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
Tri-Town Health seeking help to tackle backlog of inspections

STOCKBRIDGE — An acute staff shortage at Tri-Town Health has created a severe six-month delay and backlog for inspections of restaurants, other commercial food-service businesses, housing …

Eversource offers late holiday gift: No rate hike in January

PITTSFIELD — Eversource wants to do something unusual, near the close of a contentious rate-setting case. It is proposing it not charge Western Massachusetts customers an extra million dollars …

Public hearing on Mountain Water Systems' proposed 58% rate hike set for Jan. 3

SHEFFIELD — Sheryl Fairchild knows that a 58 percent increase in the town's water rate is a lot to ask.But Fairchild, the CEO of Mountain Water Systems, said it's what the company needs to do …

Pittsfield City Council members worry about costs for $1.4M trash tote system proposal

PITTSFIELD — A proposal to switch to a tote-based trash pickup system sparked a host of questions and concerns on Tuesday from skeptical city councilors …

Berkshire Innovation Center lands pledge of additional Pittsfield Economic Development Authority funds

PITTSFIELD — With construction of the long-delayed Berkshire Innovation Center again under discussion, and some additional financial commitments in place, the Pittsfield Economic Development …

Farley-Bouvier pushes back against 'bullying' Mass Fiscal Alliance mailer

PITTSFIELD — The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has once again targeted state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier with an eye-catching flyer that arrived in city mailboxes in recent days. The issue this …

Top Sport Stories
Monument Mountain girls basketball team starts season with win over Lenox

GREAT BARRINGTON — It took until Monument Mountain's seventh offensive possession for the Spartans to get a clean shot off at the basket Wednesday night in their season-opener against …

Opinion
Our Opinion: Results in Alabama affect the Berkshires

From a Berkshire County perspective, Alabama might seem like a long way off, and in some ways it is. Aside from being more than 1,000 miles from Western Massachusetts, the "Heart of Dixie" is …

Our Opinion: A tail-wagging welcome for the Museum of Dog

Our Opinion: The right way to correct a legal mess

Our Opinion: New gun bill a disaster for Mass.

Our Opinion: Cooperation one of the Berkshires' great assets

Letters
Letter: Locals' Alabama efforts can be easily replicated

To the editor:Thank you for the story covering local efforts to get out the vote in the recent Alabama Senate election ("Grass-roots activists in Berkshires work late to sway Alabama voters for …

Letter: Fruitful partnership forms with club and NAACP

Letter: Support Farley-Bouvier and our nation's ideals

Letter: Letter writer blinded to Donald Trump's lies

Letter: Trash plans are tough for year-round residents

State House News
ACLU releases DA report card rubric

BOSTON — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts plans to grade the state's district attorneys on transparency, fairness, racial justice and other matters as part of a new education …

Galvin throws up caution flag on Bitcoin

State police ready to phase in new radio system

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

Hearing in alleged defamation case set for January

PITTSFIELD — A motion to dismiss a $50 million defamation suit against The Berkshire Eagle will be heard next month.In a lawsuit, former City Council member and Pittsfield mayoral candidate …

Bon Iver headlines Mass MoCA's winter/spring season

NORTH ADAMS — A two-time Grammy award winner with a famous unofficial residency will partake in a formal one at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in March.Folk artist Justin Vernon, …

Grass-roots activists in Berkshires work late to sway Alabama voters for Jones

With a close race and high stakes, every vote mattered in Tuesday's special election to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was tapped last year by Donald Trump to become …

'Distraught and armed man' prompts large police response in Lanesborough

LANESBOROUGH —  Police from multiple agencies descended on a Bailey Road home on Tuesday after receiving reports of an armed and distraught man in his home.A portion of the road …

19-year-old held without bail on shooting charges linked to death of Asiyanna Jones

PITTSFIELD — A city man who allegedly prompted the shooting that killed 22-year-old Asiyanna Jones in October has been ordered held without bail for up to four months.Josiah T. "JoJo" Bynum, …
Berkshire Landscapes

New documentary: Where did all the ski areas go?

Western New England once boasted as many as 80 ski areas half a century ago."It was really huge," said Dave Fraser, producer of the documentary, "Stories from the Slopes: A Skiing History of Western …

Giving foster children something of their own

Editor's note: As we enter the holiday season, we're reminded that gift-giving and good deeds happen all year round by so many people in our readership. In an effort to recognize the work that so …

A big job - and big boots to fill - for Santa's helpers

Great Barrington resident Gene Salvi has to be a good listener.For more than 20 years, the 74-year-old has been one of Santa Claus' many helpers in the Berkshires, receiving Christmas gift requests …
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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