A wild turkey chick nestles in the tall dewy grass on Bousquet Mountain in Pittsfield on June 21.

The Greeting

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

Good morning, Berkshire County!  We hope you've been practicing your stomach-expansion exercises in preparation for the Big Day: Thanksgiving.  Tomorrow, make sure to wear loose-fitting clothing, such as sweatsuits or track clothing, so you can reach your maximum allowable girth.

Today, The Eagle brings you a veritable cornucopia of news, covering everything from near-death experiences to taxes

We also explore pot shops, those that are here and serving the public, and those that hope to be here soon. 

You'll learn how to make your own bagels at home, and, oh yeah, controversial figure Alex Kelly has pulled up stakes from Harriman and West Airport as well as the municipal airport in nearby Bennington.  Hasta la vista.

And now, for the headlines:

EAGLE TAKES OFF: The Eagle Mill project in Lee receives another fist-bump of support, this time from town planners, who voted 5-0 in favor of the $60 million mixed-use development project.

SKYDIVING BIZ JUMPS THE SHARK: Alex Kelly — you know him from the international coverage of his rape case and flight from justice — won't be keeping his skydiving business in the area after running afoul of local airport overseers.

'LEGALIZE IT. WAIT. IT IS LEGAL': Massachusetts turns a page on marijuana, which is now available for purchase by adults. The Eagle takes you alongside the line of people waiting to get in to Northampton's NETA, one of two dispensaries in the Bay State that received the OK to sell recreational marijuana. In related news, the former Friendly's in North Adams could become marijuana retailer.

THE FIRST RULE OF CROSSFIT: That's easy ... tell everyone that you do CrossFit. Next rule of CrossFit: Be an excellent community supporter, and make Thanksgiving a great day for Berkshirites in need of a special meal. These health and fitness fans from Great Barrington didn't just deliver turkeys to the People's Pantry at St. James Place; they turned it into a workout.

TRIAL IN BRUTAL BEATING: A city man is in court as his trial begins for allegedly beating a woman with the butt-end of a large knife; she needed surgery to repair the bones in her face. Meanwhile, his defense contends that there's no evidence, including the knife.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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The News

More momentum for Eagle Mill project as Lee Planning Board unanimously OKs plans

LEE — Redevelopment of the Eagle Mill has picked up a major endorsement toward breaking ground for the estimated $60 million project.By a 5-0 vote, the Lee Planning Board has unanimously … more

Trial underway for man accused of beating woman's face with knife handle

PITTSFIELD — Garrett Vil assaulted and beat a woman so badly in March 2017 that she needed plastic surgery to repair a broken eye socket and still has double vision as a result, prosecutors … more

Embattled Berkshire Skydiving owner leaves Harriman and West Airport

NORTH ADAMS — Alex Kelly has walked away from his skydiving and scenic flight business at Harriman and West Airport amid an investigation into the safety of his operations there. The embattled … more

In line to buy legal, recreational pot: a first for the East Coast

NORTHAMPTON — Among the first people in line to buy marijuana today were three Pittsfield men: one wearing a dreadlock wig, another in a Grateful Dead T-shirt and a third in an orange hoodie … more

CrossFit gym members lift turkeys for Great Barrington food pantry

GREAT BARRINGTON — At the gym Tuesday morning, they set down the dumbbells and lifted the turkeys.There were 60 of the frozen birds, ranging in size, with seven people in workout gear to load … more

Pittsfield mayor details impending increases to water and sewer bills

PITTSFIELD — The typical Pittsfield homeowner could see their water and sewer bills rise by about $43 in their next quarterly bill. Mayor Linda Tyer told reporters on Tuesday that her … more

Pot shop eyes former Friendly's site in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — As marijuana retailers come online in Leicester and Northampton this week, North Adams soon could have a shop of its own.Evergreen Strategies LLC has submitted plans to the city … more

The Weather

The View


Our Opinion: East-west rail link should go to Pittsfield

The east-west high-speed rail project that has long been a Berkshires dream came a step closer to realization on Monday when state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack named WSP USA, a firm … more

David Burbank: Time for us to start talking

PITTSFIELD — In the runup to the midterms, I decided to volunteer for a progressive congressional candidate. Lacking a competitive race in the Berkshires or elsewhere in Massachusetts, I … more

Letter: Push Congress to pass Green New Deal

To the editor:I am not a young person but that is even more reason that I fully support U.S. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez/s resolution to create a House Select Committee for a Green New Deal in Congress. The … more

The Landscape

Looking for the best bagel in town? It's in your kitchen ...

I could write a book about how I feel about bagels. I'm not alone, everybody seems to have an opinion on what makes an amazing bagel — the city water New York bagels are boiled in, the … more

Margaret Button | Kitchen Comfort: Find divinity in good directions

With vacation days still remaining, I took last Friday off for the sole purpose of going to The Christmas Tree Shop in Holyoke before the holiday hordes descended on it. As luck would have it, my … more

The Score

Lenox girls soccer senior Nicole Gamberoni signs to play at American International College

LENOX — The Lenox girls soccer team played the final game of its season last week, however, that didn't close the book on the 2018 Millionaires. On Tuesday afternoon, surround by her coach, … more

The Plan

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The Snap

People pause and reflect at the names and photos of the transgender people lost to violence in the past year, during the Transgender Day of Remembrance held at St. Stephen’s Church in Pittsfield on Tuesday evening. The event this year was held in honor of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, a North Adams transgender woman who was killed in January.

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