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Stockbridge in search of town long-term administrator

STOCKBRIDGE — The "Now Hiring" sign is going back up at the Town Offices.Since the three-person Select Board has been reorganized with a new chairman and a just-elected member, a top priority is to move ahead on the search for a long-term town …

Gov. Baker urges vigilance following UK bombing; more concert patrols seen

BOSTON — With thousands of concertgoers expected to descend on the Boston Calling music festival this weekend, Gov. Charlie Baker said there are no current threats of venues being targeted for violence, but urged residents to remain "vigilant" …

Earl Persip III announces run for Pittsfield City Council

PITTSFIELD — Diversity. It is lacking on City Council, and concerns of minorities here are not recognized as often as they should be.Changing that is among the things at large candidate Earl G. Persip III intends to do if elected.

Top Sport Stories
Nashville wants more history than just 1st Stanley Cup Final

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators, the final team into the NHL playoffs, are headed to the first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history.Coach Peter Laviolette insists they won't just be happy to be there either."Our guys know the big …

Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance

Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

'He's human': Cavs coach defends LeBron after 'weird' loss

Local sports
Hoosac Valley, Wahconah, Taconic baseball teams win at Cooperstown Classic

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — For six Berkshire County high school baseball teams, the opportunity to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame and play at historic Doubleday Field was too good of a plan to pass up. One team hit the trifecta by qualifying for the …

Roundup: Mount Greylock boys lacrosse suffers first loss of season

Berkshire County high school standings, May 21

Berkshire County track and field honor roll, May 21

Roundup: Wyatt throws no-hitter as Monument baseball sweeps Drury in doubleheader

Opinion
Our Opinion: Common ground may be reached on dental bills

There is a need in Massachusetts to provide dental care for those who are underserved, and there are two competing pieces of legislation on Beacon Hill designed to address this need. All parties to these bills have good intentions and it would be …

Our Opinion: Anti-hazing effort must be ongoing

Our Opinion: State must insist gas company fix damaged roads

Our Opinion: Healey, AGs need defendant status on ACA sabotage

Our Opinion: Heed governors, industry leaders, on Paris accord

Columnists
Francis Moriarty: Bee memories, good and bad

HONG KONG — The bad news about bee populations is no doubt worrying many people, me among them. I like bees, generally speaking, but the story is mixed.My bee memories are not all happy ones. Getting stung at least once a summer was a …

Donald Morrison: Yes we Cannes: politics and film

John Seven: To me, North Adams has always been a place like no other

Ruth Bass: At your local town meetings, even the routine ones are reality democracy

Carole Owens: Center House's long tradition

Letters
Letter: Nurses won't be silenced on issue of safe staffing

To the editor:Staffing has long been an issue at Berkshire Medical Center. It came to a head when BMC initiated a time clock system in which employees swipe their ID to sign in and out. I believe management suspected staff had been milking overtime. …

Letter: Sobriety checkpoints clog traffic, not effective

Letter: Another perspective on Sr. Mary Dorothy

Letter: Trump's insults reflect his own self-image

Letter: Eliminating fossil fuels would cost us dearly

Local News

While already facing trial, Otis man faces another charge of child rape

PITTSFIELD — An East Otis man who already is facing trial for allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl has been accused of assaulting another child.Stephen L. Hyland, 33, entered a not guilty plea on Monday to his new charge. Details of the new …

Man convicted in Berkshire Superior Court of raping teenager

PITTSFIELD — "I didn't know what to say."Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano repeated those words, from the victim of a rape by a trusted adult, explaining why she didn't yell for help or tell her family at the time.After …

From the Editor's Desk: Grab your Sunday Eagle -- and your coffee

In the coming weeks, readers of The Berkshire Eagle will notice significant additions to the arts, entertainment and lifestyles sections of the paper.This Sunday, the much-ballyhooed Berkshire Landscapes section debuts in The Eagle. It's an …

A homecoming of sorts for new Boys & Girls Club of Berkshires CEO

PITTSFIELD — Joseph W. "Joe" McGovern is returning to service in the Berkshire community.On Tuesday afternoon, The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires Inc. issued a public announcement naming McGovern as its choice to succeed Chris Jacoby …

Up to 4 years for Pittsfield man caught transporting heroin

PITTSFIELD — A city man who police said helped run heroin from the Holyoke area to North Adams has been sentenced to up to four years in state prison.Joshua P. Stimpson, 30, had been under investigation since March 2016, and investigators …
Lifestyles

Try these extreme hot dogs

Memorial Day, typically, is the official kick off to the summer grilling season. Last year, Berkshire Eagle staff members — armed with bottles of antacids — bravely volunteered to taste test four "extreme burgers," ultimately endorsing a …

EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME: 'You just have to keep going'

In 1981, Alexandra Lloyd was a 25-year-old opera singer."One day, it was just 'ah-ah'" she said, motioning to her throat. And that was only the beginning. In 1995, her hands stopped functioning properly. At the time, she was a massage therapist. In …

The Scene | Brien Center’s Annual UNICO Dinner shines light on Berkshire Health Systems

PITTSFIELD — In her moving, honest and inspirational speech, The Brien Center’s Annual UNICO Dinner guest speaker, Amy Alexander, spoke in memory of her father when she quoted Norman Vincent Peale, the American minister and author known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking: “Hold an image of the life you want, and that image will become fact.”

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Summer-flowering bulbs add color to garden

The abrupt change in weather this past week was welcomed but was it too abrupt? I suppose it depends on whether you prefer wearing woolies or wearing shorts and T-shirt. As far as plant life is concerned, I don't see any serious effect right now …

The Scene | Baked to Death: Super sleuths solve Ventfort Hall Mansion murder mystery

LENOX — On a cool and misty evening in spring and among the candlelit spaces of the late Sarah Morgan's 1893 Jacobean Revival-style mansion, a full house of guests gathered along with a hodge podge of celebrity impostors such as "Martha …
The Arts

Let the guitar rock your world at Berkshire Museum

PITTSFIELD — The guitar may well be the best-known, most familiar instrument in the world. Now, a new exhibit opening Friday at the Berkshire Museum, goes behind the sounds and shapes that have bound the guitar and all its forms — …

Actor Jeff McCarthy brings a polarizing figure to life in "Kunstler"

PITTFIELD — Jeff McCarthy is playing the title character in the play "Kunstler," opening at Barrington Stage Company on Sunday, after three days of previews. He calls the legendary defense attorney "a polarizing figure." That's putting it …

Olga Dunn reflects on four decades of dance in anniversary performance at Saint James Place

GREAT BARRINGTON — A freight train rumbles through the heart of Great Barrington. At the former railway station, windows rattle, floors vibrate and diminutive dancers rush to watch it roll by, almost close enough to touch. Outside on the …
Podcast: A Brief History of Mass MoCA
S01 Episode 19: A brief history of Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art director Joseph Thompson discusses the museum’s rich history, the institution’s impact on the regional economy and the future of Mass MoCA following the opening of Building 6 at the sprawling complex of former mill buildings in North Adams.

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St. Joseph's Central High School
St. Joseph's Central High School: The Final Year

St. Joseph Central High School, the last remaining Catholic high school in Berkshire County, will close at the end of the school year in June. Gathered here is a collection of articles documenting the days leading up to the end.

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