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Thought of the day

“That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: ‘Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment.’” — DOROTHY PARKER, American writer (born 1893, died on this date in 1967)

The Greeting

Friday, June 7, 2019

Happy Friday, sunny Berkshires! Quick question: I recently had some work done on my car. For the first estimate, I was told it would cost $800-plus to fix; the second estimate was for just over $200. So, should I report the first business to the Better Business Bureau and the state Attorney General's Office for inflating prices? Email me, and tell me what you think I should do.

For our first article, a Pittsfield Police officer has been tossed from the force for alleged inappropriate contact with students in city schools.

Drury High School held its commencement ceremony Thursday; The Eagle has additional graduations posted here.

The Valor Act, which allows some veterans to be diverted from criminal courts and into treatment, likely won't be used in the defense of a Southfield man who allegedly caused a drunken-driving crash that killed a Connecticut man.

Berkshire Community Rowing is offering free rowing lessons at Onota Lake on Saturday.

And despite its lack of a certificate of occupancy, Taconic High School students are being allowed to attend classes there.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Drury grads celebrate 'an ode to what we will accomplish'

NORTH ADAMS — "It's a new day in our lives, but it's also a farewell." Those words of wisdom came from Drury High School Class of 2019 salutatorian Kelby LeSage during commencement exercises … more

Report: Pittsfield officer's 'concerning behavior' with young women led to his firing

PITTSFIELD — A city police officer was fired this year after an internal investigation determined that he had "engaged in a pattern of ... concerning behavior surrounding young women."Nicholas … more

Berkshire Community Rowing offers free half-hour lessons on Onota Lake

PITTSFIELD — Looking to try your hand at rowing? Head up to Onota Lake on Saturday for Learn to Row day.The session, hosted by Berkshire Community Rowing, offers free half-hour lessons from 8 … more

Valor Act doubtful for man charged for death of motorcyclist in Sheffield

GREAT BARRINGTON — A Southfield man facing charges in the death of a motorcyclist last month is undergoing psychiatric evaluation at a Veterans Affairs hospital to determine whether he can … more

Rockwell's 'Four Freedoms' exhibit debuts in Europe

CAEN, France — International dignitaries, including 80 members of the U.S. Congress, met Thursday with Norman Rockwell Museum Director Laurie Moffatt in France to commemorate D-Day by viewing … more

Though school deemed safe, new Taconic High operating without certificate of occupancy

PITTSFIELD — Taconic High School has been operating since the end of last year without documentation to prove that the building is safe, but school officials say that's no reason to worry. The … more

The Weather


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The Business

Pot shop plan eyes Lenox Commons space

LENOX — A second veteran area business entrepreneur is seeking to open a cannabis business on Pittsfield Road along the Route 7/20 commercial strip. Navin Shah, who owns the cavernous building … more

Lee pot shop gets final license from CCC

LEE — Days from opening the town's first pot shop, Canna Provisions looks to grow its own marijuana and sell it across the state. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has granted Canna … more

The Poll

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The Landscape

Bits & Bites: Rhubarb festival, Grange dinner planned this week

LENOX RHUBARB FESTIVALFor lovers of rhubarb and newcomers alike, the 6th Annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival offers an opportunity for Lenox to showcase its beauty and history, the culinary skills of its … more

Singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren shares his journey Sunday in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — "Hello, it's me."In their drawn-out delivery, the opening words to one of Todd Rundgren's most popular songs suggest a speaker pining for a loved one. But the beginning of … more

The Plan

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


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The Snap

Dr. Josh Pacheco of Great Barrington fishes for trout in the Housatonic River on Route 183 in Stockbridge. Although Pacheco had a good day, he has nothing to show for it because that area of the river is catch-and-release only.

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