The Greeting

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Good morning, 413! Wondering: Does the seasonal clock change leave you feeling groggy? It's hard for me to say, because I never get enough sleep and can be in a state of grogginess on any given day. Stay tuned: I sense an Eagle poll on this burning question.

In higher education news, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has cut the ribbon on its satellite offices in Pittsfield. A whole bunch of dignitaries showed up, and so did The Eagle.

In news related to the Boeing crash in Ethiopia, we're all saddened to learn that a Sheffield native was among the dead. Samya Stumo, 24, was on her way to Uganda to work on her first project with a global public health organization.

In North Adams news, the plan to put the future development of the Mohawk Theater into the hands of the mayor has stalled. Our own Adam Shanks reports.

In Pittsfield news, Mayor Linda Tyer's plan to free up some city cash to help homeowners with exterior home repairs has also hit a wall of resistance and has been kicked back to her office for further work.

And, please, do take a few moments to read these hand-picked stories:

MORE ON THE BOEING 737: Berkshire pilots say they're unafraid of flying the make and model of jet that went down in two crashes within the past year.

WATER BOTS: A robotics team at Bard College at Simon's Rock will continue to practice and fine tune a diving robot before heading to Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn., for a one-day competition.

A WEE IRISH FOOD TALE: Take a trip back in time with Eagle  contributor Bob Luhmann, who visited the Emerald Isle many moons ago and kept some of the trip's flavor alive with these recipes.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

Correction: Tuesday's Beat subject line erroneously referred to Greylock Glen, regarding a proposal for a so-called glamping site. The location is at the base of Mount Greylock, a residential property at 976 Notch Road, North Adams.


The News

Sheffield native dies in Ethiopian plane crash

SHEFFIELD — A town native with a passion for travel and global public health was one of 157 passengers and crew who died in Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash. Samya Stumo, 24, was on her way to … more

Housing loan program back to drawing board

PITTSFIELD — Mayor Linda Tyer's housing loan plan is not ready for prime time, argued several City Council members. more

Deep dive for robotics at Bard College at Simon's Rock

GREAT BARRINGTON — In the shallow end of the pool, Ping Marshall set up the five-hoop underwater obstacle course in the Kilpatrick Athletic Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock. more

Council delays Mohawk Theater vote pending legal review

NORTH ADAMS — The potential redevelopment of the Mohawk Theater remains on hold. The City Council postponed action Tuesday, until it is vetted by attorneys, a plan that would allow the mayor to … more

Local pilots unconcerned by Boeing crashes

Area pilots Ken Krentsa and Bill Greenwald would absolutely fly on a Boeing 737 Max 8 today — despite the fact that the model was involved in two fatal crashes over the last five months.Krentsa … more

The Weather


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The Business

MCLA fetes new Pittsfield digs

PITTSFIELD — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts finally has a location in Pittsfield that it can officially call home.After holding classes at various Pittsfield sites for several years, the … more

The Landscape

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a very Irish meal

I have a long-standing connection to Ireland that dates to my family buying a farm in County Donegal in 1973. At age 22, I sold my motorcycle — my only possession of any real value — and … more

A commedia 'Rapunzel' heading to Barrington Stage Company

PITTSFIELD — Ragtag Theatre brings a new production of "Rapunzel" to Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage 2 p.m. Saturday. The theater is at 30 Union St. in Pittsfield's Upstreet … more

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The Snap

Eloise Jackson, 3 months, appears to be intensely focused during the Baby Mama Yoga class held at Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness on North Street in Pittsfield on Sunday afternoon, while being held by her mother, Isabel Stomberg.

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