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“What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar.” — THOMAS R. MARSHALL, U.S. vice president (1854-1925), to which American humorist Franklin P. Adams replied, “What this country really needs is a good five-cent nickel.”

The Greeting

Monday, May 13, 2019

Happy Monday! Did you see any snow over the weekend? At first, I thought it was a trick of the eyes. It wasn't. Odd timing, with us being half way through spring.

Representatives from Suffolk Downs were in Berkshire County, examining the state of the Great Barrington Fairgrounds for possible redevelopment to bring back horse racing to the region.

A federal judge is giving a contractor the rare opportunity to reconsider his plea, in a case involving the defrauding of Greylock Federal Credit Union about a decade ago.

North Adams First Congregational Church's stained-glass windows have found a new home at a museum of liturgical glass in Texas.

At the O+ Festival, also in North Adams, performers can get medical care, literally, for a song.

A county court judge has denied the Berkshire District Attorney's Office request to hold an alleged drug trafficker without the right to bail; meanwhile, he remains held for being unable to post $20,000.

Wednesday is the deadline for organizations to sign up for guaranteed placement in the Pittsfield Fourth of July parade.

Please stop by at berkshireeagle.com and get a digital+Sunday package to stay in the know, every day.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Suffolk Downs takes stock of fairgrounds for the future

GREAT BARRINGTON — Bittersweet vines climb steps of the grandstand. And they've made their way to the top of camera towers that hover over a bend in the racetrack. Vines aside, the state of the … more

Say it ain't snow: Some saw a bit of the white stuff on Mother's Day

Mother Nature showed no mercy to moms and motorists Sunday with raw, wet and white weather in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.Peru, Becket, Sandisfield, Otis, Washington and Monterey were among … more

US fights Pittsfield builder's quest to change Greylock fraud plea

SPRINGFIELD — Before a Pittsfield man was allowed to plead guilty to defrauding the Greylock Federal Credit Union a decade ago, he faced a judge's grilling. Nearly a year later, Jeffrey Pierce … more

Stained-glass windows serve higher purpose for North Adams church

NORTH ADAMS — The future is bright for the First Congregational Church — and so is its sanctuary.After raising more than $1 million through the sale of its decades-old Tiffany … more

Caring for the artists at O+ Festival

NORTH ADAMS — Lydia Velichkovski hadn't seen a dentist in two years. On Saturday, the 30-year-old Brooklyn musician, who doesn't have dental insurance, walked away from a cavity filling and … more

Deadline nears for Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade applications

PITTSFIELD — Participants have two more days to guarantee placement in this year's Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade.The Parade Committee says veterans groups, marching bands and other … more

The Weather


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The Business

Women entrepreneurs take the prize in Berkshire grant competition

PITTSFIELD — While working as a physical therapist, Brittany Cappiello noticed a medical problem that her female clients were reluctant to talk about.It revolved around pelvic functions, … more

The Poll

The Landscape

John Seven | Viewer's Discretion: British thriller will have viewers on the edge of their seats

If you want tense, exciting, hard-to-predict crime conspiracy stories that keep you on the edge of your seat, British television writer Jed Mercurio should be your go-to guy. His series, "Line of … more

The Lantern: There's a new burger in town ...

PITTSFIELD — There is a lot that hasn't changed at The Lantern Bar & Grill since Pittsfield's iconic eatery reopened: you can still grab a seat at the counter; a lot of the art is still in … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Taconic’s Josh Tayi competes in the high jump during the Berkshire County Individuals meet at Hoosac Valley on Saturday. Tayi won the event, and set a new Taconic record in the process by jumping 6 feet, 6 inches. His previous best jump was 6 feet, 2 inches.

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