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

The News

Nine tenants escape fire in Pittsfield duplex

PITTSFIELD — Nine people and three cats escaped serious injury on Sunday after a two-alarm fire damaged their multifamily home in the Morningside area. more

Pittsfield Police seek Ford SUV that struck, killed pedestrian on Dalton Avenue early Sunday

PITTSFIELD — A 32-year-old man was killed on Dalton Avenue early Sunday morning, apparently by a hit-and-run driver, local authorities said.The Berkshire District Attorney's Office on Sunday … more

Last call at roadhouse: Bell tolls for ex-Washington club's 'dilapidated' building

WASHINGTON — In its day, Woody's Roadhouse was a musical mecca, booking acts like Foghat, Orleans and Bonnie Raitt.Today, the Route 8 building sports yellow police tape and no-trespassing … more

Stockbridge voters to decide whether safety upgrades needed at 2 downtown crossings

STOCKBRIDGE — Does anything need to be done to improve safety at two key downtown intersections targeted by the state because of a high accident rate?Reflecting apparent deep division in town … more

Great Barrington ballot takes shape as 2 Select Board incumbents face challenger

GREAT BARRINGTON — Two Select Board members, including the chairman, are facing a challenge from a former Finance Committee member on election day.In addition to a Select Board race, the May 14 … more

'You have to tell the stories,' Pittsfield mayor says at event honoring Vietnam veterans

PITTSFIELD — During the Vietnam War, 27 military members from Berkshire County were killed in action.On Saturday, they once again were honored, during a National Vietnam War Veterans Day … more

Fixing Monument High is about students — and voters

GREAT BARRINGTON — To renovate or rebuild? Both have political ramifications. And either choice made about Monument Mountain Regional High School is loaded, for those in the position to … more

The Weather


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The Business

Berkshire Roots, which plans to grow and sell pot, still awaits final state OK

PITTSFIELD — More than six weeks after earning a license to sell recreational cannabis, Berkshire Roots still awaits a final state inspection before it can swing open its Pittsfield doors. The … more

Principals in potential pot business at Otis Poultry Farm 'want to be good neighbors'

OTIS — Dozens of residents piled into Town Hall on Saturday to learn about a potential marijuana-cultivation and retail establishment looking to move into the 115-year-old Otis Poultry Farm. A … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Female authors get top-shelf treatment

LANESBOROUGH — Antiquarian bookseller Second Life Books Inc. once put out a catalog with a title mentioning the "women's sphere," a term alluding to the early American notion that women should … more

Take the time to enjoy some art

I have a confession to make: When I'm not working on art stories for The Eagle, I often find myself speeding through gallery and museum exhibitions. I'm not exactly sure why I'm in such a rush, but I … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

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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