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Thought of the day

“It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.” — LILLIAN HELLMAN, American playwright (1905-1984)

The Greeting

Graduates parade through the the Frosh Quad between Sage Hall and Williams Hall before proceeding to the commencement exercises at Williams College on Sunday morning.

Monday, June 3, 2019

O, dear readers! Somehow, it's June. Summer begins later this month, and we'll also experience the day with the most daylight of the year. If you haven't finished polishing your pontoon boat, now is the time

In today's Beat, we bring you a throng of news stories. Prepare to be entertained and informed: 

There were commencement exercises held all over the Berkshires this past weekend. Check out the ceremonies at Williams College, Wahconah Regional and Monument Mountain. There's also Mount Everett, BART, Lee and BCC.

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington has returned from a trip to Portugal, where she went to learn more about the country's progressive approach to criminal justice and drugs. 

At Williams College, there's been some friction between the school's governing bodies and a pro-Israeli student group.

In Great Barrington, metal straps are hanging from the Brown Bridge, but state highway officials don't want you to worry about it.

And the resurrection of passenger rail in the northwestern portion of the state, linking Boston, Greenfield and North Adams, is an idea that's gaining momentum.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

Correction: A Beat item from Friday should have stated that Dale Eason retired from the Pittsfield Police Department, not resigned.

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The News

In Portugal, Harrington sees potential benefits of a nation's drug policy 'success story'

PITTSFIELD — After a recent "learning trip" to Portugal, Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington found a lot to like about the European nation's drug policy, much of which she believes … more

Pittsfield duplex fire displaces multiple people

PITTSFIELD — Nearly a dozen people were displaced over the weekend after a two-alarm fire ravaged their duplex across from Wahconah Park.Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Pittsfield … more

Sen. Markey talks new bill aimed to push Charter to return Mass. affiliates to Berkshire TVs

PITTSFIELD — Sen. Ed Markey said he will be pushing forward this week with legislation that would bring back Massachusetts news stations and other programming to Berkshire residents. Markey, … more

Push to finish Pittsfield skate park unites freestylers young and older

PITTSFIELD — A young BMX rider asked 17-year-old Jake Senger to demonstrate "a no-footer" at the Pittsfield skate park on Thursday, and Senger obliged. Senger soared with his two wheels down … more

Plenty of people on board with resurrecting passenger rail linking North Adams, Boston

NORTH ADAMS — As a boy, state Rep. John Barrett III can remember joining his father in Williamstown to watch the last passenger train depart from the Northern Berkshires.More than 60 years … more

Student group ignites tension over free speech at Williams College

WILLIAMSTOWN — At graduation Sunday, Williams College celebrates achievement, but also closes a semester in which a divisive debate raised questions of free speech and drew national notice. A … more

CATA, 'bursting at the seams,' preps for expansion, capital campaign

GREAT BARRINGTON — The studio is full and spirits are bright. And Eric Schumann is putting his artistic stamp on tea towels when someone tells him they've heard he's a gifted poet. He looks up, … more

9-year trek comes to fruition for access to Donato's Trail

LEE — After nearly a decade of planning, government red tape and unexpected amphibians, hikers can easily access a historic homestead.The Lee Land Trust officially has completed the rustic … more

For Pride Month, Berkshire LGBTQ community looks to past to build bridge to future

PITTSFIELD — There might be a long way to go before the worldwide LGBTQ community sees the rights, protections and appreciation that it has been fighting toward for decades, but Pride Month is … more

MassDOT: Steel pieces hanging from Brown Bridge in Great Barrington nothing to worry about

GREAT BARRINGTON — About two weeks ago, someone called police to report several pieces of steel hanging off the underside of the Brown Bridge on Route 7, an aging state-owned span over the … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Learning

Williams grads urged to make their 'brains and abilities useful'

WILLIAMSTOWN — On a muggy Sunday morning, 550 graduates lined up behind the Berkshire Highlanders bagpipe corps and marched through campus to the scene of the Williams College 230th … more

Williams College commencement: Meet the local graduates of 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN — Most residents of the Berkshires hear about the Williams College commencement and assume the graduates are from somewhere else.Fact is, there are always Berkshire County … more

Wahconah grads reflect on 'what lies within'

DALTON — After being named this year's salutatorian at Wahconah Regional High School, Holden Nelson did one of those things that comes with high-grades territory: a little research.Nelson … more

'Live the life you've imagined': 126 Monument Mountain seniors prepare for next steps

LENOX — Charley Rusk and Jordan Orloff took a serendipitous route to a friendship that has lasted through high school graduation.The two newest alums of Monument Mountain Regional High School … more

The Landscape

Karen Allen returns to the screen with 'Colewell'

GREAT BARRINGTON — When Karen Allen agreed to play the lead role in "Colewell," she thought she was signing up for a different movie."The finished film, in a sense, has transformed quite a bit … more

'Do you want ... to cuddle a cow?'

An email from Lindsey Hollenbaugh, managing editor of features, the Thursday before Memorial Day had as a subject line, "Do you want ... to cuddle a cow?"Knowing Lindsey's penchant for assigning me … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Carolyn Young and her dog, Chloe, wait for her grandson Deonte to arrive at the Pittsfield High School prom at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Pittsfield on Friday.

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