Thought of the day

“The only sin is mediocrity.”  — MARTHA GRAHAM, American modern dance pioneer (born 1894, died this date in 1991)

The Greeting

Veterans salute during the national anthem at the National Vietnam War Veterans Day Ceremony at Park Square in Pittsfield on Saturday.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Happy April Fools' Day, members of the 413!

A quick April Fools' recollection, if I may: I once included a front-page reminder on the Bennington Banner for residents to "spring back" for Daylight Saving Time. The lesson: Not everyone appreciates April Fools Day jokes.

Moving right along at,  we bring news of a fire at a duplex in Pittsfield, in which nine residents and three cats were displaced; no one was seriously injured, although a firefighter was treated for difficulty breathing at the scene.

City police are also on the lookout for a Ford SUV that is believed to be involved with a fatal hit-and-run incident over the weekend. 

Down south in sunny Stockbridge, town meeting voters will make the final call as to whether two troublesome intersections should get upgrades.  

Back in the central county, Pittsfield city councilors will get a preview of the region's mosquito control plan.

In north county news, you can read about architect Zhu Pei, the brains behind the exterior design of the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum; it's designed to be reflective of high-speed "bullet" trains.

And, please take a moment to dig into these other water-cooler-worthy articles!

LAST CALL FOR WOODY'S ROADHOUSE: Once a rock 'n' roll and blues mecca, this former local watering hole is on the cusp of being torn down.

HONORING VIETNAM VETS: A Pittsfield event pays homage to Vietnam veterans, many of whom received the cold shoulder back when they returned home from overseas.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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Alex Franco, from left, Collin Comeau and Noah Bobrowski, all from the Keene State College chapter of Phi Lambda Chi, participate in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Massachusetts at Bousquet on Sunday morning. The fraternity raised $3,000 toward the cause. The Polar Plunge is put on by the local Law Enforcement Torch Run group. The $25,000 that was raised defrays the costs for local Berkshire County athletes, including athletic programs, travel expenses and uniforms.

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