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
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 …

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 …

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 …

Friends, co-workers mourn NY woman killed in Sandisfield crash

SANDISFIELD — An Albany woman who was killed in a crash on Route 8 early Saturday is being remembered as a kind, generous person with more heart to give than her family, friends, and the …

Pittsfield Gulf gas station robbed at knifepoint

PITTSFIELD — The Gulf gas station on Wahconah Street was robbed at knifepoint Saturday night, according to Pittsfield police.A masked man entered the store late Saturday night, brandished a …

Top Sport Stories
Pittsfield boys deny Hoosac Valley a tournament spot with 65-52 win

CHESHIRE — Five minutes separated Hoosac Valley from a berth in the Western Massachusetts boys basketball Division III tournament.The Hurricanes had roared back from a 10-point deficit in the …

Opinion
Our Opinion: Our Four Freedoms require vigilant defense

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms," specifically the first in a quartet of works based on the January 6, 1941 State of the Union address to …

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

Our Opinion: So much is at stake in BHS negotiations

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

RICHMOND — With the thermometer shredding the blanket of winter last week, it was time to look for snowdrops and see if any adventurous day lilies were poking up through the leaves that blew in …

Clarence Fanto: It's not surprising that L.L. Bean gave return policy the boot

Lauren R. Stevens: Three states, three projects, three uses

Letters
Letter: Sick of gun massacres and empty words of pols

To the editor:So here we are again — 17 adults and teenagers shot dead, many others wounded, some struggling for their lives, from a mass shooting at a school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High …

Letter: Slaughter of children made bearable in US

Letter: Pols bought by NRA are at root of problem

Letter: Republicans rolled back mental illness law

Letter: Competing for a nation that puts guns first

State House News
Sen. Markey wants $1B to tackle flu

Amid one of the worst flu seasons in recent years, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey on Thursday proposed a $1 billion investment towards developing a "universal influenza vaccine."Markey's idea is to provide …

MassHealth seen as crucial to high rate of children's coverage

Marijuana camp says Baker trying to intimidate cannabis commission

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

3 finalists compete to be third chief of Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

PITTSFIELD — The region's public sector think tank is poised to name a new leader, just its third in 52 years.This past Thursday, a search committee of the Berkshire Regional Planning …

Sheffield man gets two and a half years jail for assault and battery on a woman

PITTSFIELD — A Sheffield man was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail after a Berkshire jury of six found him guilty of assault and battery on a woman in April 2017.James E. Bigelow Sr., …

Lee seeks new department of public works chief

LEE — The town needs a new public works boss. Nearly two weeks after being put on administrative leave, Christopher Pompi has resigned as superintendent of the Lee Department of Public Works.The …

North Adams hopes to explore, incorporate Dutch street concept

NORTH ADAMS — A section of the city's downtown might someday take on a decidedly international flavor.The city hopes to use about $25,000 to $30,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding …

Protest staged in Pittsfield man's killing in which officer was cleared

PITTSFIELD — Jacquelyn Sykes stood in Park Square on Saturday afternoon and held up a sign that read "Protect and serve not panic and shoot" at a passing Pittsfield police cruiser. It has been …
Community News

Tyringham: Local election ballot; dog licenses

9 seats open in Tyringham electionsNine positions in town government are up for grabs at this year's election May 14. The available positions for residents include a five-year term on the town …

Lenox: 250th Committee to disperse funds

The Lenox 250th Committee will conclude its yearlong celebration by distributing excess funds to organizations serving the Lenox community at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Town Hall, 6 Walker …

Pittsfield: Positive discipline parenting series

Child Care of the Berkshires is offering a free parenting class starting Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 88 South St.This eight-week class is for Berkshire County …

Pittsfield: Trio to perform chamber concert

"Big Romance: Great Masterpieces of the Romantic Repertoire for Voice, Clarinet and Piano" will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave.Mezzo-soprano …

Lenox: Wildlife preserve snowshoe hikes

The Lenox Land Trust is sponsoring snowshoe hikes on the Toole Wildlife Preserve on Wednesday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 24. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot behind Hampton Inn …
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

Underground music blog, Digital Wheat Paste, comes above ground at MCLA's Design Lab

NORTH ADAMS — An underground music blog doesn't have to keep its parties hush-hush.On Friday night, North Adams-based Digital Wheat Paste will celebrate its first year online by hosting a night …
Lifestyles
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 …

Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrate regionally with delectable dining

The Lunar New Year, also known popularly in the western world by the moniker "Chinese New Year," is an annual landmark of Asian culture and cuisine, marked by a heavy emphasis on family gatherings …
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.

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