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“Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.” — BEN HECHT, American screenwriter (1894-1964)

The Greeting

Corn is harvested and chopped for silage at High Lawn Farm in Lee, on Thursday. Scroll down to see another pic, or click on the image to visit our digital photo archive.

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019

Happy Friday, people of the Berks. I'm told a hard frost will be hitting the hills tonight, which means Pops Hoffenberg will have to scurry home at the end of the day to assist the missus with covering any delicate plants and remaining veggies. It's been a banner year for our root vegetables, with softball-size beets and another season of plump carrots. 

And, just like up at the Ashfield bureau, The Eagle also has a bumper crop, but it's news stories

NO NEW PIKE EXIT IN BERKSHIRES: A state transportation project manager assured a concerned group of South County residents Wednesday, telling them that any plan to put a new Massachusetts Turnpike exit in the hilltowns won't be happening.

LAST OF HER KIND: The St. Stanislaus Kostka School's only remaining nun has been reassigned; a religious order has served the school for 106 years.

SUIT FILED IN THE NORTH: The historic town of Bennington is filing suit against big pharma over its opioid crisis.

STUDENTS ARE SCARED: Some students Bard College at Simon's Rock are wracked with worry after the report of an attack on campus last week, and equally concerned with what they call a racially charged environment at the school for gifted students.

A LONG BLOOMING LOOK: The Stockbridge Health Board wants to take a wide and deep study of cyanobacteria blooms and their effect on the Stockbridge Bowl.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

No new Pike exit for Berkshire County

LENOX — If, and it's a big if, a new Massachusetts Turnpike interchange is built in the 30-mile no-exit stretch between Lee and Westfield, it won't be in a … more

St. Stanislaus Kostka School's only remaining nun is reassigned

ADAMS — After more than a century, a run of Catholic nuns helping educate children in Adams has come to an end.The Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice have reassigned Sister Jacqueline M. … more

Bennington, Vt., files suit against opioid firms

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The town is now one of hundreds of local, county and state governments that have filed suit seeking damages from the companies involved with opioid pain medication production, … more

VTrans inspects 15 bridges in southern Vermont after whistleblower report

BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Even though there is a criminal investigation being conducted into the construction of 15 bridges in southern Vermont, the state's chief highway engineer said there is no danger to the people who travel across those bridges every day. more

At Simon's Rock, mixed messages confound

GREAT BARRINGTON — Amid campuswide fear that an assailant with racist motives remains at large, a number of students have left Bard College at Simon's Rock until classes resume on Oct. … more

Politics complicate challenge to mitigate climate change amid global protest

BOSTON — Berkshire students who recently marched for the global climate strike appear to have inspired their elected officials, who plan to push for climate justice and legislation that will … more

Stockbridge Health Board wants long-term study of lake, toxic algae blooms

STOCKBRIDGE — To reduce the risk of another potentially toxic algae bloom on Stockbridge Bowl like one that closed the lake in September 2018, the Board of Health is recommending an ongoing … more

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The Landscape

Onstage at the Unicorn Theatre, 'What the Jews Believe' doesn't quite carry the convictions of its beliefs

STOCKBRIDGE — There is a nearly magical moment roughly a quarter of the way through the first act of Mark Harelik's "What the Jews Believe," which is being given an earnest, if also fitful and … more

New play at Oldcastle Theater Company strikes home for Pittsfield-born actress

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The great American author Mark Twain once noted that "truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't." Oldcastle … more

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The Plan

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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

Corn is harvested and chopped for silage at High Lawn Farm in Lee on Thursday. The farm will harvest 2,300 tons of corn as silage to feed the dairy cows for the year. The corn is non-GMO and fertilized with manure from the Jersey herd, making the milk a true Berkshire product. Because of relatively dry conditions, the harvester can chop corn (silage is made from the entire plant) right into a truck for transport.

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