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AP News: Berkshire Eagle's owner fights to save local journalism

These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad: Newsroom employment, down by nearly half over the past 15 years. Waves of layoffs continuing to hit both traditional newspaper chains and digital news startups. Cities and towns so denuded of coverage that they're described as "news deserts ." But then, there's The Berkshire Eagle.

$400,000 grant will allow Pittsfield peer-run recovery center to hire, provide safe options for members PITTSFIELD — For those overcoming addiction, Friday nights can be hard. Even after being clean for years, it can be a challenge for those in recovery to find substance-free ways to fill their …
Challengers top incumbents in Lanesborough for Select Board, Planning Board seats LANESBOROUGH — There's been a changing of the guard on the Select Board and Planning Board following Tuesday's annual town election.Challenger Gordon Hubbard defeated incumbent Robert Ericson, …
Mall Stall: A special web series examining the Berkshire Mall owner’s troubled empire

As Kohan buys more malls, tenants live in limbo

Wayne Riniker knew his employer was in trouble — and had been since paying too much for this mall on a rise west of the Mississippi River.

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Homecoming: Big Elm Brewing is putting the focus back on local clients after expansion plans falter SHEFFIELD — Three years ago, Big Elm Brewing of Sheffield added a new distributor and set its sights on expansion beyond Berkshire County. It did not go so well.
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Letter: Conspiracy theories defy Eagle standards To the editor:The June 17 letter headlined "Send in the clowns" by Thomas D. Gilardi serves as a frightening glimpse into the mindset of many Trump supporters. He admits to only watching Fox news for …
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Our Opinion: Facing realities of climate, environment

On Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker went to Beacon Hill to make the case for his bill providing $1 billion for improved climate adaption infrastructure. On Monday, state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and …

Our Opinion: Pedestrians lose conflicts with cars

It takes two parties to have a car-pedestrian accident, but only one of the two parties is sure to suffer physically for it. That makes it incumbent upon pedestrians to protect their safety. Sadly, …

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Straight Up with Peggy Ciepiela: 'It's the greatest job I've ever had' Pittsfield — Peggy Ciepiela has two jobs: During the day she's an office manager at a funeral home; at night, she's the bartender at the Rusty Anchor Marina & Pub Club. But Ciepiela doesn't …
JFK shepherds a young woman on a personal journey in new play, 'Breakwater' GREAT BARRINGTON — Ghosts haunt the fabric of Jim Frangione's uneven new play, "Breakwater," which is having an uneven world premiere at Simon's Rock of Bard College's McConnell Theatre as the …

Dining al fresco: A cheese dish picnic perfect

In the almost 10 years I worked at cheese counters in the Berkshires, the most fun I had was when Yo-Yo Ma came into the shop with some friends from Paris, who had flown in for Yo-Yo's daughter's …

Margaret Button | Kitchen Comfort: Slow cooker meal for slow summer days Friday, we usher in my favorite season of the year — summer. It hasn't really been summer-like. The good news is, we've had so much rain, I've only had to water my garden, err, horse troughs, …
Bits & Bites: Strawberry festivals, supper top week's events STEPHENTOWN STRAWBERRY FESTIVALStrawberry shortcake will star at the 38th annual Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday under tents at Gardner's Ice Cream and Coffee Shop, 15879 NY Route …
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