The Greeting

Ben Garver — The Berkshire Eagle
Terry Gallick inspects and picks poinsettias at the Wahconah Street Greenhouse in Pittsfield on Thursday. The plants are started in June to be ready for the holidays. The Wahconah Street Greenhouse grows about 4,500 poinsettias per year for local businesses.

 

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

Good day unto you, and to you your wassail, too. We're out here looking for some sun at Eagle HQ. If you see some, let us know.

Today we bring you the sad news of the death of Lauri Klefos, longtime tourism chief and 1Berkshire VP, who passed away after emergency surgery at age 62.

Meanwhile, 18 of 40 works of art from the collection of the Berkshire Museum are on their way home from Sotheby's in New York, after museum directors decided to pull them from the auction house.

A Lee man will go to state prison for up to five years for a quickly solved bank robbery in Pittsfield; the cabbie he called for a getaway vehicle turned him in.

And officials in Hinsdale are doubtful that much-needed repairs on Skyline Drive will come before winter.

In our other stories: 

BEACON RISING?:  Phoenix Theatres is poised to buy the Beacon Cinema. This story outlines their vision for the theater ... the first step will be a piano for the lobby.

PAR FOR SOLAR: Abutters are scrutinizing a proposed solar facility at the Egremont Country Club, which they say is out of character with the neighborhood.

MATTHEW'S FRIEND: He was murdered 20 years ago for being gay, and this Pittsfield resident who befriended Matthew Shepard at college keeps his spirit alive with an art exhibit.

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Best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com


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The News

Longtime Berkshires tourism leader Lauri Klefos dies

PITTSFIELD — Lauri Klefos had an unmatched passion for a successful Berkshires economy.Tourism, manufacturing, health care, mom and pop stores — as … more

Up to five years in prison for Lee man who attempted bank robbery in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — "Top drawer, right now."That's what Christopher Rock told a Berkshire Bank teller on Sept 17, moments before fleeing with about $2,000 cash.He was arrested later that day after the … more

It's homecoming time for 16 Berkshire Museum works

PITTSFIELD — Though bundled off a year ago on a one-way trip, 16 works from the Berkshire Museum collection, one of them nearly 500 years old, are heading home. After deciding this week to … more

Classroom of the Week: Undermountain first-graders fly high with new tradition

SHEFFIELD — A new tradition is blowing up at Undermountain Elementary School. The third annual First-Grade Balloon Parade stepped off at 2 p.m. Nov. 20, with its grand marshal, better known as … more

Fix for Skyline Trail culvert failure not yet in sight in Hinsdale

HINSDALE — Hopes are fading that repairs to a famous route through the Berkshires can be made before winter. Despite having lined up a contractor to fix a small but heavily traveled section of … more


The Weather


The Business

Big solar firm eyes Egremont Country Club, stirs worry among abutters

GREAT BARRINGTON — A big solar company is eyeing some land, and the abutters are eyeing the company.Residents who live around the Egremont Country Club off Route 23/South Egremont Road are … more

BRTA, union mediation session leaves some hopeful

PITTSFIELD — A mediation session this week between the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority and the union that represents paratransit drivers left some optimistic that the contentious contract … more

Lee Chamber conducting economic survey

LEE — The Lee Chamber of Commerce is conducting an economic outlook survey to gauge the outlook of area businesses. The survey is being conducted in cooperation with the Baker Strategy Group, a … more

Phoenix Theatres aims to buy Beacon Cinema by early December

PITTSFIELD — Phoenix Theatres owner Cory Jacobson made his first purchase Thursday for the Beacon Cinema: an auto-playing baby grand piano.He'll place it in the front window area of the North … more

The View

OUR OPINION

Our Opinion: Daly's departure raises questions for bank

The departure on Monday of Michael Daly, the CEO of Berkshire Bank and president and director of its corporate parent, Berkshire Hills Bancorp, was as mysterious as it was abrupt (Eagle, Nov. 27). … more

Our Opinion: Pittsfield confronts water infrastructure reality

After years of postponements of the inevitable, Pittsfield is facing the reality of its wastewater treatment issues. Under threat of EPA penalties, the city must begin construction of plant upgrades … more
COLUMNISTS

Judy Waters: Going with the flow on Pittsfield dam removal

LUNENBURG — In the post industrial age, river landscapes are changing as more dams are removed in Massachusetts. In Pittsfield a cityscape is due for an improvement as planned removal of a … more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: The Republican Party's war on Christmas

To the editor:For the last decade or so many conservatives in the media have complained that there is a war on Christmas in this country.These talk show hosts or columnists often use Starbucks,which … more

Letter: Party of hate's recipe for success

To the editor:After one year of observing the liberal Democrat Party, I find it's the world's most successful hate group. It attracts poor people who hate rich people, black people who hate white … more


The Landscape

Bringing 'Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas' to life

STOCKBRIDGE — Without getting a ticket, Tony Carlotto will park his 1955 Mercury Montclair in the middle of Main Street on Sunday in front of the Red Lion Inn. The cherry-red classic car will … more

'The Laramie Project' finds hope through tragedy

PITTSFIELD — Just over 20 years ago, a gay college student named Matthew Shepard was murdered near Laramie, Wyo. The brutal 1998 hate crime quickly became national news and left the U.S. … more


The Score

Williams defense will meet Christopher Newport offense in NCAA D-III women's soccer Final Four

Thanksgiving came at the right time for the Williams College women's soccer team. It gave the defending NCAA Division III champions an extra break between the national quarterfinals and this … more

College Roundup: Williams men's basketball blows out Fitchburg; MCLA women edged on road

FITCHBURG — Bobby Casey scored 26 points in just 21 minutes as second-ranked Williams defeated Fitchburg State 109-41 on Thursday night. The win makes it six straight to start the season for … more

Annie Rush delivers game winner in 3rd for Williams women's ice hockey

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams College women's ice hockey team handed Saint Anselm its first loss of the season with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night. Eph goalie Marissa Anderson saved 29 of the … more


The Plan


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The Snap

GILLIAN JONES — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
A table of easels hold wreaths as volunteers decorate them in the education room of Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge on Tuesday. The wreaths are made as sold as part of an annual fundraiser.

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