The Greeting

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Greetings, Berkshires! OK.  On Monday, I mentioned how spring is three weeks away; seeing as the temperature at my house was 3 this morning, I might have spoken too soon. One must never poke the weather gods.

The number of foreclosures is up in Berkshire County, investigative journalist Larry Parnass finds; a financial counselor says help is available.

Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Williamston just got an F from the federal government. The center is among "the worst of the worst," according to an industry insider.

A Richmond couple was hurt when a fire destroyed their home late last week.

As the 2020 Census rolls around, a number of hurdles remain for Berkshire County to be counted correctly.

In a recent court case, a man will serve up to 18 months in jail for hiding an armed robbery suspect in the trunk of his car.

And please check out these other top stories of the day:

STICKER SHOCKWAVES: Some in the Central Berkshire Regional School District are wondering about the necessity of $72.7 million project to build a new Wahconah Regional High School, which would cost the district $41.5 million.

COLLEGE DROPOUT: Southern Vermont College is  the latest New England college to reach a state of financial inviability, and it will close after this semester.

HEADLINERS COMING: Chick Corea, Southside Johnny and Buddy Guy will all play the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center this season.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Foreclosure auctions remain stubborn fact of Berkshire County real estate

PITTSFIELD — Even as local real estate values strengthened in 2018, one leading indicator of distress glowed red. The number of scheduled foreclosure auctions in the Berkshires increased last … more

Federal agency ranks Sweet Brook among nation's worst nursing homes

WILLIAMSTOWN — A Williamstown nursing home with a long history of deficiencies in care has been designated by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services as one of the poorest quality … more

Census 2020 poses new challenges for Berkshire County

PITTSFIELD — Between lack of resources and a rise in hard-to-count populations, those behind the upcoming census say this could be one of the most challenging counts yet. Berkshire County will … more

Great Barrington officials grant 6-month extension for Housatonic Elementary School reuse plan

GREAT BARRINGTON — Plans to bring new life to a prominent old school building are going slow.But the building is decaying fast.And now, a group of local volunteers working on a plan to renovate … more

Officials scramble to aid SVC students, save campus

BENNINGTON — Lawmakers and other officials are scrambling to assist Southern Vermont College students and find educational or other reuses for the campus and its facilities after the college … more

For those 'desperate for community,' Greylock Together offers activist connection

WILLIAMSTOWN — After the 2016 election that sent Donald Trump to the White House, Jessica Dils was shaken and took to social media seeking comfort in other shell-shocked voters. Dils, of … more

18 months in jail for Great Barrington man who hid armed robbery suspect in trunk

PITTSFIELD — A Great Barrington man who lied about hiding an armed robbery suspect in the trunk of a car has been sentenced to at least 18 months in jail.Michael Thorpe, 36, admitted in court … more

Richmond couple hurt in fire that destroyed home

RICHMOND — A Dublin Road couple were injured in a fire that destroyed their home late last week.The couple, whose names have not been released, were treated for smoke inhalation after the fire … more

Shock of the new: Behind the decision to build a new Wahconah Regional

It's the kind of financial question households answer all the time: Fix it or replace it?Rarely does the answer involve so much money. This coming week, advocates of building a new Wahconah Regional … more

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The Landscape

Chick Corea, Southside Johnny, Buddy Guy among events added to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center lineup

GREAT BARRINGTON — Keyboardist, composer, and bandleader Chick Corea, a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, will make his Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center debut 7 p.m. April 14.The … more

Seeing Chesterwood 'through Margaret's eyes'

STOCKBRIDGE — If you've ever enjoyed a visit to Chesterwood, sculptor Daniel Chester French's summer studio and estate, you can thank his daughter for that. A half-century ago, Margaret French … more

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