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
This year's Laliberte Toy Fund off and running, with $340 toward its $8,000 goal

LEE — The Laliberte Toy Fund is off to a $430 start toward it's goal of $8,000.The 60-year-old holiday tradition of giving in the Lee area has received nine checks prior to Thanksgiving …

Dozens of gallons of diesel spilled in Dalton truck rollover

DALTON — A dump truck that rolled over on Washington Monument Road just before noon on Tuesday spilled more than 50 gallons of diesel fuel onto the road, prompting a response from the …

Former Eagleton staffer avoids jail time after admitting to 3 student assaults

PITTSFIELD — Another former staff member of the embattled and now-closed Eagleton School has avoided jail time after pleading guilty to three counts of assault and battery on a disabled …

Gov. Baker has until Saturday to sign bill that would allow for vital Lanesborough bridge along Pontoosuc Lake

LANESBOROUGH — Gov. Charlie Baker's signature of key legislation will allow for the replacement of a vital bridge along Pontoosuc Lake.On Baker's desk is a bill the state Legislature approved …

Connecticut woman pleads not guilty to vehicular homicide in accident that left Stockbridge couple dead

GREAT BARRINGTON — A Connecticut woman who apparently was distracted by a GPS device is facing vehicular homicide charges in a Sept. 24 crash that killed a Stockbridge couple.Chelsea Lundeberg, …

Two men face charges in Pittsfield prostitution ring

PITTSFIELD — Two men are facing charges for allegedly participating in a citywide prostitution ring involving multiple women — one of whom may have been as young as 15 — who were …

Top Sport Stories
Williams women's soccer team defeats Johns Hopkins to advance to D-III Final Four

WILLIAMSTOWN — For the third time in the last four years, the Williams College women's soccer team is going to the NCAA Division III Final Four.Natasha Albaneze scored twice, while Natalie …

Opinion
Our Opinion: Clarity is needed on relationship between state police, Kinder Morgan

Big energy corporation comes to small town to construct a controversial pipeline extension through protected forestland that draws protestors from far and wide. Big company pays state police big …

Our Opinion: A smart state idea on the energy front

Our Opinion: Good opioid plan, but work lies ahead

Our Opinion: Congress should share the nuclear football

Our Opinion: City's chance to revisit business park's future

Columnists
The Pun Also Rises: 'Pranksgiving'

Due to budget cutbacks, April Fools' Day is being merged with Thanksgiving. The hope is that people will be more thankful for comedy, and also that gratitude will cause them to avoid the mean pranks …

Edward Curtin: Hope on Thanksgiving due to fallen JFK

Francis Moriarty: A counterpoint to Trump on China

Lee Harrison: Exposing Charlie Baker's con

The Pun Also Rises: Only In Netflixland

Letters
Letter: Don't blame horses for your nightmares

To the editor: Your Nov. 20 article about the Wallers and their admirable dedication to preserving and celebrating the road carriage era was endearing and interesting — but your decision to …

Letter: Spirit of Thanksgiving is spirit of grit, grace

Letter: Lawmakers must revisit stance on museum

Letter: DeSisto neighbor backs development project

Letter: Bush, Cheney, Trump: united in their crimes

State House News
Baker signs free contraception bill

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law Monday that insulates Massachusetts from federal changes to birth control coverage under Obamacare, protecting a woman's right to free contraception in …

GOP Tax Reform Plan: Baker worries about middle-class impact

Meningococcal vaccinations continue at UMass

National Headlines
Puerto Rico power contractor suspends work, citing unpaid bills

With less than half the power on Puerto Rico restored two months after a deadly hurricane hit the island, the company hired to help bring back the electricity is "standing down," it said, because it …

Uber concealed cyberattack that exposed 57 million people's data

Actor David Cassidy dies at 67

World News
Local News

North Adams man acquitted of OUI, other charges

NORTH ADAMS — A city man who police said was combative during and after a traffic stop last December has been found not guilty of OUI and other charges.Ronald Thomas, 64, was acquitted last …

Drug dealer gets 6 years in prison for selling heroin laced with fentanyl that caused fatal overdose

PITTSFIELD — Through tears, Michael Litchfield said he regretted selling Shawn Filiault the drugs that killed him in February 2016, and he wished he had tried to get him some help …

Sixth annual Thanksgiving Angels food donation effort benefits 1,400 families

PITTSFIELD — Boxes of frozen turkeys were stacked nearly ceiling high, with racks of sweet potato, apple and pumpkin pies.Hundreds of households took home a bountiful fare on Monday courtesy of …

Berkshire Hills Regional School District looks for residents to make up Next Steps Committee

STOCKBRIDGE — It's a next step to finding a way to renovate or replace an aging 50-year-old high school that serves roughly 700 students from three towns.The Berkshire Hills Regional School …

Greylock Federal Credit Union donates $100,000 to Elder Services of Berkshire County's Meals on Wheels

PITTSFIELD — Greylock Federal Credit Union is once again stepping up for the county's seniors, offering $100,000 to help fund Elder Services of Berkshire County's Meals on Wheels program.
Berkshire Landscapes

Holiday movie season is here ...

The sexual harassment and assault scandal triggered by the revelations about disgraced uber-executive Harvey Weinstein has impacted the holiday film season, with the December release "All The Money …

Breakfast with The Eagle: A home-cooked breakfast with Jennifer Trainer Thompson

WILLIAMSTOWN — Jennifer Trainer Thompson doesn't have to visit a local market to buy ingredients for a hearty breakfast.At Hancock Shaker Village, the living history museum that Thompson leads …

Festival of Trees: A holiday tradition

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, how lovely are your ... green butterfly nets? Googly eyes? Birch branches? Wooden paddles? Peacock feathers?At the Berkshire Museum's Festival of Trees, anything …
The Arts

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 …

Liz Glynn at Mass MoCA: A space filled with questions, but no answers

NORTH ADAMS — When Sprague Electric inhabited the Marshall Street campus it made things, specifically the high-end electrical components used for everything from atom bombs to electric guitars. …
Music

Berkshire Symphony takes a walk on the bright side

WILLIAMSTOWN — If you believed the Berkshire Symphony, the worst malady the United States suffered between the two world wars was melancholy.In the real world, disillusionment and the …

Tanglewood's 2018 Season

2018 Tanglewood Season Listing (exclusive of Friday Night Preludes and Saturday morning rehearsals)All programs and artists are subject to change. Thursday, June 21, 8 p.m. ShedWait Wait...Don't Tell …
Lifestyles

Contest winners: Skip the traditional turkey sandwich

The official Butterball turkey hotline calculator claims that a Thanksgiving dinner for six adults and two children — with leftovers — requires a 10-pound turkey. …

Health Take-Away: Celebrate the holiday, thankfully and healthfully

Thanksgiving for many American families is the start of a 40-day marathon of food-focused gatherings that please the palate, but widen the waistline and are hard on our health. We surround ourselves …

Vegetable-filled sides for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, you'll be thankful for veggie-filled side dishes that fill your vegetable quota for the day, but cut your work load in half.Sure, we all want that Thanksgiving …
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 …

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 …

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 …

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