The Greeting

Stephanie Zollshan — The Berkshire Eagle
Ice drips from the branches of trees on the shore of Cheshire Lake in this Eagle file photo.

Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

It's about 50 degrees right now. A big shift from last night, when I got stuck on the side of the road about 400 feet from my house. At the higher elevations, 32-degree temps and a steady rain left everything coated with ice, and all the dirt roads turned to skating rinks. Might be time to get rid of the two-wheeled drive; do you shop for cars in the county or go elsewhere?

Farther south, there's a meltdown inside the Egremont Police Department, as it's in the throes of a mass exodus.  Over the past two years, eight officers here have resigned — and soon, newly hired Police Chief Erik Josephson will follow them.

The state Department of Transportation is on the cusp of closing the intersection of Hubbard Street and Route 7/20; this comes the week after the site claimed another life, a member of the greater Eagle family.

A 51-year-old Pittsfield woman got into a wrestling match with the victim of her attempted car theft. Oh, by the by, she was high on crack, so say documents in Central Berkshire District Court

In other North Adams news, the city's gun range will stay open as officials explore insurance options.

On the young love front, Sen. Adam Hinds is marrying the brilliant and beautiful Alicia Mireles Christoff, an assistant professor of English at Amherst College.  She's got a Ph.D from Princeton and specializes in Victorian literature. 

But, wait, there's also these news stories and features, hand-picked to keep you in the know ... 

A FRIEND FOR OUR FRIENDS IN FUR COATS: Berkshire Barks and Purrs is bringing veterinary medicine to you.

HAZZARD STEPPING DOWN: After a decade as president and CEO of Berkshire United Way, Kristine Hazzard is passing the nonprofit baton, resigning from her post in June.

START YOUR GROUSING: Otis Ridge Ski Area's Grouse House restaurant is providing an apres fix, whether you're coming off the slopes, passing through on vacation or driving in from the next town over. 

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Best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com



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Coordinators of a new tree-planting initiative in North Adams say they will focus on the city's densest urban areas, where new trees will have the highest environmental impact. These existing trees are planted in downtown, as photographed Thursday.

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