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Thought of the day

“What’s vice today may be virtue, tomorrow.” — HENRY FIELDING, English novelist (Born on this date in 1707, died in 1754)

The Greeting

Monday, April 22, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. I hope you had an excellent holiday weekend.

On Sunday, I hauled off a dozen wheelbarrow loads of leaves and branches from the yard. I began fantasizing about leaf blowers again ...

But, in the real news, here's what's happening in your city or town: 

In Pittsfield, a National Guardsman is welcomed home after serving in Afghanistan.

In North Adams, a vote Tuesday could clear the way for the Mohawk Theater to be sold to a private developer after two-plus decades of city ownership.

Countywide, the picketing is over at Stop & Shop supermarkets, now that workers have a tentative agreement with corporate owners. 

In Stockbridge, a writer has teamed up with a survivor of the Manson family cult and shares her story of abuse, coersion and survival.

In Lenox, voters soon will decide the fate of adult-use cannabis businesses in town.

In Lee and Pittsfield, a police chief and a former deputy fire chief are living with the ravages of ALS, but they are resolute in fighting for a cure that likely will come after they are gone.

And please review these other headlines before you move on with your day ...

INTERSTATE SCHOOLING: Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., have a study in hand and will begin discussing the benefits and pitfalls of regionalization that crosses state lines.

THERE'S ONLY ONE RACE: Why, it's the Humane Race, by gum! That's right, the annual race that has room for canines and humans kicks off on Saturday.

FINALLY PAID UP: General Electric has paid its final installment for the natural resources restoration of  the Housatonic River.

Visit berkshireeagle.com, where you can get informed, as well as buy a digital-plus-Sunday subscription.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Stop & Shop, union reach tentative contract deal

The Stop & Shop strike appears to be over. After an 11-day walkout, the thousands of union employees of the supermarket chain across Southern New England, including Berkshire County, should be … more

Charles Manson's youngest cult member: 'The worst part was keeping this a secret'

STOCKBRIDGE — Dianne Lake hid from the truth for 47 years. Long ago, she had only told her husband and pastor that, starting at age 14, she had been one of "Charlie's girls" and the youngest … more

Pittsfield guardsman gets grand welcome home from Afghanistan

PITTSFIELD — When Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Shaun Reagan was deployed to Afghanistan last fall, his daughter, Charlie, wasn't yet speaking. When he returned home this week, the 2-year-old … more

Study in hand, Stamford, Vt., Clarksburg to discuss interstate schools merger plan

STAMFORD, Vt. — Monday will be the first in a series of meetings that will be crucial to the future of education in Stamford and Clarksburg, Mass. The meeting of the interstate merger committee … more

Humane Race to benefit homeless animals

NORTH ADAMS — Canines and their people will once again be running the annual Humane Race from Colegrove Park in the Steeple City. The Berkshire Humane Society's 17th Humane Race will be a timed … more

14 Pittsfield projects seek Community Preservation Act money

PITTSFIELD — Monday is your chance to comment publicly on how up to $600,000 in Community Preservation Act money gets spent this year. More than a dozen community projects are reaching for … more

Where will Lenox voters fall on recreational pot when smoke clears?

LENOX — With an action-packed annual town meeting only two weeks away, voters are facing a set of complex, confusing cannabis choices with two competing zoning proposals on the agenda, each … more

GE pays last installment for natural resources restoration along Housatonic River

General Electric is ponying up $1.5 million for the fourth and final installment owed to restore natural resources along the Housatonic River Watershed damaged by five decades of PCB … more

For Lee police chief, ex-Pittsfield deputy fire chief, ALS 'takes little by little'

PITTSFIELD — Jeff Roosa and Mike Polidoro excelled at knocking out crime and fire for decades.Then terminal illness came knocking. Roosa, the Lee police chief, and Polidoro, a retired … more

The Weather


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The Business

Council vote could propel plan to redevelop Mohawk Theater

NORTH ADAMS — With a set of proposed restrictions on the table, the City Council could move forward with plans to redevelop the historic Mohawk Theater.A vote Tuesday could allow Mayor Thomas … more

Sawmill housing project forum aims to get voters 'more informed' ahead of Lenox town meeting

LENOX — An informational forum on the town's mixed-income affordable housing project is set for Monday evening at Town Hall. The multimedia event, presented by Affordable Housing Trust … more

The new downtown of North Adams? Norad Mill owner thinks so

NORTH ADAMS — Now that two years have passed, David Moresi is running low on leasable space at the Norad Mill.When he bought it for $47,500 in 2017, it was completely vacant. Since then, he has … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Staff favorites: Our podcast picks

Looking for something interesting to listen to on your next road trip? Tired of your normal rotation of podcasts? Members of our newsroom offer up a few of their favorite podcasts."Race Chaser" is a … more

Viewer's Discretion: A dark look at 1980s British culture

Imagine living in a dystopian society. If you lived in England in the 1980s, and you weren't of a certain class, you didn't have to imagine, you were there. The view on the street was a lot worse … more

How are we doing?

We'd love your feedback on the newsletter. Email your thoughts and suggestions to nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com.

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

Pamela Wall holds the cross after carrying it to St. Stephen’s Church on East Street in Pittsfield on Friday afternoon. The First United Methodist Church led a walk around downtown churches in remembrance of Good Friday. About a dozen people shared in carrying the cross while readings and songs were recited.

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