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With the town moving into the former Cheshire Elementary School building, its Recreation Committee has moved to bring back a once-annual Valentine's Day father-daughter dance.


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A number of our scribes keep the Berkshires their home and make The Eagle their careers. Others grow their careers from here to the New York Times and Washington Posts and Boston Globes of the world. Think Danny Pearl (the intrepid investigative journalist at the Post) and Craig Walker (the two-time Pulitzer winner for photography) and Priscilla Painton (vice president and editor-in-chief at Simon & Schuster) and Roger Linscott (The Eagle editorial writer who brought home a Pulitzer). This list here is certainly abbreviated; the complete list would take several more columns like this one. Nevertheless, let’s add Larry Parnass to this list.

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Police in Massachusetts say an officer shot and killed a woman with a weapon after a family member requested a wellness check. The town of Easton's Police Chief Keith Boone said responding officers found the 56-year-old woman with a weapon shortly before noon Sunday. The statement did not specify what kind of weapon she had. The woman later approached the home’s front door with the weapon. An Easton police officer fired a single shot, and the woman was found dead inside. The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office is investigating, and the officer is on administrative leave.

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The Arctic air that descended on the Northeast has brought dangerously cold sub-zero temperatures and wind chills to the region. That includes a record-setting wind chill of minus 108 degrees Fahrenheit on the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. The Mount Washington Observatory at the peak of the Northeast’s highest mountain, famous for its extreme weather conditions, also recorded an actual temperature of minus 47 and tying an observatory record set in 1934. Across the rest of the region, wind chills — the combined effect of wind and cold air on exposed skin —  dropped to as low as minus 45 to minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday.

There will be something for everyone at Tanglewood this summer. The Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday that the 2023 season will feature the traditional performcaes by the BSO and the Boston Pops, dozens of new performers, conductors, and composers, and the crowd-pleasing popular artist series. The season starts on June 22 and runs until late August. The popular artist series features two performances by James Taylor and his All-Star Band, including one on the Fourth of July, and an episode of “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” NPR’s irreverent news quiz show. Tickets go on sale March 9.

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WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) _ Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (TMO) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.58 billion.

Berkshire Pulse, a dance and performing arts education center in Housatonic, has organized this eight-week program since 2019. To make it easy for anyone to join, organizers arranged for a Spanish-speaking translator to be present, as well as childcare and free transportation. Each week features a theme that is explored through a series of exercises, themes like welcoming, creating community, or finding balance.


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