Thought of the day

“It’s easy to be independent when you’ve got money. But to be independent when you haven’t got a thing — that’s the Lord’s test.” — MAHALIA JACKSON, American gospel singer (1911-1972)

The Greeting

Community members gather at a memorial at the First Congregational Church in Sheffield. The memorial was held for the victims of the series of tragic events that have occurred in Sheffield and around the world in the past week.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. 

I'm not sure why our little county in the woods has been hit so hard with tragedy over the past week.

An inexplicable murder-suicide; a new jetliner goes down, taking one of our brightest stars with it; and a trailer home fire claims three lives, including two twin youngsters. That was the second set of child twins to perish here in about a week.

The calamities leave us all agape, searching for answers and reasons why. I have none. One thing I can do, however, is to appreciate what I have and treasure in my life, and I can only advise you to do the same. The things and people we have now, we might not have them forever.

In Sheffield, the community gathered to remember the many lives lost in this Berkshire hamlet.

In news that is delightfully more mundane, the city of Pittsfield will be tackling its budget this week. 

In North Adams, the city is facing the closure of two beloved businesses, an independently owned and operated pharmacy and a pet shop.

In Adams, Henry Klein brings his wild waterscapes to the Real Eyes Gallery through Sunday.  Our Jen Huberdeau reports.

In sunny Cheshire, Town Administrator Ed St. John IV finally gets to remove the word "interim" from his job title.

And please enjoy these other stories of the day:

S-L-O-W D-O-W-N!: That's the message from a group of residents to the town of Lenox  regarding its proposed Sawmill housing development off Route 7/20.

WELL, DOMO ARIGATO!: The Herberg Middle School takes the honors in a  robitics competition over the weekend.

THE 413 IN THE SXSW: Our Ben Cassidy follows a Berkshire filmmaker to the renowned alt-festival in Texas.

And, if you're not already, please subscribe today The Berkshire Eagle in print or online, or both.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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