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“In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” — ANDY WARHOL, American pop artist (1928-1987)

The Greeting

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Good morning, people of Western Massachusetts! It's a brand new day!  And what better way to start that day, than with a gaggle of news stories? Let's begin ...

In Great Barrington, town leaders and petitioners discussed where to place a statue of W.E.B. Du Bois, the town's most famous son. So far, no consensus.

In Pittsfield, a city panel has recommended $581,000 in community preservation spending on a number of projects, including pickleball.

In Lenox, we have a pair of stories: Three residents are vying for a soon-to-be vacant Select Board seat, and a preschool is looking for a new home

In Clarksburg, the wheels of change are beginning to roll, as the town further explores the possibility of shared school services with Stamford, Vt., a rural town right over the border.

In Williamstown, work on the new police station is underway, with a July opening planned.

And for those of you traveling east on the Massachusetts Turnpike this week, expect bridge repair delays in a few spots.

Please enjoy these other top headlines ...

WILLIAMSTOWN WEED: Silver Therapeutics opens Wednesday, the first cannabis shop to do so in Northern Berkshire.

BACK TO NORMAL: Commerce gets back into its groove at area Stop & Shops, which were reeling from 11 days of union worker picketing.

GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES: The Ted Rosenthal Trio returns to Pittsfield this weekend for some slick jazz.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

At Great Barrington hearing, Du Bois statue questions center on location

GREAT BARRINGTON — W.E.B. Du Bois needs a place to sit and hold court near Main Street. But right now, where that will be is still in question. The proponents of an initiative to place a … more

Pittsfield preservation panel recommends $581K for projects

PITTSFIELD — A pickleball proposal survived a preliminary funding round alongside 11 other community projects in the city. The Community Preservation Committee voted in favor of funding a dozen … more

On merger, Clarksburg-Stamford schools leaders see 'a lot of work to be done'

STAMFORD, Vt. — The potential benefits and challenges to an interstate merger between elementary schools in Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., are becoming clearer.But one thing is for certain: … more

Church on the Hill's chapel plans leave Lenox Preschool looking for new home

LENOX — Wanted: A new home for Lenox Preschool/Little Explorers, which is losing its lease after six years at the Church on the Hill chapel. The 250-year-old church on Main Street is … more

Three vying for Lenox Select Board seat

LENOX — There's only a single contested race on the upcoming annual town election ballot, but it's a big one.Three candidates are vying for the Select Board seat held for nine years by Kenneth … more

New Williamstown police station on schedule for July opening

WILLIAMSTOWN — The final push is on to bring the construction of a new police station to a close and with everything on schedule, a mid-July opening is just around the corner.Town Manager Jason … more

Lane closures expected on Pike this week for bridge repairs

State bridge repairs will be conducted throughout the week on Interstate 90 in West Stockbridge, Blandford and Russell, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Monday via Twitter.The … more

The Weather


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The Business

First pot store in Northern Berkshires opening Wednesday

WILLIAMSTOWN — The first weed shop in the Northern Berkshires is opening Wednesday morning. Although it is the fourth retail marijuana store to open in the county, it is the first one north of … more

Operations at Berkshire Stop & Shops returning to normal after end of strike

The Berkshire County Stop & Shop stores are slowly returning to normal operations after the supermarket chain and union leaders ended an 11-day-old strike on Sunday.Members of United Food & … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Berkshires Jazz bringing Ted Rosenthal Trio to Berkshire Museum

PITTSFIELD — Berkshires Jazz is bringing the Ted Rosenthal Trio back to Pittsfield 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Berkshire Museum with a program that demonstrates the influence of classical music on … more

Thom Smith | Where have all the chipmunks gone?

Q: Wondering if you have any idea why we are not seeing chipmunks? Normally, they would be running all over the place this time of year, but we haven't seen one! Not even on our long rides through … more

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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

Shoppers are seen at the Stop & Shop on Merrill Road in Pittsfield on Monday after an 11-day strike came to an end.

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