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“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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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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