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“Silence is sometimes the severest criticism.” — CHARLES BUXTON, English writer (1823-1871)

The Greeting

Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

Happy Monday, everybody! There's a good chance my Block Island trip will take place after all. I will not complain that it's been shortened from three nights to one, because it's better than none. I'll be plying the surf with a master fisherman from the Berkshires: Gary Soldati.  To give you a sense of what he and I are chasing, here's a picture of Gary from Oct. 20, 2011, with a fish of a lifetime, a 51-pounder. 

OK. Enough dreaming of fun in the suds. Now is time for the news

TOO GENERIC: They made a federal case out of it, but a judge rules against Shire City Herbals in its effort to get a trademark on the phrase "fire cider."

FATAL ACCIDENT: A 61-year-old North Adams man is dead after a three-car accident in Cheshire.

HOLY GIFT!: The Zion Lutheran Church has lasted 160 years, and the Pittsfield sanctuary celebrated that milestone this weekend.

ADDING VENTURE: In addition to an aerospace firm, the Berkshire Innovation Center will be welcoming a venture capital company.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

'What a gift': The Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield celebrates 16 decades

PITTSFIELD — The Zion Lutheran Church has lasted 160 years thanks to the city's generosity that continues to this day.In 1859, Pittsfield donated the land at 74 First St. so the German … more

Judge: Term 'fire cider' too generic for trademark

PITTSFIELD — A federal court judge has resolved a four-year legal battle over the use of the term "fire cider," finding the phrase to be a generic term that, by definition, cannot be … more

North Adams man, 61, killed in three-car wreck in Cheshire

CHESHIRE — A North Adams man was killed early Sunday in a three-car collision on Cheshire Road (Route 8), according to state police and the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.Authorities say … more

Man arrested in 2 North Adams armed robberies

NORTH ADAMS — A man is behind bars accused of robbing, at knifepoint, two city businesses over the weekend.Just after daybreak on Sunday, North Adams police arrested a suspect for allegedly … more

Deal struck to protect southern woodlands around The Mount

LENOX — Two leading local nonprofits have reached a joint conservation restriction and management agreement to protect woodlands surrounding The Mount, home of the Edith Wharton Restoration.The … more

Reports of dead squirrels and sick dogs spark concerns in Deming Park neighborhood

PITTSFIELD — Dead squirrels piled up around Deming Park this week, neighbors say, and they think the cause is rat poison. "I just want people to know so that they can keep their pets and … more

Berkshire Innovation Center will have on-site venture capital partner

PITTSFIELD — When the Berkshire Innovation Center officially opens in January, it will have an on-site tenant that can provide information for members who are interested in obtaining capital … more


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The Weather


Creative Aging: 65 and Better in the Berkshires

These profiles of active, engaged community members who are 65 and better in the Berkshires were created by volunteer writers and photographers who are members of OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College. They represent thousands more in our community who give back in many different ways and transform our perception of older adults. There are many more stories out there — you are encouraged to seek them out. Look for a new profile every Monday on BerkshireEagle.com.


Creative Aging: In the Berkshires, creative aging is for everyone

Marjorie Cohan biked across the state of Missouri on the nation’s longest continuous bike trail this summer. Andy Plumer traveled to Europe and Japan to consult on … more

Survivor: 'This could happen to anybody'

GREAT BARRINGTON — The last thing Paula Kaplan-Reiss remembers is standing on the boulder field atop Monument Mountain."It was a gorgeous day," she said. It was a hike taken on a weekend trip … more

Rick Reiss: 'Paula, I will be there when you fall. I will be there when you rise'

Dear Paula: My memory of the exact moment you fell is not wholly clear.What I remember is we were coming down off the mountain. It wasn't even a big mountain. At 1,642 feet Monument Mountain is officially a … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Do you vogue? You'll want to at Pillow's 'Mini Ball'

BECKET — Growing up in New York City, Jason A. Rodriguez watched in awe as voguers performed on the dance floors of Escuelita, the legendary Latin LGBTQ club in Harlem, and at El Morocco in … more

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The Plan

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5 things to do if you're on a budget this week, Oct. 17-23

Help out outdoorsJoin Mass Audubon for Pleasant Valley's Volunteer Day and help care for the gardens and trails at the Sanctuary, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. Registration … more

The Snap

The Zion Lutheran Church at 74 First St. in Pittsfield celebrated its 160th anniversary on Sunday.

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