The Greeting

Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018

Good day, Berkshires! I hope you're still feeling that Christmas spirit. It's amazing what a sense of renewal this time of year can bring.

We have good news  for merchants, workers and others who rely on the Berkshire County economy, as tourism took a big leap upward spendingwise in 2017 (2018 data won't be available until next year at this time).

There's also been a delay in the case against Miles Barber, the former Pittsfield Police officer whose gun was stored improperly, leading to his daughter harming herself with his then-service weapon.

We're rolling out our top stories of the year, too. Read the first installment on the Berkshire Museum here.

And please enjoy these other newsy bits and bites ...

SANDISFIELD BROADBAND: This country town is about to be wired for high-speed internet. 

DOMESTIC TERROR: A local man is sentenced to probation and time served after inflicting a night of terror on a 43-year-old Pittsfield woman.

GOT YOUR GOAT?: If you don't have a goat but do have a Christmas tree that needs to go, get on the horn to Hokaheh Farm in Housatonic. They got this.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

On Housatonic farm, goats await Christmas tree feast

GREAT BARRINGTON — Daisy, Sweetie, Stella and Zeus are approaching with interest, clearly thinking of food.For now, there is a little bit of carrot, which they aren't supposed to have much of. … more

Region saw hefty jump in tourism spending last year

PITTSFIELD — Tourism helped drive the Berkshire economy in 2017, contributing 8 percent more to economic growth than the year before, according to figures from the Massachusetts Office of … more

Top Stories of 2018: No. 5: Berkshire Museum rewrites its financial narrative

PITTSFIELD — When the sun rose on the first day of 2018, one of Berkshire County's premier cultural organizations remained snowed under.A probe by the Attorney General's Office into Berkshire … more

Sandisfield broadband coming together as company waits on federal money

SANDISFIELD — It's been a long, bumpy ride. But Sandisfield is moving closer to sealing a deal for high-speed internet, with or without some hoped-for federal grants that would eliminate any … more

Former Pittsfield Officer Barber's arraignment delayed by legal fees issue

PITTSFIELD — A former city police officer accused of improperly storing his gun told a judge Wednesday that his attorney is refusing to continue representing him unless he pays an additional … more

Photos: Dropping in at Rockwell

Families make colorful paper lanterns as part of Norman Rockwell’s Cultural Traditions exhibit on Wednesday. The exploration continues all week as museum visitors can drop in and create art about multiple holiday traditions, like Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Hanukkah and Chinese New Year. more

Defendant pleads guilty to domestic assault, incidents at scene of 2017 police standoff

PITTSFIELD — A man arrested after a standoff with police and charged with multiple counts of domestic assault and battery was sentenced to nearly a year of time served and probation.Lionel … more

The Weather

The View


Our Opinion: Tourism pays off for Berkshire County

We won't know for another year if the increase in visitor spending in 2017 in Berkshire County continued into this year but there is good reason to believe it did. Spending has increased for eight … more

Letter: Group addressing affordable housing in Berkshires

To the editor:It was great to read Kristin Palpini's front page story about affordable housing in the Dec. 2 Eagle. Housing that is safe, decent and affordable is a basic necessity for everyone. It … more

The Landscape

Use Indian flatbread for a quick pizza at home

Naan is an Indian flatbread with a chewy texture and a puffed, slightly charred crust. Brushing the baking sheet with olive oil and then baking the naan on the lowest rack in a 400 F oven gives it a … more

Grab the kids and make some pancakes

Pancakes are a blank canvas, so bring out your inner artist. You can work your magic at the table with maple syrup, honey, confectioners' sugar, cinnamon sugar, fresh fruit and/or softened butter. Or … more

The Score

Koldys, Cogswell and Harte Jr. all making marks with their programs

At varying points, late in 2018, opportunity knocked for a trio of local, veteran basketball coaches.Randy Koldys, Brian Cogswell and Dave Harte Jr. have all answered this winter.A little over two … more

The Plan

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The Snap

A man walks his dog at the Spruces in Williamstown where many dog lovers were walking their pooches on Monday, December 24, 2018.

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