The Greeting

Wednesday, 2-27-2019

Hello, Berkshires! 

In case you haven't flicked on your TV today, or haven't logged on to, we're doing some special coverage on the site of both the testimony of the former personal attorney of President Trump and of Trump's second historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  Stay tuned to our site for the latest updates.

In local news, Eagle reporters are following up on two fires, one in Great Barrington that destroyed a garage and another at Sweet Brook Farm in Williamstown. The former story contains video of the garage blaze.

Also, the debate about the future of the Mohawk Theater in North Adams has been put on hold, as the City Council seeks clarity  on what handing over control of the building would mean.

Please remember to check in throughout the day at, where you can find articles like these:

A MIGHTY WIND: Trees down. Roofs off. Debris everywhere. Here's what it looked like in Berkshire County after Monday's windstorm.

A REALLY RAIL FEEL: Participants in the Berkshire Flyer working group have completed their work and plan to release a 40-page draft plan during a public event Friday afternoon at the Intermodal Transportation Center in Pittsfield.

ONE RAD GRAD: This Miss Hall's School alumna just did something very special for  the school that helped make her who she is today.

ENTER THE POLL VAULT: Every day, The Eagle brings you a fun and unscientific poll. Find them on The Eagle homepage.

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Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Berkshire County cleans up in wake of high winds

A day after winds upward of 60 mph tore across the region, power had largely been restored in the Berkshires by Tuesday afternoon — but public works crews still faced a long road ahead to clean … more

Garage heavily damaged in Great Barrington fire

GREAT BARRINGTON — One person was injured Tuesday afternoon as a wind-swept fire destroyed a garage and came close to setting the family home ablaze.At 2:37 p.m, the Great Barrington Fire … more

New Richmond bylaw targets excessive noise

RICHMOND — The town known for its pastoral vistas and bucolic way of life is taking another step aimed at keeping it that way.The Select Board has approved 3-0 a general bylaw against excessive … more

With Berkshire Flyer draft report, advocates say rail project starting to feel 'real'

PITTSFIELD — The mission began with two simple questions: how to get people to Pittsfield from New York City by train, and how would they get around once they got here.The answers were not so … more

Murder charge dropped, Pittsfield man still faces cocaine possession count from arrest

PITTSFIELD — Bail was set Tuesday for a city man after a murder charge against him was dropped last week by the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.James Cromartie, 32, had been held without … more

County Fare: Hair today, wigs tomorrow

During winter 2011, the now-11-year-old started losing his hair while undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common of childhood cancers. Jacob, then 3, was conscious about … more

North Adams City Council hits pause on push to redevelop Mohawk Theater

NORTH ADAMS — For now, redevelopment of the Mohawk Theater will wait.The council again paused a proposal by Mayor Thomas Bernard that would allow him to issue a request for proposals on the … more

The Weather


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The Business

Miss Hall's alumna donates $5 million to school

PITTSFIELD — A dedicated Miss Hall's School alumna has delivered a $5 million gift to her alma mater — the single-largest gift ever received by the all-girls school from a living … more

Hope abounds after fire destroys barn, maple sugar-making site

WILLIAMSTOWN — A barn and maple sugar-production facility at Sweet Brook Farm burned to the ground Monday night in the midst of a windstorm with gusts close to 70 mph.No one was hurt, and all … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Lenten Meals 101: no fish sticks required

PITTSFIELD — The days are getting longer, the sun seems a bit warmer, spring is on its way and Easter is right around the corner.A week from today, Christians will observe Ash Wednesday, the … more

South America - the destination of Berkshire County's trendsetters

Where do you go on vacation if you already live in a bucolic haven brimming with arts and culture?
For most Berkshire County residents, the answer is Mexico. Trendsetters, however, will likely be in Colombia or Costa Rica — this year's hotspots for Berkshire County travelers. more

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The Snap

A fire investigator from Massachusetts State Police inspects a Monday evening fire that destroyed a structure at Sweet Brook Farm at 580 Oblong Road in Williamstown. The building contained maple sugaring equipment, a barn and shelter for a llama and alpacas, as well as a retail space.

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