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Thought for the day 

“Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of the few; and number not voices, but weigh them.” — IMMANUEL KANT, German philosopher (1724-1804)

The Greeting

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

Good day, Beat readers. Thank you for tuning in to another edition of TheBeat.

In today's news

JOBS NEED FILLING: The U.S. Census Bureau still is trying to fill hundreds of part-time jobs for the upcoming head count of everyone in Berkshire County.

STEPMOTHER SPEAKS: The woman whose house was burned to the ground Tuesday, allegedly by her stepson, tells The Eagle that she wished she acted sooner to get him some behavioral help.

PITTSFIELD MAYORAL DEBATE: Melissa Mazzeo and incumbent Linda Tyer debated in an event sponsored by the Berkshire County branch of the NAACP.

GOING UP: Some local entrepreneurs received an influx of prize cash after competing and winning a contest on business pitches.

SAVE THE DATE: The Berkshire Eagle's Berkshire Ski Season Showcase is Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave., 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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Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

At Entrepreneurship for All's Berkshire pitch contest, an investment in 'validation'

PITTSFIELD — Kaitlyn Pierce has spent the last several years developing, refining and trying to sell a product that she invented to help wean young children from their pacifiers. 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

Sparks fly between Pittsfield's mayoral candidates at NAACP debate

PITTSFIELD — The city's mayoral candidates warred over words at times during a Wednesday debate, but in the end, still smiled and shook each other's hands.Mayor Linda Tyer and her challenger, … more

Census still needs to fill hundreds of part-time jobs in Berkshire County

PITTSFIELD — The jobs are temporary, but they pay $18 an hour and there are lots of them — with too few applicants. Every 10 years, the federal government hires more than half a million … more

Phyllis McGuire | The bright side of aging: Seeing your great-grandchildren christened

WILLIAMSTOWN — I had mixed emotions when my eldest grandchild, Alyssa, announced that she was expecting a baby.I was happy for Alyssa and her husband, Steve, as they wanted to start a family, … more

Crash ties up traffic on Route 7/20 in Lenox; no injuries

LENOX — Traffic on Route 7/20 was disrupted for about an hour during Wednesday's afternoon rush after a box truck crashed into an a passenger vehicle that was apparently stopped in the road, … more


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The Weather

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The Landscape

WAM Theatre addresses the unaddressed with Dominique Morisseau's 'Pipeline'

LENOX — Teenagers are reading a poem in a classroom in the city. Their teacher, Nya, is challenging them to see the history in it, and the energy of revolution.The words of the poem come clear … more

Halloween happenings in the Berkshires

Feeling all dressed up with no where to go? We've compiled a list of spooky fun in the Berkshires this Halloween season where you can show off your awesome homemade costume.RECURRINGAt Hancock Shaker … more

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The Plan

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5 things to do if you're on a budget this week, Oct. 24 - 30

Meet the authorBard College at Simon's Rock's Poetry & Fiction Reading Series welcomes Brenda Shaugnessy, author of "The Octopus Museum," 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at … more

The Snap

Eugenie Sills, interim executive director of the Clinton Church Restoration, speaks at the celebration of the beginning of work on the structure Wednesday. Work will begin on the restoration of the Clinton Church in Great Barrington at 9 Elm Court. The work will be done by Larochelle Construction to preserve the structure as a community and historic resource. The congregation was active for more than a century and was a formative influence on W.E.B. Du Bois. The church was closed in 2014 and remains on the National Register of Historic Places and a key site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail.

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