The Greeting

Eagle File Photo
On Main Street in Becket in 1947 , from the left: J. Clinton Ballou's storehouse, Miss Fannie Prentice's house, the former location of Ballou's basket factory, and the former location of the grist mill. Ballou's house was located across the river from the grist mill, next to the state highway.

Thursday, 2-28-2019

Good day to you, Berkshire County! You tell me: Was that congressional hearing the most exciting government conclave since Iran-Contra or what? Next question: Can America trust the words of a convicted liar? It is America, so it's anyone's guess.

The Berkshirites who did tune into the House hearing, featuring former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, found themselves wary of the spectacle and the accusations leveled within it.

In local news, the Great Barrington Police Department is the focus of a lawsuit in which a drug-addled combatant had his leg broken by a police baton. Officials discussed the matter behind closed doors recently.

Officials in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District will wait until the weather warms before resuming lead remediation at the South Egremont School.

Please, read these other articles, and be informed about what's happening in your town:

THINGS ARE LOOKING UP: The Berkshire Hills Regional School District board will hold a public hearing Thursday on its budget, which is $26.2 million, a 4.2 percent increase over last year.

TO RESTRICT OR NOT TO RESTRICT: The North Adams City Council is trying to figure out what restrictions, if any, should be placed on the eventual redevelopment of the Mohawk Theater.

BAG PLAN SACKED, FOR THE MOMENT: The Pittsfield City Council tabled its plastic bag ban discussion when members found little common ground Tuesday.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The Snap

Photo originally provided by GE News
A strand of copper wire disappears in a streak of flame forming the sign of Zeus as 5 million volts of electric power surge along it in this file photo from June 23, 1949. The wire was completely vaporized by the sudden discharge of electricity.
Photo originally provided by GE News
GE's two lightning scientists, Julius Hagenguth, chief engineer of the High Voltage Engineering Lab, and Karl B. McEachron, noted lightning expert and assistant manager of engineering for the GE transformer and allied product divisions, pose with equipment from the lab on its opening day, June 23, 1949.
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Beginning in the summer of 1936, GE launched a New York research branch of its Pittsfield lab to study lightning bolts that struck the Empire State Building in lower Manhattan.

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