The Greeting

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

Oh, Berkshires!  Can you smell the Thanksgiving stoves heating up? Stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey (or Tofurkey, if that's your bag). Here, at Eagle HQ, the pre-holiday hunger is in the air. Some of us might've even had their Thanksgiving a little bit early.

Meanwhile, the weather isn't looking pretty for those of you who travel for the holiday.  That said, there was some beauty at the two community Thanksgiving meals,  where more than bellies were nourished. 

Down in Southern Berkshire, Great Barrington won't be racing horses in 2019, but that doesn't mean that the thoroughbreds are off the table. All it'll take is tweaking a few state laws.

Meanwhile, here's some of our other top stories of the day ...

GETTING ARCTIC BLASTED: Looks like there's going to be a record set on Thanksgiving, and no, it's not about how many pounds of turkey you can eat. This, friends, is about bitter cold.

THEY WILL TAKE YOUR CHILDREN: Not in a bad way! Taconic High School is expanding its early learning center to include a preschool, offering support for parents as well as an opportunity for students to learn the ins and outs of the child care business.

ROAD SCHOLAR: Our own Tony Dobrowolski takes a look at what Thanksgiving travel will be like this year, from gas prices to expected highway congestion.  What does he see in his crystal ball? Delays. If you're hitting the road, better bring some books on tape.

LACH'S HITS ROCK BOTTOM: The bar, with a recent history of violence, is no more, after the city of Pittsfield indefinitely suspends its liquor license and the owner throws in the towel

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Best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com


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The News

Thanks to Angels, thousands have a Thanksgiving meal

PITTSFIELD — Frozen turkey, check. Fresh carrots and onions, check. Canned green beans, boxed stuffing and cranberry sauce, check. Those were the items on a partial grocery list Monday for … more

Becket officials weigh future of freshwater spring

BECKET — One of the last remaining freshwater springs in Western Massachusetts soon could go the way of the dinosaurs.Officials at the state's Department of Environmental Protection have told … more

Hinsdale man charged with murdering estranged girlfriend could see May trial

PITTSFIELD — A Hinsdale man accused of fatally shooting his estranged girlfriend in April could be put on trial as soon as May.Michael Boulais, 33, appeared in Berkshire Superior Court on … more

A gas leak. Short supplies. Still, volunteers rally to serve hundreds at Berkshire Food Project's Thanksgiving meal

NORTH ADAMS — It was the Thanksgiving feast that almost didn't happen.Battling everything from a gas leak to a poor turnip crop, the Berkshire Food Project and supporters from the Northern … more

Forecast: Arctic air blast could set Thanksgiving cold records

Even though no major storms are on the horizon this week, forecasters are cautioning that light to moderate snowfalls on Tuesday and Wednesday could make the busiest holiday-eve travel days … more

Berkshire Family YMCA to launch preschool at Taconic High School's new child care center

PITTSFIELD — Taconic High School is partnering with the Berkshire Family YMCA to launch the school's first child care center. Enrollment began this week for the preschool program, the Taconic … more

Great Barrington horse racing on hold until state gambling, racing laws change

GREAT BARRINGTON — A plan to revive thoroughbred racing at the former Great Barrington Fairgrounds in 2019 is no longer on track. But with a change in state law, it could be back on.Sterling … more

Thanksgiving travelers will be facing tough commute, according to forecast

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County residents who plan to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend should begin their journeys early, especially if they plan to drive.With gas prices low, and … more



The Weather


The View

OUR OPINION

Our Opinion: Making room for a river in North Adams

The $25,000 state grant awarded to North Adams' Hoosic River Revival announced by Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday (Eagle, Nov. 18) doesn't sound like a whopping amount by itself, but it could well act … more
COLUMNISTS

Frank Bruni: E Tu Jim Mattis?

NEW YORK — If almost any other member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet had sought to justify his deployment of thousands of troops to the border by talking about the threat of Mexican … more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: Beacon needs to vary its programming

To the editor:It just might help business for the Beacon Cinema if its film offerings did not mirror just about 100 percent the exact same movies being offered at the mall theater and at the Triplex … more



The Landscape

The art of toy figures

NORTH ADAMS — Artist Jarvis Rockwell may share his famous father's compulsive urge to make art, but he works in decidedly different media than the celebrated illustrator Norman Rockwell — … more

Open Book with George Howe Colt

When The Eagle reached Whately author George Howe Colt by phone Wednesday, he was in the midst of a busy week. While the National Book Award finalist's latest work, "The Game: Harvard, Yale, and … more

The chaos - and reward - of wildlife rehabilitation

Deep in the woods of the town of Washington, Dawn Collins stood outside her A-frame and enumerated all the critters sharing her 55 acres. First there were her three house cats, plus several outdoor … more

Berkshire Symphony takes a plunge into darkness

WILLIAMSTOWN - The Berkshire Symphony did everything but line Chapin Hall in black crepe for the first half of its concert.          Two tragic … more


The Score

Williams College community mourns loss of longtime coach Renzie Lamb

WILLIAMSTOWN — Mike Whalen might have just summed up Renzie Lamb in one statement. "We used to joke that he was the mayor of Williamstown," Whalen said. "Everybody knew him and everybody loved … more

Berkshire County Sports Notes: Polar Bears Masters swim in St. Croix

On Nov. 11, four members of the Polar Bears Masters swim team competed in the 23rd annual Coral Reef 2-mile open water swim competition on St. Croix.Barbara West, of Windsor, placed first in the … more

The Plan


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The Snap

BEN GARVER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
An estimated 1550 families in need line up outside the South Congregational Church in Pittsfield for Thanksgiving dinners, including a turkey, collected by a coalition of faith-based organizations called Thanksgiving Angels, Monday. The dinners contain fresh, local produce and homemade goods, as well as some traditional items.

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