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Thought of the day

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” — ERMA BOMBECK, American humorist (1927-1996)



The Greeting

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thank goodness, it's Friday! Firstly, I must apologize for Thursday's greeting, as I began it with "Happy Wednesday!" I suppose my Wednesday must've been happy, if I tried to celebrate it twice. Maybe all my days from now on will be only Wednesdays, like an episode from the "The Twilight Zone." No biggie, as long as I get to take an occasional Wednesday off.

Meanwhile, closer to the now: A cute little coyote pup, which was rescued recently by a state trooper in Revere, now is rehabilitating in the Berkshires. It'll eventually be returned to the wild.

In cannabis news, a twofer: The first retail site in Adams likely will open before the year is out, and, in Lee, a dispensary next door to the Massachusetts Turnpike is contending with a delay in its opening.

A fire that destroyed a home on Swamp Road in West Stockbridge has been ruled accidental.

A cyclist in Pittsfield was injured when he collided with a Berkshire Regional Transportation Authority shuttle bus.

Also in  Pittsfield, the city's highway chief is on leave, but City Hall is mum on the reason why.

And the terrace at The Mount, Edith Wharton's gilded home in Lenox, is the beneficiary of a $760,000 renovation, which will leave the mansion in tip-top shape for the upcoming tourist season.

Don't forget: Visit berkshireeagle.com every day to hear the heartbeat of your community and county. While there, get yourself a subscription for a digital+Sunday package.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

2-year terrace restoration puts The Mount on solid footing for season

LENOX — Resplendent in its springtime finery, author Edith Wharton's early 20th-century abode at The Mount is primed to welcome seasonal visitors after a massive structural renovation and … more

2 arrested in Williamstown raid plead not guilty to drug trafficking charges

NORTH ADAMS — Two city residents who missed their court date on drug trafficking charges last month have been released after showing up for their arraignment Monday.Lakarra Williams, 29, and … more

No word if it was wily, but found coyote pup being looked after in Berkshires

WASHINGTON — A coyote pup that was found on a busy roadway in Revere and spent the night with a state police trooper and his girlfriend has made its way to the Berkshires, where it will be … more

Cyclist hurt after collision with BRTA bus

A bicyclist suffered minor injuries Thursday afternoon after he was hit by a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus at East and Whipple streets. The man, 19, whose name was not immediately … more

Fire that destroyed West Stockbridge home ruled accidental

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — A dangerous Swamp Road fire that destroyed a two-bedroom home last week has been ruled accidental, according to the state Fire Marshal's Office.The fire at 18 Swamp Road … more

North Adams school spending up 2 percent; services level

NORTH ADAMS — Existing school programs and staffing levels would be retained in the coming year under a $17.77 million budget adopted this week by the North Adams School Committee.The … more

The Spotlight

Deficiencies, abuses, impending closure at Sweet Brook nursing home

Since summer of 2017, the Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has been cited by the state Department of Public Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services for a laundry list … more

The Weather


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The Business

Goodwill's new career center offers training for Northern Berkshire job seekers

NORTH ADAMS — Dust off that resume.Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont has opened a new career center inside its State Street store in North Adams.The center, tucked in a … more

Adams retail pot store eyes opening by year's end

ADAMS — The first proposal for a retail marijuana business in town is winding its way through the state bureaucracy, but operators hope the Howland Avenue store will open by the end of the … more

Lee pot store hits another snag with final license

LEE — The town's first retail recreational marijuana store is still awaiting state approval to open for business.Canna Provisions CEO Meg Sanders and Chief Operating Officer Erik Williams had … more

The Poll

The Landscape

'The Sting,' 'Star Wars IV,' 'Woodstock' among six films added to Mahaiwe monthly movies

GREAT BARRINGTON — "The Sting," "Star Wars Episode IV" and the 1970 documentary, "Woodstock," are among six films that have been added to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center's monthly movies … more

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