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
Snow train makes a return for Thunderfest

ADAMS — Back in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, big-city folks used to take the snow trains on winter weekends to Western Massachusetts for a visit to the ski slopes.It was unique and popular at the …

Muddy Brook Elementary principal moving on

GREAT BARRINGTON — After 13 years in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, Muddy Brook Elementary School Principal Mary Berle has resigned.She told the School Committee about her …

Dalton's proposed pot bylaws similar to those governing alcohol

DALTON — Marijuana and alcohol stand to be regulated in similar ways, if the town approves proposed bylaw changes at the annual town meeting in May.The Select Board approved three bylaw changes …

Podcast | Don Morrison Commentary: A Household Killing Machine

Want to reduce mass shootings? Don Morrison suggests a closer look at the Barbie Doll of battlefield weapons. About this Podcast: Don Morrison is an author, lecturer, member of The Berkshire …

Pittsfield City Council approves cost of living raises for nonunion employees

PITTSFIELD — Nonunion city employees will receive a cost of living raise for the first time in four years.And while both nonunion workers and managers will see a 1.5 percent increase, a heated …

Pop-up meetings aim to stir advocacy for high-speed passenger rail from Manhattan

GREAT BARRINGTON — Think of her as commander of the Western Massachusetts rail uprising. Karen Christensen and The Train Campaign are popping up around the Berkshires to alert residents to the …

Top Sport Stories
Taconic boys basketball team pulls away late to top Monument Mountain

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Taconic boys basketball team ran its pick and roll game to perfection while snagging just enough loose balls and sinking critical late-game shots to earn a 55-46 win over …

Opinion
Our Opinion: Shameful, cynical attack on poor and elderly

It is difficult to imagine human needs more basic than food, housing and heat. It is equally difficult to imagine how any developed first-world government in the 21st century, regardless of its …

Our Opinion: Our Four Freedoms require vigilant defense

Our Opinion: A baby-step down track to Boston-Berkshire link

Columnists
Letter: Firing, house-cleaning is a better 'new vision'

To the editor:I was saddened to read former Mayor James M. Ruberto's letter in support of the Berkshire Museum's unethical deaccessioning plan (Eagle, Feb.16). It has been determined that the fiscal …

Felix Carroll: Appalachian Trapping & Wildlife Management owner is a man among beasts - and he prefers it that way

Bass: Guns - talk now, at the funerals, at breakfast, in Congress

Letters
Letter: Firing, house-cleaning a better new vision

To the editor:I was saddened to read former Mayor Ruberto's Feb. 16 letter in support of the Berkshire Museum's unethical deaccessioning plan. It has been determined that the fiscal problems the …

Letter: 'Millionaires' name should be retired

Letter: City shouldn't overspend on proposed water projects

Letter: Paratransit drivers can't go on strike

Letter: From humble beginnings, Du Bois changed world

State House News
House sour on syrup as sweetener

BOSTON — Who's to say if syrup is a better sweetener than, say, honey? Not Rep. Theodore Speliotis.The Danvers Democrat, whose committee controls the flow of House bills to the floor, released …

State cannabis commission hires CFO, launches website

Conscious of cyber threats, Mass. focuses on election integrity

National Headlines
Trump adds cautious support to changes to background checks for gun buyers

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The White House indicated Monday that President Donald Trump was open to supporting a bipartisan congressional effort to revise federal background checks for prospective …

Florida School Shooting: DeVos, Dems urge Congress to hold hearings

Trump blames Obama, Dems for failing to stop Russian meddling

Local News

Rockwell's 'Four Freedoms' resonate 75 years later

STOCKBRIDGE — At a time of national political turbulence, the 75th anniversary of Norman Rockwell's series of paintings, "The Four Freedoms," resonates strongly, especially for the many …

Adams man arrested in connection with hit-and-run death

ADAMS — A 61-year-old Adams man has been arrested in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of 85-year-old Theresa Marby on Friday. David Sookey Jr., of 157 East Road was arrested by Adams …

Spring tease: With temps forecasted in the 60s, record highs for February could be broken

