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“Form ever follows function.” LOUIS SULLIVAN, American architect (1856-1924)

The Greeting

Coach Jack Chevalier is honored for his 45 years of volunteering with Little League in Pittsfield and throws the first pitch on opening day at Clapp Park on Saturday.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires! Things are looking up in the weather department, as the sun is out and the moisture is evaporating.  

It's almost post time in Great Barrington — or at least that's what horseracing fans are hoping for, with the company that owns Suffolk Downs beginning the evaluation of the Great Barrington Fairgrounds track surface and property.

A food truck that just received the OK for a site in Lenox now has the OK for a second location in town.

A house fire Friday set off ammunition stored inside the burning structure, but first responders escaped injury.

Following suit with other school districts in the region, residents must decide if Monument Mountain Regional High School should be replaced or renovated.

A man who tried to elude police a week ago is being held and will soon be extradited to Connecticut to face charges there.

And please give these other fine stories a quick read, so you can take your rightful place as the king or queen of the water cooler ...

NO JOB LOSSES: Covanta Energy Corp. is aiming to sell its Pittsfield and New Jersey sites, but there are no job losses expected in the offing.

WHAT'S IN A NAME?: For Adams and Cheshire, a decision looms on whether to adopt a new name for the school district.

ICYMI: After missing its fouth tax payment in a row, the Berkshire Mall closes again Friday, another in a long list of intermittent and unexpected closings over the past two years.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Horse racing could be back on track at Great Barrington Fairgrounds

GREAT BARRINGTON — A return to racing at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds has been seen as something of a long shot.But the odds might be improving.While legislation necessary for the move is … more

Lenox food truck gets zoning board OK for use of 2nd location

LENOX — A mobile food trailer already approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals for a site on Pittsfield Road (Route 7/20) just north of the Center at Lenox shopping plaza now has a go-ahead for … more

Fire sets off ammo in West Stockbridge home; no injuries reported

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — The presence of guns, ammunition and a propane tank in a Swamp Road home created a volatile and dangerous situation for firefighters Friday night, according to the town fire … more

Monterey constable candidate pursues a dream, explains the position

MONTEREY — The only contested race in Tuesday's town elections is for constable, currently held by Raymond Tryon. Julio Rodriguez and Kevin Fitzpatrick are in the running for the three-year … more

Decision looms on choice: Renovate or rebuild Monument High?

GREAT BARRINGTON — The quest to revamp Monument Mountain Regional High School is nearing the decision point, and students are brimming with ideas and assistance.A group charged with evaluating … more

Pittsfield man wanted on firearm theft charge arrested

PITTSFIELD — A city man wanted in Connecticut on charges including theft of a firearm is being held without bail after police surrounded his apartment building and spotted him climbing down the … more

At 100, Isabelle Monteleone recognized as WWII hero

RICHMOND — Sometimes it takes a while to realize who's living next door. Everyone on Isabelle Monteleone's street in East Harwich, from children to adults, knows it's fun to visit their … more

The Weather

Forecasts have sun, warmth breaking up soggy streak

Berkshire residents, get ready to mow the lawn, do some gardening or get in a round of golf without any wet weather interruption for the first time in nearly two weeks.The 10-day streak of rainy and … more


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The Business

No closure or layoffs expected if Pittsfield waste-to-energy plant sale goes through

PITTSFIELD — Four years after announcing that it planned to close Pittsfield's waste-to-energy facility on Hubbard Avenue, Covanta Energy Corp. is planning to sell it.The New Jersey-based firm … more

Berkshire Mall closed again amid missed property tax payments

LANESBOROUGH — Once again, the Berkshire Mall is closed.On Friday afternoon, two days after the building's owner missed his fourth property tax payment in a row, all entrances to the building … more

The Learning

Adams, Cheshire to vote on new name, other changes for regional school district

ADAMS — The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is poised for a name change.If approved by voters in both towns, the educational entity will be known as the Hoosac Valley Regional School … more

The Poll

The Landscape

'A rising star in the ceramics world'

While most ceramic artists see glaze as the thing that finishes a piece, Lauren Mabry sees it as the centerpiece of her work. "I think of how the clay is going to show off the glaze," she said during a recent phone interview. more

Health takes center-stage at inaugural O+ Festival

NORTH ADAMS — DJs and MCs are common at arts festivals. MDs? Not so much.Yet, in the O+ Festival's lineup, you'll find doctors and other health professionals mixed in with artists and … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Fishermen under gray skies on Pontoosuc Lake early Sunday afternoon.

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