The Greeting

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

Good morning, Berkshirites. Today, while the weather brings a light dusting to the area, TheBeat brings you a weighty pallet of news.

There's two stories on utilities seeking ratepayer increases, one requested by National Grid and the other by Berkshire Gas.

A New York man was arraigned on murder charges for the slaying of a Pittsfield man who was shot while in his truck.

Berkshire politicians share their remembrances of President George H.W. Bush, who died this week at age 94.

More donations of coats are needed for a county benefit effort that will help 2,000 children to stay warm and dry.

And former Gov. Deval Patrick has ruled out a presidential bid in 2020.

Read these stories and more .... 

DOWNTOWN DRAW: An event called the Festive Frolic is designed to amp up shopper visits to the center of Pittsfield. There will be specials, free salsa lessons and more.

COUNTY CONSERVATION: Land preservation efforts in Alford and West Stockbridge protect a key swath of Berkshire County land to keep it wild in perpetuity. 

GOOD NEWS BEARS: The Berkshire School Bears come out roaring against Salisbury.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
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The News

In Berkshires, even Democrats laud George H.W. Bush; 'He was a profile in courage'

Democrat Eugene Dellea's first of two encounters with Republican George H.W. Bush came when he was vice president more than three decades ago. They were both playing the same golf course in … more

Sources: Ex-Mass. Gov. Patrick to skip 2020 White House race

The Associated PressBOSTON — Former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts will soon announce he won't launch a 2020 presidential campaign, according to three sources familiar with his … more

New York man charged with murder in Pittsfield shooting

PITTSFIELD — A New York man has been arrested and charged with murder in last month's slaying of David Green Jr.Lance Burke, 40, of the Bronx, was picked up on a warrant Nov. 20 in New York and … more

Deal preserves scenic swath of land in Alford, West Stockbridge

ALFORD — John Springstube is looking out at Tom Ball Mountain, around which six generations of his family have lived and farmed. Now 116 acres of that West Stockbridge land, too steep for … more


The Weather


The Business

Downtown business owners aim to draw feet to North Street for Festive Frolic

PITTSFIELD — The city will light its holiday tree on Friday, and also a pilot light for a new annual tradition. A coalition of downtown business owners are working with Downtown Pittsfield Inc. … more

In deal with AG's office, Berkshire Gas trims rate-hike request

PITTSFIELD — The proposed rate hike facing Berkshire Gas Co. customers will be considerably smaller than the company was seeking.Under an agreement reached with the state Attorney General's … more

National Grid request would hike average electric bill by 2.6 percent

The English company that supplies electricity to 17 Berkshire County communities will spend the next year explaining why it needs to raise its rates. National Grid has filed a request with the state … more

The View

OUR OPINION

Our Opinion: Affordable housing problem in Berkshires must be addressed

Berkshire County's shortage of a decent, affordable rental housing poses a hardship for residents. Beyond that, it threatens to stall the county's economic growth.The front page story in the Sunday, … more
COLUMNISTS

Baby Boomer Memories: Sam's Soldiers' and Sailors' store always had your size

Baby boomers may remember Army and Navy stores that sold government surplus, clothing and other items, including work clothes.In the 1950s and 1960s in the Berkshires, there were several of these … more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: Trump does not compare well with Bush and McCain

To the editor:The recent deaths of long-serving statesmen John McCain and George H.W. Bush are notable because of the stark contrast between those men and the pathetic loser who currently occupies … more


The Landscape

James and Jerome's "Piano Tales" span time and cultures

NORTH ADAMS — James Harrison Monaco describes his "Piano Tales" performances with Jerome Ellis as "hyper-literary, live-music story spectacles for the theater." They are also experiences in time travel.
more

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Red-winged blackbirds not uncommon

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
Q: The last three days, I have seen a pair of red-winged blackbirds at my feeder and eating off the ground. How strange is this?— Judy
A: It isn't odd at all. The … more


The Score

Herrick, Helmke shine for Berkshire School in win over Roughley-less Salisbury School

SHEFFIELD — Graham Herrick and Noah Helmke teaming up to lead their basketball team to a win is not something new.The team, though, has changed.A year after leading the Monument Mountain boys … more

UMass football officially introduces Walt Bell as 30th coach in program history

AMHERST — Walt Bell has not quite moved into his office at the Jacobson Performance Center. The new University of Massachusetts football coach, though, said he's more than ready to get … more

Holy Cross comes back to beat UMass men's basketball at Mullins Center

AMHERST — It doesn't get any easier from here for the University of Massachusetts basketball team. Maybe that was why head coach Matt McCall seemed so disappointed after Wednesday's loss to … more


The Plan


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A skier heads into the winter wilderness surrounding Notchview ski area in Windsor on Friday.

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