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"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." — ALBERT EINSTEIN, 20th century physicist

The Greeting

Chuck Wandrei puts boxes of freshly picked apples from the orchards on a flatbed tractor at Jaeschke's in Adams on Tuesday.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. Today is the birthday of my wife. I did not forget the day, which in itself is a small gift from me, because I am a mostly good husband. 

Elsewhere in the news

LOCAL BOY RETURNS AS SUCCESSFUL MAN: Wayfair co-founder and CEO Niraj Shah returned to town to talk about community development tax incentives and workforce development with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass.

WATER TESTS TO BE CONDUCTED: Berkshire Village awaits testing and their results after a three-week boil-water order was instituted over indications of E. coli contamination.

COMIC OR MUSICIAN?: Pittsfield's McQueen is more than a label. See him perform his one-man show at The Foundry in West Stockbridge on Saturday night.

BE READY FOR COLLEGE: A pair of local experts will lead an informational session on choosing and applying to college. 

BLACK BEARS AND TURBINES: A Vermont state wildlife biologist will speak on nature interacting with machinery, in nearby Bennington, Vt.

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Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

'Bridge that skills gap': At summit, leaders talk unlocking Berkshires' economic potential

PITTSFIELD — Boyd Technologies of Lee recently hired a seamstress who worked at the former Country Curtains to run an ultrasonic sewing line. While that might seem like a mismatch between job … more

Lenox to try out electronic balloting system at November special town meeting

LENOX — Town leaders have agreed to a "no-cost, no-obligation" test of an electronic ballot system at the Nov. 7 special town meeting, with an eye toward renting or buying the equipment for … more

State begins Berkshire Village water tests

LANESBOROUGH — State environmental officials have given the go-ahead to officially test the private water system serving Berkshire Village in hopes of lifting a three-week-old boil order.The … more

Biologist to speak on effect of wind turbines on black bears

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Jaclyn Comeau, a wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, will talk about the research she has been conducting on the effect of wind turbines on the black … more

Bank hosting college prep night

NORTH ADAMS — Joshua Mendel, director of recruitment and outreach at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Pittsfield High School counselor Ann Marie Mutz will present an … more

Personality assessment workshop for nonprofits

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires will present a workshop titled, "Everything DiSC," on Thursday at Berkshire Community College's South County Center, 343 Main St. … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

South Carolina woman finds new Sandisfield parcel for indoor pot farm, and neighbors grumble

SANDISFIELD — A South Carolina woman who has been searching for land to start a pot growing business in town has purchased a 76-acre plot and is preparing to build.But some neighbors and … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Don't try to put comedian, musician McQueen in a box

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — McQueen himself isn't quite sure what you'd call him. The one-man multimedia comedian was once described as "a digital puppet show," but often, he's just called "a funny … more

A tangled landscape of relationship and creativity erupts onstage at PS21 in Chatham, N.Y.

CHATHAM, N.Y. — Abstract Impressionists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner were artists before they were lovers. From their 1941 New York gallery meeting until his death just 15 years later in … 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, Sept. 29 - Oct. 5

Fill the streets of North Adams for fall funJoin North Adams and celebrate the annual Fall Foliage Festival at the Fall Craft Fair, and Dancing in the Street & Brew `n Chew from noon to 5 p.m. … more

The Snap

Lee Elementary School students cross Franklin and Main streets early Wednesday. About 130 of the school's students participated in National Walk to School Day despite the rain.

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