Thought of the day

“I think America is richer in intelligence than any other country in the world; and that its intelligence is more scattered than in any country of the world.” — WILL DURANT, American historian (1885-1981)

The Greeting

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Greetings, brothers and sisters of the 413. Today is one of those news days that is so packed with quality information, you're going to feel like you're able to hang tough in any current event verbal throwdown, whether at the club, the pub or at the water cooler. 

First off: The state wants to roll out a timber-harvesting plan that will affect a number of Berkshire County towns. These are they: Monterey, Savoy, Washington and Windsor. Speak up now, or forever hold your peace. 

One of the best parts of Easter-Passover time — in addition to family fights and bad behavior — is the food! We've got a look at some tried-and-true classics for the Jewish holiday and the Christian one, too. Pagans? Sorry, maybe next year. As for family, a trusted friend once told me: "If you don't want to get eaten by lions, then don't set foot in the colosseum." Thusly, consider yourself learned. 

In the downright dangerous department, an alleged shoplifter from Bennington, Vt., will face a Berkshire judge after she kicked off a police chase through North Adams, all while there were two children in her car.

Responding to public ire, Gov. Charlie Baker has restored money back into the state's heating assistance program.

The Youth Center Inc. program in Adams will be moving from East Street to Cheshire Elementary School. Top secret intel from me: The youth center building — once majestic — is rundown now. Email me if you want to hear more on that.

Back to the news ...

BAG BALM: To heal the environment from the evils of single-use plastic bags, this Pittsfield-based group is aiming to craft 15,000 reusable bags by January 2020 for residents of the city.

YOU CAN TOTALLY ROCK: "Rock of Ages" arrives at Proctors for three performances Friday and Saturday. It's a stop on the show's 10th anniversary tour.

'ALADDIN JR.': Check out the expressions on the faces of these young actors, here. Our Ben Garver nails it.

TAKING THE INITIATIVE: The Ashland Street Initiative is wanting to clean up its mean, primely located street. The NAMAzing Ashland Street Initiative (its full name ... maybe lose that first part, I recommend) on Monday officially launched a $12,500 fundraising campaign to improvement the downtown corridor.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

Correction: An entry Tuesday on a Southern Vermont College librarian leaving the college should have clearly stated that her new job will be to run the North Adams Public Library; her new job is not related to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

The News

State outlines new round of timber cutting in public forests

PITTSFIELD — Loggers will be invited to bid on timber in four state forests in Berkshire County, once a required comment period expires. The public has until April 29 to weigh in on plans to … more

Ashland Street Initiative seeks to spruce up downtown corridor

NORTH ADAMS — The group behind Eagle Street's resurgence has set its sights south.The NAMAzing Ashland Street Initiative on Monday officially launched a $12,500 fundraising campaign, with hopes … more

Clarksburg Senior Center closes after tree hits propane tanks, gas lines

CLARKSBURG — The town's Senior Center is temporarily closed after a tree fell onto its propane lines during heavy winds this weekend.Much to the relief of town officials, the tree missed the … more

Man facing robbery, drug charges held without bail

PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of beating and robbing a man in March and implicated in a drug distribution operation was ordered held without bail Tuesday.Robert C. McBain, 32, had already … more

Woman charged with shoplifting, leading North Adams police on chase with 2 kids in car

NORTH ADAMS — A Vermont woman suspected of shoplifting is facing multiple charges after she allegedly led police on a brief chase through the city on Friday — with two children in her car … more

Baker restores some funding for heating assistance after uproar over cuts

NORTH ADAMS — After an outpouring of concern over cuts to low-income heating assistance, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is reversing course.Administration officials announced Monday an … more

Youth Center Inc. in Adams will rent space at Cheshire Elementary School

CHESHIRE — The mostly dormant Cheshire Elementary School will again be alive with the sight and sound of children.Youth Center Inc. on East Street in Adams is relocating its entire operation to … more

Organizers launch BagShare in wake of Pittsfield plastic bag ban

PITTSFIELD — Got reusable bags? Pittsfield organizers want to make sure you do. That's why they're launching a campaign to craft 15,000 reusable bags by January 2020. Kate Lauzon and Lisa … more

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The Landscape

Time-honored dishes fit for Easter, Passover celebrations

This Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate Easter, while Jews will be marking the second day of Passover. There are many food traditions that coincide with Easter — hot cross buns, … more

On its 10th anniversary, a heavy metal-glam rock jukebox musical sings for the ages

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — "Rock of Ages" arrives at Proctors for three performances Friday and Saturday. It's a stop on the show's 10th anniversary tour. 10th anniversary tour? Perhaps because the … more

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The Snap

Hayden Hoffman, 12, Madison Cyrulik, 11, Kate Goble, 15 and Zoey Cahill, 14, rehearse a scene from “Aladdin Jr.” at First Church for the Berkshire Theatre Group on Tuesday. This production is directed by Travis Daly, with music direction by Erin M. White and choreography by Kathy Jo Grover and will play at the Colonial Theatre..

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