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Thought for the day 

“When all men think alike, no one thinks very much.”  — WALTER LIPPMANN, American journalist (1889-1974)

The Greeting

A flag of acceptance flies at the third Berkshire Pride Festival at The Common in Pittsfield on Saturday.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Hello, Berkshires, and welcome to your Monday. At least, I think it's Monday. I've been away for a few days, plying the salty waters of Rhode Island for striped bass. I caught 49 fish, kept one and lost countless hours of sleep, as nighttime is the right time for striper fishing.

Closer to home, where the water runs fresh (probably the best in the state), here's the news ...

About 80 American and Canadian firefighters gathered at Berkshire Crossing in Pittsfield on Friday night to kick off a two-day Firefighter Combat Challenge, in which these brave men and women test their mettle against each other and the clock.

Ever work in a cubicle? Well, it's something. In Great Barrington, current and former assessors say it's no place to talk about private financial matters. 

Berkshire County showed its Pride over the weekend, too, with a celebration of the lives of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender neighbors, friends, family and co-workers.

Night service is online at the Berkshire Regional Transportation Authority; now, the BRTA wants to make sure that people actually use it.

The Baker-Polito administration has honored two county schools, Lenox Memorial Middle and High School and Muddy Brook Elementary in Great Barrington, for high achievement, narrowing achievement gaps between groups of students or making strong progress.

Bill Gale, the architect of a number of innovative diversion programs at the county Juvenile Court, is retiring

The Eagle is deep into Week 2 of the Berkshire Business Insider; it's like a Sunday business section on steroids. This week, we bring you profiles on Big Elm Brewing; an executive spotlight on Jerome "Jay" Anderson of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank; county unemployment stats; and much, much more. Check out the entire section, here.

And last but certainly not least, in our Landscapes section, we have stories on the new Lakewood Creamery that just opened, and an artist in nearby Connecticut who takes handwriting to a new level.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

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The News

Firefighter Combat Challenge 'a brutal race' that tests personal limits

PITTSFIELD — Firefighting is hard work, and Pittsfield Deputy Fire Chief Dan Garner wants to be as fit as possible for the challenges of the job. Thirteen years ago, he signed up for his first … more

Current and former Great Barrington assessors say cubicle setup isn't private enough

GREAT BARRINGTON — When residents come into the assessor's office at Town Hall, they usually need to talk about private financial matters.But the new, tall cubicle inside the town clerk's … more

Youth diversion architect Bill Gale retires at a time of change for Berkshire Juvenile Court

PITTSFIELD — Back when she was a teenager, Collette Davis landed in juvenile court in the wake of an after-school fight.Rather than go through the court system, however, she was ordered to … more

After Land Court tangle, developer gets control of dilapidated Edgewood Ave. property in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — Karen Ferrara's nightmare should soon be over.After complex legal proceedings in land court, developer Benjamin Svenson has won the deed to the dilapidated home at 45 Edgewood … more

Select Board, Planning Board incumbents face challengers on Lanesborough ballot

LANESBOROUGH — A pair of high-profile races lead the balloting at Tuesday's annual town election.Incumbent Select Board member Robert Ericson needs to defeat political newcomer Gordon Hubbard … more

Baker-Polito administration honors 2 Berkshire schools

Two Berkshire County schools held the spotlight for special recognition at a Boston ceremony last week attended by top state officials and local educators.Lenox Memorial Middle and High School and … more

Pittsfield event a source of emotion — and Pride

PITTSFIELD — Glitter, bodysuits and camaraderie — the Pittsfield Common was a haven of acceptance during the Berkshire Pride Festival on Saturday. Rainbow balloons and boas floated … more

With night service up and running, BRTA looks to new avenues for ridership

PITTSFIELD — For years, commuters have been asking the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority to run buses at night.Now that several nighttime loops have been established as a one-year trial, the … more

Devil's in the details as The Williams Inn prepares for its move

WILLIAMSTOWN — With the "big move clock" ticking down, The Williams Inn management team is busily planning the process to relocate to the new inn at the bottom of Spring Street.It's a complex … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Homecoming: Big Elm Brewing is putting the focus back on local clients after expansion plans falter

SHEFFIELD — Three years ago, Big Elm Brewing of Sheffield added a new distributor and set its sights on expansion beyond Berkshire County. It did not go so well. more

Berkshire County unemployment down in April

The Berkshire County unemployment rate is significantly lower than it was a year ago, according to data provided by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The … more

The Poll

How are we doing?

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The Landscape

The beauty of a letter

CANAAN, CONN. — On a recent Thursday night, Amy Morozuk leaned over a white wooden board angled on the deck of her current living and working space. Her right hand glided over the surface as … more

Lakewood Creamery opens as tribute to the past and scoop into future

PITTSFIELD — After working for four decades at her mother and father's East Side Cafe, Ann Capitanio has grown accustomed to the bellowing heat from its famous coal-fired pizzas and service … more

The Plan

Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!


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The Snap

Eli Smith, Jackson Lynch and Walker Shepard, of The Down Hill Strugglers, perform in the barn complex at Hancock Shaker Village on Sunday during the morning gospel concert, the final piece of the Northeast Fiddlers Convention, which was held over the weekend.

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