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Thought for the day 

“A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.” — BETTE DAVIS, American actress (1908-1989)

The Greeting

Monday, July 15, 2019

Good morning, Beat readers. We have a very newsy start to the week, so let's not dillydally. 

A TOTAL LOSS: A devastating fire in Alford leveled a home on Rowe Road on Sunday, all while the homeowner stepped out for 20 minutes to get some gravel.

THAT NOT-SO HOLMESY FEELING: Folks in this relatively quiet Pittsfield neighborhood aren't enjoying the increased traffic, noise and cursing that's stemming from the Holmes Road bridge being cut to one lane of travel.

THE INNER LIFE OF PUPPETS: On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, a Sesame Street puppet maker talks with The Eagle about what brought him to one of the most famous addresses in all of New York City.

SAND IN YOUR SHOES: It doesn't happen around Western Massachusetts too often, but Eagle Street filled up with sand for the annual Beach Party celebration in North Adams on Saturday.

GIVEN THE SACK: Big Y supermarkets are giving the boot to single-use plastic bags a little sooner than expected.

CHAPEL CLOSING: Once given a reprieve, the North Americans Martyrs Chapel on Old State Road, just off Route 8 in Lanesborough, will be closing, the Springfield Diocese recently announced.

GOT AN INSIDE MAN OR WOMAN?: Just in case you don't, the Berkshire Business Insider drops every Sunday. Check it out every week to find out what's going up or down in county commerce.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Alford home 'total loss' in Sunday blaze

ALFORD — George Meyer left his home at 11 Rowe Road on Sunday to get some gravel. When he returned 20 minutes later, the single-story house where he had lived for over 30 years was on fire."I … more

On Holmes Road, the many things they'd rather be thinking about

PITTSFIELD — People, we have a little situation. Can we all listen up for a sec?This is very simple. And by the end of this you're going to be like, "Oh, that's what those painted white X's on … more

Car's plunge into river a 'wake-up call,' driver says

DALTON — An 81-year-old Pittsfield woman is doing well— and planning not to drive for now — after being rescued by public safety workers when her car plunged into the Housatonic … more

Sesame Workshop artist explains why Kermit spoke to him

Louis Henry Mitchell remembers the night a sock came alive on the Ed Sullivan Show half a century ago.It changed his life. On Tuesday, Mitchell will talk about his work as creative director of … more

Sand in North Adams? At Eagle Street Beach Party, patrons dig it

NORTH ADAMS — It was like a sunny Southern California day, with high temperatures, a slight breeze and beachgoers playing in the sand and soaking up the sun.But this beach party was landlocked … more

At Dog Dance, the desire to groove with pets is unleashed

BECKET — Turns out, dogs like to dance.It sure seemed that way at Jacob's Pillow on Saturday, during the third Dog Dance, in which about 60 dogs and 70 or so humans went through a dance routine … more

Wanting their right of way: People with disabilities to walk for pedestrian awareness

PITTSFIELD — People with disabilities often set goals to live as independently as possible, even if it just means going on a walk downtown without an aide. When drivers blow through crosswalks … more

Diocese closes Lanesborough chapel due to costs, declining use

LANESBOROUGH — For the second time in about a decade, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has closed a quaint church in town.The Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, bishop of the diocese, … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

The doctor debt: Constant recruitment prescribed to offset regular losses of area physicians

PITTSFIELD — As much as it stings to get a hospital bill, there's another envelope that delivers a sense of dread in the homes of Berkshire County patients: The letter that says your doctor is retiring or relocating … more

Work on new Cumberland Farms in North Adams could begin this fall

NORTH ADAMS — The city has sold its former Department of Public Works buildings and nearly 1 acre of property to Cumberland Farms, which intends to build a store there, according to Mayor … more

Doctor debt: Area's aging population exacerbates doctor shortage

The doctor shortage is nothing new — and isn't unique to the Berkshires. For more than a decade, the Massachusetts Medical Society has been tracking doctor shortages. Recruiting and keeping … more

Big Y dropping single-use plastic bags sooner than planned

PITTSFIELD — Big Y Foods has set Aug. 1 as the date that it plans to eliminate single-use plastic bags at checkouts throughout its entire chain, including at the company's supermarkets in North … more


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The Learning

Kids 4 Harmony advanced ensemble to take its show on the road, share stage with LA Philharmonic

PITTSFIELD — The first time they picked up violins, Gerdlie Jean Louis and Leila Paredes were in third and first grades, respectively. They didn't know each another, though both attended … more

Towns that rejected Wahconah project weigh legal options

DALTON — "Yes" votes prevailed April 6 when voters in seven towns faced the question of building a new Wahconah Regional High School.But the "no" side isn't sitting still.As Hinsdale moves … more

The Landscape

BSO ready to write a new chapter in its history with Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — For most of the world, April 15, 1912, is the day the Titanic sank. But in Pittsfield, it's the day the Boston Symphony Orchestra finally came to town."The Boston Symphony … more

A plastic canvas

ADAMS — Marjorie Minkin can make plastic entrancing.Adding some heat, acrylics, paint medium, rivets and screws, the part-time North Adams resident fashions layered works using Lexan, a … more

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The Snap

People of all ages play in the sand, at the 21st annual Eagle Street Beach in North Adams on Saturday.

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