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“Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels or believes.” — EMILY DICKINSON, American poet (born 1830, died on this date in 1886)

The Greeting

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. I hear a lawnmower going outside, so it must be true springtime again. I apologize for the snowy weather of the past couple of days. You also should know that The Eagle did not cause the weather; we merely report it.

In Lenox news, the use of the slur "tranny" in a high school production of "Shrek" is spurring some frank community talk on equity, safety and justice.

In North County news, the Beacon Recovery Community Center has opened, with an aim to save lives being marred by substance use disorder.

Also in the north, McCann Technical School students raked in some medals at the annual Skills USA competition, a showcase of the nation's best and brightest vocational students.

If town meetings and elections are your bag, then head on over to our Spring 2019 town meeting and election webpage. It's jammed with all the motions and emotions you can handle.

Third Thursdays are back in Pittsfield. Check out this story for the plan.

And a group of Bay State lawmakers are pushing to have a rail line that connects Boston, Greenfield and North Adams.

Please visit berkshireeagle.com every day to know what's happening in your community. While there, treat yourself to a digital+Sunday package.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

Correction: In Tuesday's Beat, the entry on the proposed Berkshire Flyer should have stated that it would connect New York City and Pittsfield.

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The News

Berkshire residents bemoan 'Lost Spring of 2019' with chilly temps, May snow dusting

Some weather-weary, fed-up Berkshire residents are calling it the "Lost Spring of 2019," and with good reason.Only three days of the normally merry month of May have been rain-free so far, and … more

Slur in Lenox Memorial school play prompts a community conversation on inclusivity

LENOX — The use of a gender-insensitive term during a recent middle school musical production has prompted a push for diversity education measures among district administrators, staff and … more

Great Barrington, Egremont boards get new faces; Adams, Williamstown hold elections, too

GREAT BARRINGTON — In contested races that centered on economic development and government transparency, three fresh faces won open seats Tuesday on three Great Barrington boards.Preliminary … more

McCann students show off technical skills, bring home medals from competition

NORTH ADAMS — They weren't escorted home with a police motorcade or a siren-blaring fire engine brigade, but a group of McCann Technical School students recently returned to the Berkshires … more

Northern Berkshire celebrates new support in addiction fight

NORTH ADAMS — In 2018, more than 2,000 Massachusetts residents died from the disease of heroin addiction, according to the state's Department of Health.It was in the light of those deaths, and the … more

Celebrate start of summer with Third Thursday

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire young people will dance and sing to open the 13th season of Third Thursday in downtown Pittsfield.The traditional youth theme for May features a variety of area music and … more

Becket voters reject meals tax, ban plastic bags

BECKET — Voters at Saturday's annual town meeting rejected a local meals tax proposed by town officials and unanimously approved a plastic bag ban. They also OK'd a $6,716,894 budget for the … more

Town meetings and elections | Spring 2019

Spring town meetings and elections are in full swing. What's your town going to be voting on? Look below, find out town and soak up as much information as you can handle. more

The Weather


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The Business

Lawmakers pitch Northwest Mass. rail line to Boston

BOSTON — Armed with emails and social media comments from more than 700 western Massachusetts residents, two lawmakers pitched the Transportation Committee on studying an east-west passenger … more

Pittsfield councilors to review metered parking flap

PITTSFIELD — Ward 6 Councilor John Krol had hoped that Mayor Linda Tyer's administration would work with Berkshire Nautilus on a parking resolution, but "that is not happening."Now, councilors … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Cauliflower on the grill? It's easy!

To make grilled cauliflower with a tender interior and a flavorful, nicely browned exterior, we first microwaved it until it was cooked through and then briefly grilled it to pick up color and … more

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The Plan

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