The Greeting

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Hailstones, July 29, 1914, Pittsfield. Looks like it could be December.

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Good morning, Berkshires. TheBeat has gone partially black and white.

You'll see today that I've given you a little taste of Berkshire yesteryear. I plucked these snowy scenes from The Eagle photo archives, which you can peruse anytime by visiting and clicking on "View All Galleries." 

In more modern news, holiday programming at the Berkshire County House of Correction is helping to keep inmates and their loved ones connected.

A Berkshire grand jury has indicted a former Pittsfield police officer after he allegedly left his service weapon unsecured, which his daughter later used to hurt herself. 

In Williamstown, the Fire Department is stumping for its new station, which is planned for Main Street. But there's still a matter of the stumps.

Last week, The Eagle published a news story on hate crimes in Massachusetts, noting how we were trending down for this brand of criminal activity. Mere days later, we ran a story about a Pittsfield woman who had a swastika painted on her car. 

The deadly intersection in Lenox — where Hubbard Avenue meets Route 7 — faces imminent closure, after claiming another life last week.

Dig into these other news and feature stories ... 

THE INCENTIVES THEY GAVE: What did it cost the area to bring in Wayfair, the online retailer, to Pittsfield? Eagle investigations editor Larry Parnass gives us the basic math.

WATCHING THE DETECTIVES: In Pittsfield, a city committee has recommended that there be a citizens police advisory board to make the department more transparent.

SWEETEST TREATS: It's no secret that Eaglers love food, especially sweets. So, you can rely on us to find out where lies the best of the best.

DO YOU LIKE WHISKEY? OR TREATIES? OR ROADSHOWS?: If so, check out the latest installment of the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow as the band lays down some fresh tracks.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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