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“Never think you’ve seen the last of anything.” — EUDORA WELTY, American author (1909-2001)

The Greeting

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. I, for one, am pleased that April Fools' Day is done. I'm too gullible, so I spend a good portion of the holiday in a state of bewilderment, as friends, co-workers and strangers pull the wool over my eyes over and over. 

In real news, Pittsfield's fire chief, Robert Czerwinski, is retiring after 32 years with the department.

Also in the city, the Holmes Road bridge is down to one lane after it received a poor rating from state highway officials.

The town of Cheshire will decide soon who sits on the Select Board and how many members should be on said board; a town election ballot on that issue is coming May 6. 

On the recycling front, the Berkshires are bucking the national trend, in which many communities are throwing out reusable materials into the waste stream.  

A pair of motor vehicle accidents kept first responders busy on Route 9 in Windsor on Monday morning, where cold temps and a light dusting of snow made for slick roadways.

Please visit these articles to find out what's happening in the region ...

MEAT. FIRE. GOOD.: A new barbecue eatery in Lanesborough is serving up some smoky protein power. It's called Biggins Diggins.

RAISING THE BEDS: This tried-and-true Native American growing technique makes for drier garden beds earlier in the spring when the rest of the ground is saturated.

OUR OPINION: The tone-deaf fiscal threats against the Special Olympics serve to raise awareness and strengthen the organization that highlights some of the most determined athletes among us.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

Corrections: We had two typos in Monday's Beat, one in the subject line and another in the newsletter greeting. The subject line should have said "hit-and-run fatality," and the entry on Woody's Roadhouse should have stated that the site likely will be torn down.

The News

Fire Chief Czerwinski to retire after 32 years in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski is getting ready to cap a 45-year career, taking with him a wealth of knowledge and training.But enough about him."This job isn't about Bob … more

From Bigfoot to police feline unit, pranks aplenty on April Fools' Day

A cannabis-infused lunch special, capturing Bigfoot and a crime-fighting cat — all fake news Berkshire folks had to ponder on April Fools' Day.The Red Lion Inn pulled its annual prank Monday … more

Holmes Road bridge reduced to one lane after poor rating by state

PITTSFIELD — Motorists on the heavily traveled Holmes Road can expect delays as the bridge crossing the railroad tracks will be down to one lane — indefinitely.By the Wednesday afternoon … more

Select Board seats, and size, on Cheshire election ballot

CHESHIRE — The town faces a pivotal moment next month as voters decided two Select Board races and whether to expand the board to five members.The annual local election on May 6 has Mark … more

Berkshires bucking nation's downward trend on recycling

As the cost to recycle climbs, some communities are throwing the program — and reusable materials — out with the trash.But that isn't happening in the Berkshires or the rest of … more

Firefighters free motorist from Route 9 wreck; light snow made for slippery driving

WINDSOR — Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to remove a commuter from a car wreck Monday morning on Route 9. more

The Weather


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Our Opinion: DeVos blunder only enhances Special Olympics

First Betsy DeVos was for it, before she was against it... before she was for it again. For several days, U.S. Education Secretary DeVos, a cabinet member regularly vilified for her incompetence and … more

Lauren R. Stevens: Young 'people get it' about climate change threat

WILLIAMSTOWN — The print date for this column, April 1, presents a temptation that only the gallant young people calling for the mitigation of climate change could overcome. So — no April … more

Letter: Don't change meeting time for North Adams City Council

To the editor:It was recently reported that the North Adams City Council will consider an earlier meeting time after recently voting to limit public input at their meetings.North Adams is not a … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Biggins Diggins: Calling all meat lovers ... there's a new smokey barbecue joint in the Berkshires

LANESBOROUGH — Jenn and Terry Bishop rise and smoke every morning.It's the normal pace of life at their breakfast and lunch barbecue diner, which has a 6-foot custom-made meat smoker in the … more

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Raised beds give a head start on planting seeds

In her recent article in The Berkshire Eagle on maple sugaring, writer Jennifer Huberdeau made reference to an illustration published in 1724. The artwork, which can be found online at the Library of … more

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