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“When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.” — ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER, Polish born, Nobel Prize-winning author (1904-1991)

The Greeting

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hold the phone, Berkshire County! Our merry band of reporters was out scouring the county Monday and turned up a ton of news (for those of you outside the news business, Mondays can often be tough for reporters). The hard way is the only way!

In sunny Lenox, Loeb's Foodtown is more than an ordinary market. Veteran Eagle newsman Clarence Fanto took his pad over to the place, to find out more about the history, the present and the future of this community mainstay. 

There was a collision in Pittsfield on East Street on Monday that injured two.

In a hit-and-run trial, a key witness for the prosecution has refused to answer questions, complicating the case. 

Seen a strange orb in the sky? No worries. That's just the sun, with its appearance being affected by wildfires in Canada.

Wait! Another orb in the sky? Correct. Later this summer, a participatory art event will take place across the state, including here in the Berkshires. This orb is like a mirror, however.

Is the portrait of the mayor looking at you? Take the time to find out at the North Adams Public Library, where a portrait of Albert Charles Houghton — the first man to lead North Adams as mayor — now hangs in a stairway there. 

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Loeb's Foodtown longtime owners bid bittersweet goodbye after sale of Lenox market

LENOX — When Pittsfield native Earl Albert — an orphan with his brother, both adopted and raised by a Lenox couple — had a chance to buy the town's only community market from Leo C. … more

Loeb's Foodtown to continue service-based tradition in downtown Lenox

LENOX — For fourth-generation West Stockbridge native Bernie Fallon, the new owner of Loeb's Foodtown, running a downtown market is in his DNA, with a continuing focus on what shoppers want and … more

East Street accident leaves two people injured

PITTSFIELD — Two people were injured Monday afternoon in an accident that involved two vehicles at the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and East Street.The wreck occurred around 4:30 p.m. Two … more

Witness' refusal to answer questions complicates hit-and-run trial

PITTSFIELD — A witness refused to answer questions on Monday in the case of a Pittsfield man charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash.Robert Smith, 41, is accused of striking a bicyclist on Linden … more

Canadian wildfires cause red sun phenomenon in US, including Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON — On a Friday night, hearts were stopping.And so were drivers. As they turned west toward the airport, they hit the brakes and pulled over. A red orb was hanging enormous over … more

Giant, mirrored hot air balloon to soar over Mass. this summer, with stops in the Berkshires

This summer, public art will take to the sky in the form of a mirrored hot air balloon. more

Portrait of North Adams' first mayor finds new home

NORTH ADAMS — For just a few minutes on Wednesday, Mayor Thomas Bernard had a predecessor looking over his shoulder.No, it wasn't Richard Alcombright or John Barrett III. In fact, he's been … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Learning

Photos: Mount Greylock Regional High School Prom

Mount Greylock Regional High School had their junior/senior prom at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on Monday night.


Toyota, Pittsfield Public Schools to launch first-of-its-kind auto tech training program

PITTSFIELD — Students at Taconic High School will soon have the opportunity to become industry-certified auto technicians. Proponents of the program, set to start in the fall, say it will be … more

The Landscape

John Seven | Viewer's Discretion: 'Akta Manniskor,' A Harlot's Progress' are gems worth watching

'AKTA MANNISKOR A.K.A. REAL HUMANS' (Hulu)Mainly known as the inspiration for the series "Humans" rather than for any details of its own, Swedish writer Lars Lundstr m's original surpasses its … more

Open Book with Roxana Robinson

The story of Francis Dawson, an Englishman who fought for the Confederacy and founded The News and Courier in Charleston, S.C., was famous in Roxana Robinson's family. But it wasn't until some … more

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The Plan

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


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The Snap

Brian Lovino of Pittsfield plays in a Division I Tournament against Chicopee at Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield on Monday.

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