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Photo by William Tague
Child on rope tow, December 1971.

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires!  Today on my commute, I did a bit of rubber-necking atop Windsor Mountain, where there's a few driveways that look like they need a rope tow to get up and down them. How do they do it when there's so much ice covering everything? It's a New England marvel.

Elsewhere in the lower elevations of Berkshire County, there will be no disciplinary action against two members of the Egremont Police Department who have found themselves embroiled in accusations of political interference, wiretapping and dangerousness. Egremont? Yes, Egremont.

Local merchants near Pittsfield's new recreational pot shop have found their ATMs drained by adult marijuana enthusiasts who are more than happy to hand over their hard-earned green for some other kinds of green.

There's a Four Freedoms Coalition event coming up on Sunday, in which the group will attempt to strengthen our democracy. 

Sure, Great Barrington has banned single-use plastic bottles, but how will the town enforce it?

And in Stockbridge, the plan to solve an invasive weed problem in the Stockbridge Bowl has been depth-charged by the town Conservation Commission.

Please enjoy these other fine stories and photographs ...

BILLBOARD GETS RESULTS: A Sheffield billboard reached out to victims of sexual assault at the former Sheffield Center School; victims responded, and now the school district and police are investigating.

LOWER THE HEAT: A plan for geothermal heat at Wahconah Regional gets dropped by price-conscious leadership. 

CHURCH FOR SALE: The group overseeing the 186-year-old First Congregational Church of South Egremont has offered it to the town, for a price. Now, it will be up to the voters.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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Cars pass through over a foot of standing water on Hubbard Avenue in Pittsfield at the railroad underpass on Thursday. High temperatures, rain and accumulated snow contribute to runoff. Berkshire County is under a flash flood watch.

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