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“Frailty, thy name is no longer woman.” — VICTOR RIESEL, American labor journalist (1913-1995)

The Greeting

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Good morning, Berkshirites! Where else in the world — except the jungle — can you do battle with Mother Nature every weekend? Of course, I'm talking about the lawn. My mower is in the shop, and I'm looking at a three-week wait; within the next few days, if I don't get the mower back, I'll need a machete to get to the mailbox.

But, in more important matters, here's the news ...

Two Berkshire legislators met with constituents Monday to address concerns about climate change. The takeaway: Don't hurt the environment while you're trying to save it.  

Pickleball is a seemingly harmless game that's like tennis for seniors, and yet it has created quite a stir in Pittsfield, where the City Council has just OK'd spending  community preservation dollars for a new court.  

A third suspect has been charged in the slaying of a Dalton man in January in Pittsfield.

Florida (the town, of course) can rest easy, now that voters have put rules in place to govern the distribution of cannabis businesses in this mountain hamlet along the Mohawk Trail.

Upon hearing about this story, some will cry: "It must be a slow news day!" But I ask, how often can a city crow about its brand new municipal parking lot? Pittsfield even staffed the lot with parking enforcement personnel to help folks navigate the labyrinth of spaces and a pay-to-park kiosk.

In a story that will make some people feel like they're caught in a time warp, funding for a Greylock Glen project hasn't yet been released by the governor's office. 

And the superintendent of the Mount Greylock Regional School District has received positive marks from her bosses.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

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The News

At town hall meeting, Berkshire residents and officials talk going green in 'our backyard'

PITTSFIELD — Investing in solar power should benefit — not be at the expense of — the environment.Two local state legislators and dozens of businesses and homeowners jointly … more

Pittsfield officials make play to save pickleball plans

PITTSFIELD — Councilors preliminarily approved $35,000 in community preservation funds for a controversial pickleball project on Monday, ensuring the volley over its fate continues. The vote … more

Push on to get money released for Greylock Glen Outdoor Center project

ADAMS — Greylock Glen's proposed Outdoor Center has a new look, but also, it appears, a new timetable. Because Gov. Charlie Baker has not yet released bond funding, hopes expressed a year ago … more

Calling all cars: New downtown Pittsfield parking lot open for business

PITTSFIELD — A long-awaited project brought new parking to downtown Pittsfield on Monday. The city's contractor, J.H. Maxymillian, finished construction on the new Summer Street lot on Friday, … more

3rd suspect charged with murder in shooting death of Dalton man

PITTSFIELD — A third suspect has been charged with murder in the Jan. 20 shooting death of a Dalton man.Dasean Smith, 21, of Pittsfield, was ordered held without bail on Monday after his … more

Mount Greylock School Committee gives good marks to superintendent in evaluation

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has deemed Superintendent Kim Grady "proficient" in most areas of her job, but also indicated that she needs to show improvement in … more

Florida voters put new pot rules in place

FLORIDA — Voters approved new marijuana bylaws and a $1.38 million budget at the recent annual town meeting.The marijuana bylaws were put in place shortly before a moratorium on marijuana … more

The Weather


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Mall Stall: A special web series examining the Berkshire Mall owner’s troubled retail empire

As Kohan buys more malls, tenants live in limbo

Wayne Riniker knew his employer was in trouble — and had been since paying too much for this mall on a rise west of the Mississippi River. more

The Poll

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The Landscape

Your guide to ice cream in the Berkshires

School is out and the lazy days of summer are finally upon us, why not celebrate with ice cream? Go ahead, have a twist with sprinkles for dinner, we won't tell anyone.In an effort to help you live … more

An early 'happy hour' with Sue Elliott

LENOX — With performances, fundraisers and other functions often held at night, finding time to socialize can be difficult for those in the arts world. But Sue Elliott, a longtime member of … more

The Plan

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


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The Snap

Swim at your own risk is the message to those going in the water at Windsor Lake in North Adams. There are no lifeguards on duty.

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