Thought of the day

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” — DIETRICH BONHOEFFER (1906-1945) 

The Greeting

While a goat stays close by, Jen Barbeau feeds the chickens at Mountain Girl Farm in North Adams on Monday evening.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Good morning, my Berkshire friends. 

Today, we share news that a small horse was killed and dragged from his Hinsdale stall by a bear; the authorities haven't seen the bear since it was spotted over the weekend. There's plenty of speculation that the attack was committed by a mountain lion or coyotes, but state wildlife officials are sticking to their bear theory.

In South County, Richmond and West Stockbridge are seeking to hire one person to cover both towns' administrator duties.

Also in South County, we have some good news: The sorry-looking Cottage Street bridge in Great Barrington will be getting fixed. The bad news: It probably won't be happening until 2023.

The Eagle also shares news of a Catholic artifact that'll be touring the Berkshires: It's the heart of St. John Vianney of Ars, France, which arrives April 27 at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge. 

Voters in Lenox will be tasked with deciding the fate of recreational cannabis in town, as well as the future of short-term rentals, which has been targeted by the local B&B and motel business community.

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The News

Bear suspected in attack that killed horse in Hinsdale

HINSDALE — A Hinsdale family is warning residents to secure pets and animals after their small horse was killed and pulled from his stall.A black bear is believed to have been responsible, … more

Heart of saint on display at churches in late April

A relic of the patron saint of parish priests will spend Mercy Sunday weekend in the Berkshires. The object — the "incorrupt" heart of St. John Vianney of Ars, France — arrives April 27 … more

Raids targeting Springfield-Berkshires drug trafficking net 4,500 bags of heroin, 7 arrests

PITTSFIELD — Seven people accused of running a complex drug-trafficking operation between Springfield and Berkshire County were arrested Friday in a coordinated series of raids. Investigators … more

'Shape your future': Berkshire leaders seek to make every effort count for 2020 census

PITTSFIELD — With legislative representation and federal funding at stake, Berkshire residents need to stand up and be counted next year.Local, state and federal officials at City Hall … more

Connell running for another term on Pittsfield City Council

PITTSFIELD — Veteran city councilor Christopher Connell wants to represent Ward 4 for another two years.Connell has taken out nomination papers in an effort to land on the Nov. 5 ballot and win … more

Voters to decide on short-term rental zoning, pot bylaws

LENOX — When voters troop into the annual town meeting early next month, three items will be front and center in the smorgasbord of 20 warrant articles.Up for debate and a vote: whether to ease … more

Richmond, West Stockbridge seek to fill joint town administrator position

RICHMOND — A shared town manager position between Richmond and West Stockbridge is in jeopardy as the person who was going to work for both towns has found employment in another … more

Cottage Street bridge fix could be years away

GREAT BARRINGTON — A steep hike in projected costs to repair the Cottage Street bridge might delay the bridge's reopening — by at least five more years. Original estimates pegged the cost … more

The Weather


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Our Opinion: Battle continues for transgender rights

A significant victory in the battle to assure transgender rights was won last November when Massachusetts residents soundly defeated a fear-based attempt to overturn the 2016 state law protecting … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Equity actors find friendly stages far from Broadway's lights

ALBANY, N.Y. — There is something special going on with Capital Repertory Theatre's production of "Shakespeare in Love." The comedy-romance is one of the largest productions in the Rep's … more

Berkshire Palate: A casual vibe with modern flavors

WILLIAMSTOWN — At Berkshire Palate, the restaurant business is truly a family affair. While the Brassard family members who own the restaurant have recently hired additional staff for the … more

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The Snap

Local musician Andy Kelly joins Jessica Williamson’s class for young children at the Berkshire Museum for a sing-along on Monday. Kelly had his granddaughter Eve Kelly Harkson in the class. The class meets every Monday at 10 a.m. to learn about natural history, and Kelly joins them every few weeks to liven things up.

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