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Thought of the day

“When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things — not the great occasions — that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.” — BOB HOPE, comedian (born this date in 1903, died in 2003)

The Greeting

People emerge from the courtyard at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art during a block party to celebrate the museum's 20-year anniversary on Saturday.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Good day, people of the 413. It's nearly the end of May, which means our Berkshire spring should be starting any day now. 

Meanwhile, the Berkshire district attorney spoke Tuesday to update the public and press on the state of the investigation into a murder-suicide case in Sheffield. Among the few details released is that the DA's office has ruled out an assailant other than Luke Karpinski, the deceased father, husband and prime suspect.

In Pittsfield, a pair of pedestrians suffered minor injuries in two separate car accidents over the weekend.

Also in Pittsfield, the mayor's plan to rehab the exteriors of rundown city homes now is moving into the hands of a working group.

In Great Barrington, roadway work is underway, causing pain now but hopefully easing downtown congestion when complete.

And to the north in Williamstown, two families will have new Habitat for Humanity homes in about a year's time.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

DA updates status of Sheffield murder-suicide investigation

SHEFFIELD — District Attorney Andrea Harrington said Tuesday that her office has ruled out other suspects in what early on was deemed a murder-suicide after … more

Pittsfield pedestrians hit in separate weekend crashes

PITTSFIELD — Two pedestrians were hit by cars over the weekend in Pittsfield, according to police. Both were city residents and sustained minor injuries in separate crashes Saturday night, … more

Owner in talks with remaining Berkshire Mall tenants about its future

LANESBOROUGH — The handful of tenants clinging to commercial life at the Berkshire Mall will get a say about whether the beleaguered shopping center will reopen. People arriving at the main … more

Tyer opens housing program planning group to councilors

PITTSFIELD — A housing loan program that failed to clear City Council could yet see the light of day. In response to pushback from city councilors, Mayor Linda Tyer opened a planning group for … more

State regains guarantee on 'middle mile' network

An arbitrator's ruling was expected to be the last word on the state's legal fight over a high-tech asset that cost taxpayers $90 million. After all, that finding was termed "final, binding and … more

Downtown Great Barrington construction: Short-term pain for long-term gain

GREAT BARRINGTON — As the dust flies, the traffic slows: The long-awaited and, in some cases, dreaded downtown reconstruction project is well underway.As anticipated, the work has temporarily … more

New Habitat homes planned for Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — Folks who live in the Cole Avenue area are going to get some new neighbors — but not for another year or so. The Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is about to begin … more

The Weather

The Business

Red Lion preps for $300K renovation

STOCKBRIDGE — Steeped in tradition but keen on enhancing the Red Lion Inn's appeal to contemporary travelers, the Fitzpatrick family is marking its 50th anniversary of saving the 1773 landmark … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Spring foraging: Amp up the flavor with fresh ramps

One of the great delights of this time of year in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont is the appearance of ramps. These wild onions, with a flavor that could broadly be described as somewhere between … more

Robin Anish | The Table is Set: Just a little ditty extolling rhubarb pie

There's a song stuck in my head!
Rhubarb Pie / Rhubarb Pie / It might rain tomorrow / Better get some before I die / Rhubarb Pie / Rhubarb Pie / It might rain tomorrow / Better get some before I die / Save your lemons / Get 'em … more

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The Snap

Members of the Stockbridge-Munsee band of the Mohican Nation, including direct descendants of Chief Konkapot, whose face is carved into the fountain, perform a blessing at the rededication ceremony for the restored the Kilbon Memorial Fountain in Lee on Saturday.

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