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“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.” — IVAN TURGENEV, Russian author (1818-1883)

The Greeting

Stephanie Zollshan — The Berkshire Eagle
During the final session of OLLI’s birding class, a bobolink calls out from the field that was created as a breeding area at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Happy F-R-Y-day! To that end, as the learned chiropractor Dr. Stephen Tosk says: French fries are a killer; he intones these words as he steals them from my plate. 

In today's news, firefighters teamed up with residents to drag hoses to quell a blaze that was complicated by a dry fire hydrant. Our Haven Orecchio-Egresitz reports.

A jury trial is on tap for an Egremont man who allegedly went for a police officer's pistol during a traffic stop gone wrong in October.

Clarksburg now is shy a town administrator after Carl McKinney resigned amid a contract dispute with the Select Board.

David Brooke, former director of the Clark who oversaw it at a time of pivotal growth, has died. He was 87.

And does the name Nejaime ring a bell? If you don't know the wine and spirits merchant yet, you soon will: He's seeking to open a cannabis business in Lenox.

Got a weekend plan? Check out our new calendar. And for the love of Pete, if you haven't by now, please subscribe today. 

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

With nearby hydrant turned off, public lends a hand to quell Pittsfield fire

PITTSFIELD — A blaze tore through a multifamily home Thursday on Tyler Street, damaging a nearby building and sending heavy smoke into the air that was visible from more than a mile away.None … more

Jury trial set for Egremont man who allegedly attacked officer during stop

GREAT BARRINGTON — An Egremont man who allegedly tried to remove an officer's pistol from his holster during a scuffle is set to face a jury-of-six trial in the fall.Sonny Harvey, 36, was … more

Clarksburg town administrator resigns after contract dispute with Select Board

CLARKSBURG — Town Administrator Carl McKinney has resigned over a contract dispute with the town's Select Board.The board wanted to put McKinney's annual salary increase to a vote at the … more

'Deeply engaged' former Clark Director David Brooke dies at 87

WILLIAMSTOWN — David Brooke, the former director of the Clark Art Institute who led the museum through a pivotal time in its growth, has died.Brooke, who was 87, died April 30 in Alhambra, … more

Lenox liquor store owner wants to branch out into marijuana

LENOX — A longtime local business proprietor is applying to open the town's first adult-use recreational retail marijuana shop, just three weeks after voters approved limiting cannabis … more

The Weather

The Learning

Classroom of the Week | In Kelsey Falkowski's 6th-grade classroom, math and kids matter

PITTSFIELD — It might have been barely 8 a.m., but on Tuesday morning, the students in Kelsey Falkowski's sixth-grade math class at Reid Middle School were on point. They walked in, took their … more

20 years after Columbine killings, the principal talks about the murders and the fallout

GREAT BARRINGTON — Suicide, addiction, divorce and legal troubles.That is just some of the wreckage that followed in the decades after the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Annie Lennox's dreamscape finds a home at Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — Inside a glass case resting on a large earthen mound, a folded piece of paper bears the opening lines to Eurythmics' most famous song."Sweet dreams are made of this," the … more

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: A little bear etiquette goes a long way

Q I've always heard about bears, "Don't bother them, and they won't bother you." Is that really true? I have a friend, whose backyard abuts the woods, who took a video of one from her deck. If we see … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Jenn Smith — The Berkshire Eagle
Kelsey Falkowski's sixth-grade students help one another study geometry at Reid Middle School.

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