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Thought of the day

“War makes strange giant creatures out of us little routine men who inhabit the Earth.” — ERNIE PYLE (1900-1945)

The Greeting

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Good day, Berkshires. It's another newsy day in the 413, as the usual hustle in the county's Stop & Shops has ground to a halt. Employees are picketing while they attempt to force the corporate-parent's hand for an overdue contract.

Checks are beginning to flow to the Berkshires, now that the state Department of Revenue is doling out taxes earned on cannabis sales from Jan. 1 through March 31. 

One of those earners, Theory Wellness, is beginning a $250,000 grant program to help newcomers to break into the cannabis industry; the grant is specifically for disadvantaged people who have been negatively affected by marijuana-related crimes. 

In addiction news, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is offering recovery coach training,  a field that's pivotal in helping people suffering with substance use disorders.

We've also compiled our Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center coverage into one place, so you can track the developments and changes at the embattled facility for the aged and vulnerable.

And check out these other headlines before moving on with your day ...

NEVER ENOUGH ARTS: A new arts center, The Foundry, will be making its debut in West Stockbridge.

STRATA TIME: Check out this scrumptious brunch egg bake, and you'll be happy you did.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

A windfall in shades of green for county's cannabis retailers, town coffers

GREAT BARRINGTON — Results are in, and the picture is, well, very green.Early earnings from the county's first two marijuana retailers show signs of a blossoming industry capable of sending … more

Theory Wellness doing something 'impactful' with equity sponsorship program

GREAT BARRINGTON — Marijuana dispensary Theory Wellness is offering up to $250,000 — and a lot of guidance — to a disadvantaged person or team seeking to open a cannabis retail shop … more

Stop & Shop stores nearly empty as strike takes toll

The Berkshire Eagle Outside the Stop & Shop in North Adams late Wednesday morning, a steady stream of passing motorists blared their car horns in support of roughly a dozen picketing workers. But … more

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition offering recovery coach training

NORTH ADAMS — As part of an effort to build a recovery community in Northern Berkshire, the Beacon Recovery Community Center is sponsoring the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy.This five-day … more

New Marlborough voters to decide fate of marijuana businesses at annual town meeting

NEW MARLBOROUGH — Residents let it be known at a special town election that they don't want any of the eight legalized marijuana businesses in their town. In order to officially keep the … more

Deficiencies, abuses, impending closure at Sweet Brook nursing home

Since summer of 2017, the Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has been cited by the state Department of Public Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services for a laundry list … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Landscape

A new arts center, The Foundry, gets ready for its debut in West Stockbridge

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — A familiar Berkshire company will return to the county's theater scene this summer in a new West Stockbridge venue.After a two-plus-year hiatus from the stage, Bazaar … more

Earthy spinach, nutty cheese star in brunch strata

Earthy spinach and nutty cheese star in this brunch-worthy strata.Ideally, this savory make-ahead bread pudding should be rich enough to satisfy without being overindulgent. And, since strata is such … more

How are we doing?

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The Plan

Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!


EAGLE EVENTS: Check out these Eagle-sponsored events: We're hosting the UpCountry Magazine 2nd Wine, Food & Spirits Celebration on May 2, as well as an advanced learning event on immigration

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The Snap

Mike and Betsy Shinego of Tiverton, R.I., meet Abby, a shepherd, and Julie, a Labrador, dogs saved from a high-kill shelter in South Carolina with the help of Pilots N Paws, Pittsfield Municipal Airport on Wednesday.

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