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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The News

Hinds to GE: It's time to make good on Housatonic River

The General Electric Co. is writing a big check — $87 million big — but not to settle the company's environmental debt to Berkshire County.That brought a lament Friday from state Sen. … more

Former vegan cafe owner seeks storefront space in North Adams for psychic-based services

NORTH ADAMS — The former owner of a vegan cafe is opening a new business based on her self-described psychic abilities.Renee Tassone, who operated Eat to Total Health from 2012 to 2017, is … more

Another suspect in reservoir shooting charged with witness intimidation

PITTSFIELD — For the second time in two days, one of the four suspects in last summer's assault and shooting at the Ashley Reservoir has been charged with witness intimidation.Kevin Nieves, 19, … more

Year probation for Savoy man in pot-possession, illegal silencer case

NORTH ADAMS — A Savoy man who shot himself in the foot last summer, leading police to discover his marijuana-growing operation and illegal AR-15 silencer, has been sentenced to a year on … more

North Adams WinterFest offers chance to 'have a little fun'

NORTH ADAMS — With the temperature hovering around 30 degrees, hundreds of locals spilled out into the downtown area Saturday to shake off midwinter cabin fever and see old friends at the 22nd … more

Database will help eliminate twists, turns in trying to find plots at Williamstown cemeteries

WILLIAMSTOWN — Time was, finding the resting place of a deceased friend or family member at one of the three town cemeteries would entail some significant sleuthing.The process would begin with … more

Daniel Pearl Berkshire Scholarship doubles; scholarship to music school added

PITTSFIELD — Fifteen years after its inception, the Daniel Pearl Berkshire Scholarship, which is awarded to a Berkshire student planning to major in journalism or music, has doubled, to … more

City Council to decide on fate of Mohawk Theater

NORTH ADAMS — The City Council on Tuesday will decide if the Mohawk Theater is no longer needed for municipal use, a decision delayed by last week's snowstorm.If Mayor Thomas Bernard's measure … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: PCB contamination, parking problems and fireworks on display

This week kicks off with a Monday holiday and winds down with a bang.In other words, Presidents Day on Monday means a day off from work (for many) and also free downtown parking. And on Saturday, … more

The Weather


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The Business

Relighting The Lantern: New owner keeping old tradition alive

PITTSFIELD — The sign on the outside of the building is the same. So are the tables and seating arrangements. The bar is new, the grill is no longer in the front, and the food and beverage … more

North St. clothing store tries on a new trend: Custom-made dress shirts

PITTSFIELD — Steven Valenti has been involved in the men's clothing business for over 40 years, and during that time he's seen fashion trends come and go.His customers used to rent suits for … more

Windsor green energy startup given $1M grant

WINDSOR — An emerging green energy company has secured a $1 million state grant to generate an alternative fuel using wood chips.The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources this week … more

The Poll

The Landscape

The lure of the trail

FLORIDA — "Nick, are you going to start rounding 'em up?"Florida Mountaineers Secretary Tim Keating was hovering over a deck of cards and a slow cooker filled with pulled pork when he asked his … more

'Has the boy lost his senses?': When George Denison Morgan married the geisha Yuki Kato

LENOX —"Could anything be more unexpected?
Word of his son's marriage to the geisha Yuki Kato had just reached George Hale Morgan when a reporter had tracked down the part-time Lenox resident in New York City to get his reaction to the news. more

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The Snap

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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