The Greeting

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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The News

Billboard spurs look at claims of sexual assault decades ago at 2 Berkshire County schools

SHEFFIELD — Police and school district officials are looking into multiple allegations of sexual assault — decades ago — at district schools.The cases stem from a billboard message, … more

Egremont police chief, officer cleared of wrongdoing

EGREMONT — The Select Board has cleared the town's police chief and a fellow officer of wronging after a long squabble in which each accused the other of improper behavior, according to … more

Great Barrington's water bottle ban raises enforcement questions

GREAT BARRINGTON — Last spring and summer, town voters twice said they wanted to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in town.But come winter, town officials and residents are … more

Conservation Commission kills Stockbridge Bowl herbicide test plan

STOCKBRIDGE — A plan to fight the rapidly expanding weed infestation in Stockbridge Bowl with an herbicide has been shot down over concerns about its effectiveness. The town's Conservation … more

Price-conscious Wahconah panel drops geothermal heat option

DALTON — The proposed new Wahconah Regional High School going to voters in April will not include a heat source that can reduce use of fossil fuels, but at a price.A month after voting to … more

Voters to decide whether struggling church will be donated to Egremont

EGREMONT — Congregants of the 186-year-old First Congregational Church of South Egremont are seeking to donate the building to the town.Fundraising goals fell short last summer, and plans to … more

Four Freedoms Coalition event aims to help strengthen American democracy

PITTSFIELD — French sociologist and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville believed that strong citizen participation made for a better, effective democratic government.On Sunday, the Four … more

Pittsfield pot shop customers make run on nearby ATMs

PITTSFIELD — Legal pot products aren't the only things going fast along Route 20. While the city's sole recreational marijuana shop remains cash-only, shoppers are grabbing fresh bills at … more


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The Landscape

The eagle and the bear, Front and Center

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — The youthful souls immersed in daily memes and friction inherent in the current American political climate often claim that there's been nothing like it, and perhaps … more

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Kingfishers, mute swans stay in area year-round

It is my turn to ask a question: Why do most individuals that send me inquiries concerning the fisher, a relative of the weasel, mink and skunk, call it a fisher cat? Nowhere in my references does it … more

Thomas Christopher | Be-A-Better-Gardner: A gardener's resolutions for the new year

The weather keeps me indoors much of the time at this season of the year, and so I have an opportunity to reflect on what went well in the garden during the past year, and what still needs work.I … more


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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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