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
Otis Select Board candidate acquitted this year in domestic assault case OTIS — A candidate for the Board of Selectmen was acquitted by a jury this year of six criminal charges, which stemmed from a 2016 arrest alleging domestic assault, assaulting police officers …
1 contested race in Otis on Tuesday, for Select Board OTIS — Incumbent Select Board Chairman William Hiller will face off in Tuesday's election with newcomer David Conklin in the town's only contested race. Over the past three years, Hiller, who …
Veteran attorney suspended over fee, money allegations PITTSFIELD — A veteran local attorney is under administrative suspension amid accusations he charged excessive fees, mishandled money belonging to his clients and wrote bad checks.Anthony …
Zoning, PILOT among many issues for Stockbridge candidates STOCKBRIDGE — Three contests are on the ballot for Tuesday's annual town election, but Selectman Ernest "Chuckie" Cardillo is running unopposed for another three-year term.In an interview, he …
Eagle employee injured in pressroom accident PITTSFIELD — A Berkshire Eagle employee was seriously injured Friday morning when he fell from a ladder in the pressroom of the South Church Street building.The 25-year-old man was taken to …
Lee voters elect new School Committee, Planning Board members, constable LEE — Voters have elected new faces to the town's School Committee and Planning Board, as well as a new constable.Of the town's 4,077 registered voters, 104 went to the polls Monday.Anna …
Top Sport Stories
Steel Rail Half Marathon returns Sunday

Memorial Day weekend may still be a week away, but for the Berkshire County running community, Sunday marks the official start of the outdoor season.The Steel Rail Half Marathon returns this weekend …

Opinion
Our Opinion: Political scheming taints race for DA

Thanks to new reporting by Commonwealth Magazine, which obtained relevant documents under the state's Public Records Law, it has been established that there was a subplot behind the early retirement …

Our Opinion: Gas prices push case for public transportation

Our Opinion: Healing wounds from Berkshire Museum art sale

Our Opinion: Raise state smoking age to 21

Our Opinion: Wise restrictions in Richmond

Our Opinion: Pittsfield's trash habits will have to change

Local News
Pittsfield Police land sweet new wheels for 'Operation Copsicle' PITTSFIELD — Police departments have vehicles of many kinds, but few can say they have the likes of the Pittsfield Police Department's latest addition.That's because on Friday Officer Darren …
Hearing to dismiss charges against Laura Reilly in Joanne Ringer disappearance investigation pushed back to June PITTSFIELD — A hearing to dismiss charges filed against Laura Reilly filed in connection with the disappearance of Joanne "Jo" Ringer has been pushed back until the first week of June.The …
Raise a glass: Distillery gets go-ahead in North Adams NORTH ADAMS — If you like pina coladas, Greylock Works has good news for you.The city is one step closer to having a distillery.The Planning Board unanimously approved plans this week for Ski …
Pittsfield man on trial for alleged rape, sexual assault of boy PITTSFIELD — A city man raped and sexually assaulted a boy on multiple occasions — sometimes in public — 10 years ago, prosecutors told a jury on Thursday.But the man's attorney …
2 displaced after fire guts Lee cabin LEE — Two people were displaced Thursday evening after a fire broke out at their Church Street home, according to Lee Fire Chief Ryan Brown.Firefighters from Lee and surrounding towns responded …
Community News
Lee briefs: Keep it clean; road work ahead Keep it cleanFed up with roadside trash and cigarette butts littering downtown, the Greener Gateway Committee is on a mission to clean up Lee. Committee Chairman Peter Hofman has received the Select …
Births Berkshire Medical CenterBhumi Karia of Lee, a son, Krish, May 15.Kah-Lil Lanphear-Dyer and Briannah Nichlen of Pittsfield, a daughter, Latasha Marie Nichlen, May 16.
Cummington: Farmers network plans potluck meeting The second meeting of the New Farmers Networking Group, a project of Rural Commonwealth, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Nutwood Farm, 76 Porter Hill Road.This gathering will …
Vt. Fish & Wildlife celebrates newest Wildlife Management Area WINDSOR — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will celebrate the grand opening of the new Windsor Grasslands Wildlife Management Area on Thursday, June 7, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The land …
Lee: Historical Society to tour cemetery In honor of Memorial Day, the Lee Historical Society will offer a tour of graves at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Fairmount Cemetery; take Fuller Street off Housatonic to the cemetery.Participants …
Berkshire Landscapes
Barrington Stage Company: 'Handmade theater' PITTSFIELD — Where does a costume go once a production has ended?Some theater companies stuff their ensembles in storage units. Others rent or donate them.During its Sheffield infancy, …
Tanglewood Tales: BSO Stage Manager draws from Pittsfield roots Editor's Note: Every summer, Boston Symphony Orchestra members pack their bags for Tanglewood, moving into neighborhoods around the Berkshires. "Tanglewood Tales" asks these part-timers where they …
Berkshire Botanical Garden: When metal, art and nature meet The next time you see outdoor sculpture on display, take a moment to consider how it got there. As Berkshire Botanical Garden board chairman Matt Larkin knows only too well, moving several tons of …
The Arts
New exhibit shakes up perception of Shaker art PITTSFIELD — Shaker art is often tied to simplicity. But an exhibit at Hancock Shaker Village reveals that the Christian sect didn't necessarily abstain from ornate creations during the Era of …
Peter de Seve lives in a fantasy world The imaginary life of illustrator Peter de Seve is filled with fantastical creatures. They populate New Yorker covers, scamper across screens big and small, and burst out of the pages of storybooks …
Music
Looking for a new favorite band? Try going to camp OTIS — How do you discover your favorite bands?Maybe you use one of the streaming services, letting algorithms tailor to your tastes. Or, perhaps you tune into your go-to radio stations, or …
Lifestyles
Ron Jujawski | Garden Journal: Be on the lookout for lily leaf beetles Among the most attractive flowers in the summer garden are the lilies, including Turk's cap lilies, tiger lilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies. Yes, I know it is still spring, but I mention these …
Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Indigo buntings, little brown bats spotted in area Q An indigo bunting [is] a first for me in my garden in Williamstown. He has stayed around for days (about 10 so far) and this evening, joined the doves ground feeding. In the morning, he was up on …
Noise exposure is 'the new secondhand smoke' NEW YORK — One of the quietest places in this noisy city is in the middle of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which draws 7 million visitors a year.Most don't know of the tiny Astor Chinese …
State News

