The Greeting

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

Dear Berkshirites, I hope you're staying warm and that all of your pipes are intact. I checked mine twice overnight, and all was well. Not so back when I lived in Windsor and had to play plumber after the ice storm of 2008 bent and broke my faucet out front. A few years later, 5 feet of snow crushed my roof. Love that winter.

Closer to the present day, General Dynamics in Pittsfield has a contract extended, including a $13 million grant, to continue its work on fire-control systems for Navy vessels.

As with much of the northern U.S., below zero temps here continued from last night into today.

Meanwhile, a sexual harassment case has concluded, ending with a massage therapist losing his license, after he exposed a client's body, told her he was aroused and asked to see her again later for free, among other sexual advances.

Pittsfield's portion of state aid is up by nearly $4 million heading into the budget season for fiscal year 2020, and the city's overall property valuation is up by about 3 percent.  And the books never have looked better, says the city's accountant.

Please enjoy these other true-life stories, told as only Eagle reports can.

MEAD ON NEW AMERICANS BOARD: Brooke Mead, of the Berkshire Immigrant Center, has joined a state panel that addresses the concerns and plights of Massachusetts' many immigrant and refugee populations.

THE FUTURE OF WATER: Lanesborough will wrestle with the public water supply to the village, broaching whether the town will take over the water district that operates independent of the municipality.

GONE IS THE KEEPER OF COFFERS: Sheffield loses its treasurer under hush-hush circumstances. An agreement between the town and the former treasurer specifically forbids him from pursuing legal action against the town regarding age discrimination, and unfair payment of wages and benefits. 

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

General Dynamics lands $13M Navy contract extension for Pittsfield work

WASHINGTON — General Dynamics will continue to produce fire-control systems that go to sea aboard U.S. Navy submarines, securing jobs for a large Pittsfield workforce.The company's division in … more

Lanesborough officials to discuss future of water supply

LANESBOROUGH — The Select Board and Fire and Water District Commission will meet tonight regarding the future of the public water supply serving the village.The selectmen are expected to broach … more

Mead joins state panel on new Americans, refugees

PITTSFIELD — The executive director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center is one of five Bay Staters who've been chosen to be on a panel that's focusing on addressing the needs of the state's … more

Pittsfield city coffers are on the up and up

PITTSFIELD — Things are looking up for the city of Pittsfield. State aid is up by nearly $4 million heading into the budget season for fiscal year 2020, and the city's overall property … more

After another frigid day, a big plus: Minuses soon will be behind us

That was the temperature at 4:45 a.m. Thursday in Egremont — the coldest spot in the Berkshires, according to the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y.Great Barrington wasn't far behind, at … more

2-plus years after sexual harassment complaint, Great Barrington massage therapist loses license

GREAT BARRINGTON — A massage therapist's license to practice in Massachusetts has been revoked after a complaint of sexual harassment filed more than two years ago. The Division of Professional … more

Some details, but not many, in sudden departure of former Sheffield treasurer

SHEFFIELD — The town's longtime treasurer/collector, Michael Ovitt, resigned in August as part of a settlement reached with the Select Board, according to a recently released copy of the … more

Adams fire kills pet; 2 others given assist to survive

ADAMS — A Water Street couple lost a dog Wednesday when their home caught on fire.The Adams Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire just … more

The Weather


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The Business

Greenagers buys historic 100 acres in South Egremont to expand mission

SOUTH EGREMONT — You see them in the summertime, dirty and piling in and out of vans with shovels and pitchforks to tend and tame some of Berkshire County's wilderness.These are the young men … more

Berkshire Museum names new executive director

PITTSFIELD — After a four-month search, a new executive director has been hired to take the reins at the Berkshire Museum. more

The Poll

The Landscape

A taste of the Berkshires at MGM Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Seasoned night owls know that indecisiveness can kill a promising night. One minute, you're debating which show to attend. The next, you've missed both opening sets.For … more

The View


The Pun Also Rises | This year, resolve to not do things

NORTH ADAMS — It's 2019. And that calls for bold new resolutions. In the past, New Year'ss resolutions have been a time of ambitious plans to do great things. We promise ourselves that we will … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

A man rides his bike through the snowy streets of Pittsfield in temperatures hovering near minus 5 degrees on Thursday.
“Hester McNally” is a fuzzy marionette made by Tallulah King, grade 12, of of Monument Mountain Regional High School. The Norman Rockwell Museum is hosting the 33rd Berkshire County High School Art Show.

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