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Axia may halt middle-mile internet project over money woes

The company hired to run the state's $90 million "middle mile" internet network says it will halt operations unless it stops bleeding money. In a bankruptcy filing Wednesday, KCST USA Inc. said it has been losing more than $3 million a year to …

Local law professionals give feedback on Gorsuch hearings

PITTSFIELD — As the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court concluded on Wednesday, four local law professionals gave their thoughts about the judge's legal background, performance in the hearings, …

More Berkshire Mall woes: Sears, Payless struggling

LANESBOROUGH — Amid dire news from Sears and the loss of at least one other retail store, the owner of the struggling Berkshire Mall on Wednesday said he has a "substantial plan" to revive the county's largest retail shopping complex."I'm not …

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Turris scores 2, Senators beat Bruins 3-2 to end 4-game skid

BOSTON — Kyle Turris scored twice and Craig Anderson made 33 saves as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Tuesday night to end a four-game losing streak.Mike Hoffman had two assists for the Senators, who moved six points ahead of …

Back from injury, Thomas scores 25 as Celtics top Wizards

UMass men's basketball hires Kelsey as head coach

Nurse hits 9 3-pointers to lead UConn over Syracuse 94-64

Local sports
College Roundup: Williams men's basketball finishes season ranked No. 5

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams College men's basketball team finished its season in the NCAA Division III national semifinals last weekend. That got the Ephs back into the top 10 of Division III basketball.D3hoops.com released its final national …

Berkshire County sports notes: Quinto to receive sportsmanship award

Prep/College roundup: Guachione again an All-Star for Miss Hall's

College roundup: Williams softball opens year with sweep

College roundup: MCLA women's lacrosse picks up 21-3 victory

Opinion
Our Opinion: Familiar Berkshire cable fight to be fought once more

It's a timeless and tiresome story that repeats itself periodically, often when there is a change in corporate cable communications ownership. Berkshire County, though squarely within the borders of Massachusetts, must fight to maintain access to …

Our Opinion: Marijuana law turf war can be avoided

Our Opinion: The right mix for Great Barrington

Our Opinion: Local elections have magnified impact in 2017

Our Opinion: Another loss challenges Berkshire Mall viability

Columnists
Phyllis McGuire | E-etiquette a conundrum, but it's worth it to stay in touch

WILLIAMSTOWN — I am confused by rules of email etiquette. One rule tells us to keep our emails brief. How is that possible if you need to introduce yourself before explaining your first important point? But do not panic if you break that rule …

Clellie Lynch: Across the hills, into cloud forest

David Tebaldi: Arts, humanities are needed more than ever

Mark Tully: At ceiling, Pittsfield confronts reality

John Seven: Trump budget, ACA repeal threaten North Berkshire

Letters
Letter: White House receives a real Obamacare story

To the editor:I recently received an email from the White House that, in an unprofessional tone, asked me to describe my disaster story with "Obamacare." Even though I was disgusted with the tone of the email and wanted to delete it, I knew it was …

Letter: Thank you, Donna Brazile, for giving America Trump

Letter: History won't treat Speaker Ryan kindly

Letter: Threatened grant program of value to community

Letter: Obama is to blame for divided nation

Local News

Woman charged in robbery found asleep nearby

PITTSFIELD — A city woman who allegedly robbed a package store at knifepoint on Monday was found a short time later asleep in the hallway of a nearby building — with the knife and stolen bottles of vodka and Gatorade, police said.Melissa …

Stockbridge takes up effort aimed at `trust policy' to ease immigrants' fears

STOCKBRIDGE — A group of residents is seeking voter support to designate the town as a "trust community" in order to "formally and publicly affirms the value we place on being welcoming and inclusive.""We welcome all people," said advocate …

Man injured in shooting on Second Street in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — A shooting in a Second Street residence early Wednesday left one man wounded, according to Pittsfield police.The victim's injuries do not appear to be life threatening, police said.He was treated at the scene for a gunshot wound …

County Fare | BCC stands to clean up in national recycling competition

We may not have a horse in the NCAA March Madness race, but Berkshire Community College and its Green Team are proving to be quite the contenders in the national RecycleMania tournament to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost the most on campus.The …

Pittsfield could be next to ban plastic bags

PITTSFIELD — The city has taken another step toward eliminating single-use plastic bags. The Green Commission on Monday unanimously approved a draft ordinance banning the bags.
Lifestyles

Pile your plate high with pie - host your own pie contest

Does anyone really need an excuse to eat pie?We don't, here at The Berkshire Eagle, but sometimes we like to celebrate random holidays — such as Pi Day (March 14) by holding a pie contest.

Peak time for flu, colds: Why does sickness surge in winter's chilly temperatures?

As winter drags on, so does the season for colds, stomach viruses, strep and the flu.Many illnesses occur most frequently in the winter months. And peak season can last through May.It's not clear why winter brings so many health woes, says Pritish …

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal; It's spring! Time to start gardening chores

Tomorrow is the first day of spring and for gardeners the juices are flowing. Just be careful when you step outside for the juices may freeze. After a relatively mild February, I had hopes we'd have an early start to the gardening season, much as we …

PLUCKY PROJECT: Retirees knitting sweaters for chilly chickens

MILTON — Sweaters for chickens? It sounds like a joke, but a plucky group of retirees in suburban Boston has hatched a plan to keep poultry warm during the New England winter.The unusual project began after members of a knitting club at Fuller …

Fairy gardens captivate imaginations of all ages

A set of little wings. Ceramic fountains. Tiny versions of ornate cottages and brick walkways fit for the English countryside. These are just some of the whimsical decorations that adorn fairy gardens. When such miniature decorations are paired with …
The Arts

Diana Ross, Melissa Etheridge join Tanglewood's Popular Artists Series lineup

LENOX — Diana Ross and Melissa Etheridge are joining Tanglewood's 2017 Popular Artists lineup this summer.Ross will perform in the Koussevitzky Music Shed at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30. Her daughter, American singer and actress Rhonda Ross, opens the …

"The Whale" lands at Town Players

PITTSFIELD — Director Jackie DeGiorgis first ran across playwright Samuel D. Hunter's work several years ago. She had read his 2011 Obie Award-winning "A Bright New Boise" and that drew her to some of his other work, notably "The Whale.""I …

What does friendship mean?

NORTH ADAMS — In 2010, on New Years Eve, Tanja Hollander was at home alone. She was sending a Facebook message to a friend working on a film in Jakarta and writing a letter in pencil to a friend deployed in Afghanistan.She began thinking about …

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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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