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
Dalton wants to purchase net metering credits - but will they buy from solar project, or cow power?

DALTON — In a contest between cow power and solar energy, it came down to a draw.The Select Board last week considered proposals to purchase net metering credits from Hampshire Cow Power in …

Average Lanesborough property tax bill to spike by $200, partly due to new Mount Greylock School project

LANESBOROUGH — Homeowners could see a nearly $200 spike in the average property tax bill due, in part, to the new Mount Greylock Regional High School.The town's property tax rate will jump 51 …

Williamstown cell tower plan has some neighbors worried about landscape, safety

WILLIAMSTOWN — Neighbors are pushing back against a proposal to put a wireless telecommunications tower in the corner of the now-vacant Taconic Restaurant adjacent to Route 2.During a meeting …

The victims of the Bard College at Simon's Rock shootings

A look at the victims, two who were fatally shot and four who were injured by Wayne Lo on Dec. 14, 1992 …

Grand jury indicts biotech firms' founder on charges of wire fraud, lying to feds

NEW YORK — Berkshire entrepreneur Patrick Muraca has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud and lying to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office.Muraca, founder of …

Persistence pays off for co-owner of Donaji

GREAT BARRINGTON — Chef Tino Francisco worked in kitchens across South County before finding the right location to open up his first restaurant, Donaji.The Mexican restaurant at 389 Stockbridge …

Top Sport Stories
Mike Walsh: Riding Main Street again and again worth it for opening day at Ski Butternut

Only the most desperate of us shred-hungry urchins could enjoy the repetitiveness of double-digit runs on one trail.However, that's just what this particular gnar junkie did on Thursday.It was …

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
Ruth Bass: Knitting and binoculars most enjoyable with expert on hand

RICHMOND — What a difference a pro makes. You go to a yarn shop with one of your kids, and you barely get started on the temptation cart of colors and kinds and ideas when the sidekick begins …

Carole Owens: The narcissist eventually falls

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

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

Officer who talked Wayne Lo into surrendering: 'I knew we were up against something not good.'

GREAT BARRINGTON — Officer Kevin Larkin was missing his newborn daughter when he got the most important call of his life — and perhaps many lives.He was on desk duty at the former police …

Christmas arrives in form of keys for new Habitat for Humanity homeowners

PITTSFIELD — When Norma DelSonno applied for a home through Habitat for Humanity in 2015, she noted in the paperwork that she'd love to have a yard where she and her now-husband could build a …

1992 college shooting victim Craig Sauer suffering in a 'big pool of trauma'

GREAT BARRINGTON — It took Craig Sauer years to accept that he, too, was a survivor, 25 years ago, of Wayne Lo's shooting spree.A student and a professor at Bard College at Simon's Rock were …

A single bullet forced Thomas McElderry on long road to healing

GREAT BARRINGTON — The bullet came out, but the pain did not; not for a long time. It took years of searching mind, body and spirit for Thomas McElderry to overcome what beset him after he was …

Community Preservation Act has money; applicants still sought

PITTSFIELD — The historic Thaddeus Clapp House could soon be restored to its original glory and Onota Lake could see a long-term plan for fending off weeds that threaten recreation along its …
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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