The Greeting

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

Careful out there, Berkshire County: The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind warning for most of the day today. That means low visibility for some commuters, as well as possible power outages and lots of downed limbs.  

In Adams, there's no shuttle service planned as of yet to assist local shoppers in buying their groceries; earlier this month, Big Y announced the impending closure of its location in the town. Meanwhile, the state has mobilized to help the 90 people who will lose their jobs when the market closes March 7.

A 24-year-old man has died after a snowmobiling accident in Florida. Authorities say it appears he lost control of his sled and struck a tree while riding near Monroe Road on Saturday evening.

The new Berkshire district attorney, Andrea Harrington, has put an end to cash bail in county court cases; now, defendants who don't pose a flight risk will no longer have to be held in lieu of bail. Harrington says it's a movement that's taking hold across the country.

An interfaith-based group met Sunday for its annual gathering, with a focus on on three key actionable issues: transportation, racial justice and immigrant justice.

And please do enjoy these other stories from The Eagle:

HOT DOGGIN': Jack's Hot Dog Stand in North Adams has been named as one of the best spots in the Northeast for a hot dog by Yankee Magazine, which had a writer take a "hot dog safari" across the region. Our veteran reporter Tony Dobrowolski brings us a very frank story on the accolades.

FUTURE OF INTERPRINT IN FLUX: The German company that owns Interprint Inc. is looking to either sell the entire division of its business or bring in financial partners to help run it. 

MORE DOG NEWS: The Eagle's Ben Cassidy pays a visit to Marla Brodsky's  Hilltown Sleddogs, where folks can get a taste for mushing.

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Noah Hoffenberg
Eagle online editor



The News

Adams Big Y closing: No shuttle to other markets lined up yet

ADAMS — As remaining goods fly off shelves at Big Y, Adams residents without means of transportation could soon struggle to buy groceries.In announcing its impending closure of the Myrtle … more

State's Rapid Response team to host session to help Adams Big Y employees facing layoffs

ADAMS — The state's Rapid Response Team will be in Adams on Monday to help dozens of Big Y employees navigate unemployment. In an informational session, trained professionals will consult … more

Snowmobile accident in Florida kills man, 24

FLORIDA — A 24-year-old man died in a snowmobiling accident in the town of Florida on Saturday night. Camron E. Howland appears to have lost control of his sled and struck a tree while riding … more

Clergy abuse survivor continues fast to compel answer from Vatican

A clergy abuse survivor engaged in a hunger strike said Saturday that he has received no word from the Vatican, the target of his protest. Olan Horne, of Chester, stopped eating after midnight … more

Faith group talks racial justice, transportation, immigration at annual conference

PITTSFIELD —Wes Gadson remembers being called to her high school auditorium when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Gadson — now a Berkshire Interfaith Organizing leader … more

Meeting planned on creation of 'true' middle school at Mount Everett Regional

SHEFFIELD — The Southern Berkshire Regional School District has educated middle school students for a long time but lacks a "true" middle school.That's about to change.On Monday, the school … more

Adams Fire Department proposed changes up to voters

ADAMS — The Prudential Committee will finalize its budget Monday and Wednesday, but a couple of items on the financial plan will go to voters.Adams Fire Chief John Pansecchi is asking the Fire … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: The mayor's new plan, bag ban on the doorstep

PITTSFIELD — Our city in the woods could go bagless this week. City Councilors on the Ordinances and Rules Committee voted unanimously earlier this month to ax single-use plastic bags, allowing … more

Harrington implements no-cash-bail policy for most defendants in county courts

PITTSFIELD — People facing criminal charges in Berkshire County district courts no longer will be required to post bail while awaiting trial — provided that they are not deemed flight … more


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The Business

Tony Dobrowolski | Out of the Pages: The joy of hot dogs

PITTSFIELD — February is the shortest month of the year, but it often feels like the longest because this is when the cold winter weather just seems to linger and linger and linger.Thoughts … more

Interprint parent mulls business division's sale or financial partner

PITTSFIELD — The family-owned German company that owns Interprint Inc. is looking to either sell the entire division of its business or bring in financial partners to help run it, a spokesman … more

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A llama waits backstage at the Berkshire Museum for the Records and Burpee Zoo Show on Friday. Alexandra Burpee and Larry Records of Dudley make up the Records and Burpee Zoo Show, a traveling educational show featuring unusual animals.

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