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“Just be yourself — it’s the only way it can work.” — JOHNNY CARSON (1925-2005)

The Greeting

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019

Hi there, Berkshire friends and neighbors. Welcome to your midweek. Mine is a few hours ahead of yours this week, because I only have to put in four full days. Day 5, as you might recall, is being devoted to the itinerant fish that visit Block Island every fall. I'll deliver a full fillet report upon my return. 

Until that time, we have the news

ARSON SUSPECTED: An Adams house fire is believed to be linked to a high-speed chase that ended near the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough on Tuesday; the suspect is due to be arraigned today.

PASSES MUSTER: The Pittsfield City Council has OK'd $206,000 in financial incentives for the first tenant of the Berkshire Innovation Center.

BRIDGE CLOSURE OPENS FLOODGATES: The complaints are rushing in as two bridges remain down and out in South County.

DIOCESE ADDING INVESTIGATOR: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is seeking to hire a new investigator to look into reports of clergy sexual abuse of minors for the Diocesan Review Board.

POT HOLES TURN TO POT: Pittsfield's cannabis tax reveue will go, in part, to public works.

SAVE THE DATE: The Berkshire Eagle's Berkshire Ski Season Showcase is Wednesday, November 13, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Avenue, Dalton. Come see what ski resorts, retailers and restaurants in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont have to offer for the upcoming winter sports season. The evening's entertainment is a special Berkshire Eagle Conversation called "Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires with Jeremy Davis"; Jeremy is the founder of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project and will discuss the history of skiing in the Berkshires. There's a cash bar provided by Stationery Factory and light fare provided by Shire Breu Hous. Raffles and prizes! The event is free. More information at the EventBrite page.

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The News

Bridges closed: Shutdowns take toll on commerce, fray nerves

GREAT BARRINGTON — Dan Tawczynski says his farm and grocery store business is suffering — during prime pumpkin season — and he knows why: The bridge is out."Houston? We have a … more

Adams house fire linked to suspect in police chase

NORTH ADAMS — A man accused of setting fire to his family's Adams home Tuesday before leading police on a cross-county search long has suffered from mental health issues and alcoholism, … more

Space chamber incentives win unanimous support from Pittsfield City Council

PITTSFIELD — For those behind an electromagnetic services company with eyes toward a space hub in Pittsfield, city incentives were mission critical. On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously … more

Springfield Diocese wants to add investigator for clergy abuse reports

SPRINGFIELD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is seeking to hire a new investigator to look into reports of clergy sexual abuse of minors for the Diocesan Review Board.Jeffrey L. … more

Restoration of historic black church to start

GREAT BARRINGTON — Construction begins this week on a project that will turn a historic African American church building into a cultural and heritage center largely devoted to the legacy of … more

Pittsfield to set aside portion of pot money for public services

PITTSFIELD — When it comes to the city's newest revenue source, public services soon will get a dedicated piece of the pie. Half of incoming cannabis revenues so far have fueled the city's … more

Public services, infrastructure top issues at Pittsfield councilor at large debate

PITTSFIELD — From potholes to pitfalls, candidates for at large seats on the City Council waded into Pittsfield issues during a Monday debate. Seven candidates participated in the debate at … more

Contenders make case for Pittsfield School Committee

PITTSFIELD — From declining enrollment to staff retention and facilities issues, the district has serious decisions on its plate. As it faces them in the years ahead, they'll do so with the … more


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The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Holmesdale, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.'s Pittsfield estate, 'has history upon history upon history'

PITTSFIELD — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a frequent visitor. Herman Melville lived just down the street.Holmesdale, poet Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.'s historic 19th-century estate on Holmes … more

Over time, the 'baronial territory' known as Holmesdale has shrunk

PITTSFIELD — In 1738, Col. Jacob Wendell, of Boston, traveled to Western Massachusetts and bought 24,000 acres, in what is now Pittsfield, as an investment. Wendell planned to sell the land to … more

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. quotes

Here are 10 notable quotes from Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (Aug. 29, 1809, to Oct. 7, 1894), who was regarded as the finest writer of his day:"Where we love is home — home that our feet may … more

About Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Editor's note: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. was featured in The Eagle's 2011 series, compiled and written by the late Brian Sullivan, that featured notable Pittsfield residents. This capsule is … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Margaret Button: An oldie, but goodie, from the recipe box

I spent last weekend doing nothing, well, almost nothing — I did two loads of wash and put away the cushions from the deck furniture. I stayed in my PJs all day, finally taking a shower and … more

Bits & Bites: Beer and sausage fests, dinner planned

Regional beers, hard ciders, hand-crafted sausage, and live music will be on tap at "The Best and the Wurst" from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, at Hancock Shaker Village.Beers and ciders will be available to … 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

Cows at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton wait for fresh pasture on Monday.

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