The Greeting

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019

Snow! Hardly a surprise around here in the high country where the white stuff can hang around until May. Hopefully, you had an uneventful commute.

Someone's got a sore back this morning ... a 350-pound headstone was stolen from a Pittsfield memorial merchant.  The business owner thinks it was taken by "two strong guys." 

And as you can see, the Berkshires welcomed its first baby of 2019. Abigail came in at 7 pounds, 12 ounces, stretching out at 20 inches. Abigail and mom are doing fine and are expected to go home to Becket today, according to new dad Mike Lennon.

County smiles will be on the increase as dental organizations here just landed $36K in grants that will aid in the region's oral care.

If you're a fan of the Ted talks, there's something similar rolling out on Feb. 2 in North Adams. Listen and be learned.

Today and every day, intrepid Eagle journalists work the phones and beat their feet all over Berkshire County to bring you these fine stories and photographs:

LAWYERS, GUNS AND MONEY: A city man who was found with a gun, cocaine and other contraband in his home last January was sentenced to a year in jail Wednesday after pleading out in Berkshire Superior Court. 

TOURISM PAYS: Lenox is loving its tourist tax, because it keeps on giving.

LONELY AT THE TOP: Windsor is looking to make its seniors feel less isolated, in part by joining a regional consortium of councils on aging.

NEVER ENOUGH KANYE?: Are you the Berkshires' biggest Kanye West fan? Or his worst detractor in the county? Take our poll and let us know (it's unscientific but fun!).

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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Department of Transportation workers install barriers to close the Hubbard Street crossover on Route 7/20 in Lenox on Wednesday. The concrete barriers will bar travelers on Hubbard Street from crossing the median area of the four-lane, divided highway. The work will result in the temporary closing of the left lanes on both sides of the north-south highway from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the work is completed. Drivers should expect delays and reduced speeds while crews are out.

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