The Greeting

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

Hello, people of the 413. I must report that I saw myself on a giant billboard off Merrill Road on Thursday. There's a whole bunch of us Eaglets up there. We're urging you to subscribe to The Eagle, to help us cover the stories of your lives in Berkshire County.  We also keep elected and appointed officials in check; that, in turn, keeps your taxes down. Help us to help you.

People up in Adams are upset at the loss of jobs and transition of the sole supermarket in town into something new. Big Y officials haven't said what comes next for the key downtown site.

One of the suspects in the Ashley Reservoir shooting has a new charge added to the list: witness tampering. Our own Bob Dunn takes you inside the case.

And speaking of Dunn, he's also got a new "Game On" column ready for you gamers out there. This time, he's talking "clans," which in the online gaming world means "teams." Read on.

The leader of a Western Massachusetts aid group spoke before a packed house in Shushan, N.Y. Where's Shushan? Cross over into New York, jump on Route 22 north and wait until you see nothing but trees and fields and hills. That's Shushan.  In the Bible, it's a site of one of Daniel's visions. And that, friends, is about all the religion you're going to get out of me.

Our Fraud Watch guru Elliott Greenblott brings us the winners of his very dubious awards: The Scammies. These are awarded to the most popular scams of 2018, as determined by the Vermont Attorney General's Office. 

Our illustrious state senator, Adam Hinds, has filed legislation to push for increased aid to rural schools.  If it makes it to the governor's desk, The Eagle will report back.

Oh, in case you missed it, check out this column by Dalton Delan, a Valentine for his late father. 

Please enjoy these other true life stories from Berkshire County:

THE DA VINCI LODE: The Berkshire Museum is showing models of Leonardo's many designs and inventions. 

LOVE IN THE AIR: Berkshire Theatre Group rolls out its 2019 lineup, and there's all manner of things lovey-dovey. 

SPECIAL REPORT: The Eagle highlights the struggle of incarcerated women of Berkshire County.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Change at only supermarket rattles nerves in Adams

ADAMS — Four big red cursive letters spell out a kind of welcome to travelers rolling north into Adams center. "When we come down the hill and see the sign for Big Y, we're home," said Erica … more

Big Y in Adams to lay off workers, 'transition ownership'

ADAMS — The Big Y supermarket will close in March as it attempts to sell the store to a new operator, the company has confirmed.The store's roughly 90 employees were informed early Thursday … more

Suspect in Ashley Reservoir shooting charged with witness intimidation

PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of participating in last summer's assault and shooting of a Cheshire man is facing a new charge of witness intimidation.Luis Delvalle-Rodriguez, 23, already is … more

Wahconah project a step closer to crucial April vote

DALTON — Plans to build a new Wahconah Regional High School won final approvals from two committees Thursday, moving a $71.8 million project closer to the true decision day.That comes April 6, … more

Confidential settlement reached in BSO flutist's gender pay-discrimination suit

BOSTON — A landmark pay-discrimination lawsuit filed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra's star flutist, Elizabeth Rowe, has been settled out of court after successful mediation between the two … more

Classroom of the Week: Monument Valley sixth-graders use their minds to solve local matters

GREAT BARRINGTON — What difference can 87 sixth-graders make? If you ask their teachers at Monument Valley Regional Middle School, the answer is "a lot." On Friday, they will present a check to … more

Hinds files bill targeting 'inequity' in rural school district funding

BOSTON — Recently-filed legislation could prompt a boost in annual funding for rural schools in Berkshire County and across the state.State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, this week filed "An … more

Leader of Western Mass. refugee aid agency speaks in Shushan, N.Y.

SHUSHAN, N.Y. — The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society "was founded in 1881 to welcome refugees because they were Jewish. Today HIAS welcomes refugees because we are Jewish," said Maxine Stein.Stein … more

Elliott Greenblott's Fraud Watch: The 'Scammies' - top scams of 2018

In the United States it's Award Season - OBIE, Screen Actors Guild, OSCAR, Grammy, Emmy. Not to be outdone, I present the SCAMMIES; the top frauds reported to the Vermont Attorney General's Office in … more

The Weather


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The Landscape

Da Vinci is on the move at the Berkshire Museum

PITTSFIELD — To say that Leonardo da Vinci was a visionary is an understatement that nevertheless helps explain why, hundreds of years after his death, the world continues to discuss his … more

Bob Dunn | Game on: Don't fret, you'll find your clan

We talk a lot here about gaming being a community activity, and, for me, that's never more true then when I consider the role of clans.In this context, a clan, simply put, is like a team; people who … more

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The Snap

Crews work on making jumps and rail features for opening day of the terrain park at Bousquet Mountain in Pittsfield on Thursday.

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