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“In America, to look a couple of years younger than you actually are is not only an achievement for which you are to be congratulated, it is patriotic.” — CYNTHIA PROPPER SETON, American writer (1926-1982)

The Greeting

Sheryl Gromacki speeds through an intersection with the flow of traffic on her bicycle on North Street in Pittsfield.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Summer? I hardly even knew spring, and now we've got summer? I guess I never got the memo.

In other news, the parents of a young Sheffield woman killed in the Ethiopian jet liner crash earlier this year were in Washington, D.C., to testify about the safety and scrutiny of newly reissued Boeing 737s.

Do you like roads and things road-related? Pittsfield is hiring a new highway chief. I supposed that explains why there are still potholes everywhere in mid-June.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will be performing virtually on the Pittsfield Common, in a special event made possible by the wonderful world of electronics.

A 75-year-old ex-attorney from Pittsfield has been sentenced to a year of probation after he was caught smuggling $125,000 of his own money into the U.S. from Bermuda. 

We even have someone covering the town of Peru. Can you believe that? Now that's dedication to local journalism. So what happened there? A man named Verne Leach held on to his selectman's seat and will serve a third term.

The Women of Color Giving Circle in Pittsfield held a ceremony for the black graduates of city schools for the 14th year in a row.

And a local wrestling troupe is uncertain what the future will hold, ever since its home at the Berkshire Mall fell victim to the site's many unplanned power outages and abrupt closings.

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The News

The fog days of summer: Season expected to get off to gloomy start after wet spring

Hot town, summer in the county but not this year, so far. On Friday, the summer solstice, the prolonged gloom endures for at least part of the day, and the typical seasonal heat and humidity is AWOL … more

Sheffield woman's parents attend congressional aviation hearings amid extensive Boeing jet probe

SHEFFIELD — If the embattled Boeing 737 Max jetliners return to the skies, Michael Stumo wants to ensure they're safe.More than three months after his daughter was killed in a crash of one of … more

BSO to beam Tanglewood show into Pittsfield Common

PITTSFIELD — Reflecting an intensified focus on outreach to the Berkshire community, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is planning a live video concert from Tanglewood next month on a jumbo screen … more

Ex-lawyer pleads guilty to smuggling $125K into US

PITTSFIELD — A former Pittsfield attorney was sentenced Wednesday in Springfield federal court for smuggling $125,000 into the United States from Bermuda by mail.Federal Judge Mark G. … more

Pittsfield seeks new city roads chief

PITTSFIELD — The city has begun searching for a new highway superintendent.Public Services Commissioner David Turocy said the job has been posted to internal candidates first, per union … more

Leach wins third term on Peru Select Board

PERU — Verne Leach secured a third term on Peru's Select Board in recent balloting. Leach, of East Main Road, outpolled a rival, Colleen M. LaRochelle, of South Road Extension.The tally was … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

With no fight in cards, Berkshire Mall tenant looks for new home

LANESBOROUGH — When the "End of the Road" came, Lance Madewell hoped it would have a roof. But as the date of that long-planned extravaganza neared this month, the owner of Truly Independent … more

The Poll

The Learning

Women of Color Giving Circle honors black Pittsfield high school grads for 14th year

PITTSFIELD — For the 14th year, the Women of Color Giving Circle pooled their resources together to send off the city's black high school graduates with an honor ceremony. The women's group … more

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The Landscape

Director and cast chart a different course with Sondheim's 'Into the Woods' at Barrington Stage Company

PITTSFIELD — While two of its musicals have traveled to Broadway's bright lights, Barrington Stage Company's current production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" charts a darker course … more

Changing times and old choices shape four lives in John Patrick Shanley's 'Outside Mullingar'

STOCKBRIDGE — It's December, on the night after a wake. In the kitchen of an old house, an old man is washing dishes. It's early dark. His middle-aged son ducks into the raw night to find his … more

The Plan

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The Snap

Runners take off from the start in the Green Mile race during the June installment of Third Thursday.

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