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“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

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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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