Local News
Mall owner pay debt to road district

LANESBOROUGH — The New York-based owner of the Berkshire Mall has retained legal control of the county's largest retail complex by squaring his debt with the Baker Hill Road District, which has jurisdiction over the property. But Kohan Retail …

Senate vote draws local ire

"Senate Republicans have just voted to open debate on destroying our health care system," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.Warren's remarks came in a statement responding to the close vote Tuesday in the Senate to proceed with debate over the …

With autopsies pending, police believe no third party involved in Pittsfield deaths

PITTSFIELD — Although autopsies have yet to be conducted, there's nothing to suggest a third party was involved in the deaths of Pittsfield residents John Kordana and Celeste Kordana, according to a news release from the Berkshire District …

In letter to Berkshire Museum, artists group asks them to reconsider selling off works

PITTSFIELD — More than 20 people in the county's arts community have signed on to a letter urging the Berkshire Museum to halt its plan to sell 40 works of art to fund an expansion and an endowment.The list of artworks, released Monday, …

Berkshire Medical Center nurses file complaint with National Labor Relations Board

PITTSFIELD — Unionized registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are accusing hospital management of threatening to stop their health care and other benefits if they call a one-day strike.Through the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the …

State's highest court blocks detentions at behest of immigration officials

BOSTON — State law does not permit officials to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration officials, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, putting up a legal barrier to a long-running component of immigration …

Top Sport Stories
Bruce Arena blends intense demands with humor to lead US

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Bruce Arena bites his fingernails religiously, a habit he has had since age 10.Among some other unmentionables."Are you kidding me? I'm sure there's plenty of those," the U.S. coach acknowledged with a chuckle, "I don't …

Stephen Curry, Warriors finalize $201 million, 5-year deal

Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

North Adams SteepleCats stumble at home against Winnipesaukee

Local sports
Roundup: Pittsfield 13U All-Stars fall in close game at New England Regional

WESTFIELD — The Pittsfield 13U Babe Ruth All-Stars played a nine-inning defensive battle against Greater Keene, N.H. in the semifinals of the New England Regional Tournament on Tuesday. Both teams were led by strong pitching performances, but …

Frank Scago is No. 4 on the list of the top 50 athletes of the 20th century in Berkshire County

Roundup: Pittsfield 13U Babe Ruth team into New England semifinals

Sean Puleo and Tanner Donovan successfully defend Four-Ball Invitational title at Wyantenuck

Pittsfield Suns lit up by Bristol Blues

Opinion
Our Opinion: Many ramifications of a new pike exit

Once upon a time, a hilltown exit off the Massachusetts Turnpike was to lead to the fabled eastern bypass around Pittsfield. The bypass will remain a fable, but the question now concerns the merits of that exit as a way to benefit those isolated …

Our Opinion: SJC instructs ICE to respect boundaries

Our Opinion: A key position stays in county with Pignatelli

Our Opinion: Pot bill establishes new era in state

Our Opinion: Cultural Council cuts will impact Berkshires

Columnists
Patricia M. Johnston: Berkshire residents should be tested for hepatitis C

PITTSFIELD — The World Health Organization has designated July 28, 2017 as World Hepatitis Day. They will use this day to set the stage for achieving the goal of eliminating hepatitis C by 2030 by raising awareness of this serious public …

Eric Rudd: Berkshire Museum art sell-off no solution

Seth Brown | The Pun Also Rises: We all envy Batman, but real superheroes run for office

Ruth Bass: For Alaskans, most Americans are just a clump of the Lower 48

Lauren R. Stevens: There are many good reasons to bike in Berkshires

Letters
Letter: Totalitarianism CAN happen here

To the editor:John Seven's column on Tuesday, July 18, "Where will you stand when history is written?," brings down the hammer on "it can't happen here" thinking. It makes abundantly clear that this country's slide into a police state is, for too …

Letter: Berkshire Museum has violated public trust

Letter: New owners enhancing historic Model Farm

Letter: Stockbridge selectmen punted on DeSisto

Letter: Museum's crown jewels glitter in many ways

Local News

Two adults and a toddler injured in crash near Arrowhead in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — Two women and a toddler are recovering from injuries they suffered in a high-speed crash Monday afternoon on Holmes Road.Karen Campagna, of Lenox, was driving a 2015 Nissan Rogue near Arrowhead, the historic home of Herman …

