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“Dare to be naive.” — R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER, American inventor and philosopher (1895-1983)

The Greeting

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Happy Middle of the Week, my friends and neighbors. 

In today's Eagle and at berkshireeagle.com, we bring you a story of Berkshire family who learned more about their father and his involvement in pivotal efforts overseas in World War II. They traveled to Normandy, trodding on the places where Walt Kelly's boots touched down in 1944.

Eagle Eye Team leader Larry Parnass writes of a late Springfield Diocese bishop, who former church officials say was named in an altar boy's report of molestation; our story shows an effort to cover up the matter.

Recently released search warrant paperwork offers new details into a horrific murder-suicide in Sheffield in March. 

Richmond Consolidated School has a new leader, the district superintendent announced Tuesday. Jill Pompi already was the interim principal, and now the post is permanent.

North Adams now has a shelter for its four-legged residents who are lost or without a home; Williamstown and Adams will be able to use shelter services, too.

And an offensive remark at a Whiskey Treaty Roadshow performance has prompted an apology from the band.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Visit to WWII battle site lets siblings connect with father in a 'personal way'

PITTSFIELD — Walt Kelly's eight children knew he was part of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.For years, that's all they knew.Kelly rarely spoke to his five daughters … more

Former insider sees cover-up by Springfield Diocese on abuse

A former member of the board that reviews sexual abuse allegations for the Springfield Diocese says the church is attempting to quash an altar boy's report of molestation to preserve the reputation … more

Affidavit offers glimpse into apparent murder-suicide in Sheffield

Editor's note: This story contains details that some readers might find disturbing. SHEFFIELD — When firefighters arrived at the Karpinski/Wilbur residence on a cold morning in mid-March, … more

North Adams animal shelter to help fill void in Northern Berkshire

NORTH ADAMS — A new city facility is going to give some local dogs and cats a paw up in life.After more than five years of dealing with lost and stray animals without any shelter for them, the … more

Merenda apologizes for offensive remark at Whiskey Treaty Roadshow concert

PITTSFIELD — Throughout their concert Saturday night, members of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow repeatedly expressed their gratitude to local institutions and the community for backing the band's … more

Fire at Mount Snow takes out carpentry shop, snowmaking controls

WEST DOVER — A fire ripped through a mountain operations building at Mount Snow on Tuesday night. "It looks like it started in the carpentry shop," Erik Barnes, general manager of the resort, … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Learning

Photos: Taconic High School Prom

In red carpet fashion, Taconic High School students brave the rain as they arrive for their junior/senior prom at the Berkshire Plaza Hotel in Pittsfield on Tuesday night.


Richmond Consolidated School taps interim principal for permanent role

RICHMOND — Less than five months after her interim appointment, Jill Pompi has been named principal of Richmond Consolidated School."Jill has impressed many in the Richmond School community, … more

The Landscape

What's playing on Berkshires Stages

These capsules are based upon reviews by Berkshire Eagle theater critic Jeffrey Borak. The capsules include the date the full review appeared in print.- indicates a highly recommended critic's … more

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The Snap

Elm Court in Lenox as seen from a drone Tuesday.

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