The Greeting

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Good day, people of the 413. How are those potholes treating you and your car? I, for one, can't seem to avoid them. 

In hopeful supermarket news, Adams Hometown Market announced Wednesday that it plans to open a new location in the recently closed Big Y store on Myrtle Street in Adams.

In mill reuse news, following a refrain from nearby Easthampton, a site in Lee is being eyed by a developer for a marijuana-growing facility.

In futurist news, residents in Dalton appear to be getting a case of the jim-jams regarding the proposed construction of a new Wahconah Regional High School. Our Larry Parnass reports.

In regional transportation news, a new grant will help the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority to serve more night routes.

In arts news, journalist Ben Cassidy reports on a new study that shows how there are some distinct patterns of ethnicity and gender in some museums' art collections.

And in other news, I now supply you with these hand-picked gems:

'I AM MY OWN WIFE': With a quizzical statement like that, it's got to be an interesting play. Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play begins a two-weekend run Friday in nearby Cambridge, N.Y.

LET IT GROW: It's seed-starting time. Have you found your Johnny's catalog yet?

MAKING THE GRADE: Check out The Eagle's latest supplement, which delves deeply into the lives of students and teachers in the Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont region.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Adams Hometown Market says it will replace now-closed Big Y in Adams

ADAMS — In a serendipitous outcome, Adams Hometown Market announced Wednesday that it plans to open a new location in the recently closed Big Y store on Myrtle Street. more

Developer eyes shuttered Lee paper mill for pot-growing site

LEE — One of the town's vacant paper mills could find new life as a marijuana-growing facility. A West Coast developer has unveiled plans to operate a cannabis-cultivation and manufacturing … more

Many questions, one refrain at meetings on new Wahconah Regional High School

DALTON — As people stood to leave a meeting Tuesday night, one of Mary Lamke's friends came over to where she had just gotten the last word. "I couldn't sit here without opening my mouth," … more

Another campaign mounts to renovate or rebuild Monument Mountain Regional High School

GREAT BARRINGTON — After two failed attempts over the years for voter approval to renovate or rebuild Monument Mountain Regional High School, school officials are crafting a third attempt that … more

BRTA night service to expand with boost from grant

PITTSFIELD —The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority will soon expand its night service to add 7:30 and 9:30 runs to the northern and southern parts of the county.The Massachusetts Department … more

Great Barrington planners propose zoning changes to roll with shifting economy, modern life

GREAT BARRINGTON — If you wanted to add a bedroom to your home on busy Stockbridge Road, it could easily cost you around $10,000 to pay for a lawyer, an architect and a surveyor.That's because, … more

The Weather


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The Learning

Making the Grade | Another view of education in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont

Our local schools are bustling ecosystems fueled by local investments. We drive by school buildings every day. Some of us stop to drop students off or pick them up. We might visit a few times a … more

Phyllis McGuire | Mount Greylock Regional spring musical director preps for 20th year

WILLIAMSTOWN — The sound of singing drifts from Mount Greylock Regional School as students prepare to present their annual spring musical."I have been trying not to repeat shows we've done … more

Building 'STEAM': Science and arts program prepares students for middle school curriculum

Suzanne Powell is a mom from Dalton who attends STEAM-related programs with her son Gabriel, who is 4. She can already see how the exposure to the "STEAM" fields of science, technology, engineering, … more

The Poll

The Landscape

How large is the diversity gap in art museums' collections?

WILLIAMSTOWN — If someone said that major U.S. art museums have significant problems with gender and ethnicity representations in their collections, you might respond, "Duh." But you might not … more

One actor is his own ensemble in prize-winning drama at Hubbard Hall

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — One man. Two genders. Two languages. North of 30 characters.For any actor, director and theater company that sounds like a tall order. And because it is indeed one, "I Am My … more

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The Snap

Taconic’s Isaac Percy, Christian Womble and Robert McCown cheer on their younger teammates on the court during the final seconds of the Western Mass Division 2 semifinal game against Northampton, held at Western New England University on Wednesday.

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