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Thought for the day 

“If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.” — DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, (1890-1969)

The Greeting

Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

Dear Berkshires. On Sunday, I turned 48. Whoop-de-doo! Feel free to tell me if you think that's old or young. I sometimes feel young, but a glance in the mirror reveals a salt-and-pepper-haired gent, with bone-white swaths of gray taking up more and more real estate every day. And then there's the bags under the eyes, a trait from my father's side of the family. What matters: I won't go gently into that good night. 

Speaking of gentle and ungentle things, here's the news

CONNECTING WITH MONTREAL: Intrepid Eagle journalists traveled recently to Montreal, where supervised injection sites are saving lives and money (and where company cellphones use international minutes, we now know).

RACE AIN'T OVER YET: Suffolks Downs hasn't abandoned plans for resurrected horse racing at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds. 

THE EAGLE SHINES BRIGHTLY: The Berkshire Eagle took home some top honors last week at a New England News and Press Association awards ceremony. 

RAISING THE GREEN: Canna Provisions made more money than expected since opening, spurring it to revise its 12-month revenue estimates, from $9 million to $15 million.

DEMOLITION DELAY: Lenox will decide whether to codify the ability to place a hold on any proposed demolition of a historically significant buildings in town. Planners assure Eagle readers that this isn't in response to the proposed razing of a building from 1863 by Chabad of the Berkshires.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Video and news report: Montreal's efforts aim to 'demystify' realities of supervised injection sites

MONTREAL — The bearded man had 20 minutes to go until the doors opened at Cactus Montreal, so, he paced up and down the sidewalk. Cactus Montreal is one of the Canadian city's four supervised … more

Suffolk Downs might not race in 2020, but still pursues Great Barrington Fairgrounds

GREAT BARRINGTON — The group that owns Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston still will pursue its plan to resurrect thoroughbred horse racing at the fairgrounds here, but it hasn't filed an … more

Lenox tweaks bylaw that would require demolition delay for historic buildings

LENOX — In an effort to preserve the town's many historically significant buildings, a bylaw designed to delay any proposed demolition for one year is up for consideration by town meeting … more

Ruth Bass | Some in Berkshires begin to back away from the romance of Columbus

RICHMOND — The Navajo guide at Monument Valley Reservation loaded us onto an old school bus and drove through barren countryside to a spot where Mother Nature sculpted the famous Mittens, Three … more

Higher expectations: 3 months in, Lee pot shop tweaks revenue projections upward

LEE — Canna Provisions is topping its projected cannabis revenues, helping to boost town coffers.The community's only recreational marijuana store grossed $3.4 million in its first three months … more

With hot air balloon ride addition, Harvest Festival rises to the occasion

STOCKBRIDGE — It was another quiet fall day in town Saturday, with the sun shining, a slight breeze and nearly 10,000 visitors streaming through to the Berkshire Botanical Garden's Harvest … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Mayoral candidates spar on education

Mayoral candidates will make their case on Tuesday during a debate hosted by the city's educational unions. United Educators of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Educational Administrators Association … more

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The Landscape

Life is a laughing matter for Steve Solomon

PITTSFIELD — Laughing matters to Steve Solomon. Making people laugh means even more. The sixtysomething Brooklyn-born comedian/comic actor has been making people laugh for more than a decade in … more

Naumkeag puts on one heck of a Halloween show

STOCKBRIDGE — Ghosts, goblins, specters and spooks are just some of the designs you'll find carved on the jack-o-lanterns hanging from trees and tucked into the garden beds as you travel the wandering paths … more

Burgers on a budget

Before you bemoan the end of long, bustling summer Berkshire days, remember the perks of fall — yes, there are changing leaves and less summer traffic, but most importantly there are great … more

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The Plan

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4 events not to miss this week, Oct. 13 - 19

Join in on this Berkshire traditionHike majestic Mount Greylock on Monday, Oct. 14 for the 52nd anniversary Greylock Ramble. This annual event is the ultimate way to experience the Berkshires in … more

The Snap

Suzy Helme and Tim Martin serve up craft beer from Bright Ideas Brewing during Ramblefest in Adams on Sunday afternoon.

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