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“The trouble with our age is all signposts and no destination.” — LOUIS KRONENBERGER, American author (1904-1980)

The Greeting

Kevin Moran, back left, New England Newspapers Inc. vice president of news, investigations editor Larry Parnass, center left, and reporters Heather Bellow, center right, and Haven Orecchio-Egresitz speak with visitors during a Conversation Series event on investigative reporting at The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield on Friday.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires. Today, I'm opening up the news floodgates, because there are just too many local stories to hold back.

Let's begin:

In Sheffield, the Karpinski-Wilbur family is buried, with still many details yet to be released by the Berkshire District Attorney's Office as it investigates the apparent murder-suicide from March 12.

In Pittsfield, a man is arrested on charges of assault with a BB gun.

In Great Barrington, a new development has passed muster with town officials, but the same can't be said for neighbors to the proposed Highfield on Main project by TOPA Enterprises; a 200-year old maple tree on the site will be preserved.

In Richmond, a motor vehicle collision injures two drivers.

And Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., have embarked on a journey that could end in school district consolidation that crosses state lines.

Please dig into these other fine stories ...

LLAMA DRAMARAMA: Lenox Police helped corral Lorenzo, a loose llama, during the afternoon commute Sunday.

COP STOPPED FOR OUI: An off-duty Great Barrington police officer was stopped on the Massachusetts Turnpike and arrested for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. 

THINK OPENLY, ACTING LOCALLY: This assistant professor from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst delivers a speech in which she said the civil rights movement has never ended, and that grassroots action is needed now.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Berkshire Jewish community calls for tolerance in wake of Calif. shooting

The leader of the Pittsfield-based Chabad of the Berkshires is urging the local community and the nation to reassert its "values of tolerance and loving kindness" in the wake of the Chabad synagogue … more

As an entire family is laid to rest, answers still elusive in Sheffield tragedy

SHEFFIELD — The eldest twin by two minutes, Alex loved Money Math. And he had "grandiose plans for a tree house that he and his dad were going to build."The younger twin, Zoe, loved to draw and … more

Pittsfield man charged with making threats, assaults with BB gun

PITTSFIELD — A city man is being held without bail and remains a suspect in a number of recent incidents involving alleged threats and assaults involving a BB gun.Niberson "Nibs" A. … more

Great Barrington OKs rental complex, leaving neighbors unhappy and mourning historic maple

GREAT BARRINGTON — Developers of a four-building rental complex have altered the plans for the project to preserve a 200-year-old sugar maple tree on the parcel. But a group of residents remain … more

Two injured in crash at Richmond intersection

RICHMOND — A man and woman were hospitalized early Monday after their vehicles collided at the intersection of New Lenox and Swamp roads., according to Fire Chief Steve Traver.The drivers of … more

Wednesday candidates forum set for Great Barrington races

GREAT BARRINGTON — As the May 14 town election approaches, the public is invited to a moderated forum for all candidates seeking seats in town government.The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. … more

Stamford, Vt., Clarksburg set off on 'roadmap' to merger

CLARKSBURG — Local officials will roll up their sleeves on Tuesday and begin paving the way to unify elementary schools in Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., into a single district.The interstate … more

Police help corral runaway llama in Lenox

LENOX — It wasn't your ordinary police emergency, but all in a day's work for two Lenox Police officers.Shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, a motorist called in to report a frightened llama loose on … more

Great Barrington police officer facing OUI charge after turnpike stop

GREAT BARRINGTON — A town police officer is facing a drunken driving charge after being arrested Saturday on the Massachusetts Turnpike.Daniel Bartini, 26, was arrested by a state police … more

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The Learning

BCC civil rights speaker urges social change at local level

PITTSFIELD — The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom of 1963 didn't happen overnight.The march — which included the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech … more

Earth Day event benefits Berkshire Children and Families

PITTSFIELD — Our group of students, part of 1Berkshire's Youth Leadership Program, wanted to create an interactive and informative Earth Day-inspired event. On April 13 at the Downtown … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Berkshire Symphony season finale offered winning solos from a winners' circle

WILLIAMSTOWN - The Berkshire Symphony concert began and ended with works proclaiming the Dies irae, the medieval plainsong chant invoking the Day of Wrath. The pairing made a paradoxical set of … more

Bob Dunn | Game On: Learn to appreciate the art form behind the game

Is flawed art still worthwhile? It's a question I've been asking myself for the last couple of weeks, in regards to the recent release of Where the Bees Make Honey, a game created by first-time game developer Brian Wilson (no, not … more

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The Snap

Taconic’s Anton Lazits pitches during a game at Clapp Park against St. Peter Marian on Monday.

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