The Greeting

Chase Candee and Hannah Manzolini race in an ice cycle crit, a looped course made on the ice at Card Pont in West Stockbridge on Saturday.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. Pay no attention to the flurries falling outside your window. This is nothing. The real snow begins tomorrow.

Today, why not warm up with the news? We have a fresh story out of North Adams, where the mayor is seeking new proposals for the next life of the Mohawk Theater.

In Savoy and Florida, a recent deal should have broadband internet service delivered to this rural region in the immediate future.

A survivor of a sex assault by a clergy member is girding himself for a meeting with a review board from the Springfield Diocese.

A judge has ruled that some comments made by a woman immediately after a double-fatal car crash are admissible; she stands accused of vehicular homicide.

The Tri-Town Board of Health is seeking to ask all trash haulers to provide recycling services in its coverage area of Lenox, Lee and Stockbridge. 

And please enjoy these other top headlines:

SPECIAL REPORTS: The Eagle has two recent special reports, one on how Berkshire women in jail are housed outside the county, and the other on the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow's making of an album.

FATAL CRASH: An Adams man died after crashing his vehicle Sunday in Cheshire.

INTO THE LIGHT: A group focused on reducing suicide holds a performance and art-driven event at the Colonial Theater.

CAR SEAT HEADREST: It's not what you think.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Next act for Mohawk Theater? Request for proposals could be coming soon

NORTH ADAMS — Could this be the right time? More than 25 years after it closed, and countless hours spent by city officials, mayors and volunteers working to find a new life for the vacant … more

Adams man killed in Cheshire single-car crash

CHESHIRE — An Adams man was killed Sunday morning in a one-vehicle wreck on Lanesboro Road. William M. Morrissette, 26, died of injuries suffered in the crash. According to State Police, … more

'I used to hide': When art lights the way for youth to reach out of the dark

PITTSFIELD — Sky Durand and Shirley Gazaille teamed up toward overcoming their suicidal tendencies through art. more

Case of woman charged in fatal Lenox crash goes to trial in April

GREAT BARRINGTON — The trial for a woman charged in a fatal 2017 car crash that killed a Stockbridge couple is set in Berkshire Superior Court for April 29, and prosecutors will be able to use … more

Savoy, Florida in countdown to debut of wireless internet

SAVOY — Two of the last Berkshire County towns creeping toward the digital age can almost see the finish line. It's up there, high, atop a pole.Savoy and Florida, in the county's northeast … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Love, ice and the Upstreet Arts Festival

Cultural Pittsfield's 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival sweeps the city this week, bringing with it an influx of Valentine's Day date night opportunities. The eighth annual event features art and … more

Scholar and activist Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor to deliver W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Lecture

GREAT BARRINGTON — The invitation to bear the torch of the wisdom and words of W.E.B. Du Bois is neither for the thin-skinned, the meek nor the passive. Which is why Sara Mugridge is confident … more

Tri-Town board to debate plan to have trash haulers provide recycling services

LEE — A proposal that would require trash haulers to provide recycling services to all of their customers in Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge will be debated Monday at a public hearing. The Tri-Town … more

Clergy sex assault survivor readies for meeting with Diocesan Review Board

Richard Koske knows he won't get one of the things he wants most, when he meets Wednesday with the Diocesan Review Board:Words from the priest he says drugged and assaulted him — an allegation … more

The Weather


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The Business

Waste treatment plant assistant honored by EPA

GREAT BARRINGTON — Paula Lynn Ely, the assistant operator and lab technician for the town of Great Barrington's wastewater treatment plant, has been named operator of the year by the New … more

Pittsfield resident appointed to board of Soldiers' Home

PITTSFIELD — Carmen M. Ostrander of Pittsfield has been appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Holyoke Soldiers' Home Board of Trustees. She took the oath of office for the … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Wearable art: Designer, owner of Smooth Stone Clothing creates 'upcycled fashion'

Clothing designer Deborah Carter isn't afraid of making garments out of unconventional materials. In fact, she loves it. The Lenox-based clothier makes colorful, sturdy tote bags from billboard vinyl … more

Indie rock fans find comfort in Car Seat Headrest

NORTH ADAMS — Even by band name standards, Car Seat Headrest is oddly specific and inanimate. The moniker isn't as tongue-in-cheek as it sounds, though; it represents an image, a point of view, … more

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Jay Elling takes a spill on the slippery ice during an ice cycle crit, a looped course made on the ice at Card Pont in West Stockbridge on Saturday.

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