The Greeting

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Hello, Berkshires. Good news from the man cold front. I'm a little better today: less achy, less congested, less whiny.

Forecasters are calling for weekend snow, so be prepared with your bread, milk and butter if you can digest those things, or get some almond milk, rice cakes and vegan spread if that's more your speed. You can also check the weather here.

Ever hear that W.E.B. DuBois and William Faulkner got into a war of words over the debating of race?  See the display at the Mason Library and read our story.

In case you've been enjoying a long winter's nap and missed the news, adult retail sales of marijuana have begun in Pittsfield

We also have the results of a photography contest, which you can see and judge for yourself.

Hot on the heels of Patrick Muraca's fraud sentencing comes his appeal.  

And we have municipal dust-ups galore, one in Egremont and the other in Sheffield.

Please do enjoy these other fine reads ...

NO WARM RECEPTION: A geothermal plan in Dalton has some doubters

MORE HILLTOWN POT: The little hilltown of Becket OKs a marijuana shop for business.

HOW TO GET CHEESY: Dip into these cheesy delights, with easy-breezy recipes. 

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

As festival again honors Du Bois, 'controversial' exhibit on display

GREAT BARRINGTON — On April 15, 1956, radio broadcaster Sidney Roger sent a telegram to Southern novelist William Faulkner, telling him that W.E.B. Du Bois was challenging him to a debate about … more

Pot shop receives town approval in Becket

BECKET — A marijuana retailer got clearance last week from the Becket Planning Board to put up shop at Routes 8 and 20. But at least one neighbor aims to throw a wrench into those plans. Karen … more

'I've been waiting 51 years': Pittsfield's first recreational cannabis store opens

PITTSFIELD — About 20 people waited in line Tuesday morning at Temescal Wellness, and then they became the city's first recreational cannabis customers.Many customers shied away from media … more

Proposed Wahconah geothermal system has doubters in Dalton

DALTON — A wish to avoid using fossil fuels runs the risk, some here say, of preserving a dinosaur.As a seven-town vote nears on building a new Wahconah Regional High School, the committee in … more

Sentenced biotech entrepreneur files notice of appeal

PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire County biotechnology entrepreneur who was sentenced last week to prison time for misusing money earmarked for cancer research filed notice of an appeal Monday. In … more

County Fare | 'Picture This': See Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s photo contest winner

This past fall, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. held a photo challenge to find the photo that best captures why downtown Pittsfield is the "Heart of the Berkshires." Entrants were encouraged to capture … more

Egremont leaders' clash continues as Select Board calls police chief for disciplinary hearing

EGREMONT — Outgoing Police Chief Erik Josephson will be the subject of a disciplinary hearing on Jan. 24.Select Board Vice Chairman George McGurn said the hearing is being held in response to … more

North Adams City Council weighs new rule to limit public input at meetings

NORTH ADAMS — How much public input is too much public input?The City Council will weigh that question as they reconsider the rules of their meetings.Council President Keith Bona introduced a … more

Argument over pay raise led to insults, which led to insubordination hearing in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD — A town employee says she got mad in a meeting with her employer and stomped out, partly because her yearly performance evaluation hadn't been properly completed, denying her a 2 … more

The Weather


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The View


Our Opinion: Judge stands up for integrity of Census

A federal judge's decision Tuesday against the Trump administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census is a victory for the states, including Massachusetts, that are … more

Francis Moriarty: Xi Jinping ups ante in backing Huawei princess

WILLIAMSTOWN — Events this week raise important questions about China and its leadership: Just how important can one business executive be to Xi Jinping that he's willing to wage a major … more

Letter: Help, don't vilify, homeless citizens

To the editor:Arrest people for sleeping in the Great Barrington Post Office lobby when the low on Friday, Jan. 4 was 6 degrees? Why? If they obey the rules and are respectful, why not let them sleep … more

The Landscape

Get cheesy this weekend!

Sunday is National Cheese Lover's Day! According to, the average American consumes about 31 pounds of cheese each year. Cheese may be made from milk from cows, goats, sheep and even … more

Chez Nous Bistro: A night out for a cause

LEE — Good food. Good times. Good cause.Every Wednesday through Feb. 27, Chez Nous Bistro patrons will dine on the restaurant's finest cuisine while helping raise money for a different local … more

The Plan

Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!


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The Snap

Mary Starsja makes her first purchase from Megan Wendling-Kane on opening day for recreational marijuana sales at Temescal Wellness in Pittsfield.

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