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"An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.” — ANATOLE FRANCE, French author and critic (1844-1924)

The Greeting

Monday, April 29, 2019

Happy Monday, people of the 413. Spring cleanup progress report: This weekend, my yard took a beating from wind, some snow and rain, and so did the dozen or so leaf piles raked (but not picked up) last weekend by my lovely wife. Looks like I'll be redoing that.

Leading off county news, this weekend's Mercy Sunday event held by the Marian Fathers saw droves of faithful attendees, despite the Old Testament weather that challenged their resolve (well, it was a cold, wet spring day). 

A youth turkey hunt turned tragic after an incident with a shotgun along Monument Valley Road in Great Barrington.

Stockbridge has winnowed its fire chief candidates down to two.

A man who had his drug charges dropped also can now sue the Pittsfield Police Department over the alleged mishandling of his case; during a traffic stop, Gabriel Cordero of Holyoke had about 2,000 bags of heroin in the trunk of his car.

And the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum in North Adams has been given more time to purchase Western Gateway Heritage Park.

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HEAD UPCOUNTRY FOR WINE, FOOD: The UpCountry Magazine Wine, Food and Spirits Celebration will be held Thursday night at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. 

CHANGE OF PLEA: A man accused of defrauding a local bank is asking to change his plea to not guilty, while the federal government works to block the motion. 

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The News

Thousands brave weather, flock to shrine for Mercy Sunday

STOCKBRIDGE — Most Rev. Edward Scharfenberger learned his catechism well as a youngster in Catholic school, but says he wasn't truly "treating God like God.""I believed if I was good, God was … more

Pittsfield man dies in apparent hunting accident, DA's office says

GREAT BARRINGTON — A city man died Saturday in what officials are calling a hunting accident. Christopher Puntin, 44, of Pittsfield, died from a gunshot wound during a turkey hunt along Monument … more

Unloading city-owned property proves a slog for North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — The city has been eager to sell off a number of properties, ranging from a former elementary school to its defunct salt shed.Buyers? Decidedly less motivated.With the … more

Government plans to fight attempt to change guilty plea in Greylock conspiracy case

A builder accused of defrauding a Pittsfield credit union might well hope justice delayed is justice delivered.Though Jeffrey Pierce had faced sentencing Monday, the government's case against him … more

Stockbridge fire chief search down to 2 finalists

STOCKBRIDGE — Two candidates have been selected as finalists to succeed former Fire Chief Ernest "Chuckie" Cardillo, who was dismissed in February amid a controversy over excessive purchasing … more

Kick off the summer cultural season at UpCountry Magazine's Food Wine and Spirits Celebration

UpCountry Magazine will host its second Wine, Food and Spirits Celebration on Thursday night at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield.The event kicks off the Berkshires' summer cultural season. Guests … more

Judge: Suit against Pittsfield PD, others can proceed after traffic stop arrest tossed

PITTSFIELD — A man who won a dismissal of his charges in a drug-possession case can pursue a civil claim against Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn as well as city and state police officers … more

Conn. fugitive arrested after failed rooftop escape

PITTSFIELD — A simple domestic peacekeeping call turned complex for city police Sunday, when they arrested a fugitive from a Connecticut court who was wanted on gun and other charges.Malik … more

Model railroad museum in North Adams gets more time for park deal

NORTH ADAMS — The city and developer Thomas Krens have agreed to extend the option that the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum has to purchase Western Gateway Heritage … more

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The Business

Berkshire farm/pot dispensary alliance may be a harbinger of outdoor cultivation potential

SHEFFIELD — Recreational marijuana might be legal in Massachusetts, but it hasn't come out of the shadows and into the light — daylight, that is. But all that could change — and soon … more

Land buy will allow Berkshire Botanical Garden 'to grow in a way we haven't ever'

STOCKBRIDGE — As its expanse of flowers and gardens erupts into full springtime bloom just in time for Wednesday's season opening, Berkshire Botanical Garden's management is celebrating a major … more

The Poll

The Landscape

'Surprises around every corner'

STOCKBRIDGE — A new spring tradition awaits at Naumkeag.There, some 60,000 daffodils, in various stages of blooming and in a variety of hues, from pale buttery yellows to rich golds, wind their … more

A reminder that all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other

A curve drawn in one movement becomes a pathway on a hillside. Walk slowly on a spring morning. The cherry trees are blooming. A woodpecker drums in the wood over the hill. The path turns with each … more

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A woman holds her rosary and books and prays during Mass on Mercy Sunday at the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge.

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