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E3 Academy students build a solution to food insecurity

NORTH ADAMS — It took only two days to build, but weeks to plan. A food box erected by the students at E3 Academy, which will serve as a miniature food pantry, was unveiled in front of the Vietnam Veterans Center on River Street on …

In Berkshires, another barrier to medical marijuana: Few doctors in county can prescribe it

PITTSFIELD — Larry Spatz of Lanesborough couldn't sit by and see a family member in such pain. A case of the shingles — the malady that results from reactivation of the chickenpox virus — can feel like "piercing needles …

Pittsfield grandkids raise vegetables - and $350 - for Eagle Santa Fund

PITTSFIELD — Jay Porter and his grandchildren this summer turned home-grown vegetables into holiday cheer for hundreds of children. "Papa Jay" and his little sprouts, as he calls them: Brandon, Austin, Cameron, Jason, Kaelyn, Owen, …

State News
Baker slashes spending

BOSTON — Lurching from one budget problem to another, Gov. Charlie Baker acted Tuesday to cut $98 million from the $39.25 billion state budget in an effort to match up sluggish state revenues with likely spending, including accounts he says …

Volleyballers vs. bulldozers: A Chinatown's history at stake

Judge denies Healey bid to avoid deposition in Texas

Slow revenue growth shapes Mass. budget talks

Massachusetts, Quebec solidify ties with new research council

Nation & world news
Trump interjects himself in Air Force One, business deals

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — President-elect Donald Trump, a political newcomer who touts his corporate skills, turned businessman-in-chief Tuesday, first demanding the government cancel a multibillion-dollar order for new presidential planes and then …

Critics worry after Trump security chief fuels conspiracies

Children who lived through Pearl Harbor attack remember

Rhode Island School of Design works with NASA on Mars suit

Stopgap spending bill to be unveiled as Congress finishes up

Local News

Latino-Vote Party looks to rally voices of Mass. Latino communities

PITTSFIELD — Joaquin Bernal believes too few ethnic minorities hold elected office. And he hopes the Latino-Vote Party — the state's newest political designation — will help change that. "Systematically the …

County Fare: A Christmas tree in training

Driving by the First Congregational Church park in Lee, one will see a 20-foot decorated artificial Christmas tree next to a newly planted understudy. The live, nearly 14-foot Canaan fir is being groomed to be the park's first natural Christmas tree …

Otis, Alford win grant funding for 'final mile' high-speed internet connection work

Two Berkshire County towns won state funding Tuesday to send new fiber-optic lines the "final mile" to homes and businesses. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute board voted to grant $1,145,975 to Otis and $288,775 to Alford to help pay …

'Nature wants to work with us': Famed farmer Joel Salatin talks sustainable agriculture at Kripalu

STOCKBRIDGE — Celebrity farmer and author Joel Salatin, who profits by foraging livestock on his family's Virginia farm, brought his ministry of sustainable agriculture to the Berkshires on Monday night. "Nothing runs optimally when …

Berkshire Compact for Education tries to dovetail student aspirations with county's economic goals

NORTH ADAMS - Colorful display boards were propped up on the stage of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Church Street Center, a sort of backdrop on either side of a projection screen. Glued onto the boards were illustrated visions of …
Local sports
Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed speaks to county student-athletes

PITTSFIELD — Spring training might still be two months away, but East Longmeadow's Nick Ahmed says he's excited for the new era about to begin with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Former Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen and bench coach …

Miss Hall's basketball hosts fourth Tip-Off Classic; Hurricanes fall in fifth-place contest

Wahconah football falls short in Division IV state final

College Roundup: Lauren McCall's putback lifts Williams women to win

Opinion
Our Opinion: States have the right to their own gun laws

The news that the National Rifle Association plans to "go on offense" in pushing gun owner rights is surprising from an organization that has never not been on offense (Eagle, December 5.) The national organization's coming assault on state gun laws …

Our Opinion: Battle against hatred begins at home

Our Opinion: Dakota pipeline isn't worth a tragedy

Our Opinion: A great opportunity for Rep. Neal

Our Opinion: Parking fees overdue for downtown Pittsfield

Opioid addiction battle is fought on several fronts

Food
Margaret Button: Stick with tried-and-true recipe for cookie swap

The Berkshire Eagle employee cookie swap is rapidly approaching, so this weekend I got out my recipe box, my mom's recipe book, recipes I've tried and used in the past, and just for the heck of it, my accordion file chock full of new — and …

Bits and Bites: Traditional French breakfast, cookie walk planned

New way to eat peppermint bark

Caramelized onion tart eases holiday stress

Entertainment
Berkshire Theatre Group rolls out winter-spring lineup at The Colonial

PITTSFIELD — Music ranging from Sir Elton John, Glen Campbell and The Grateful Dead to the worlds of opera, pop, hip-hop and rock is in store this winter and spring at Berkshire Theatre Group's Colonial Theatre. "We are excited to …

The nominees

Two Grammy nods for the BSO

Beyonce scores leading nine Grammy Award nominations

Damon pushes back against "Great Wall" critics

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