Thought of the day

“Scratch a pessimist, and you find often a defender of privilege.”  — LORD BEVERIDGE, British economist (1879-1963)

The Greeting

Monday, March 25, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. Today, I woke up with my stomach rumbling; I was seriously hungry. My old friend Aris — an acupuncturist and physician's assistant — once told me that to wake with a hungry belly was a good and healthy thing. I'll take it and pass these words of wisdom unto you.

In far less anecdotal news at, we bring you news of a massive overhaul that's going to take place at the Berkshire YMCA.  

We also are following the compelling case of dueling fire ciders: On one side is a small but growing Pittsfield company seeking to defend a trademark that it legally protected seven years ago. On the other are three herbalists who claim the same term is generic and existed long before it was trademarked.

Looking ahead in Pittsfield, we're reporting that Mayor Linda Tyer will announce her intention to run for re-election to the city's highest office. 

We also profile Riverbrook Residence, a home that cultivates richness in the lives of adult women with disabilities.

In Lenox, town meeting will tackle marijuana sales and short-term rentals, two hot-bed issues that has kept the community buzzing for months.

Please check out these other fine stories, photographed and reported by our crack team of journalists.

TRUCKING IN SOME BEVERAGES: The Lenox Zoning Board of Appeals OKs a food truck for a site near the Pittsfield line; the truck will serve specialty teas.

SNIFF IT FIRST: A Williamstown panel wants to know what marijuana plants smell like, so members have asked for a marijuana grower to provide one for a sniff test.

NEVER FORGOTTEN: The remains of a Pittsfield sailor lost at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, have been positively identified.

REILLY DIES AT 69: Edward M. Reilly, who served three terms as Pittsfield mayor in the 1990s and was known for his love of politics and dedication to the city, has died at age 69.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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