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Thought for the day 

“Life is a lot like jazz — it’s best when you improvise.” — GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937)

The Greeting

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Good morning, 413. Today, I feel like someone slipped me decaf instead of my usual high-test coffee; sleep was elusive last night. Now, I'm a sleepy, angry, blind zombie journalist. Sure, I'm taking the notes down, but I make no promises as to what they say or if they're even legible. 

Thankfully, there are other reporters who aren't as sleep deprived as me, and they have brought you this load of local news stories ...

NO OCCUPANCY: A couple who's renovating a former Dalton church into their new home is seeking relief from the state to undo a ruling by the building inspector that's barring them from living there.

DESPERATE, DANGEROUS AND AT LARGE: Local law enforcement have not made any progress in locating an inmate who subdued his guard while receiving treatment at Berkshire Medical  Center.

WOMAN INJURED ON CROSSWALK: A woman on a scooter was struck and injured on a crosswalk late Wednesday afternoon in Pittsfield.

'WHO IS KIRSTEN ROSE?': She's the Milne Library children's librarian who will be competing on "Jeopary!" tonight at 7:30 p.m.

SERIOUSLY HURT: An Otis man was hurt badly in a crash on Route 23.

NEW LINE OF PRODUCTS: Lenox leaders are drafting a revised host community agreement, the first step in business owner Jim Nejaime's application to open the town's first adult-use recreational marijuana store, on Route 7/20.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Praying for a permit: After costly Dalton church renovation, owners denied occupancy

DALTON — The beds are made, but they can't be slept in. Two years after securing a building permit to convert the former Grace Episcopal Church in Dalton into their new home, and investing more … more

Williamstown librarian to compete on 'Jeopardy!' show to air Thursday

WILLIAMSTOWN — Family and friends of Kirsten Rose will be glued to their televisions Thursday night to see if the local librarian comes up a winner on "Jeopardy!"Rose is making her debut on the … more

Berkshire bike enthusiasts gain speed in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — Marge Cohan, who leads the Berkshire Bike Path Council, said she often jokes about whether or not she'll live to see the fruits of the group's labor.Progress toward a countywide … more

Search continues for inmate who escaped from custody at Pittsfield hospital

PITTSFIELD — Law enforcement officials have so far been unable to locate an inmate who escaped custody Monday. Harry Chandler, who has a black belt in judo, overpowered a deputy with the … more

Pittsfield woman hit in South Street crosswalk

PITTSFIELD — A city woman riding a scooter suffered minor injuries Wednesday when she was struck by a car in a South Street crosswalk. Police said the woman, 74, was transported to Berkshire … more

Otis man seriously injured in Route 23 crash

OTIS — A 36-year-old Otis man suffered serious injuries Tuesday night when his pickup truck struck another on Route 23, according to state police. The victim, who has not been named, was taken … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Business, officials delve into details for redraft of community host agreement for Lenox pot shop

LENOX — Local leaders are drafting a revised host community agreement for Select Board review, the first step in business owner Jim Nejaime's application to open the town's first adult-use … more

The Landscape

Actress Uma Thurman joining 'Penelope' ensemble July 24 at Tanglewood

LENOX — Boston-born, Amherst-raised actress Uma Thurman will join soprano Renee Fleming, the Emerson String Quartet, and pianist Simone Dinnerstein in the world premiere of … more

Live on the Lake is back!

PITTSFIELD — Summer is in full swing in the Berkshires and Onota Lake is rocking.Last night, Live on the Lake, hosted by Live 95.9 WBEC-FM and Greylock Federal Credit Union, returned for its … more

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The Snap

A huge bucket slowly fills with water and tips out onto a happily screaming group of kids at the new splash pad at Noel Field in North Adams.

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