The calendar says late February, but the weather over the next several days will proclaim spring, as warm air surges into the Berkshires and the surrounding region.High-temperature records are likely …

PHOTOS: Winter on the farm

TYRINGHAM — It's business as usual at Hav's Farm on Jerusalem Road, where Frederick G. Havill, 76, has been milking his Jersey cows for four decades. Read more about Havill and his …

North Adams City Council takes up question of how to regulate marijuana downtown

NORTH ADAMS — Should marijuana retailers operate in the city's downtown?The City Council will have to address that central question, and others, as it tackles proposed zoning bylaws regarding …
Community News

Births

Fairview HospitalDennis Desaulniers and Alicia-Ana Del-Molino of Sheffield, twins, a son, Bodhi Edward, and a daughter, Ellie Jane, Feb. 18.

Cheshire: Volunteer Fire Department hosting pancake breakfast

The Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Fire House.Admission is $8; $6 for seniors and young children. All proceeds …

Great Barrington: Metropolitan Opera audition winner to perform Saturday

Close Encounters with Music will present a mid-winter fireside concert, "Voice of the Baroque — A Close EnCountertenor!" with 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council audition winner Aryeh …

Pittsfield: Memory Lane Variety Show to benefit Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Memory Lane Variety Show will present Musical Memories with a Doo Wop Beat at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Robert Boland Theater at Berkshire Community College. All proceeds will be donated …

Great Barrington: Democrats to elect convention delegates

Democrats in Great Barrington and Housatonic will hold a caucus at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 South Main St., to elect six delegates and four alternates to …
Berkshire Landscapes

Fashion Week: How does this look get from the runway to the Berkshires?

Ladies, if you do nothing else, invest in good shoes.At least, that's the advice of fashion designer Adam Lippes, founder and creative director of Adam Lippes LLC. But if you think it's a sales …

Breakfast with The Eagle: Sitting down with Rachel Branch, a community street fighter

NORTH ADAMS — When Rachel Branch thinks ahead to her birthday this April, when she turns 76, liberation springs to mind. It's the month of Paul Revere's ride, she says, and the "Spirit of `76." …

Metropolitan Opera in HD is a grand show

GREAT BARRINGTON — After a handsy confrontation with Baron Scarpia (Zeljko Lucic) during Act 2 of the Metropolitan Opera's Jan. 27 production of "Tosca," Sonya Yoncheva, playing Floria Tosca, …
The Arts

Felt art: Going crazy for gnomes

HOUSTATONIC — It started with a bead store, a fiber festival on a fall weekend and an amiable, improvisational pair ... of gnomes. Across 10 years, a hobby and a gift has evolved into a …

'Intersections': Artist Leslee Carsewell's work a natural fit for Monterey Library

MONTEREY — When she was a graphic designer, Leslee Carsewell would obsess over details. Typography was a special preoccupation."Picking the typeface and making it legible, and making the line …
Music

British pop phenom Declan McKenna rides into the Iron Horse

NORTHAMPTON — In the comedy film "Step Brothers," Will Ferrell's character, Brennan, says at one point, "I've been called the songbird of my generation." The line is meant to elicit laughs, as …
Lifestyles

National Margarita Day: Celebrate with the perfect margarita

Thursday is National Margarita Day. To celebrate, round up your friends, put Tortured Soul's "We Like Tequila" in the CD player and sing along ... then head to your favorite watering hole for a …
By Thom Smith

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Reader offers his design for squirrel-proof feeder

A READER'S 99 PERCENT SQUIRREL-PROOF FEEDERGet some old [or new] vinyl-clad clothes line at least twice as long as the distance between a [sturdy] tree branch [about 20 feet] and the ground. To one …

How to know when a child's flu turns serious

The standard prescription for flu is to stay home and rest, drink plenty of fluids, and keep pain and fever under control with over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen.But this flu season has been a …
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 …

The Disappearance of Joanne Ringer

Ongoing coverage of the disappearance of Joanne 'Jo' Ringer, of Clarksburg, who went missing on March 2, 2017. The night she went missing, Ringer was headed to Easthampton to begin a new job, working for a taxi company, but never arrived.

2018 Winter Games

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