Thought of the day

“Never lose your temper with the press or the public is a major rule of political life.” — DAME CHRISTABEL PANKHURST, English suffragist (1880-1958).

The Greeting

The Division 3 State Champion Hoosac girls basketball team is honored at Adams Town Hall on Wednesday evening.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. I hear there's weather coming. Make sure to batten down the hatches.

At today, we have a story on a group of environmentalists who are asking Gov. Charlie Baker to have Massachusetts back away from the use of wood as fuel.

And leaders of emergency groups in the region will hold a gathering to support their team members, many of whom have had to deal with hard-hitting tragedies in recent days.

Friends of the family who died in a recent murder-suicide cannot reconcile the couple they thought they knew with their grisly end at a rural Sheffield home.

More marijuana news, in Lee, which is readying for its first shop and has a pending plan for a cultivation site at the former Greylock Mill, and in Great Barrington, which is offering tax incentives to small marijuana businesses.

We also have more news about Tuesday's police chase across the county. 

Please enjoy these other stories, too:

THAT SPRING FEELING: Weather maven Clarence Fanto takes a look at the record books, and it seems things are warmer than normal.

STEADY AS SHE GOES: Fixed funding for the region's transit infrastructure would suit the Berkshires best, according to one transportation official.

FIGHTING TO WIN: Cameron Forward wrapped up his leukemia treatments in January and celebrated the milestone alongside his birthday with friends and family.

LAUGH-WORTHY LADIES: On Friday, Carole Montgomery will bring to The Barn at The Egremont Village Inn the stage show that spawned Showtime's "Funny Women of a Certain Age." 

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

Correction: Wednesday's Beat erroneously named the location of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; it is  in Great Barrington.

The News

Groups ask Baker to back off wood-burning initiatives

The state's effort to jump-start a local wood-fuels industry is misguided, a coalition of environmental groups and scientists said Wednesday, and contributes to climate change despite being … more

Emergency team leaders seek support amid 'unprecedented' wave of Berkshire tragedies

PITTSFIELD — First responders handling recent structure fires won't soon forget the dead children they saw at the scene. more

Friends in disbelief over apparent murder-suicide in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD — Lindsie Kane remembers how Luke Karpinski got her 7-year-old daughter to try different foods at the dinner table.Sitting in Dunkin' this week, she explains how she trusted this man … more

Spring has sprung, and forecasts eye warmer than usual weather in Berkshires

You might not have noticed, but at 5:58 p.m. Wednesday, spring officially began with the arrival of the vernal equinox, when days and nights are nearly equal — 12 hours each — all over … more

Assault on state trooper led to manhunt, arrest of pair accused in shoplifting scheme

PITTSFIELD — A Florida man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting a state police trooper on Tuesday during a multi-town search for him and another man accused in a shoplifting scheme in … more

Adams Hometown Market featured on WGBY TV news show

ADAMS — Adams Hometown Market is expecting to open at the former Big Y supermarket on Myrtle Street on March 29. more

Lee's first pot shop readies for early April opening

LEE — The town's first retail recreational marijuana store could open in two weeks. Canna Provisions officials told The Eagle on Tuesday plans are nearing completion to covert a former used car … more

Steady funding key to future of Berkshire transit, official says

PITTSFIELD — A call to lock in adequate funding for public transit could benefit Berkshires riders, the region's top transit official says. On Friday, the state Department of Transportation … more

The Weather


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The Business

Tax rate cut for 'micro' weed manufacturers in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — With marijuana businesses beginning to sprout across the Berkshires, the town has taken steps to ensure there is a level playing field for smaller manufacturing startups.The … more

Will developer grow pot at Greylock Mill? Lee officials reviewing plans

LEE — Town officials are on the clock as they have until early May to decide if a California firm can grow marijuana in a vacant paper mill.The Select Board on Tuesday night agreed to review … more

The Learning

'Leukemia Warrior' an inspiration to others

HINSDALE — It's not unusual to have a big party for your 16th birthday. more

The Poll

The Landscape

Humor and tenacity pay off for 'woman-of-a-certain-age' standup comic Carole Montgomery

SOUTH EGREMONT — On Tuesday, Netflix released Amy Schumer's latest standup special, "Amy Schumer Growing." The 37-year-old actress, author and comedian has undoubtedly influenced many … more

Five things to do if you're on a budget this week, March 21-27

No cover!Don't miss Mary Ann Palermo and First Take at Number 10, 7 p.m. Friday, 10 Castle St., Great Barrington. NUMBERTENGB.COM

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