Thought of the day

“We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are — that is the fact.” — JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, French philosopher (1905, died on this date in 1980)

The Greeting

Monday, April 15, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires! The peepers were out in force Sunday, which means our fair corner of the world has finally accepted that it is spring. This particular bunch of peepers that I heard — in the middle of a cow pasture — were loud, croaking their amorous intentions quite vigorously. I wish them luck.

In the news, The Eagle delivers you a twofer on vaping: in story A, we explain the crisis of youth vaping in the Berkshires; and in story B, we highlight how Great Barrington is looking at banning vape flavors that are designed to appeal to kids 17 and under.

Nick Noyes of Adams shares with us his affinity for green power; he recently increased his home-based energy production — enough to squash his power bills and then some — by using a new state program to get solar panels on his roof.

Ramblewild is hoping to be voted one of the top aerial adventure parks in the country as compiled in an online poll by USA Today.

A District Court judge tap danced on testimony from the county's only certified drug recognition expert, saying his opinion was not science-based. The case highlights the state's inability to effectively test for motor vehicle operators under the influence of drugs; meanwhile, The Eagle recently looked at the inadmissability of breathalyzer tests in drunken-driving cases. 

And, I would be remiss not to mention that your Berkshire Eagle was honored last week with the Commonwealth Award, a recognition of our service to the public from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

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The News

Caught 'off guard' by vaping craze, Berkshire schools doing more to educate

On any given day at high schools across the county, students can be found congregating in bathrooms with their e-cigarettes.Even in classes, some will sneak a hit with their head bowed under their … more

With teen vaping under fire, Great Barrington might restrict flavored nonnicotine vape products

GREAT BARRINGTON — Colorful packaging. Flavors like creme and bubble gum. The town might soon further crack down on the sale of e-cigarette cartridges whose flavors are being blamed for a … more

Solar Access program a 'game-changer' — just ask this Adams homeowner

ADAMS — Nick Noyes is all about lowering his electric bills and saving the planet.For the 25 years that Noyes has lived in Adams, he has had his house thoroughly insulated and added weather … more

The best aerial adventure park in the country? Ramblewild featured in USA Today poll

LANESBOROUGH — Typically, when someone is clambering 40 feet off the ground through the canopy of a New England forest, they aren't going to stop and think about voting.But the folks at … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Restaurant week, election questions and spring cleaning

We're still waiting to hear from an important council incumbent, Councilor At Large Melissa Mazzeo, about her plans for November. All the others are spoken for — Councilors Tony Simonelli and … more

Judge tosses evidence in OUI stop by drug recognition expert

PITTSFIELD — Lanesborough Police Officer Brennan Polidoro might be trained in recognizing the effects of drug intoxication, but he's no expert.So says Judge Jennifer Tyne.In a 10-page ruling … more

A Pittsfield marker honoring controversial politician isn't in good standing

PITTSFIELD — The city needs to right a bit of local history by resetting the Elm Street monument marking where the "Sage of Pittsfield" called home.The polished granite monument and … more

Public transit advisory panel forms plan to streamline BRTA South County service

GREAT BARRINGTON — Tate Coleman has a suggestion for making bus travel in South County faster and easier: cut stops.Coleman, chairman of the Great Barrington Public Transportation Advisory … more

The Weather


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Our Opinion: Millennials take the lead

The ravages of climate change — more severe storms, beach erosion, rising seas, longer droughts, and so on — are of greatest concern to those who will have to confront their increasing … more

Tricia Farley-Bouvier: Berkshires' domestic violence crisis

PITTSFIELD — Facts are stubborn things. Here are some incredibly disturbing facts regarding the crisis of domestic violence in what we like to think of as the idyllic Berkshires:Domestic and … more

Letter: Metered parking unfair to Nautilus

PITTSFIELD — Let me open by saying we are excited at the realization that finally there will be a new parking lot on Summer Street. We are also very grateful that the schedule has strong … more

The Business

Working with nature | The reusable business plan: Couple use old mill to put waste to good use

ADAMS — On a recent rainy day, a couple of painted prints were drying in one of the windows at the Old Stone Mill Center for Arts and Creative Engineering. Reds, greens, pinks and orangey … more

Eagle honored with John F. Kennedy Commonwealth Award

BOSTON — The Berkshire Eagle has received the 2019 John F. Kennedy Commonwealth Award for "demonstrating the enduring civic value of community journalism" from the Massachusetts Cultural … more

Couple buying Catherine's Chocolates in Great Barrington, will 'expand on' legacy

GREAT BARRINGTON — Family-run Catherine's Chocolates on Route 7 has been sold to a military couple seeking to grow the hand-dipped and nostalgic-sweets shop.Former owner Kathleen Sinico is … more

The Poll

The Learning

Lenox School Committee weighs safety protocols

LENOX — Since storms, fires or shootings can break out unpredictably, state and local emergency responders need to have a plan in place in case of such an event.That was the message this week … more

The Landscape

A work of (inked) art

DALTON — Inside Red-Karpet Tattoo on Thursday, lines began to emanate from a tiger's snarl, snaking down and around a muscled canvas. Brian Brown was inking Scott Forrest's first tattoo, and … more

In new novel, National Book Award finalist Ali Benjamin reconsiders storytelling

WILLIAMSTOWN — In 2015, Ali Benjamin's middle-grade novel, "The Thing About Jellyfish," was named a National Book Award finalist. It's the type of honor that, fair or not, can suggest a … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

A little boy visits with one of the cows as she gets a drink of water during the Baby Animals exhibit at Hancock Shaker Village on Sunday.

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