The Greeting

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

Greetings, Berkshirites. So, how did your car battery fare over the past couple days? Mine gave up the ghost. Thankfully, Pittsfield Tire and Auto is right next door to the office, and I didn't end up stranded in one of our county's many wireless dead zones.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal was in the Berkshires on Tuesday, visiting The Eagle, as well as some other county sites, including a classroom in North Adams. The big news: He's going after President Trump's tax returns, which are still MIA.

Becket's freshwater spring is tapped out, so to speak, now that voters decided to shut down the fan favorite watering hole.

Pittsfield city councilors have OK'd a police advisory board, which aims to bridge a gap between the Pittsfield Police Department and the public.

Hinsdale is getting a little thin up top in its leadership, which might leave the town without a full Select Board until May elections.

Please enjoy these other Eagle headlines ...

SELF-DEFENSE CLAIMED: A woman who allegedly stabbed a man in the chest multiple times on Monday says she was trying to protect herself

ONE POT TO RULE THEM ALL: No, we're not being giddy about marijuana. We're talking about one-pot cooking over here, and it makes for some mean vittles. 

MCLA TO HONOR NEAL: Our U.S. representative will land an honorary doctorate from our county's northernmost public institution of higher learning.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

Correction: Tuesday's Beat should've stated that Hoosac Valley High School was contending with a burst water main.

The News

Neal lays groundwork on push for Trump tax returns

PITTSFIELD — Not if, but how. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal said congressional staffers are mapping grounds for him to request President Donald Trump's federal tax returns, shaping the legal … more

Support for Becket spring runs dry as voters opt to close freshwater source

BECKET — A long-standing spring on Route 20 is slated to be decommissioned. Becket voters decided against saving one of the last freshwater springs in the region on Tuesday, during their … more

Pittsfield City Council approves new Police Advisory Board

PITTSFIELD — The City Council on Tuesday approved a new board that will work to bridge gaps between the Police Department and the community. Mayor Linda Tyer proposed forming the Police … more

Suspect claims self-defense in Madison Avenue stabbing

PITTSFIELD — The city woman accused of stabbing a man in the chest with a knife Monday morning claims she did so in self-defense.Nakesha D. Peltier-Tarrance, 27, said the stabbing victim … more

Cold causes calamity for schools throughout county

Burst pipes, no heat, sputtering school buses and dangerously cold wind chills forced countywide delays and isolated school closings on Tuesday.With the real-feel temperature hovering around minus 20 … more

Hinsdale's top board loses chairman, could go without full Select Board until May election

HINSDALE — A veteran member of the Hinsdale Select Board has left the panel, several months before his term expired.How the two-member board will proceed without Harvey Drosehn will be … more

Dalton man identified as victim of Sunday's fatal shooting

PITTSFIELD — The victim of a fatal shooting last weekend has been identified as Dalton resident Jaden Salois.Salois, 18, died from a gunshot to his torso, according to a statement issued … more

The Weather


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The View


Our Opinion: MLK's legacy ought to animate us all year long

No one will argue that the weather on Monday was cold enough to keep most people indoors. "Most people," however, does not include the hundreds of Berkshire residents who in the spirit of remembrance … more

Bernard A. Drew | Our Berkshires: Poor Alford was a mining town

GREAT BARRINGTON — Alford, according to a recent report in this newspaper, has the highest median income of Berkshire households. That's not always been the case. Alford in the 19th century was … more

Letter: Let's do climate control right for new Wahconah Regional High

To the editor:A better headline for The Eagle's Jan. 16 story regarding Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton would have been, "The five Dalton Select Board members don't give the voters enough … more

The Landscape

Not sure what's for dinner? All you need is one pot

It's 5:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, you're staring down the empty stomachs of hungry family members and it's just too darn cold out to make that poor pizza delivery driver make a … more

Toasted rice gives one-pan chili maximum flavor

Looking to make enough chili for one night's dinner without hauling out a heavy pot, we turned to our trusty skillet. We would use it to make both the chili and the rice, cooking in stages, for a … more

4 events not to miss this week, Jan. 20 - 26

Enjoy at day at Mass MoCA for freeAmplify your Mass MoCA experience when it throws open the doors to the museum for free and fills the galleries with art-making activities, lively discussions, and … more

The Plan

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The Snap

Monument Mountain’s Nick Dillon wins the boys 100 butterfly in a swim meet against Pittsfield at the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires.

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