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“For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.” — ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH, American writer (1906-2001)

The Greeting

Fishermen explore the oxbows along the Housatonic River in Lenox on Wednesday. The oxbows are a scenic wonder that extend from Pittsfield to Woods Pond in Lenox and are part of a continuing debate about methods of cleanup because of PCB pollution.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. Today, we can expect Snoop Dogg's favorite kind of weather: drizzle. Stay dry and thirsty, my friends.

In North County news, the city of North Adams soon could be reducing the speed limits on some roads in an effort to curb speeding; officials are planning a 5 mph reduction in some trouble spots, but the matter awaits a key City Council vote.

The name of a former Western Massachusetts priest still has not been added to a list of "credibly accused clergy," even though there is testimony to that effect in the possession of the regional diocese.

The treasurer in Peru didn't want to become mired in police pay for private road details, and town leaders agree.

A group residents expressed concern Wednesday night about Great Barrington's first proposed organic cannabis farm. 

And a box fan appears to be to blame in a house fire that damaged a home in Monterey on Memorial Day.

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The News

North Adams officials advance plan to reduce downtown speed limit

NORTH ADAMS — The City Council took a first step toward adopting new regulations Tuesday that would allow it to set speed limits as low as 20 mph in certain areas.The council voted unanimously … more

Former bishop not listed as 'credibly accused,' despite diocesan board's finding

When one of the longest-serving Western Massachusetts bishops was accused of child sexual abuse, a successor rose to his defense. "I would hope that the names of good priests and bishops, who cannot … more

Residents push back at plans for Great Barrington's first marijuana growing operation

GREAT BARRINGTON — A company looking to operate an organic marijuana growing operation in Housatonic got pushback from a handful of residents Tuesday about everything from water usage to … more

Peru residents reject plan to speed private-duty pay to officers

PERU — Police officers who work private details in the town of Peru still will have to direct the flow of invoices, as well as traffic. Residents at annual town meeting rejected a proposed … more

Date set for special election on expanding Select Board

CHESHIRE — Cheshire voters, mark Aug. 13 on your calendar. That's the date the Select Board has set for the special election to add two more townspeople to the three-member panel.Meanwhile, the … more

Newcomer tops incumbent for Clarksburg Select Board seat

CLARKSBURG — Town voters opted for change on Tuesday. Political newcomer Danielle Luchi won a contested race for a three-year term on the Select Board, earning 236 votes and defeating incumbent … more

Box fan likely culprit in Monterey house fire on Memorial Day

MONTEREY — A afternoon fire that broke out in a Dowd Road home on Memorial Day likely was caused by an electrical malfunction in a box fan. Monterey Fire Chief Shawn Tryon said … more

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The Poll

The Landscape

Review: Family tests its mettle in savvy play 'The Waverly Gallery'

LENOX — The explosion comes roughly midway through the second act of Kenneth Lonergan's compassionate, witty play, "The Waverly Gallery."Ellen (Elizabeth Aspenlieder in a masterly, meticulously … more

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The Snap

A baby deer, moments after birth, rests under a collection of branches in the woods at Bousquet Mountain in Pittsfield.

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