The Greeting

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Good day, sunshines! March is marching onward,  and we should be warming more and more every day.  The leafing, flowering and greening should be happening by June, once the ice melts.

Speaking of green, this edition of TheBeat includes a column by Thomas Christopher, who helps clue us in as to when the earth has dried enough for plantings.

A Lanesborough man who had been arrested on his fifth operating while under the influence charge has been sentenced to jail and rehab.

A strike is on the table, and Stop & Shop and its employees union will continue with talks this week. 

And in case you hadn't noticed, there are potholes everywhere. In Pittsfield, the mayor issues a call for patience as the city road crew gets to work on repairs.

And please don't forget to read these other fine stories:

ASSAULT ON A PREGNANT WOMAN: A North Adams man will spend a year behind bars after assaulting a woman who was fourth months with child.

MORE DETAILS IN WEEKEND SHOOTING: Court documents reveal some of the scenario behind the gunfire that erupted on two Pittsfield streets on Saturday.

FAN OF GLAMPING?: It's like camping, but with all the amenities and comforts of home. Neighbors of a new proposal for Greylock Glen want to know more before the are gets filled with glampsites.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

In Pittsfield's growing pothole problem, mayor asks for patience

PITTSFIELD — Forget spring. Hot asphalt season is around the corner. That means pothole patching begins in earnest and crews start repaving streets on this year's must-do list. Meantime, Mayor … more

Lanesborough man charged with fifth OUI gets jail, treatment

NORTH ADAMS — A Lanesborough man who was hit with his fifth drunken driving charge last year has been sentenced to six months in a jail and treatment facility.David Schilling, 55, was arrested … more

District attorneys bring new muscle to clergy abuse investigations

District attorneys say they will probe complaints of clergy sexual abuse in Western Massachusetts, even if the passage of time leaves them unable to bring charges. "We want to honor and respect what … more

Details emerge in Pittsfield shooting incidents as 1 suspect arraigned

PITTSFIELD — The first shooting took place about 12:20 p.m. Saturday.Witnesses told police they saw a black male wearing dark clothing get out of the passenger seat of a red Honda Pilot and … more

One year in jail for North Adams man who admitted assaulting pregnant woman, selling heroin

PITTSFIELD — A North Adams man has admitted to assaulting a pregnant woman during a robbery attempt and selling heroin.Kurt Vosburgh, 54, appeared in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday and … more

After facelift, Lenox property heads to auction; another could soon follow

LENOX —Two houses — one dilapidated but now restored, the other abandoned and awaiting rescue — have been targeted for legal action to put the properties under temporary state … more

The Weather


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The Business

With strike on the table, Stop & Shop contract talks to resume this week

A strike threat by 31,000 Stop & Shop union workers in New England — including Berkshire County — looms over contentious contract negotiations expected to resume this week.All five … more

After 'glamping' resort pitch, North Adams planners, neighbors seek details

NORTH ADAMS — A Williamstown native has a vision for a recreational resort unlike any other in the Northern Berkshires. more

The Landscape

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Snowy owl spotted in Dalton

Reports of snowy owls across the northern United States has been exciting this past winter — with some reports from across the U.S. rather than across the northern U.S., making this winter one … more

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The Snap

A worker trimming the apple trees at Jaeschke's Orchard in Adams is seen through the maze of branches as he climbs up a ladder on Monday afternoon.

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