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“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” — ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD, English philosopher and mathematician (1861-1947)

The Greeting

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Good morning to America's Premier Cultural Resort

We have another newsy edition of TheBeat for you, beginning with our top story: Us! That's right. The Associated Press recently sent a reporter and photographer to South Church Street to find out the hows and whys of The Eagle's continuing mission to keep local journalism alive and thriving. You can read about it (and see a video) here.

We also have a followup on the fatal accident that has landed Joe Thompson, the executive director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, before a judge. The Eagle was in the courtroom for his arraignment Wednesday.

The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership now can begin its work in earnest, after signing up 11 participating communities in the region. Critics see it as a government ploy to get access to private forestlands.

Herberg Middle School staff and administration will be working throughout the next few months to put a $900,000 grant to the best uses possible: improving scholarship at the school.

The Berkshire Food Co-op has opened in some fancy new digs in Great Barrington, not far from its previous location.

And a Berkshires recovery center will be able to add more staff and offer more services now with the receipt of $400,000 from the state.

These are the stories you want; with digital The Eagle, you can get them when you want, too. Subscribe today

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

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The News

AP News: Berkshire Eagle's owner fights to save local journalism

These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad:

Newsroom employment, down by nearly half over the past 15 years. Waves of layoffs continuing to hit both traditional newspaper chains and digital news startups. Cities and towns so denuded of coverage that they're described as "news deserts ."

But then, there's The Berkshire Eagle. more

2 witness accounts raise question: Did driver try to flee 2018 North Adams fatality?

NORTH ADAMS — A police report in court documents quotes witnesses who say the director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art might have tried to leave the scene of a fatal accident … more

New Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership reaches starting line

PITTSFIELD — With 11 towns signed up, the controversial Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership can move off the starting blocks. Advocates envision hope for hard-pressed towns. But critics see a … more

'Herberg turnaround plan' gets a boost from $900,000 grant

PITTSFIELD — Classes might be out for the summer, but Herberg Middle School staff and administration will be working throughout the next few months to roll out new ambitious academic and … more

$400,000 grant will allow Pittsfield peer-run recovery center to hire, provide safe options for members

PITTSFIELD — For those overcoming addiction, Friday nights can be hard. Even after being clean for years, it can be a challenge for those in recovery to find substance-free ways to fill their … more

Baby Boomer Memories: When the 'Greatest Show on Earth' last came to town

It was 70 years ago on June 25, 1949, that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus last played the "Greatest Show on Earth" in Pittsfield. It was my first circus, and although I was only 4 … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Expanded food co-op in Great Barrington opens to 'wows'

GREAT BARRINGTON — A sacred epicenter of organic and local food that is surrounded for miles by a hotbed of devotion has expanded its nucleus.On Wednesday, shoppers at the new Berkshire Food … more

The Poll

How are we doing?

We'd love your feedback on the newsletter. Email your thoughts and suggestions to nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com.

The Landscape

Straight Up with Peggy Ciepiela: 'It's the greatest job I've ever had'

PITTSFIELD — Peggy Ciepiela has two jobs: During the day she's an office manager at a funeral home; at night, she's the bartender at the Rusty Anchor Marina & Pub Club. But Ciepiela doesn't … more

Dining al fresco: A cheese dish picnic perfect

In the almost 10 years I worked at cheese counters in the Berkshires, the most fun I had was when Yo-Yo Ma came into the shop with some friends from Paris, who had flown in for Yo-Yo's daughter's … more

The Plan

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


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The Snap

Aster, a French alpine goat, touches noses with Peter Lounsbury, 1, at Notchview in Windsor on Tuesday.

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