The Greeting

Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

Good morning, Berkshirites. The week begins anew! Which, of course, means more snow. There's a little bit of it coming down right now in the county, depending on your elevation. 

We've got the mother lode of Monday news for you, starting off with state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, taking General Electric to task for not owning up to its toxic waste cleanup commitments.

In Great Barrington,  BookLoft owner Pamela Pescosolido has an international following of more than 8,000 Facebook users — a stat that caught the eye of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and snagged the BookLoft an invitation to Facebook's third annual Communities Summit in California earlier this month.

And a North County woman is changing careers, from vegan cafe owner to offering self-proclaimed psychic services.

There's been another allegation of witness tampering in the Ashley Reservoir shooting case.

And in North Adams, the City Council will decide Tuesday if the Mohawk Theater building should be put out to bid for future uses, with the mayor in charge of the search.

The Savoy man who shot himself in the foot and was then caught by police with marijuana plants and a firearm silencer will get a year of probation

And please dig into these other fine stories of the day:

THE LANTERN IS LIT AGAIN: After a spell of closure, the iconic Lantern Bar & Grill on North Street in Pittsfield is back open with a new owner

CUSTOM LOOK: A downtown clothier is starting to offer custom-made dress shirts

WINTERFEST CAME, AND IT WAS AWESOME: Hundreds of people came out to take part in this annual winter event, replete with ice sculptures, a homebrew contest and chowder cook-off.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com



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State Rep. John Barrett III, D-1st Berkshire District, speaks at the release of “Berkshire Blueprint 2.0” at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Friday.

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