A drone’s eye view of snow over Notchview in Windsor after a night of light powder. The skiing conditions today are the best of the season so far with a six-inch base and light powder for speed.

The Greeting

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

Berkshire County, I almost can hear the chants now: Bernie! Bernie! Bernie! That's right. The elder statesman of the left is giving presidential candidacy another try.  

In local weather, it's cold! Next news bit, please!

In the news, another regional institution of higher learning is under scrutiny, now that Southern Vermont College's accreditation is in jeopardy for its lack of financial stability.

In the far-flung town of Chester, there's an abuse victim who's undertaking a hunger strike until the Vatican acknowledges the abuse he and others suffered in nearby parishes.

A developer in North Adams has abandoned plans to buy and renovate the Windsor Mill.

And Richmond and West Stockbridge are looking at whether to share a town administrator, a tactic that has worked for other small communities.

Please dive into these other finely wrought stories:

PEAK OWNERSHIP: The managers of Jiminy Peak have bought some land they previously owned.

TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN: How do these two Lenox restaurants survive the cutthroat world of modern food service and dining? 

FEED YOUR CHILDREN WELL: It's school vacation time. Check out these snack ideas.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Kilbon Memorial Fountain in Lee should be back in action for Memorial Day

LEE — Despite rising repair costs, the historic marble fountain featuring the face of Stockbridge Indian Chief Konkapot should be unveiled Memorial Day weekend.The Fountain Restoration … more

Southern Vermont College faces hearing over accreditation renewal

BENNINGTON — Financial issues posing a threat to accreditation renewal for Southern Vermont College are being blamed in large part on a sharp enrollment decline several years ago from which the college has yet to recover. more

Chester activist plans hunger strike to compel abuse report response from Vatican

A Western Massachusetts man says he will stop eating until the Vatican acknowledges it received pleas for help from local families riven by clergy sexual abuse. Olan Horne of Chester, one of the … more

Cost of new Wahconah would vary sharply across district

DALTON — For some, the tax bite to build a new Wahconah Regional High School would be a small daily stack of pennies — 17 of them. But in another town, break out the greenbacks. In … more

Richmond, West Stockbridge weigh possibility of shared administrator

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — With the upcoming retirement of West Stockbridge Town Administrator Mark Webber, leaders in that community and neighboring Richmond are exploring a potential agreement to … more

Bruner scraps plan to buy Windsor Mill

NORTH ADAMS — A deal to sell the city-owned Windsor Mill to architect Simeon Bruner's Cambridge Development Corp. has been scrapped.More than a year after being chosen to redevelop the historic … more

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020

WASHINGTON — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020."Our campaign is … more

The Weather


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The Business

Jiminy Peak land assets back in operators' hands

HANCOCK — The operators of Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort have purchased the assets of the business after selling them nine years ago. Brian Fairbank and Joseph O'Donnell, who have run Jiminy Peak … more

Bruner scraps plan to buy Windsor Mill

NORTH ADAMS — A deal to sell the city-owned Windsor Mill to architect Simeon Bruner's Cambridge Development Corp. has been scrapped.More than a year after being chosen to redevelop the historic … more

Surviving the restaurant gauntlet: How 2 Lenox eateries serve up success in a tough business

LENOX — Opening a new restaurant is a nail-biting undertaking. Several ventures in town have failed within the first several weeks or months in recent years, reflecting national studies showing … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Kids in the kitchen: School vacation snacking

"I'm hungry!" "There's nothing to eat!" After school, weekends, school vacations, snow days, if the kids are home, they're looking for something to eat. What seem to be insatiable appetites are not … more

Molten chocolate cake is intense and buttery

Fallen chocolate cake, or molten chocolate cake, is an under-cooked-in-the-center mound of intense, buttery chocolate cake. We wanted to turn this restaurant-menu standard into a practical recipe for … more

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