Thought of the day

“I realized a long time ago that a belief which does not spring from a conviction in the emotions is no belief at all.” — EVELYN SCOTT,  American author (1893-1963)

The Greeting

Friday, April 5, 2019

Good morning, Berkshire County. Welcome to the last day of your workweek (provided you're not pulling any weekend shifts); if you are on duty this weekend, we thank you for your service!

Tomorrow, the third recreational marijuana shop in Berkshire County will open its doors to the public. Berkshire Roots, which has been serving medical marijuana customers since last year, begins adult retail sales Saturday. They're over on Dalton Avenue near the bowling alley. Follow your nose, and you'll find it!

In Berkshire Mall news, new deadlines will have the site on the road to seizure if its tax obligations are not met by mid-May.

In court news, a Pittfield man will be held for 180 days, as a Berkshire judge deems him a danger based on his prior record.

In Wahconah Regional news, some small towns soon will consider whether they want to pay for a new, state-of-the-art building in Dalton.

In political news, activists are cheering now that U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is seeking President Donald Trump's tax returns. 

In radio news, WBRK has launched some new programming on the county's newest FM station, The Peak, K97.1.

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GETTING HOME-SCHOOLED IN PUBLIC: These Berkshire homeschoolers enjoyed an expo focusing on their educational experiences and that connects them with their peers.

HAMMING IT UP: Jon Hamm of "Mad Men" fame is starring in a play on stage at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

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The News

New court action ramps up pressure on Berkshire Mall owner

LANESBOROUGH — The Berkshire Mall might have reopened, but the financial issues facing its owner continue to mount.And if those issues aren't resolved by mid-May, the town could begin the … more

Berkshire Roots in Pittsfield to begin recreational pot sales Saturday

PITTSFIELD — The city will get its second recreational cannabis store Saturday. Berkshire Roots first opened to medical cardholders a year ago, and now it readies to swing open its Dalton Avenue … more

Select Board seat, Wahconah project go to Becket voters on Saturday

BECKET — Voters are tasked with narrowing the field for an open Select Board seat and weighing in on a $71.87 million school building project this weekend. Nicole Ledoux stepped down early from … more

Pitch, pushback on new Wahconah proposal: A toolkit for voters

DALTON — Amid debates over building a new Wahconah Regional High School, this much is known: By nightfall Saturday, voters will have said whether they are willing to invest millions of local … more

Pittsfield man accused of firearm offenses held without bail

PITTSFIELD — A city man was ordered held without bail for 180 days Tuesday amid concerns regarding his previous record, including a manslaughter conviction as a juvenile and new charges … more

ADA noncompliance snags North Adams public safety building repair plans

NORTH ADAMS — Don't remove that tarp just yet.Plans to repair the North Adams public safety building's porous roof have been put on hold over the building's lack of handicapped … more

Activists cheer Neal's decision to go after Trump's tax returns

PITTSFIELD — Since the 2016 presidential election, groups of voters have stood in Park Square rallying against Donald Trump's policy proposals and decisions, some of them calling for the … more

WBRK launches new format to grow audience

PITTSFIELD — WBRK has put more local talent and programming back in local radio.The Berkshires' first radio station has solidified a new format being simulcast on WBRK-1340 AM, which debuted in … more

The Weather


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The Learning

Classroom of the Week | Home-school expo connects independent learners

PITTSFIELD — On Tuesday evening, visitors to the Berkshire Athenaeum auditorium were given a passport to tour around the world and explore the science of everyday life during the 11th Berkshire … more



Our Opinion: Neal pursues tax returns in name of democracy

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, who represents the Berkshires, is a man who has accomplished a fair amount during his 30-year tenure in Congress while remaining largely … more

Dr. Clauda M. Gold: Health equity begins with babies, parents

GREAT BARRINGTON — A number of years ago I worked with Susan, a new mom who was struggling terribly with feelings of depression. Her doctor had recommended medication, but she hesitated. … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Jon Hamm of 'Mad Men' to perform at Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — Early Wednesday afternoon, Jon Hamm was sitting on the edge of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's Hunter Center stage, palms pressed against its surface, legs dangling … more

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The Snap

Jim Mahon loops his signs around his neck during a rally at Park Square in Pittsfield, one of hundreds accross the country on Thursday to call on Attorney General William Barr and other elected officials to make the findings of special council Robert Mueller’s investigation public.

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