The Greeting

CAROLINE BONNIVIER SNYDER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Kids ski down the Chipmunk Trail with their instructors at Jiminy Peak in the early afternoon on Sunday.

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires!  We've got another newsy day in store for you, from North County all the way down to South County.

The little town of Alford might be low in population but it's tops in the county for median income. Take a peek at those high wages here.

Drivers and walkers in Williamstown should find it a bit easier to get around town, as roadway projects are wrapping up and none are on the horizon for 2019.

And North Adams' longtime City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau is stepping away from her post and into retirement.

Please enjoy these other fine stories:

ROAD WARRIORS: More than 100 runners race into the new year in the Berkshire Running Center's annual 5K footrace down Pittsfield city strees. 

GNARLY BERKSHIRES: There's an effort afoot to put the county on the mountain-biking map.

CITIZENS UNIFIED: Sports editor Geoff Smith recalls his favorite sports moment of 2018, and it happens to be the advent of unified sports to county athletic programs; in unified sports, people with disabilities play alongside neurotypical athletes in traditional sports, such as basketball.

NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING ...: Except for a mouse that turned up in staffer Maggie Button's kitchen. She was brave in dealing with it. Well, not really.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com

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The News

5K in Pittsfield lets ambitious start off new year on right — and left — foot

PITTSFIELD — Over 100 runners stormed North Street on Tuesday, their breathing heavy and fists alternating like pistons.With 150 finishers, there were more New Year's Day runners than ever … more

Motorists, pedestrians will find the going easier in downtown Williamstown this year

WILLIAMSTOWN — As the new year unfolds, residents and visitors might notice a reduction in construction disruptions in downtown Williamstown. Signs of work will vanish, for the most part, by … more

Survey of median household income puts Alford on top in county

To get to the top of a new U.S. Census Bureau list for Berkshire County, the town of Alford didn't rely on the alphabet this time.The town of 486 residents clocks in with the highest median household … more

North Adams City Clerk Gomeau sees pending retirement as 'bittersweet'

NORTH ADAMS — She served through three mayors, 27 city councilors and three presidential elections.After 15 years as city clerk, Marilyn Gomeau will retire this month and forgo another … more

Push begins to map, promote Berkshires' mountain biking trails

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County has no shortage of mountains. And it attracts people who like to take sturdy bicycles off-road.But the region could do more to connect trails with tourists, … more


The Weather


The Business

Tony Dobrowolski | Out of the Pages: Kindness, hope, amid the darkness

PITTSFIELD — It may be hard to believe, but we're almost at the end of another year. The older you get, the faster the years seem to go by. This year's passing was no exception. All of a sudden … more

The View

OUR OPINION

Our Opinion: Up-close look at cruel immigration policy

The utter inhumanity of the Trump administration's policy toward immigrants hit home in the Berkshires on Sunday when the story of the imminent deportation of a longtime Lenox resident and … more
COLUMNISTS
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: Wrong priorities when it comes to homeless

To the editor:Why are plastic bottles of mascara housed and provided heating, cooling and plumbing amenities while human beings sit on the side of the road in the cold holding signs that read, … more


The Score

Mount Greylock teams sweep Nordic skiing opener at Prospect Mountain

WOODFORD, Vt. — High school skiers flocked to Prospect Mountain on Monday morning for the first meet of the 2018-19 cross-country skiing season. With a new season comes new opportunities, … more

Geoff Smith | Top Moment of 2018: Introduction of Unified Sports gives varsity opportunities to all in Berkshire County

When I look back on 2018, there are plenty of Western Mass. championship wins I could write about, or individual moments of brilliance that captured my imagination as I wrote a game story. But when I … more

The Landscape

Thought-provoking art exhibits highlight of the year

While the art season was a little quieter — no major expansions to report this year — the exhibitions presented were just as thought-provoking as ever. In its major show of the summer, … more

Margaret Button | Kitchen Comfort: Catching an intruder in the kitchen ... snap!

"Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse ..."Oh yeah? There was a mouse stirring and, unfortunately it was in one of my kitchen … more

MoCA rules county's 2018 pop music season

With Jan. 1 drawing near, I will remember 2018 as the year that the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art established itself as a year-round force in the county's pop music scene. The institution … more

What to watch on the small screen in 2019

Before you can even start talking about the upcoming 2019 television season, you have to talk about what's ending in the coming year. And that discussion has to start with the biggest ending of them … more



The Plan


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The Snap

GILLIAN JONES — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Party-goers show their moves on the dance floor at "Gratitude" a New Year's Eve event at Greylock Works, a former cotton spinning mill, in North Adams on Monday.

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