County Fare: Dining for a Cause; Be Seen, be Safe

Berkshire Community Action Council Inc. is partnering with the Ninety Nine Restaurant and Pub, 699 Merrill Road, in Pittsfield, to offer patrons the opportunity to take part in "Dining for a Cause."Guests can download a voucher from BCAC's Facebook …

Prison time for break-ins that caused 'incalculable damage'

PITTSFIELD — Tools, copper piping and irreplaceable heavy equipment parts are among the items stolen from a pair of Washington properties in spring and summer of 2015. But it wasn't merely property: The owner had been banking on those items to …

Man, woman found dead in Pittsfield home; autopsies pending

PITTSFIELD — Police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found Monday in their city home.John Kordana, 53, and Celeste Kordana, 39, were discovered about 2:50 p.m. at their home at 72 Harryel St., according to a …

Berkshire Museum to sell works by Calder, Church and Durrie

PITTSFIELD — Alexander Calder, Frederic Edwin Church and George Henry Durrie are among the well-known artists whose works will be sold by the Berkshire Museum.The museum on Monday disclosed the list of 40 works to be auctioned by Sotheby's …
Berkshire Landscapes

Breakfast with Emanuel Ax

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — For eminent pianist Emanuel Ax — "Manny" to one and all — this is an especially sweet Berkshires summer.For the first time, he has cleared his concert schedule, except for several performances at Tanglewood, so …

Gilded Age Fashions: A weekend in the country ... and the many outfits that entailed

LENOX — How many outfits do you pack when planning for a four-day trip? Depending on your plans, it's probably one to two outfits per day. But in the late 1800s, packing for a four-day trip to the Berkshires would require a steamer trunk or …

A delicate dance: Veterans captivated by very carefully planned day at Jacob's Pillow

BECKET — "I had shivers up my spine." Larry, a U.S. Marines veteran, had just watched Roy Assaf Dance perform a duet exploring an intimate relationship between a man and a woman at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
The Arts

Frankenthaler pushes boundaries in two exhibits at Clark Art Institute

WILLIAMSTOWN — Superficially, Helen Frankenthaler's relationship to abstract expressionism resembled that of an obedient wife to an overbearing husband. She loved the movement, contributed to its growth and, when conflicts arose — say, …

Berkshire Theatre Group's "Music Man' celebrates community

PITTSFIELD — In Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa with plans to carry out his typical con: posing as a music teacher and convincing a town that it needs a marching band of youngsters before making off …

Take a tour of artist Cynthia Wick's open studio in Lenox

LENOX — As an executive for companies that produced movie marketing materials in New York City and Los Angeles, Cynthia Wick needed to capture the essence of feature films in limited amounts of space and time. Nearly 20 years later,
Music

Ronnie Spector delivers the goods in Mahaiwe concert

GREAT BARRINGTON — There's always a bit of a question mark these days when reviewing a singer who began his or her career in the 1960s: What will the show be like? Can the headliner deliver the goods? It's probably not fair, but that's how it …

Chilly winds from the north blow into Ozawa Hall

Lifestyles

Get the most from your primary care visit

With all the talk of health care reform dominating the news and halls of government for the better part of the last decade, much can be done to help wellness without fancy legislation, or costing billions of dollars. Doctors at the grass-roots of …

Keep your kids cool with these sweet treats

We're (finally!) entering the dog days of summer. Those hot, steamy New England summer days when the cicadas can be heard singing, the dog is comatose in the shade in the backyard and even the pool or lawn sprinkler isn't enough to cool your kids …

Scene: Tanglewood Gala celebrates Andris Nelsons and horticulture

LENOX — Nearly 400 people attended The Tanglewood Gala, a fundraising cocktail hour, dinner and post-performance reception on Friday, July 7, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's opening night at Tanglewood. But it was a man who wasn't in attendance …

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Cannabis Road
THE CANNABIS ROAD

Larry Parnass, investigations editor for The Berkshire Eagle, spent a little over a week in Colorado reporting on that state’s experience with medical and recreational marijuana. With …

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