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

The News

Officials identify two boys, man who died in Lake Onota Village fire

PITTSFIELD — An adult male and twin brothers were identified Sunday as the victims of a mobile home fire in Lake Onota Village.Kasper and Sylas Stone, both 6, died in the fire on Saturday at 11 … more

Memorial service in Sheffield honors six from town who died in past week

SHEFFIELD — After a week of immeasurable loss, more than 75 people filled the pews at First Congregational Church of Sheffield on Saturday to honor six people from the town who have died in the … more

Pittsfield man charged with beating, raping woman

PITTSFIELD — A city man was arrested Saturday night after police say he beat and sexually assaulted a woman. Anthony D. Miller, 50, is facing charges of aggravated rape, kidnapping, aggravated … more

Interim Cheshire town administrator has label removed - and a 3-year contract

CHESHIRE — Less than two months into the job, Ed St. John IV finally felt comfortable as Cheshire's interim part-time town administrator.The Select Board had hired the Cheshire native in … more

Police arrest Pittsfield woman on charge of stabbing her boyfriend

PITTSFIELD — A city woman was arrested Saturday night after police say she stabbed her boyfriend in the stomach.Tina Marie Provost, 53, was arrested on one count of aggravated assault and … more

Pittsfield tightens grip on solar projects

PITTSFIELD — Commercial solar projects are no longer allowed in the city's residential neighborhoods.The City Council this week approved a more-stringent set of solar regulations that separate … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Spring, budgets and election announcements

Spring arrives this week, bringing with it budget season and a sneak peek at the city's upcoming election season. Pittsfield's departmental budget process kicked off with a bang last week when school … more

Officials say Berkshires not immune to domestic violence, domestic homicide

SHEFFIELD — The apparent murder-suicide discovered in a house fire this week, if confirmed, would be Berkshire County's sixth domestic violence homicide in the past four years.The news of such … more

Neighbors of proposed Lenox Sawmill housing plans seek slowdown of process

LENOX — A group of neighbors wants the Select Board to act immediately to slow down a potential mixed-income rental housing complex on the town-owned Sawmill parcel off Route 7/20.Addressing … more

The Weather


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The Business


North Adams pet store will close at end of month

NORTH ADAMS — A beloved pet store and mainstay of downtown retail is closing its doors.Bark N' Cat owner Christa Abel announced to customers last month that, after more than a decade of … more

Last independent pharmacy in North Adams will close Wednesday

NORTH ADAMS — The city's last independent pharmacy will close.Little's HSC Pharmacy has been sold to CVS Health Corp., owner David Woods confirmed to The Eagle on Friday.The store will continue … more

The Learning

Herberg Middle School team takes title at 20th Berkshire Robotics Challenge

LENOX — Team chemistry and confidence allowed Herberg Middle School students to hoist the championship trophy at the 20th Berkshire Robotics Challenge over the weekend.The Pittsfield team, … more

The Landscape

From North Adams to Austin, Texas ... 'Museum Town' debuts at SXSW

AUSTIN, TEXAS — "If I had to distill the essence of the film, it's really about risk."On Sunday night, Jennifer Trainer was standing on the stage of the Alamo Ritz's largest theater, answering … more

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The Snap

Brooke Hastings competes on a snowboard in the Pond Skimming Contest at Jiminy Peak on Sunday afternoon.

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