The Greeting

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. The snow never truly stopped falling at my house, and the roads were slick during my commute. As I passed through Windsor, the bare trees were shimmering, coated in ice. 

In local news, teenager Ruby Merritt has raised enough money to purchase 400 blankets for area homeless; she's a senior at the Berkshire School.

Sheffield Police are looking into another claim of sexual abuse from a student at the former Sheffield Center School.

There are also some cool ice sculptures that will be spotted in downtown Pittsfield. They're part of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival, which runs through Feb. 24.  

Remember Fanny Farmer chocolates? How about the company store that used to be downtown in the city of Pittsfield? Our own Jim Shulman takes us back.

And the state Bureau of Substance Addiction Services awarded the Brien Center $600,000 over two years to hire a nurse, program supervisor, clinician and recovery coach to serve the area's homeless populations. 

Also, please enjoy these other fine stories:

BRING THE HEAT: Habaneros add some powerful heat to this pork taco dish. 

BREAKFAST WITH THE EAGLE: We sit, eat and chat with the city of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development director, Jennifer Glockner. 

SPECIAL REPORT: The Eagle Eye Team focuses its sights on gender-based inequity in the housing of incarcerated residents of Berkshire County.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

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People watch Wednesday as Peter Vacchina creates an ice sculpture, with a Valentine’s Day theme in front of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, using a special tool fashioned by his brother. Vacchina and Robert Markey are creating a total of three ice sculptures in downtown Pittsfield as part of the 10x10 Upstreet Festival.

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