On time, on target: LeBron, Cavs pound Celtics in Game 3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside Cleveland's locker room and pounded his chest with both hands.The Celtics got thumped …

Betts, Benintendi power Red Sox past Orioles 6-3

BOSTON (AP) — Sloppy, rainy and downright lousy weather didn't cool down the fast start Mookie Betts is off to this season.Betts hit a two-run homer before Andrew Benintendi followed with a …

Mayor who pulled Confederate statues honored with JFK award

BOSTON (AP) — The former mayor of New Orleans is being honored for his leadership in removing Confederate memorials in his city.Mitch Landrieu will be presented with the 2018 John F. Kennedy …

Civil rights icon, Trump critic highlighting BU commencement

BOSTON (AP) — A civil rights icon and a Caribbean politician who tangled with President Donald Trump are addressing graduates at Boston University's commencement.U.S. Rep. John Lewis will …

4 young men killed in rollover crash in Massachusetts

EAST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts say four young men were killed and another was injured in a rollover crash in East Bridgewater.Plymouth District Attorney Timothy …

National News

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

BAGHDAD (AP) — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, says the next government will be "inclusive."The May 12 vote …

Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis announced on Sunday he has chosen 14 men to be the newest cardinals in the church, among them his chief aide for helping Rome's homeless and poor, as well as …

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

LONDON (AP) — The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal wedding, has thanked people who attended or watched Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle.The …

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a …

Sudan protests Egyptian serial about terrorists

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan has summoned Egypt's ambassador to complain about a TV series that it says portrays Egyptian terrorists living in the neighboring country.Sudan's Foreign Ministry said in a …

World News

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

BAGHDAD (AP) — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, says the next government will be "inclusive."The May 12 vote …

Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis announced on Sunday he has chosen 14 men to be the newest cardinals in the church, among them his chief aide for helping Rome's homeless and poor, as well as …

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

LONDON (AP) — The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal wedding, has thanked people who attended or watched Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle.The …

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a …

Sudan protests Egyptian serial about terrorists

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan has summoned Egypt's ambassador to complain about a TV series that it says portrays Egyptian terrorists living in the neighboring country.Sudan's Foreign Ministry said in a …

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Berkshire Business Outlook: A diverse economy, geared for the future

The Berkshire economy is changing. The pace of the transition has often been frustrating, especially considering the economic boom at the other end of the state. But it looks like there is new light …

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