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The Greeting

Scouts Carissa Berard, 13, and her sister Audrey, 10, pin their mother, Lisa, during a Court of Honor Ceremony for Troop 8 at the Pittsfield State Forest on Wednesday.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. It appears that springtime, having run off the rails earlier this year, is now back to being fully operational. Proceed with sunscreen, burgers and iced beverages.

For our top story, a Dalton bridge is named for a fallen soldier, as family and community work to keep the name of Mitchell Daehling alive.

A police officer, whose recent retirement came after some questionable actions on the job, will get $125,000 in a settlement with the city. 

In North Adams, the recent buzz around the rehab of Eagle Street is spreading to nearby Ashland Street, the corridor that connects the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with the downtown. 

Also in the second-most populous city in the county, Mayor Thomas Bernard announced his bid for reelection.

Farther south, the Pittsfield Suns opened their season with a win on Thursday. Read the story and see the photos, here.

And even farther south, a Great Barrington police officer has resigned after a drunken driving arrest.

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The News

Remembering Mitch: Why family treasures stories about fallen soldier

DALTON — After losing him, it was hard for Mitch Daehling's family to find words. Now, it hurts most when people don't talk.It has been six years since Mitchell K. Daehling, a 2006 graduate of … more

Bernard will run again for mayor of North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — Mayor Thomas Bernard announced Friday that he is seeking re-election to the corner office in City Hall."Today, I took out papers to run for re-election as mayor of our great … more

Former officer reaches $125,000 settlement with Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — A former city police officer whose status with the department remained in limbo for years after he falsified a report about a shoplifting incident has reached a $125,000 settlement … more

Success on one North Adams thoroughfare feeds into revitalization of Ashland Street

NORTH ADAMS — Another downtown street, another goal reached.The group behind Eagle Street's aesthetic revival scored another victory this week when it surpassed a fundraising goal for … more

Pittsfield council preliminarily approves $63.5 million schools budget

PITTSFIELD — The City Council preliminarily approved a $63.5 million budget for city schools Thursday, but first came a heated exchange about whether the city was leaving new state funding on … more

Pittsfield Suns open season with walk-off win

PITTSFIELD — Rain forced postponement of the post-game fireworks at the Pittsfield Suns' opener on Thursday night. The Suns set off a few fireworks of their own, however, winning in a … more

Williamstown girds for college commencement, tourism season

WILLIAMSTOWN — Batten down the hatches, ladies and gentlemen. With the beginning of Williams College graduation weekend, and the arrival of thousands of visitors to celebrate, the tourist … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Learning

Olmsted Awards: Through technology, empathy, local grants support teaching 'the whole child'

WILLIAMSTOWN — Whether it has been through a robotics challenge or ceramics class, lessons on civil discourse or financial literacy, Williams College English professor Bernard "Bernie" Rhie … more

The Landscape

Filmmaking legend Martin Scorsese gets his due Saturday night from Berkshire International Film Festival

GREAT BARRINGTON — When audiences sit down at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Saturday evening, they will hear from a legendary filmmaker whose place in the movie pantheon is secure and a … more

'I like the way you sing!'

NORTH ADAMS — With a street cone's orange exterior and a SAT prep book's thickness, the binders holding 30,000-plus songs at State Street Tavern's karaoke nights might scare off some people. … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Pittsfield Suns’ Alex Price pitches against Bristol opening night at Wahconah Park on Thursday night.

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