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Williamstown — Henry David Thoreau will be 200 years old July 12, an occasion for statewide celebrations. I'm supposing that his 27th birthday — or the day after, given his appreciation of a home-cooked meal — was the occasion he … more
Dear Readers, "Democracy requires citizenship, and citizenship requires a town square." This sentence set in motion the process that led my colleagues and me to buy the company that publishes this newspaper and return it to local ownership. more
Increased diversity at Pittsfield Public Schools Teacher diversity is at a 10- year high in city schools. "This is not by accident," Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless told the School Committee on Wednesday. "This is because … more
PITTSFIELD — Recent events at Fenway Park involving Orioles outfielder Adam Jones reminded me that, while Boston is one of the best places in which I ever lived, there are some real nasty racists living there. Jones, for those who don't follow … more
LENOX — The 24/7 White House horror show reached new heights of horrification this past week as the environment took a beating, globally as well as here in our backyard.On Thursday, we learned that as part of an order by Environmental … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — My modest collection of Berkshire literary curiosities includes a 5x8-inch sheet of paper with the fourth stanza of "Home" handwritten and signed by the poet Dora Read Goodale, "Seattle, Wash., June 16, 1914." more
PITTSFIELD — A sacrifice from teachers and stopgap funding from the state. That combination means the Pittsfield Public Schools will be able to fund two pre-kindergarten classrooms next year, educating about 36 students. The program — … more
By Carrie SaldoFarmers market returnsThe Downtown Farmers Market kicks off its fifth season May 13.Starting at 9 a.m. on The Common, folks can shop directly from the people who grew, raised or produced the food for sale. This year's vendors, which … more
Cambridge Mass. — As sheriffs of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, we have significant concerns regarding the potential for a drastic increase in addiction and people needing treatment for substance abuse once the recently passed law legalizing … more
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. more
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