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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The News

Husband, wife found after Sheffield fire were 'just two outstanding student citizens'

DALTON — It has been several years since Wahconah Regional High School sweethearts Justine Wilbur and Luke Karpinski moved away from Dalton to pursue their careers in the patent industry, but … more

Sheffield fire deaths an apparent murder-suicide, DA confirms

PITTSFIELD — A Sheffield man is believed to have killed his wife and three children Wednesday before setting their house on fire … more

Ex-volunteer firefighter-turned-priest offers shoulder after Sheffield deaths

SHEFFIELD — The sad scenes that the Rev. Erik Karas saw during his time as a volunteer firefighter in Wisconsin and Colorado haunt him still. It's a part of the job they don't tell you about in … more

Pittsfield man extends prison term by spitting on Berkshire Jail officers

PITTSFIELD — A city man already serving time in state prison will have his stay extended because he spit on corrections officers at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction in 2017.Gregory A. … more

Neal spokesman: 'Strong case' taking shape to request Trump tax returns

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal cites progress in preparing a case to request President Donald Trump's income tax returns.But the pace has mobilized progressive Democrats, who question the … more

BCC to honor longtime dean Charlie Kaminski following his sudden passing

PITTSFIELD — Charlie Kaminski mentored many, and made people laugh. Those who knew him say the late Berkshire Community College dean played a valuable role in the commonwealth's science, … more

Adams man headed to NY to face stalking charges

PITTSFIELD — An Adams man waived his right to fight rendition to New York on Wednesday to face stalking and harassment charges.David F. Carmon, 58, agreed to be held locally until New York … more

Town's challenge to Wahconah vote remains under review

DALTON — Officials proposing to build a new Wahconah Regional High School are pondering a challenge to next month's up-or-down vote. Last week, the Cummington Select Board wrote to the … more

With state funding boost, Pittsfield school chief looks to make $3.5M in additions

PITTSFIELD — The state is poised to give the city more in school reimbursements than ever before, and School Superintendent Jason McCandless said there's only one place that money belongs. more

The Weather


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The Business

Women's business group to discuss equal pay issues

PITTSFIELD — Nancy Ovitsky, the former chair of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Department of Business Administration & Economics, will discuss equal pay issues when Berkshire Business and … more

The Learning

Astronaut's out-of-this-world experience to help kick off Berkshire Robotics Challenge

LENOX — A record-setting astronaut will help launch the 20th Berkshire Robotics Challenge on Saturday.Robert Trisk, a 28-year veteran of the Canadian Space Agency who retired in 2011, is … more

The Landscape

Hands say everything in Hubbard Hall's 'I Am My Own Wife'

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — It's about the hands, "... big, and thick. The hands if a woodworker. A craftsman. Definitely a man's hands"; the hands of a man with the soul of a woman.The narrator, … more

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Kids take advantage of the fresh snowfall on Sunday morning by going sledding at Forest Park Country Club in Adams.
Taconic’s Isaac Percy shoots one of his three three-pointers in a row during the second half of the Division 2 sectional semi-final game against Westborough, held at American International College in Springfield on Wednesday.

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