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The Greeting

Fourth-graders at Muddy Brook Elementary School in Great Barrington made display boards explaining the composting system they have devised at their school as part of the Muddy Brook Green Team during the Berkshire Earth Expo held at the Boys and Girls Club in Pittsfield on Saturday.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Good day, 413. I'm sorry to report that a little bit of snow was falling atop Windsor Mountain. Hey, I'm only the messenger.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office is ramping up its response to what DA Andrea Harrington is calling a crisis: domestic violence. "My team at the District Attorney's Office is committed to prosecuting abusers and is working to create a culture where victims are believed," she said at news conference Tuesday.

Medical complexities are slowing the pace of the forensic examinations of five Sheffield residents who died in an apparent murder-suicide last month.

Lee's first cannabis shop now is projecting that its opening day will be about a month later than expected; it's located at the former Southern States Auto Sales, next to the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Got unused bikes? Well, there's a program in Williamstown that can help get these much-needed bicycles to Africa. 

A proposed glamping resort for North Adams is being scaled back, after the developer responded to neighbors' concerns.

And in court news, a Pittsfield man is being held after he allegedly pistol-whipped a man in what appears to be a drug deal gone bad.

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The News

Berkshire DA launches 'transformative' effort to combat domestic violence

PITTSFIELD — Declaring that domestic and sexual violence have reached a "crisis point" in Berkshire County, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office on Tuesday announced an aggressive new … more

Harrington: Complex forensic testing delays results in 5 deaths in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD — The snow has melted into the ground outside 1343 Home Road, and the windows and doors are boarded up.Flowers rest on a makeshift shrine at the foot of the gravel … more

Tyer updates Pittsfield City Council on plans for pot taxes, school buildings and trash

PITTSFIELD — Recreational cannabis is brand new, and so is the revenue stream that comes with it. That's why, city officials said Tuesday, they will take the next six months to examine revenue … more

Have unused bicycles? Bikes Not Bombs aims to send them to those in need around the world

WILLIAMSTOWN — An empty tractor-trailer will pull into the Colonial Plaza parking lot on Saturday morning and roll up its cargo door. By the time it pulls out a few hours later, organizers of … more

After pushback from neighbors, developer scales back plans for North Adams resort

NORTH ADAMS — The developer of a proposed recreational resort has scaled back and redrafted his plans.D. Foster Goodrich first introduced to the Planning Board in March his concept for a … more

Select Board candidates sound off on short-term rentals, school budget

LENOX — With a lively debate at the Community Center on hot-button local issues, the curtain went up Monday on a four-week town election season highlighted by a competitive three-way race for … more

Police: Pittsfield man pistol-whipped, robbed man in car

PITTSFIELD — A city man is being held without bail amid charges he pistol-whipped and robbed a 25-year-old man during what police believe was a drug deal gone bad.Robert C. McBain, 32, is … more

Opening delayed for Lee's first retail pot store

LEE — The town's first retail recreational marijuana store will debut a month later than expected, giving the owners more time to hire additional staff and prepare for opening day.Canna … more

The Weather


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Zachary R. Wood: Teacher, mentor, friend

WILLIAMSTOWN — "Confidence is the memory of performance," he told me. I didn't realize it then, but this pithy observation was just another of many memorable aphorisms from George E. Marcus. We … more

The Poll

The Landscape

This hearty, easy-to-make soup is a staple in kitchens of Portuguese communities

Being raised in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City during the '50s and '60s, I never ate kale. It wasn't that I didn't like it, I simply wasn't aware of its existence. It was only after my … more

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Watch for salamanders, frogs on roads

MassWildlife warns us that spotted salamanders, wood frogs, blue-spotted salamanders, Jefferson salamanders, American toads, spring peepers, four-toed salamanders, northern leopard frogs and eastern … more

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The Snap

A student uses a pasta machine to make homemade pasta during a free workshop sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at the UNO Community Center in North Adams on Tuesday evening.
Meghan Gleason enjoys some fresh homemade pasta during the free workshop at the UNO Community Center.

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