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“Those who say they give the public what it wants begin by underestimating public taste and end by debauching it.” — T.S. ELIOT, American-Anglo poet and critic (1888-1965)

The Greeting

Warmer temperatures brought people outside on Wednesday to enjoy various Berkshire attractions, including this couple walking the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire near the lake, as seen from Route 8.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Good day, people of the Berkshire hills! Today, as with most days throughout the year,  The Berkshire Eagle is loaded with local news.

I have a trifecta of municipal malfeasance stories to offer you:
♦ Firstly, the ex-police chief in Lee is now out of federal prison, having done his time on an extortion charge, and he wants to collect his $1 million pension. He has been denied thus far.
♦ Secondly, in Great Barrington, the town has had to pull in some freelance help for its bookkeeping, after the former assistant treasurer/collector was dismissed for financial discrepancies. No one has been charged, although the state police investigation is ongoing.
♦ And thirdly, the former city solicitor in North Adams has had to pay up $7,500 for an ethics violation.

In other news, Major League Baseball is on tap, but Bay Staters will have to wait a little longer while the Red Sox play a string of early season games on the road. 

A Plainfield man is facing charges after allegedly striking a pedestrian with his 2016 Volkswagen Jetta; the driver was cited for operating under the influence of alcohol.  

And please enjoy these other articles from across the county ...

DISCIPLINE OR ASSAULT?: A court case will decide if a Clarksburg father figure allegedly went too far when he repeatedly struck a teen over grades he deemed not high enough. 

SUPERINTENDENT AND CUSTODIAN FEUD: In Lanesborough, accusations of bullying, counter-accusations of threats and disgruntlement on social media have mired the school district in controversy.

WATER, PLASTIC ISSUES BUBBLING UP: In Great Barrington, a plastic bottle ban is under fire just as a different group is making headway in establishing water refilling stations in town.

Today's a great, newsy day at Check it out, and then considering subscribing to help us keep the news flowing to you in your favorite format: in print, online and even in audio (our e-edition app will read our stories to you. Not bad, eh?).

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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A barred owl perches on a wooden structure at the Williamstown Rural Land Foundation's Sheep Hill on Wednesday. While the barred owl is still very widespread and common, populations have decreased in the south because of a loss of swamp habitat. This owl was perched at the base of the land near a wetland area, and appeared to be hunting on Wednesday.

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