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“Television has changed the American child from an irresistible force into an immovable object.” — LAURENCE J. PETER, Canadian-born educator (1919-1990)

The Greeting

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Happy Wednesday to you, Berkshires! It's only been a few weeks since the last vestiges of snow were dotting our landscape; now, if you're outside for more than a few minutes, mosquitoes and black flies will dot your exposed skin.  That, friends, is the beauty of spring in Western Massachusetts.

In our top story, U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren has rolled out a plan to spend $100 billion for 10 years to minimize addiction.

In cannabis news, Hancock and Egremont are taking very different directions in how each deals with proposed marijuana businesses in their towns.

Stockbridge has inked a three-year deal with its new fire chief, after a period of department uncertainty that was spurred by the ouster of the previous chief.

A Pittsfield subcommittee is seeking City Council approval to cap weekly trash pickup at 64 gallons per household under a revised bylaw.

A West Coast company is a step closer to growing marijuana at a former industrial site, and  company officials are addressing concerns by residential neighbors.

Many distractions on the road can lead to impaired driving, especially for teens; about 120 Lenox Memorial High School students spent part of their Wednesday deeply immersed in the dangers of distracted driving.

Don't forget to check our website throughout the day for the latest news ...

'OPEN THE POD BAY DOORS, HAL': Food columnist Maggie Button takes us deep into the 21st century, where she asks Amazon's Alexa what to cook for dinner.

FROM CAPE TOWN TO EGREMONT: Bartender Adrian Holliday doesn't like to talk politics or religion at The Old Mill restaurant, but he does like soccer and displays of good manners by men on dates.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Warren's $100B plan to fight opioid epidemic welcome news in Berkshires

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a new version of her plan to combat America's opioid epidemic, proposing to spend $100 billion over 10 years on … more

Pittsfield City Council to weigh new limits on curbside trash pickup

PITTSFIELD — Unlimited trash pickup could be a thing of the past if the City Council goes the way of one of its subcommittees. Weekly pickup would be capped at 64 gallons per household under a … more

Egremont voters reject restrictions on pot businesses

EGREMONT — All types of recreational marijuana businesses may apply for special permits in town following the rejection of cannabis restrictions at Tuesday night's annual town meeting.Voters … more

Hancock voters approve restrictions on marijuana businesses

HANCOCK — Annual town meeting voters overwhelmingly approved a zoning bylaw Monday night that puts wide restrictions on anyone hoping to open a marijuana-related business.The "Marijuana Zoning … more

Stockbridge signs three-year contract with new fire chief

STOCKBRIDGE — Newly appointed Fire Chief Vincent J. Garofoli has signed a contract with the town on Wednesday afternoon following a 90-minute closed-door negotiating session with Select Board … more

Baby Boomer Memories: Fixzit please!

I have always loved trucks. Growing up in Pittsfield in the 1950s, I recall some interesting delivery, construction and repair vehicles from many businesses that are long gone. Among the most unique … more

The Weather


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The Business

Company gets green light to open pot facility in Lee mill

LEE — A West Coast company is a step closer to growing marijuana in a primarily residential area of Lee.Zipbox Corp. can now apply for a state license after the Select Board on Tuesday night … more

The Learning

Save a Life Tour brings sobering message on distracted driving to Lenox students

LENOX — Texting, talking on cellphones, eating, fiddling with in-car infotainment, inebriation — so many distractions on the road leading to impaired driving, especially for new teen … more

Northern Berkshire districts take reins, ensure future of North Berkshire Academy special ed. program

NORTH ADAMS — Local school districts are solidifying the future of a shared public special education day school.North Berkshire Academy, launched in 2018, marked a new era of educational … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Forget about margaritas! Bartender Adrian Holliday serves up his favorite cocktail ... the Banksy Pimm's

EGREMONT — Before The Old Mill opens, you're liable to hear some play-by-play in the Egremont restaurant. That's because longtime bartender Adrian Holliday likes to tune into the overseas … more

Margaret Button | Kitchen Comfort: Alexa, what should I cook for dinner?

My dog, Sassy, and I have a new roommate. It all began with an email saying my satellite radio subscription was being automatically renewed for $232. I don't think so!Satellite radio and I have been … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Mount Greylock’s Takiera Darrow, center, pulls away from the competition to win the first heat of the girls 200-meter dash on Wednesday at Wahconah. Darrow finished first overall.

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