The Greeting

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

Warning! The National Weather Service has declared a winter weather advisory from 7 p.m. tonight to 7 a.m. Thursday. What does that mean? One to three inches of snow and lousy traveling conditions during commute times. Will it stop me? Never!

In news that is closer to home (and yet somehow far, far away), The Eagle takes you back to when astronaut John Glenn orbited the Earth on Feb. 20, 1962, with the help of some Berkshire tech. 

The Pittsfield City Council is seeing fewer attendees at its meetings when PCBs are on the agenda, even though the contamination problem remains unsettled.

The North Adams City Council hasn't yet handed over control of the Mohawk Theater to the mayor, which would mark the beginning of a search for a new use and operator.

Berkshire Community College cancels its information sessions for its nursing program, the administration of which has been called into question.

Suspected arsonist Phillip Jordan, 59, will remain held without the right to bail after entering not guilty pleas Tuesday before Judge John Agostini to four counts of burning a dwelling. His attorney will be pursuing insanity as a mitigating factor in the September fires.

Please read these other fine stories:

CAREER CHANGE: In case you missed it, we've got a story about a vegan cafe owner who switched career paths, and her latest endeavor is a fairly big hop and skip away from food service.

MORE GREEN POWER: Eversource hits a solar milestone. 

BIG SHORTIES: These short plays at Barrington Stage Company pack a whallop, says our master reviewer Jeffrey Borak.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Guiding tech from Berkshires aided John Glenn's pioneering 1962 orbit

When astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on Feb. 20, 1962, he did so with the help of technology from the Berkshires. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 9:48 a.m., … more

When it comes to PCBs, Pittsfield councilors look to stay on guard

PITTSFIELD — Public concern about PCBs used to pack the room, City Council President Peter Marchetti said Tuesday, during a meeting of the Public Health and Safety Committee. But on this night, … more

Amid unanswered questions, Mohawk Theater's fate remains in limbo

NORTH ADAMS — The future of the Mohawk Theater will wait at least a week.While receptive to issuing a request for proposals for the redevelopment of the theater, several City Council members, … more

Canyon Ranch parent company denies negligence in suit linked to allergic reaction

SPRINGFIELD — The parent company of Canyon Ranch says the resort was not negligent when it served a veggie burger containing cashews to a visitor with a nut allergy.In response to a civil … more

New Marlborough residents to vote on whether to prohibit or limit types of marijuana businesses

NEW MARLBOROUGH — After fending off a large marijuana-growing operation that tried to land here last year, residents and town officials are sifting through options for regulating marijuana … more

Pittsfield arson suspect held without bail after pleading not guilty to 4 counts

PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of setting a series of house fires last September before attempting to flee to Canada made his first appearance in Superior Court on Tuesday to deny those … more

The Weather


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The Business

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

BCC cancels info sessions for nursing program while accreditation in question

PITTSFIELD — Accreditation for a nursing program at Berkshire Community College remains on hold, and so are information sessions for fall 2019 applicants.In a Tuesday email to students, college … more

Eversource's leap into solar power hits milestone; more planned

SAVOY — Fresh snow lay heavy on Savoy hillsides at daybreak Tuesday, even atop 7,000 newly installed solar panels. But slanting rays penetrated the morning blanket. As a cluster of inverters … more

The Poll

The Landscape

In Barrington Stage Company's '10X10 Plays,' good things do, indeed, come in small packages

PITTSFIELD — L.H. Grant's "Double Entendre," the first of the 10 short plays in Barrington Stage Company's richly entertaining eighth edition of "The 10X10 Plays" is set, the playwright says, … more

Akram Khan brings 'XENOS' to Williams College

WILLIAMSTOWN — Akram Khan Company is scheduled to perform "XENOS," a portrait of an Indian dancer whose skilled body becomes an instrument of war, 8 p.m. Thursday at Williams College's '62 … more

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The Snap

Kids snap some choice shots during the Nature Matters program at the Lee Library. The program provided the audience of over 120 visitors an educational look at both domesticated animals and those who have been injured and can no longer live in the wild.

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