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“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” — MOSHE DAYAN (1915-1981)

The Greeting

Monday, May 20, 2019

Good morning, people of the hills. This week, the region ushers in some warmer temperatures, which means good things for local gardeners looking to plant or harden off their spring vegetable crops.

In teamwork news, a pair of longtime civil servants took their battle with ALS public in an effort to help people stricken with the debilitating disease in the future. Their fundraiser over the weekend brought in $52,000, more than twice organizers' original goal.

Meanwhile, a judge will decide this week if a local contractor can change his plea to innocent in a case of the alleged defrauding of Greylock Federal Credit Union.

First it was a llama on the lam, and now it's horses: For the Lenox Police Department, corraling wayward farm animals is all part of the job.

Over the weekend, 174 tweens and early teens from Boys & Girls Clubs across the Northeast gathered in the Berkshires' club for a Torch Club summit. At the event, the kids attended leadership seminars, played sports and learned how to deal with stress.

In Pittsfield, Eaton Lane — a private road — is a mess, and a city panel is in favor of giving the residents there a reprieve.

The Eagle also sent photographers to proms in Lenox, for BART and McCann Tech, and we also staffed commencement ceremonies at Simon's Rock and MCLA.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

First responders raise cash to fight ALS: 'We've all experienced this disease together'

LENOX — "Pull! Pull! Pull!" The team of Pittsfield firefighters growled and leaned back on the rope with each coordinated tug. As they did, Otis firefighters' sneakers tore through Tanglewood's … more

Lawyer defends new claim of innocence in Greylock fraud case

A claim of innocence ought to carry weight in a courtroom, even at the 11th hour. That's the gist of what could be the last legal filing before a U.S. District Court judge decides whether to allow a … more

At Northeast summit in Pittsfield, Boys & Girls Club offers kids a digital defense playbook

PITTSFIELD — Keely Baker of the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires was surprised to learn that many children are adding strangers on social media. Dan Joslyn, program director for the city … more

Becket, Hinsdale voters shape their respective Select Boards in local elections

A photo-finish and a runaway, respectively, concluded the Becket and Hinsdale Select Board races during Saturday's annual town elections.By a count of 103-100, Chris Swindlehurst edged Maria … more

Residents of deteriorating Eaton Lane win support from council subcommittee

PITTSFIELD — A crumbling city street could soon get help if the City Council's Public Works Committee gets its way. The committee last week voted to throw support behind residents of the … more

Lessons on paid leave offered

PITTSFIELD — The state's new Paid Family Medical Leave program doesn't begin for another two years, but the first step in initiating the process starts July 1, and the county's state designated … more

City eyes providing internet service

PITTSFIELD — Should Pittsfield go into the internet business?That's the question behind a feasibility study that the city plans to embark on this summer, after Mayor Linda Tyer and state Rep. … more

A bit of horseplay for Lenox PD

LENOX — Not your typical overnight shift for town police. On duty in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, officers Paul Duval and Tyler Bosworth received calls about a pair of horses charging down the … more

The Weather

The Learning

MCLA grads told good job market awaits

NORTH ADAMS — The 2019 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts graduates truly have a reason to celebrate. In addition to putting their last batch of final exams behind them, they'll be starting … more

Officials talk school busing costs

GREAT BARRINGTON — The high cost of busing students and insufficient state help are weakening schools and undermining education, officials say. For more than a decade, educators have bemoaned … more

Photos: BART junior/senior prom

The BART Charter School junior/senior prom was held at the Williams Inn on Saturday.


Photos: McCann Technical High School Prom

McCann had their junior/senior prom at The Orchards in Williamstown on Saturday,


Simon's Rock grads told to 'nurture empathy'

GREAT BARRINGTON — The cheering and clapping began well before the degrees were delivered during the 50th commencement exercises held Saturday at Bard College at Simon's Rock. The occasion … more

Photos: Lenox Prom 2019

Lenox Memorial High School held its 2019 prom at the Lenox Club on Saturday. A crowd gathered outside the club an hour early to get prime spots to view the promenade. The Lenox Club was … more


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The Business

Fulcrum Enterprises plans to go organic as Great Barrington's 1st outdoor pot cultivator

GREAT BARRINGTON — The town's first outdoor marijuana grower plans to do it the old-fashioned way — in raised beds with natural sunlight.Fulcrum Enterprises LLC also plans to make this … more

Pot farm application withdrawn in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — A company that was seeking permits to grow marijuana at a farm on Blair Road has withdrawn its application, according to Andrew Groff, community development director for the … more

The Poll

The Landscape

After depression and grief, Paul Graubard's paintings, collages celebrate the light

LENOX — Paul Graubard has endured enough darkness in his life. Art provides him with an opportunity to revel in the light."I laugh a lot at my own paintings," Graubard said at his home studio … more

Conversations lead to deeper connections between descendants

When Bonney Hartley, tribal historic preservation officer for the Stockbridge-Munsee Band, watches archeologists scrape back aged earth, something special - and emotional - happens: The centuries, … more

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The Snap

Lenox Memorial High School held its 2019 prom at the Lenox Club on Saturday. A crowd gathered outside the club an hour early to get prime spots to view the promenade. The Lenox Club was founded in 1864 and later moved to the current site, a house built in the 1860s.

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