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.

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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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