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“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." — William Faulkner, American author (1897-1962)

The Greeting

Friday, May 17, 2019

Hello, people of the 413. The news spigot still is flowing today, as we bring you another round of Berkshire County news.

"Bouilloire et Fruits," a masterpiece by French impressionist Paul Cezanne, was sold at auction for $59 million this week; it has gone through at least nine owners, one of whom was a Berkshire resident.

Third Thursday brought dozens of people to downtown Pittsfield Thursday afternoon and evening, but the event's kickoff for the year was marred when a man from Lenox ended up pinned beneath a pickup truck that had struck him.

The preservation of an early American home in Dalton is earning plaudits; the site was the home of some of the town's early African-American residents.

A suspect in a string of arson fires has been found not competent to be held criminally responsible; he'll be taken to a state hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

The North Adams Police Department finally has the green light to pursue some repair work for its roof. 

And the Foot Locker has joined the ranks of business that have loped off from the Berkshire Mall, where occupancy rates are circling the drain.

Stay tuned into what's happening today and every day, with the berkshireeagle.com. Order a digital+Sunday package for you and grandma ... she'll thank you for it.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

After $59M sale, 'Bouilloire et Fruits' painting's price tag, beauty matched only by its journey

The tangled saga of "Bouilloire et Fruits," the storied painting by French impressionist Paul Cezanne, boggles the mind. The masterpiece, which was sold at auction for $59 million this week, has gone … more

Lenox man injured in crash at Third Thursday event in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — A Lenox man was seriously injured on Thursday when a large pickup hit and pinned him under the vehicle, just as revelers arrived for the first Third Thursday of the season. The … more

Proposed state rule changes rekindle biomass debate

AMHERST — Two dozen people urged energy officials Thursday to stick with rules they believe made Massachusetts an environmental leader early this decade, after controversy over proposed biomass … more

Rescue of African American home in Dalton wins state honor

DALTON — The latest winners of state preservation awards include grand public structures — the Longfellow Bridge across the Charles River, the Plymouth post office and the Senate Chamber … more

Historic house lot beckons affordable neighbor in Dalton

DALTON — Yet more change is afoot at a historic Gulf Road corner, where a Dalton neighborhood borders miles of forest.When the town took ownership of the last remaining dwelling of Dalton's … more

Pittsfield arson suspect found not competent to stand trial, will be committed to state hospital

PITTSFIELD — The city man accused of setting a string of fires late last summer has been determined to be not competent to stand trial and will be committed to a state hospital pending further … more

North Adams gets OK to fix public safety building's leaky roof

NORTH ADAMS — After months of delay, the city can move forward with repairs to the leaking roof of its public safety building.This month, the city received the necessary variances from … more

WGBY interviews Berkshire DA Andrea Harrington on new bail policy

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s new bail policy has gotten rid of bail for most defendants awaiting trial, unless they are considered a flight risk or a threat to public … more

The Weather


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The Business

Foot Locker takes walk at Berkshire Mall; few retailers remain

LANESBOROUGH — Foot Locker staff at the Berkshire Mall are packing up sneakers and other apparel after selling their last merchandise Wednesday, joining a long flight of stores.The Foot Locker … more

The Learning

Mount Greylock's Mechanical Mounties write the manual for building a better robotics team

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mechanical Mounties went from worst to almost first during their third year competing against larger, well-funded high school robotics teams.The high-tech student squad from … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Everything you need to know about visiting Mount Greylock

Alec Gillman, the regional interpretive coordinator for the West Region of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, recently provided everything I needed about the opening of … more

Why buy it, when you can DIY it and take it home?

A family's name on a sign evokes a sense of lineage and, sometimes, offers a glimpse into the characters who belong to that clan. But if you're familiar with boozy crafts gatherings, such a display … more

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The Snap

People enjoy good weather during the first Third Thursday of the year in downtown Pittsfield.

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