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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)

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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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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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