Thought of the day

“You can kill a man but you can’t kill an idea.” — MEDGAR EVERS, American civil rights activist (1926-1963)

The Greeting

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Good morning, Berks. It's true: There's been some kind of mixup with the weather, namely that March patterns have leached into April, and much of the county has blown away because of the wind. Hang in there through what Accuweather is calling a red flag alert, which means there's a high risk of brush fires.

Our U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has requested President Donald Trump's tax returns; some call it a bold and necessary move, while others call it a fishing expedition.

A Pittsfield builder is telling a federal court judge that he was duped into a fraud scheme; the government argues that he was a willing participant.

And no matter what happens to the Mohawk Theater, a city panel is recommending that its historic marquee will be saved.

People of Savoy and Florida, start your web search engines: High-speed internet is on its way. If you have friends in Hawley or Monroe, send a pigeon up their way and let them know that broadband will be there soon, too.

Stop by today and peruse our fine assortment of articles and photos ...

KEEPING THE MEMORIES ALIVE: There are lots of artifacts inside the former Searles School, and Great Barrington aims to preserve them before its demolished and rehabbed.

5 THINGS TO DO: Got plans for the week? If not, check out our picks.

SIGNS OF SPRING: Our nature columnist reports that there are signs of spring in the region; sounds like he doesn't live in the hilltowns.

BERKSHIRE EARTH EXPO: Take a look at this weekend event at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires. It's a community event that highlights energy efficiency, climate resilience, and the protection of nature and public health. 

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

The News

Rep. Neal asks IRS for 6 years of Trump's tax returns

WASHINGTON — A House committee chairman Wednesday formally asked the IRS to provide six years of President Donald Trump's personal tax returns and the returns for some of his businesses as … more

Pittsfield builder angles to avoid prison time in credit union fraud

PITTSFIELD — To the government, Jeffrey Pierce, of Pittsfield, was a "knowing and willing participant" in a $3.55 million fraud, and for that, he ought to be jailed for nearly four years.But to … more

North Adams City Council moves to preserve Mohawk Theater marquee

NORTH ADAMS — Regardless of what the Mohawk Theater becomes, its historic marquee should be preserved.That is the priority of the City Council's Community Development Committee, which on … more

Wireless internet system to go live this year in Savoy, Florida

People in four of the most rural towns in Western Massachusetts will soon be able to say this: The digital divide disappeared in 2019.After years of seeking a path to high-speed internet service, the … more

Great Barrington to preserve Searles school's artifacts ahead of hotel preparations

GREAT BARRINGTON — There's an electronic scoreboard and a basketball hoop. There are light fixtures, doorknobs and a wall clock with the periodic table symbols over the numerals.There is a … more

The Weather


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The Learning

Level-service budget plan for North Adams schools caps increase at 2%

NORTH ADAMS — The city's school district has introduced a "level-services" budget.The $18 million spending plan for fiscal 2020, introduced to the School Committee at its Tuesday meeting, aims … more



Our Opinion: Approve new WRHS for students, district

The Central Berkshire Regional School District confronts a defining moment Saturday when voters will accept or reject a proposal to build a new Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton. It is a … more

Podcast | Don Morrison commentary: Courage of the Turtle

Don Morrison speaks of a reptilian reminiscence you won't often see. more

The Poll

The Landscape

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The Plan

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The Snap

One of a series of sculptures by Robert Taplin which is a part of the Mass MoCA exhibit "Suffering from Realness" to open to the public on April 13.

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