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“Life is like a game of poker: If you don’t put any in the pot, there won’t be any to take out.” — JACKIE “MOMS” MABLEY (1894-1975)

The Greeting

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. Today is Thursday. In college, it was known as Thirsty Thursday. To my faithful readers, I say this: All things in moderation, my friends. Except for a few brief moments on Thursdays.

Our top story focuses on Superior Court, where a woman recently charged in a homicide case now finds herself no longer under indictment on murder charges. Meanwhile, Carey Pilot remains held on bail on an open drug trafficking and weapons case, and prosecutors said they will resubmit the case to a grand jury in an attempt to get a new indictment.

We also have more on the Pittsfield builder who's waiting to hear from a federal judge about his level of culpability in a massive fraud scheme that targeted Greylock Federal.

Remember Peter's Choo Choo? Me neither. But lots of local folks do, and those who don't know (like me) can find out here.

In Williamstown, residents have OK'd a bylaw change that will make building a "granny flat" in town that much easier.

And this just in from our Fin, Fang, Feather and Fur Desk: The domesticated emu that was running amok in North Adams finally wandered home after stymying his would-be captors for the better part of a few days.

It's almost summertime. Get The Eagle (comes complete with a great, new calendar feature) and you'll know what's happening in the county. Subscribe today. 

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Murder charge dropped against one suspect in Asiyanna Jones killing

PITTSFIELD — Multiple charges, including murder, have been dropped in the case of a city woman indicted in the October 2017 shooting death of Asiyanna Jones.Carey Pilot, who had been held … more

Pittsfield builder awaits court decision: Jail sentence or trial?

SPRINGFIELD — One of Greylock Federal Credit Union's most famous borrowers will learn soon whether the government must prove he engaged in a $4 million conspiracy. U.S. District Court Judge … more

Baby Boomer Memories: All aboard for Peter's Choo Choo

A favorite baby boomer attraction in the early 1950s was a kiddie train called Peter's Choo Choo that was located near Balance Rock in Lanesborough.The train ride was owned by the late Herman … more

Southfield man charged with OUI homicide in death of motorcyclist in Sheffield

GREAT BARRINGTON — A Southfield man facing manslaughter and drunken driving charges for a crash that killed a motorcyclist Wednesday afternoon now is hospitalized for a psychiatric … more

Man seeks dismissal of his multiple delayed Berkshire Superior Court cases

PITTSFIELD — A former Williamstown man who is serving up to 17 years on drug and weapons charges is seeking to have four open cases against him dismissed because of delays in the … more

Williamstown voters approve zoning changes for accessory dwelling units

WILLIAMSTOWN — Some local homeowners will find it a bit easier to build a smallish house on their property, or convert their single-family house into a duplex, after Tuesday's annual town … more

Emu returns to Adams home after days on the lam

After a few days on the run, a loose emu sauntered home on Wednesday.The animal, first reported missing from its Adams home on Sunday, did not suffer any serious injuries, according to North Adams … more

The Weather

The Learning

Book helps kids make transition to kindergarten

LEE — Transitioning from pre-K to kindergarten can be hard.So the Berkshire Museum and Berkshire Bank Foundation have teamed up, again, to make that move a little easier — and a bit more … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Big Things from a 'Tiny Desk'

NORTH ADAMS — NPR's "Tiny Desk" videos hold a lot of weight in the music world. Staged behind the work space of "All Songs Considered" host Bob Boilen, these cramped concerts include eclectic … more

Auditions slated for WTF community production

WILLIAMSTOWN — Auditions for Williamstown Theatre Festival's 2019 Community Works production, "Summer's Soldier!" are slated this weekend in Williamstown and Pittsfield.Saturday auditions are … more

Margaret Button | Kitchen Comfort: Time to get ready for summer!

I can't believe this weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Summer has finally arrived ... well, unofficially until June 21. Time to get my act together and prepare for it.The first thing on my Memorial … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington is getting ready for a new season with some improvements to the facility. Toriano and Sons Construction is building a new handicapped-accessible entrance to the venue, and programs start this week.

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