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“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” — MAYA ANGELOU (1928-2014)

The Greeting

American Legion Post 160 members stand at attention during the Memorial Day ceremony held at the War Memorial on the summit of Mount Greylock on Sunday morning.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Good morning, Berkshire County. The weekend's sunshine and warmth has been replaced unceremoniously with overcast skies and drizzle. More on that, here.

Today, The Eagle has a selection of Memorial Day stories from around the county, where many came out to honor our fellow Americans who perished in war. Check out these stories from Adams, Cheshire and Pittsfield.

In North Adams, city leaders are girding for the possibility that the city might be a pilot community for a cannabis cafe; North Adams was one of five communities invited to opt-in to the pilot program because its mayor participated in a state-led workshop on social consumption.

A local investment firm and a green-teen-to-work company are teaming up with the aim of helping to rehab Springside Park in Pittsfield.

Speaking of green, Sandisfield has become one of the state's recognized "green communities," and has landed a grant to prove it.

The Harriman and West Airport in North Adams still is hoping for an August opening for its new administrative offices.

One person was hurt in a head-on crash in Pittsfield, in which an SUV collided with a pickup truck.

And in South County at Monument Mountain Regional High School, a new program will expose students to workplaces in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

'Without them, we would not exist': Pittsfield honors the fallen on Memorial Day

PITTSFIELD — John Harding learned in the Vietnam War that the worst thing to lose is your dignity. "You people have helped in the restoration of that feeling," Harding told the crowd at the … more

As state eyes pot cafe pilot, North Adams could be a participant

NORTH ADAMS — North Adams could participate in a pilot of marijuana cafes, but residents shouldn't expect to see one soon.Though the city is one of a handful of communities eligible for a … more

'We remember': Cheshire Memorial Day ceremony pledges not to forget those lost in war

CHESHIRE — The Rev. Bill Furey treated his fair share of casualties as a Marine medic in the Vietnam War. For 50 years, the words of one severely wounded soldier has stayed with the pastor of … more

Mill Town Capital proposes $45K project at Springside Park

PITTSFIELD — Springside Park is a city jewel in need of polishing, members of Mill Town Capital and Greenagers say. To achieve that, the two groups propose the city allow them to tackle and pay … more

Sandisfield goes green with state grant

SANDISFIELD — In exchange for agreeing to take steps that will save this municipality energy, the state is giving Sandisfield money to make it happen.Now designated as a participant in the … more

Berkshire SuperGenarian forum seeks to break barriers to aging healthily

PITTSFIELD — Some 200 people filled the Berkshire Hills Country Club ballroom, but Dr. Mary O'Malley brought a hush to the room as she led people through a series of breathing and mindfulness … more

1 hurt in head-on collision on Holmes Road in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — One person was injured following a two-vehicle crash on Holmes Road near Chapman Road.Shortly before 4 p.m., Pittsfield police were called to Holmes Road and Cummings Avenue, where … more

A century after its founding, Adams American Legion Post 160 honors veterans' sacrifices

ADAMS — A local patriotic veterans organization on Sunday marked its centennial year of service to veterans and the community with a tradition like no other in Massachusetts.The Adams American … more

The Weather

The Business

Harriman-and-West Airport's new administration building set to open in August

NORTH ADAMS — Construction is well underway on the newest addition to the Harriman-and-West Airport.First announced in 2016, a new airport administration building should be completed by … more

At Pittsfield Suns' Food Truck Feastival, a welcome chance to step up to the plate

PITTSFIELD — Food and good weather pair well in bringing people together, and hundreds flocked to Wahconah Park on Saturday afternoon for a bit of both.For the third year in a row, the park … more

The Learning

Herberg Middle School concert celebrates sounds of Latin America

PITTSFIELD — For their last musical concert of the school year, the Herberg Middle School choral students have been preparing a piece for which the only lyrics are "La La Oh." The other … more

At Monument High, Innovation Pathway program heralds larger education shift

GREAT BARRINGTON — The era in which public high school students get most of their education at their desks is gradually coming to an end.The move to infuse classroom learning with hands-on, … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

At Shakespeare & Company, 'The Waverly Gallery' spins a tale for our time

LENOX — Kenneth Lonergan's "The Waverly Gallery" is coming home to the Berkshires.The play, which opened Off-Broadway in 2000 and just completed a hugely successful, Tony nominated Broadway … more

Shaker Barn offers stage for talented up-and-comers

PITTSFIELD — Since its opening season in 2017, the Shaker Barn Music series at Hancock Shaker Village has given roots music a prominent central Berkshire stage in the months leading up to … more

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The Snap

Owner Sarah Hogue stands with her daughter’s new horse, an 11-year-old Czech warmblood named Qikar, in the outdoor arena at SJH Equestrian in Richmond.

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