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“I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated.” — AL McGUIRE, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (1928-2001)

The Greeting

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019

Greetings to you, dear 413, and to anyone who carries the West Mass! flame in their hearts!

Today, in the news

SWIPING FROM SUSAN B.?: A Florida woman stands accused of stealing from her former employer, the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams.

CANNABIS IN THE PARK: A $2.8 million cannabis cultivation facility has been proposed for Pittsfield's William Stanley Business Park.

KEILLOR SPEAKS: The former NPR-darling-turned-hot-potato Garrison Keillor spoke with Simon Winchester about his time since the #MeToo movement caught up with him after he allegedly groped a woman. 

THE CIRCUS ISN'T COMING TO TOWN: The Dalton Lions drops its annual circus fundraising event after years of bad press because of animal abuse allegations against the circus operators.

TEACHABLE MOMENTS: Two Berkshire school administrators are experiencing some strain: Superintendent Kimberly Merrick of the Lenox Public Schools and Kurt DeGrenier of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District. The former is resigning after a series of trying circumstances and the latter is filing suit against his district, alleging a lack of fulfillment of many student IEPs.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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Ex-director allegedly stole $31K from Susan B. Anthony Museum

ADAMS — The former head of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum has been accused of embezzling $31,000 from the nonprofit over a period of nearly three years. Colleen Janz, 45, of Florida, … more

$2.8M cannabis cultivation facility planned for Pittsfield's William Stanley Business Park

PITTSFIELD — A pair of New York brothers plan to build a $2.8 million cannabis cultivation facility across the street from the Berkshire Innovation Center. Board members of the Pittsfield … more

In New Marlborough, Garrison Keillor talks accusations, #MeToo movement

NEW MARLBOROUGH — No matter what really happened, the price was high.He lost a publishing contract, a newspaper column and his spot on Minnesota Public Radio. "It's injustice on behalf of a … more

Dalton Lions drop controversial circus fundraiser

DALTON — The Dalton Lions Club will no longer host traveling circus acts that have drawn protests, parting ways with a longtime fundraising tool — and with an outspoken member who … more

Claiming retaliation, Mount Everett whistleblower files suit against district

SHEFFIELD — A Mount Everett Regional School staffer has sued the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, alleging retaliation for his whistleblowing about the district's failure to provide … more

Lenox school chief resigning, cites personal reasons

LENOX — Following a series of closed-door meetings, the Lenox School Committee has accepted the resignation of Superintendent Kimberly Merrick.Committee Chairman Robert Vaughan made the … more

Sheffield: Census job fair, information session

The town will hold an information session on the 2020 U.S. Census and a census job fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Town Hall, second floor conference room.Those attending will learn … more

Pittsfield: Happy hour designed for dementia patients

The Friends Club at Home Instead Senior Care will host the "Cheers" Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at 66 Wendell Ave.The dementia-friendly evening of music, appetizers and fun for … more

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Berkshire Museum exhibit gives closer look at how women shaped history

When Laura M. Bragg arrived in Pittsfield in 1931, she was already a pioneer in the fields of museum education and administration. Just over a decade earlier, in 1920, Bragg made history when she was … more

Real life ignites a new thriller at Barrington Stage Company

PITTSFIELD — In the future, but perhaps not too far from now, the Underground Railroad has returned. This time, it's not fugitive slaves but Muslims using a covert network of hideaways to seek … more

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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

A Taconic forward shoots on goal as Taconic and Lee players watch and wait during the first half of the game at Berkshire Community College on Tuesday evening.

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