The Greeting

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

Good day, Berkshires. There's a mix of snow and mud on the ground in the Hilltowns, and nary a pile of white in the valleys. Just another reason why this area is so grand.

Today, we bring you a Cheshire twofer:  On Monday, power was knocked out to the whole town; and on the same day, a Cheshire woman had the drug case against her tossed after a judge allows a defense motion that her search was unconstitutional.

And for those of you who like to eat, we present another twofer: This time, it's food news.  In Great Barrington, young cooks worked with big names to prepare a five-course meal at Crissey Farm; and in Pittsfield, a new vegan spot called Thrive is setting up across from Wahconah Park.

And, in other corners of Berkshire County ...

DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?: The hourly chimes from Trinity Episcopal Church have been silent for four years. But no longer

PUMPED-UP CRIME STATS: Officials say that high crime statistics in North Adams might have been amped up accidentally by a coding error.

WHAT DO THEY WANT?: Vocal locals tell GE to take its toxic pollutants from the county and to find a home for them anywhere but here.

MID-SEASON TRADE: Richmond Consolidated School is looking for a new leader to replace the current principal, who is leaving later this month to take the top post at Morningside Community School in Pittsfield. The superintendent envisions a strong interim principal who perhaps could take over on a permanent basis.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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The News

Culinary arts apprentices cook up feast with local mentor chefs

GREAT BARRINGTON — It was the culmination of an exciting eight weeks.Young cooks worked with big names on the local culinary scene to prepare Monday night's five-course meal at Crissey Farm, … more

Power returns to Cheshire homes after truck hit power lines

CHESHIRE — The entire town was plunged into darkness for more than two hours on Monday, thanks to a delivery truck.Around 4:15 p.m., the truck carrying road salt to the … more

Drug charges against Cheshire woman dismissed after police search deemed unconstitutional

NORTH ADAMS — Drug charges against a Cheshire woman were tossed out Monday after the roadside search that turned up heroin and prescription drugs was deemed unconstitutional.The Berkshire … more

Chimes returning just in time for holidays at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox

LENOX — For the past four years, the hourly chimes from Trinity Episcopal Church have been silent because of a repair project.Now, in time for Christmas, the bells will be reawakened at the … more

The Weather

The Business

Vegan restaurant could open soon at old Adrien's Diner

PITTSFIELD — What was a longtime greasy spoon could soon make way for an alternative fare. "The meat of the story is I am opening a vegan diner," said Shari Peltier, smiling from a booth in the … more

Food Bank receives $10k foundation grant

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in Hatfield has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Avangrid Foundation, in partnership with Berkshire Gas Co., to support its door-to-door delivery program … more

Adams, Cummington fairs honored for advertising

The Adams Agricultural Fair and the Cummington Fair each received advertising awards in the 2018 Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Media Awards competition. The awards were presented recently at the … more

Advanced manufacturing information session

PITTSFIELD — The MassHire Berkshire Career Center will hold an advanced manufacturing training information session at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the career center, 160 North St., Pittsfield. The … more

The View


Our Opinion: Stockbridge's failure to follow procedure

Whether or not the Stockbridge Fire Department was "scammed" into questionable purchases or made them with full knowledge of the cost can be debated and should be explored, but it seems more than … more

Carole Owens: Very idea of America is under assault

STOCKBRIDGE — Without guile and in no way combative, someone asked, "What is wrong with what Trump is doing?"This is an effort to answer that question equally without guile.What if America is … more

Letter: Sheffield's sad example of ugly solar installation

To the editor:Reading the article on the potential solar farm site near the Egremont County Club I was moved by the plight of the neighboring home owners who will lose their peaceful existence among … more

The Landscape

Through intricate quilts, The Muppets live on in this costume designer's closet

HILLSDALE, N.Y. — With winter arriving early this year, you may have recently found yourself digging through drawers or a closet for that much-needed extra layer of warmth — a sweater, a blanket or, perhaps, a quilt. more

5 of the coziest cafes in the Berkshires

The wind might be howling outside, but that just means it's the perfect time of year to grab a warm beverage in a cozy spot with a book or friend.

What makes a coffee spot cozy? Comfortable seating, nourishing beverages (and/or food), inviting atmosphere; a space that welcomes you to sit down, take your time with a warm mug of your favorite beverage for a couple of hours. So put on your comfy sweater, make a date with your closest friend you've been meaning to call and check out some the comfiest and coziest places to grab a coffee or tea in the Berkshires. more

The Score

UMass football tabs FSU offensive coordinator Walt Bell as new head coach

The University of Massachusetts has gone young and energetic in hiring its new football coach, hoping for good results.Walt Bell, 34, the offensive coordinator at Florida State, will replace Mark … more

The Plan

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The Snap

A small section of the holiday Christmas Village at the Adams Town Hall; the display has thousands of pieces. The village is open for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, through the beginning of January. The village was donated to the town in 2011 by Daniel Paciorek, in memory of Dana Labbee.

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