoms of hemophilia for a year so far, in a study that fuels hopes that a one-time treatment can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the …

Knit one, purl two -- you too can make an ugly sweater

Linnea Morrison and a handful of her colleagues at Boyd Technologies recently sat down for a working session that had nothing to do with their work. With felt, tinsel, light strings and glue guns at …
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 …

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 …

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 …

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