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“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” — WILL ROGERS, American humorist (1879-1935)

The Greeting

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

Dear Berkshire readers. Today, I'm going to hit you with a book recommendation. It's "The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson. It's a sometimes harrowing tale of modern life in North Korea, where the entire government is built on outrageous lies — or stories, you might say — that no one could possibly believe; nonbelievers, however, get sent to mining camps, so the entire population is very eager to swallow and regurgitate all of the untruths. Riveting stuff, especially in this day and age.

And now, I will take you from the world of fiction to fact, with today's news

MORE ROOM FOR VETS: The home for aging veterans, Side by Side, is adding 20 more beds its Pittsfield site.

PROFESSOR EXITS: An instructor in the language department at Bard College of Simon's Rock resigned Monday, telling administrators they're not confronting racism on the campus "head on." She said this has led to a dismissive attitude toward a student who reported being attacked Sept. 27 on campus.

MAN KILLED BY TRUCK: A 74-year-old man crossing the Unistress driveway was struck and killed Monday night by a turning tractor-trailer.

NO BAIL: A man accused of beating his wife into a coma is held as dangerous, without the right to bail.

COMPROMISE SOUGHT: Can't short-term rental landlords and the rest of the Lenox community get along? The town planners want public input on a possible compromise.

RAMBLE ON: When the Berkshire air turns crisp, it must be time for the RambleFest footrace and climb up Mount Greylock, the state's tallest peak.

Day in and day out, The Eagle does good work; help us do even greater work by renewing or subscribing today.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Veterans home 20-unit expansion to open on West Union Street in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — An inoperative .30-caliber gun from World War I sits in a display case beneath a television.Prints of Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" hang on the wall of the nearly finished … more

Professor resigns, school to hire private investigator as Simon's Rock tensions continue

GREAT BARRINGTON — An adjunct professor at Bard College of Simon's Rock resigned on Monday, citing the administration's handling of an alleged attack on a student of color last month.Also on … more

Police ID Pittsfield man killed after being hit by semitruck

PITTSFIELD — Authorities have identified the man killed in an accident near Unistress on Monday night as Ernest Millette.Millette, 73, of Pittsfield was pronounced dead at the scene, according … more

No bail for North Adams man held as dangerous on charges of severely beating his wife

PITTSFIELD — A North Adams man charged with severely beating his wife has been ordered to remain held without the right to bail. Michael Cook, 42, also has been barred from contacting the victim … more

Lenox seeks public input on 'compromise' short-term rental rules plan

LENOX — A compromise Planning Board proposal to regulate short-term home rentals will get a detailed public presentation Thursday in advance of the Nov. 7 special town meeting, where registered … more

Let's get ready to RambleFest: 15K relay Sunday, Greylock hike Monday

ADAMS — The first frost has struck and the Berkshires' green summer canopy has yielded to deep hues of orange, red and gold: it's Ramble time.In a Columbus Day tradition that began in 1967, … more

GE freezes pensions for 20,000, offers buyouts to 100K former workers

NEW YORK — General Electric is freezing the pension plans of about 20,000 of its workers and offering pension buyouts to 100,000 former employees as it attempts to slash debt.The industrial … more

Pittsfield firefighters union endorses Mayor Linda Tyer

PITTSFIELD — The membership of the Professional Firefighters Local 2647 have voted to endorse incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer for the city's top post.In an endorsement announcement on Monday, union … more

Pittsfield man headed to jail for gun and drug crimes

PITTSFIELD — A city man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail in connection with drug and gun charges.Josaiah Bynum, 21, admitted last month to four counts stemming from the search of his … more

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The Landscape

British chamber ensemble doubles the ante for strings at South Mountain

PITTSFIELD — In its previous concert, South Mountain showed Mozart enriching the sound of a string quartet by adding a second viola to create a quintet. This past Sunday, the visiting Academy … more

Prize-winners on tap at Barrington Stage Company in 2020

PITTSFIELD — Two Pulitzer Prize winners and a Tony nominee for best play are on tap for Barrington Stage Company's 2020 season.Barrington Stage Company founding artistic director Julianne Boyd … more

Rums, gins that 'taste like the forests and woods'

NORTH ADAMS — Ryan Max Riley is passionate about many things — skiing, hiking, the environment — and most importantly, creating unique rums, and soon gin, whiskey and bourbon, in … more

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Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!


4 events not to miss this week, Oct. 6 - 12

Join the parade of zombies in downtown PittsfieldThis year marks the 10th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl. On Saturday, starting at 5 p.m., hundreds of zombies will fill the streets and pubs of Downtown … more

The Snap

Sheriff Thomas Bowler and Capt. Shelby Williamson march up State Street in North Adams on Sunday during the 64th Fall Foliage Parade.

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