The Greeting

Ice fishermen on the Cheshire Reservoir cast long winter shadows on the ice on Thursday.

Friday, Dec. 27, 2018

Hey, Berkshire readers! How about that ice fishing pic by our Ben Garver? Pretty cool (no pun intended). It comes with a handy story on ice fishing do's and don'ts.

Everyone's favorite performer (to love or hate) was in the area on Thursday. That's right, Kanye West visited the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to see a show by installation artist James Turrell. No Kim Kardashian sightings were reported.

Meanwhile, here's hoping that your night was uneventful, and that you didn't need to dial 9-1-1. Why? Because it might not have worked. Read here to find out what happened with the region's emergency phone system.

We also revisit our 4th biggest story of the year: This time, it's the Housatonic River and its meandering clean-up effort.

There's also another one from the Berkshire crime files. This time, a woman asked to use a man's phone during an apparent emergency; shortly thereafter, he caught her trying to lift his tablet. When I was growing up, if I had a tablet, it was probably made of slate.

Please enjoy these other fine writings and reports ...

MAKING THE GRADE: Despite some rough moments, Beth Regulbuto earns high marks from her school board. 

DEEPENING THE POOL: North Adams explores a higher pay rate for its next police chief, in an effort to draw in a better qualified pool of applicants.

MEAT, COOKED NICE AND SLOW: There's a new barbecue place up in North County; if the pictures are any indication, you're going to need extra napkins. Can you say "juicy"?

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Officials say 911 outage issue resolved, but glitches still possible

PITTSFIELD — State officials say national issues that prevented 911 callers from reaching dispatchers on Friday have been fixed, but there could be continued glitches.The national CenturyLink … more

Woman asked to use man's phone but wanted his tablet, police say

NORTH ADAMS — A city woman allegedly asked to use a Walker Street man's phone but, once inside, tried to steal his tablet computer.A Walker Street resident told police that about 7 p.m. Dec. … more

Top Stories of 2018: No. 4: New player in hunt for elusive Housatonic River cleanup accord

Like the Housatonic River itself, efforts to clean it up — sluggish as geologic time — take twists and turns. This year brought a surprise meander: a kind of Hail Mary attempt by an … more

Higher pay seen as key tool in drawing candidates for North Adams police chief

NORTH ADAMS — The city's next police chief is likely to make more money than his or her predecessor.But just how much more remains in question.The City Council turned down a proposal by Mayor … more

Kanye, Tyler the Creator get personal tour at Mass MoCA

Kanye West received a personal tour of James Turrell's artwork from the artist himself on Thursday morning. It was the famous rapper's first visit to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, … more

New Southern Berkshire Regional superintendent scores high marks while facing district challenges

SHEFFIELD — After a difficult start to the school year, Superintendent Beth Regulbuto received a positive first-year evaluation by members of the School Committee.The board's subcommittee … more

The Weather

The View


Our Opinion: Threat to communities posed by e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes, billed as a way to help adults quit traditional cigarettes, have become hugely popular with teenagers. This may have been an unanticipated consequence of an effort to help adults get … more

Our Opinion: George 'Gige' Darey

Long-time educator, witty storyteller and dedicated conservationist, George "Gige" Darey, who died Friday in Lenox at the age of 90, leaves an indelible mark on his beloved Berkshires (Eagle, Dec. … more

Letter: Proud to be associated with generous Civitan

To the editor:As a board member of the Civitan of the Berkshires organization I want to express how proud I am to be associated with a group that really cares about people. On Christmas Eve, I along … more

Letter: Plastic bag bans work: Pittsfield should enact one

To the editor:On Jan. 7, the city of Pittsfield will consider a ban on all single use plastic bags. We are writing to endorse the ban, with the hope that Pittsfield will move forward with this … more

The Landscape

Couple's mission: Plug BBQ gap in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — Every Friday, Aaron Oster gets cooking at 2 a.m. He has a lot of hungry mouths to feed.In September, with his wife, Alex, he opened A-OK Berkshire Barbeque in what once served as … more

Robin Anish | The Table is Set: Special dishes help welcome the new year

The grand finale of the holiday season is soon upon us, New Year's Eve, and if you resolve to eat healthier in the new year, it's the last chance to indulge and this recipe for a most decadent … more

The Score

Dominant first half leads Monument Mountain boys to win over MAU

BENNINGTON — If a spectator stopped in for just the third quarter of Thursday night's game between the Mount Anthony boys basketball team and Monument Mountain, they would have expected that … more

The Plan

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The Snap

Chef Mike Anthony instructs kids how to handle dough to make scones in a cooking class at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown on Thursday.

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