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Thought for the day 

“A friend to all is a friend to none.” — ARISTOTLE, Greek philosopher (384 B.C.-322 B.C.)

The Greeting

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

All politics is local. The late U.S. Rep. Tip O'Neill said that, I believe. I could Google that. I just did. And, yes, he said it.

I'd like to share with you my variant on that theme: All news is local. At least, ours sure is.

It's true: At berkshireeagle.com, we have wire stories to keep you informed on national and world affairs, as well as on Beacon Hill and what's happening with our professional sports teams.

But what really matters is local. Your street. Your neighbor's. We're there on your behalf, making sure that, if there's a dangerous intersection, you hear about it; if there's nonprofit executive director allegedly caught with a hand in the till, we're there in court to get the facts of the case; and when a community rallies around a stricken teen, we're there to capture the feeling of when a village wraps its warmth around a family in need.

Those are just a few examples of the kinds of stories that should be produced by a community newspaper; it's something we aim to do every single day.

But the presence of newspapers in the country is by no means guaranteed. Check out the latest to fall in this Boston Globe story on the hometown paper in Biddeford, Maine.  

In Biddeford, as the paper closed up shop, residents lamented the loss to the community. Many of these same folks didn't choose to subscribe. 

Please help us continue the work we do for you by renewing or subscribing today.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Minor injuries after car plows into bank, pub in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE — A motorist lost control of a vehicle on Monday afternoon, plowing into a closed bank branch and a restaurant off Elm Street in the heart of … more

Keillor's visit leads to resignation

NEW MARLBOROUGH — The chairman of the board of the New Marlborough Village Association announced last week that he will leave his post in the wake of an event featuring Garrison Keillor, which … more

$10,000 raised for Khali

LEE —Lise and Dick Shields are sitting in their office, marveling and teary-eyed about the community's display of love and generosity after calamity struck the Zabian family in August. more

Hilltop Orchards for sale

RICHMOND — The Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery, one of just a handful of businesses in Richmond, is for sale, listed at just under $2 million. The scenic 182-acre setting, high on a … more

Injured hiker rescued from Williamstown side of Mount Greylock

WILLIAMSTOWN — An injured hiker stranded on the Williamstown side of Mount Greylock was rescued late Sunday night. Several teams of emergency workers brought down the unidentified person seven … more

Stockbridge tax rate declining

STOCKBRIDGE — It's rare for property owners to see their tax rate go down.But that's the result of a robust year of new residential growth in town, Principal Assessor Michael Blay told a joint … more

The Weather


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The Landscape

Beloved musician, Prahlad Singh Tipanya, brings a divine spark from India to Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — People sing late into the night. In small towns in the warm air, they improvise. They all know the songs, and they move from one to another as the feeling takes them, plucking … more

In the hands of the Emersons, Shostakovich's music grieved in an unbroken hush

PITTSFIELD — Remember, the composition was premiered just a few months after Stalin's death, violinist Philip Setzer told the audience.The Emerson String Quartet concluded its concert Sunday … more

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The Plan

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


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

Thousands enjoy the view at the summit of Mount Greylock looking east into Adams for the annual Ramble in Adams on Monday.

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