The Greeting

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This bud's for you: Recreational marijuana sales begin Friday in Berkshire County.

Tueday, Jan. 8, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. I hope your commute into work was smooth sailing all the way. 

As I crossed from Franklin County into Berkshire County, I couldn't help but notice how Plainfield's roads were snow-covered, while Savoy's were clean as a whistle. That's a clear endorsement for pretreatment of roadways. (I'm also for making it a law that all snowplows must have reflective strips outlining the edges of their plow blades, but that's an opinion fror another day.)

On the pot front, marijuana-using adults will soon be able to purchase weed products at Theory Wellness in Great Barrington, which will open its doors for recreational sales on Friday. Owners say to expect lines and dress appropriately for the weather.

The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield will visit the county as part of its clergy abuse listening tour, in which parishioners will get a chance to speak about the long-running scandal.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer was all about progress in her state of the city address, which she delivered Monday night to the City Council.

And don't forget to read these other compelling stories:

MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL: The daughter of a local artist who was killed in a car wreck in December set up a small memorial for her mother near the spot on Route 7/20 where she died. 

NOT GUILTY IN PREGNANCY ASSAULT: After reviewing two days of testimony and evidence, Judge Jennifer Tyne asked Edward Chapman to stand on Monday and told him she had found him not guilty of choking and slapping a pregnant woman.

CONSULTING WITH THE STATE: Stockbridge will open up talks with the commonwealth to work on roadway safety improvements.

DUNKIN'S NEW LOOK: A state-of-the-art Dunkin' will open in Pittsfield, which will include a new design, faster drive-thru service, a new tap system and a mobile pickup area for those who order online. 

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com



The News

Recreational cannabis rollout in Berkshire County set for Friday

GREAT BARRINGTON — Theory Wellness plans to begin selling recreational cannabis this weekend, and a company leader offered these words of caution: "dress for the elements." "There may be a bit … more

Pittsfield man found not guilty of assault on pregnant woman

PITTSFIELD — A judge has cleared a city man of charges that he assaulted a pregnant woman in August.After briefly reviewing two days of testimony and a handful of pieces of evidence, Judge … more

Disclosures bring clergy abuse issue to top of bishop's agenda

PITTSFIELD — Mounting revelations that Catholic leaders concealed or engaged in clergy sexual abuse around the world is bringing the issue back to the forefront in Berkshire County. The Most … more

Family of late artist marks birthday with makeshift memorial

LENOX — Relatives of the Pittsfield artist killed in a collision last month gathered Sunday at a newly transformed and safer intersection, on what would have been her 73rd birthday.A group led … more

Stockbridge moves to collaborate with state on traffic safety plans

STOCKBRIDGE — The next step for the town's efforts to solve downtown traffic safety challenges will be to open discussions with the state.The Select Board voted 2-0 to authorize Town … more

Ex-conservation panel member fined for conflict of interest violation

SHEFFIELD — A former member of the Sheffield Conservation Commission has been hit with a $2,500 fine for violating the state's conflict of interest law.Jeffrey Collingwood, a civil engineer, … more


The Weather



The Business

With new minimum wage, what is peripheral cost to businesses, consumers?

On Jan. 1, more than 18,000 people in Berkshire County got a raise of $1 per hour when the minimum wage rose to $12 per hour as required by state law.And while that money will be spent quickly in … more

Bousquet opening for the season

PITTSFIELD — Bousquet Mountain, one of the county's oldest ski areas, will officially open for the season tomorrow. Daily mountain operations will take place between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. The … more

New name, new services, new look: Dunkin opens state-of-the-art store in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — A new design, faster drive-thru service, a new tap system, a mobile pickup area for those who order online. Dunkin is bringing all those services to Berkshire County in one store … more

Lawyer representing 8 Lenox innkeepers pushes town to crack down on short-term rentals

LENOX — The town should crack down on people who purchase homes just to rent them out on Airbnb and similar online sites, says an attorney representing eight local innkeepers.Jeffrey Lynch has … more

The View

OUR OPINION

Our Opinion: Harrington begins new era as DA

The theme of Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington's swearing in ceremony Wednesday was "Unity," and it was encouraging to see the large crowd at the Berkshire Museum united in support of the … more
COLUMNISTS

Robert F. Jakubowicz: Don't let calendar age you

PITTSFIELD —You are as old as you feel physically and mentally and not just because the 2019 calendar year is now adding another year to your chronological age.According to historians, early … more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Trump's shutdown shows he needs to go

To the editor:When Donald Trump said "Make America great again," what exactly was he referring to: the country or himself?Did he use those words because he meant it or just to get himself into the … more


The Landscape

Make white chicken chili pop with flavor

White chicken chili is a fresher, lighter cousin of the thick red chili most of us know and love. Its appeal is not surprising because it is a healthier alternative and, when made well, packed with … more

'Magic Tree House' author builds worlds from the Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON — Surrounded by historical art and architecture, Berkshire residents may regularly feel transported to the past. But it would be difficult to find anybody in these hills more … more

The Plan

Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!

 


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