The Greeting

Friday, March 15, 2019

Greetings, Berkshire County. 

More dark news out of Sheffield, where authorities confirmed what we had feared: The couple and children who perished at the scene of a house fire were killed in a murder-suicide. That's where the case has led, said the Berkshire district attorney.

In reponse, a local clergyman and former firefighter has offered counsel to those who might be affected by the Sheffield tragedy; in another related article, some other Berkshire residents share their memories of the couple when they were young students at Wahconah Regional High School.

In Pittsfield, the public schools superintendent is asking for $3.5 million more than last year.

An Adams man is facing stalking charges stemming from incidents in nearby Columbia County, N.Y.

Also in Pittsfield, Berkshire Community College will pay homage to one of its former deans, who died recently; Charles Kaminski played a valuable role in the commonwealth's science, technology and math field. Beyond that, his human impacts are immeasurable, say people who knew the man. Our Amanda Drane reports.

At Mass MoCA, you now have a chance to enter the Moundverse; it's kind of like a universe, just smaller, and it stems from the mind of artist Trenton Doyle Hancock.

Please check out these other stories before you continue with your day:

WHAT DO YOU CALL A CANADIAN  ASTRONAUT?: In this case, you can call him Robert Trisk; he's a 28-year veteran of the Canadian Space Agency who is scheduled to speak Saturday at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.

FEELING PUNCHY: The Punch Brothers are bringing their avant bluegrass band to North County.

TAXING CONVERSATION: A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal tells our Larry Parnass that there's progress in preparing a case to request President Donald Trump's income tax returns.

LOW PAY, NO WAY: A women's business group tackles the lingering topic of pay inequality.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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