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“It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” — MARLENE DIETRICH, German-American actress and singer (1901-1992)

The Greeting

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. Today, we're leading off TheBeat with ticks. Lots and lots of ticks. The state Department of Public Health is trying to get ahead of the Lyme and babesiosis curve by warning the public that the little suckers are active and abounding. Too bad nobody told me this before I went bushwhacking (accidentally) on Tuesday. I'll let you know if I start feeling feverish.

In other news, The Pretenders have announced their only U.S. tour date, and it's right here in Berkshire County. 

And the ex-Lee police chief has dropped his legal quest to get his pension from the county Retirement Board; he's a convicted felon.

The Pittsfield School Committee has given the nod to a $63.5 million budget for the coming year. It represents a 5 percent increase over this year and will require City Council approval.

Factions in Lenox are scrambling to push their message on short-term rentals — such as Airbnb — ahead of a crucial town meeting vote.

Northern Berkshire was feeling happy and relaxed Wednesday, when the first cannabis dispensary north of Pittsfield opened for business in Williamstown.

Please study these other top headlines to maintain your reign at the water cooler ...

HOUSING AN IDEA: The Pittsfield mayor has her housing rehab idea kicked back to the drawing board by the City Council.

TALK WITH US: The Berkshire Eagle's Conversation Series continues Friday with members of The Eagle's investigative team, who will explain how they approach stories and gather information.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Advice on ticks: 'Check yourself before you wreck yourself'

Tick season has arrived, and Massachusetts residents should be vigilant of the tiny parasites and the symptoms of the diseases they spread, the Department of Public Health said in a statement issued … more

Pittsfield School Committee OKs $63.5M school budget request

PITTSFIELD — The School Committee approved a $63.5 million budget request for the coming fiscal year during its meeting on Tuesday.The spending plan, which requires City Council approval during … more

Ex-Lee police chief drops fight to get pension from county

PITTSFIELD — A former Lee police chief who served a prison sentence for extortion has given up his fight to receive a pension from the county.After fighting back in Central Berkshire District … more

As town meeting nears, Lenox planners, petitioners clash in scramble to come up with Airbnb bylaw

LENOX — With the annual town meeting just a week away, Planning Board members have taken aim at the language of a citizens petition designed to regulate short-term rentals.During a nearly … more

Lanesborough police union calls selectman's comments about the department 'blasphemous'

LANESBOROUGH — The local police union says that a selectman's recent public comments about the Police Department have tarnished its reputation. Selectman Robert Ericson said his remarks last … more

The Pretenders coming to Mass MoCA this summer

NORTH ADAMS — Mass MoCA will be riding the new wave again this summer. Nearly one year after Blondie entertained the masses at Joe's Field, The Pretenders will perform at the Massachusetts … more

Councilors rebuff Mayor Tyer's revised housing rehab loan program

PITTSFIELD — City councilors say they support the mayor's plan to give out housing rehab loans, but several couldn't get behind the funding source. "Let's do the right thing tonight," Ward 7 … more

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The Business

First cannabis shop in Northern Berkshire opens in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — The first marijuana retailer in the Northern Berkshires could have opened April 20, which, as its CEO described, is "Christmas for the cannabis community." more

Eagle Conversation Series to talk 'Investigating Berkshire County'

PITTSFIELD — Members of The Berkshire Eagle's investigative team will explain how they approach stories and gather information on Friday as part of The Berkshire Eagle's Conversation Series.The … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Lucie Castaldo tackles access to the arts over hash

PITTSFIELD — A teal and red structure amid more muted tones, Misty Moonlight Diner is hard to miss along Dalton Avenue. The Pittsfield restaurant's interior offers a similarly eye-catching … more

Lauren Groff makes long-awaited Mount debut

LENOX — Long before her third novel, "Fates and Furies," established her as one of contemporary literature's most important voices back in 2015, Lauren Groff attended Amherst College. The 2001 … more

Bob Smiley's 'Christian' comedy draws laughs without guilt

NORTH ADAMS — Bob Smiley knows that being billed as a "Christian comic" may turn away some potential audience members, but it's a label he wears with pride."A lot of people hear `Christian … more

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