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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The News

Berkshires listeners sift for truth on Trump conduct

ADAMS — Lunch was calling at the Council on Aging meal site, so after watching the start of explosive testimony to a House committee, Ernie LeBeau, of Cheshire, fired up his digital video … more

Public hearing set for proposed Berkshire Hills school budget

GREAT BARRINGTON — The school committee of the Berkshire Hills Regional School District will hold a public hearing Thursday for its proposed 2020 operating and capital budget.The hearing will … more

Officials discuss excessive force lawsuit over 2013 arrest scuffle

GREAT BARRINGTON — Officials are in discussion about a civil lawsuit accusing a town police officer of using excessive force that resulted in a broken leg during his 2013 arrest.Select Board … more

Baby Boomer Memories: The State Theater had an interesting (checkered) history

One of my favorite downtown movie houses in the '50s was the State Theater located at 424 North St., just past St. Joseph's Church. The State was the city's newest theater, built in 1929 with 1,100 … more

South Egremont School awaiting warmer weather to finish lead remediation

EGREMONT — Wild weather has pushed back the date for when students can begin attending classes at a schoolhouse with a lead problem.Contractors need a 24-hour period of temperatures at least 45 … more

Abuse survivor ends hunger strike, citing new help from Hampden DA

A clergy abuse survivor who stopped eating to protest management of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield ended his fast Wednesday without getting the response he sought from Roman Catholic … more

DAs join to provide new resources to clergy abuse survivors

Prosecutors in Western Massachusetts are joining to help families affected by clergy sexual abuse, bringing a public sector resource to bear on a continuing global problem. more

City Council explores placing restrictions on sale of Mohawk Theater

NORTH ADAMS — What restrictions can — and should — be placed on a future sale of the Mohawk Theater?Now that the City Council has called for further review of a proposal by Mayor … more

Pittsfield council tables plastic bag ban vote, for now

PITTSFIELD — A plastic bag ban that spent nearly six years winding through city committees will have to wait a bit longer to come to a final vote. During their meeting Tuesday, councilors came … more

The Weather


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The Business

Fraud Watch: And the award for worst scam goes to ...

Just when you thought you saw the last of the annual award presentations, we've returned to finish announcing the 2018 Scammies, my name for the top 10 frauds reported to the Vermont Attorney General … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Groban, McEntire, Knight headed for Tanglewood

LENOX — Singer, songwriter, actor Josh Groban, country music superstar Reba McEntire, and seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight, often referred to as "the Empress of Soul," have been … more

The Airport Rooms offers a little bit of buzzin' in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — On a soggy Sunday night, dozens took refuge in a Michael Nau stripped-down set at Tourists' lodge, a fire crackling between chords inside the rustic resort space. Across the … more

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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.
Photo originally provided by GE News
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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