Thought of the day

“Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.” TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, American playwright (1911-1983)

The Greeting

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. Dare I say it? Yes, I will: Winter is gone

Now that I uttered those words, we'll likely have six more weeks of snow and ice.

South of The Wall (that's a "Game of Thrones" reference for you) at Berkshire Eagle HQ in Pittsfield, we bring you more on the recent closure of the Berkshire Mall. After nearly a week in the dark, the mall should reopen today; the mall closed temporarily three times last year because of unexplained power outages. Target and Regal Cinemas remain unaffected (however, an Eagle staffer did spot port-o-johns outside of the big red retailer, after water service to the site was disrupted). 

The Bay State's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program might be the victim of cuts in the fiscal 2020 budget. If that happens, there will be more than 7,000 Berkshire households that will struggle to heat their homes next winter.  

The city of Pittsfield has settled — for nearly $143,000 — a civil suit with a woman who claimed she was roughed up during a botched 2015 arrest; she was 88 at the time when police showed up at the wrong address. "Roughly thirty-five minutes after these officers arrived ... Mrs. Stankiewicz was bruised, bleeding, handcuffed and terrified because she had just been roughed up and arrested at her own home."

Also in the city of Pittsfield, City Council Vice President John Krol is picking up his tent and moving his family to Boston, doing so after his term expires this year. 

In South County, the rural town of Richmond is looking to encourage more development of solar arrays.

Gary Lamoureaux, who served in several executive positions at Berkshire Community College and mentored hundreds of students during his 40-plus years at the college, died Saturday following a battle with prostate cancer. He was 76.

And please make sure to peruse these other fine articles.

CAR FIRE ON EAGLE STREET: A BMW that was parked on Eagle Street in North Adams burst into flames Sunday while the owner was picking up food nearby. The fire originated and was contained to the dashboard.

WELCOME MESSAGE: On Saturday, veterans from Berkshire County, accompanied by an honor guard, will march to Park Square to observe National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

INN COMING: As part of the project to build a new Williams Inn on Spring Street, the former American Legion building will be razed.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

The News

Mass. leaders gear up for fight to save federal heating assistance funds

NORTH ADAMS — If the Trump administration's effort to gut the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in the fiscal 2020 budget succeeds, there will be more than 7,000 Berkshire County … more

Pittsfield reveals $143,000 settlement over woman's botched arrest

PITTSFIELD — The city of Pittsfield has settled — for nearly $143,000 — a civil suit with a woman who claimed she was roughed up during a botched 2015 arrest after officers showed … more

Car goes up in flames in downtown North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — It's unclear why a parked car on Eagle Street erupted in flames Sunday afternoon. more

After decade on City Council, John Krol to leave Pittsfield politics

PITTSFIELD — When John Krol first got into city politics, the energy was palpable, he recalls. It began in 2005 working under former Mayor Jim Ruberto. more

As Pittsfield prepares for National Vietnam Veterans Day, message still 'welcome home' for vets

PITTSFIELD — A ceremony in downtown Pittsfield will soon mark the third year the nation has officially recognized military service in Vietnam — 46 years after combat troops left that … more

Richmond moving to spur more solar development

RICHMOND — A zoning bylaw revision proposed by the Planning Board aims to encourage more solar energy development in the town. That would be achieved by allowing such projects by right on any … more

Gary Lamoureaux, longtime leader at BCC, remembered as 'real champion'

PITTSFIELD — Gary Lamoureaux was always known as a welcoming presence at Berkshire Community College, a person who inspired students, and helped them achieve their goals."He was the guy people … more

The Weather


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The Business

Berkshire Mall closed due to issue with electric meter, owner claims

LANESBOROUGH — After nearly a week in the dark, the Berkshire Mall should reopen Tuesday, the principal owner said Monday.Michael Kohan of the Kohan Retail Investment Group cited issues with … more

Final stages near for new Williams Inn project

WILLIAMSTOWN — By the end of April, there will be one fewer building on Spring Street than there is right now. As part of the final stages of the project to build a new Williams Inn at the … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Mysteries from the Morgue: Did first published account of maple sugar production in US come from the Berkshires?

Did the first written account of maple sugar being made in this country come from the Berkshires? "It Happened First in Berkshire," a column of The Berkshire Eagle, declared it as so April 3, 1940: … more

A kind of exhibition 'I'd never seen before: one where I felt represented on the walls'

WILLIAMSTOWN — Amid all the thought-provoking portraiture in the Williams College Museum of Art exhibition, "possible selves: queer foto vernaculars," there's a bulletin board you could find at … more

Melissa Etheridge to play Tanglewood in August

LENOX — Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge will play the Koussevitzky Music Shed, 7 p.m., Aug. 30.Etheridge is one of several new acts being added to Tanglewood's 2019 Popular Artists Series. … more

Max Creek heading for Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — Jam band Max Creek is bringing its 48th anniversary "45 and Live" tour to The Colonial Theatre, 8 p.m., April 5.The band is on its Creekiversary 48th anniversary tour in support of … more

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The Snap

Ruth Crane and a large crew prepare sausage, pancakes and french toast in the kitchen at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton on Sunday. Holiday Brook Farm now hosts weekend maple breakfast dining during the maple sugar season; the farm kitchen has been improved, and it offers gluten- and dairy-free options.

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