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“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” — CARL JUNG, Swiss psychiatrist (1875-1961)

The Greeting

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Dear readers, today we bring you a special edition of TheBeat. It's slimmed down so we can focus on remembering the Allied invasion of Normandy, which occurred 75 years ago.

Our story package includes:
♦ A close look at Francis Rocca, Pittsfield's own hero in the effort to stop Nazi aggression;
♦ A story about an author with ties to the Berkshires who produced a photo book of World War II battle sites in Normandy, as seen in the modern era;
♦ The chronicling of a sojourn that brought one family closer to their late father, a D-Day veteran; 
♦ A Washington Post writer talks with one D-Day survivor who is still wondering why he was spared, when so many of his comrades were not;
♦ The recognition of service during dark times, as seen by The Eagle's editorial board;
♦ And a writer from Williamsburg reflects on a great generation, whose ranks are fading into history.

In our additional coverage, we bring you news that a pillar of the arts community, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's Joe Thompson, will face a misdemeanor charge of vehicular homicide in a 2018 crash that killed a motorcyclist.

The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson has backed out of a planned show at Tanglewood.

And there's a guilty verdict in a 2017 hit-and-run case that claimed the life of a cyclist.

Is The Eagle your cup of tea? Then why wait? Order yourself a subscription today.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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D-DAY: 75 years later

The tenderhearted Pittsfield warrior who jumped into history

PITTSFIELD — What everyone in Pittsfield learned right about now, 75 years ago, was that the city's own Francis Rocca — "Tony" to his mom — had been the second paratrooper to leap … more

France trip helps siblings connect with dad's past

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 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 … more

Former Adams resident offers photographic portrait of D-Day landscapes today

PITTSFIELD — As a commercial pilot, Dennis P. Klein knew Normandy from the air. The story of what happened there starting June 6, 1944, called to him — for work he had to pursue on the … more

75 years after D-Day, veteran still wonders why he was spared

CORRY, Pa. — Arden C. Earll sat in his wheelchair in the library of the nursing home where he lives and studied the list of men from Company H who were killed on Omaha Beach."Cowan," he … more

Jim Cahillane: D-Day, June 6, 1944 — 75 years ago

WILLIAMSBURG — By June 1954, I'd served one and a half years at my U.S. Air Force English base, RAF Fairford. I was young, green and unaware that Fairford launched hundreds of troop-carrying … more

Our Opinion: Universal soldiers in a defining invasion

The D-Day invasion of the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 was truly an event that changed history. The successful assault on the heavily fortified beaches by Allied forces, immortalized … more

The News

Brian Wilson's Tanglewood concert canceled

LENOX — The Brian Wilson "Pet Sounds" concert at Tanglewood has been canceled.The Beach Boys co-founder was set to take the Koussevitzky Music Shed stage at 2:30 p.m. June 16 with fellow … more

Mass MoCA director to face charge in fatal crash

NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Director Joe Thompson will face a motor vehicle homicide charge in connection with a crash that killed a motorcyclist last year, according to sources close to the … more

Man found guilty in 2017 hit-and-run accident that killed a cyclist in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — A man was found guilty Wednesday of leaving the scene of an accident on Linden Street that left a bicyclist dead and burning the vehicle involved in the wreck. A Berkshire Superior … more

Connecticut couple injured in Sheffield crash

SHEFFIELD — A Connecticut couple were hospitalized Friday afternoon after the driver apparently fell asleep and crashed the vehicle into a maple tree off Route 7, police say.The woman was … more

Baby Boomer Memories: My first shoes from Joseph's

Most of us cannot remember the first time we got and wore shoes. To help commemorate this event, some parents have their kids' first walkers bronzed.One can find many examples of these in flea … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Learning

McCann grads on going forth: 'We are talking to be heard'

NORTH ADAMS — How will you use your voice?That was the question posed by salutatorian Megan Goyette to her fellow graduates from McCann Technical School on Wednesday."I personally think we have … more

Adams-Cheshire schools superintendent to step down after a year

CHESHIRE — After one year on the job, Superintendent John Vosburgh is leaving the Adams Cheshire Regional School District.Vosburgh stunned the School Committee at its regular meeting Monday … more

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