Thought of the day

“Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.” — ELLIS PETERS (EDITH PARGETER), British author (1913-1995)

The Greeting

As the waters of Cheshire Lake melt, Canada geese and mallard ducks hang out on the ice and swim in the water as the late afternoon sun shines casts its light on the late winter landscape.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Good day, people of the 413.

There was quite a ruckus in the county yesterday; it was followed by some hubbub, which dovetailed into a hullaballoo. It all revolved around an attempted fraudulent return at the Walmart in North Adams. Haven Orechhio-Egresitz takes us there.

And, our investigations editor Larry Parnass heads to the hills to dig into some serious muckraking. "Everybody knows when you add water to dirt you make mud," says Keith Bohonowicz, the assistant highway superintendent in Savoy. "We're not trying to make more."  

The Pittsfield election season is about to kick off in full; City Councilor Tony Simonelli says he won't be running again.

Also in Pittsfield, the city on Tuesday announced work will begin early next week to prepare for the demolition of the Columbus Avenue parking garage.  

Don't forget to read these other fine stories:

TRAINING THE NEXT SHEFFIELD COP: This hairy officer will sit, stay and find lost hikers faster than any other patrolman. That's right: Sheffield is getting a K-9 cop.

NO LICENSE GRANTED: Nope, says a state agency to the owners of EZ Mart on Ashland Street in North Adams.

NO BABY DRAMA HERE: These youngsters aren't babies ... they're 4- to 6-year-olds who are learning the ins and outs of theater, dance and choreography.

PIANIST COMES TO GREAT BARRINGTON: Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks will bring her piano skills to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 6 on Saturday.

And if these stories float your boat, then please help float ours by subscribing today. Ben, Haven and Larry will thank you for it.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

The News

Mud warriors make surgical strikes with crushed stone

SAVOY — The call from a household on New State Road was desperate: Could you just shut our road down?That was one resident's prescription for deepening mud. Bill Drosehn and his crew at the … more

Pittsfield election season starts to take shape as Simonelli says he won't run

PITTSFIELD — Longtime teacher and Ward 7 City Councilor Tony Simonelli is retiring. Again. After four terms on the City Council, Simonelli, 68, won't seek another this November. His wife is … more

Sheffield to add some teeth to its force with K-9 unit

SHEFFIELD — When two girls got lost in the woods outside town this winter, it took emergency responders three hours to find them.If Sheffield had a K-9 officer, Police Chief Eric Munson said, … more

Suspects arrested after dramatic state police manhunt in Pittsfield

NORTH ADAMS — Two people were arrested on Tuesday after a cross-county episode that begin in North Adams and ended with a dramatic state police manhunt in the East Street area of Pittsfield.The … more

Pittsfield garage demolition could mean parking squeeze

PITTSFIELD — Parking in the downtown is going to be a bit more challenging come next week.The city on Tuesday announced work will begin Monday to prepare the demolition of … more

No bail for Pittsfield man charged with raping, beating woman with oxygen tank

PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of beating a woman with an oxygen tank and raping her was ordered held without the right to bail Monday.Anthony D. Miller, 50, has been charged with aggravated … more

'Eulogy for my beloved home': Fire razes 200-year-old farmhouse in Southfield

NEW MARLBOROUGH — When she found the centuries-old Colonial farmhouse back in 2003, Emily Newman knew, despite its condition, that it had been a "happy home.""Poor old girl was a bit run down," … more

The Weather


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The Business

State upholds North Adams Licensing Commission's decision to deny EZ Mart beer and wine license

NORTH ADAMS — A state agency has upheld the city's decision to deny a beer and wine license to the owners of EZ Mart on Ashland Street.The convenience store and gas station had appealed the … more

The Learning

Little 'drama' queens and kings get schooled by theater pros

PITTSFIELD — If Barrington Stage Company leaders want to attract younger, more diverse audiences, then they have to meet and teach youth what theater is all about. So this winter the BSC … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Pantry Staples: What can't you live without?

There are some things chefs — home and professional — always have in their pantries. All good cooks know the power of a well-stocked pantry. Being able to adjust ingredients and improvise … more

Close Encounters With Music features Russian cello/piano sonatas Saturday

GREAT BARRINGTON— Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks will join Close Encounters With Music's founding artistic director, cellist Yehuda Hanani, in CEWM's "Troika a la Russe," a program of … more

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The Snap

Donna Chandler holds a week-old Rambouillet lamb at Brattle Farm in Pittsfield. There are 35 new lambs at the farm with more to come.

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