The Greeting

Interpretive guide and naturalist Mike Whalen leads brothers Tom and Jeff Bailey on a winter solstice walk at Mount Greylock in Lanesborough.

Monday, Dec. 24, 2018

Ho, ho, hold the phone, Berkshirites! Today is Christmas Eve! Almost time for the jolly old elf to sneak into all our houses and shower us with gifts! To those who celebrate Christmas, I say peace and joy unto you; and to those who don't, peace and joy unto you, as well!

The news waits for no man, or woman, or holiday, and so Eagle reporters and editors (those who draw the short straw, anyway) are here at HQ today, making the news magic happen. 

Who else will take you to space? No one. But The Eagle will. For instance, today our own Amanda Drane writes of Pittsfield High and Berkshire Community College grad Rick Welch, who's in charge of NASA's InSight mission. P.S. He's got his own Captain Kirk chair.

Sad news for the county as one of our longest-serving and most dedicated environmental advocates has died; George Darey was 90. Read about him here.

He might be in a wheelchair, but Brian Fitzpatrick doesn't let that set limits for him. Fitzpatrick even has his own radio show.

Monterey is on the cusp of 21st century communications, as its long-awaited cell tower is expected to be functioning by summer — sans Verizon. 

And please enjoy these other fine news stories and features, while you wait patiently beneath the mistletoe ... 

WE'RE GONNA NEED AN INTERPRETER: Take a hike with the Department of Conservation on the winter solstice on Mount Greylock, and naturalist Mike Whalen will shed some light on what has trod the path before you and what lives there now.

WAYFAIR JOB FAIR?: A week ago, Wayfair posted a loud-and-clear message on its careers page: "Wayfair is Opening in Pittsfield! Apply Today for All Leadership Positions!" Meanwhile, Mayor Linda Tyer expects word soon on the company's choice for a site.

FEEDING REINDEER: What ever will you feed them? Read this story by Elodie Reed, and become learned (for instance, they have no top teeth. Ha! Bet you didn't know that).

CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY: Here's a list of what's closed for the Christmas holiday.

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Merry Christmas and to all a good night!

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

P.S.S. The Eagle will not publish a print edition on Christmas Day.

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The Snap

Pastor Dr. Jim Guenther conducts a child dedication ceremony, introducting Adleigh Schmidt, 2, to the Open Door Church congregation in Lee during the service on Sunday morning. Adleigh is pictured with her brother, Cole; mother Jackie; father, Erich; and sister, Kylie.

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