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“Any life, however long and complicated it may be, actually consists of a single moment: the moment when a man knows forever more who he is.” — JORGE LUIS BORGES, Argentine author (1899-1986)


The Greeting

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Good day, kind people of the 413. Make sure to enjoy some of this beautiful weather, even if it's just for a few minutes in the morning or evening.

It's another newsy day in Eagle land. Here's the top stories ...

PROTECTED LAND: Hundreds of acres have been added to the Hollow Fields reserve in Richmond, the culmination of decades of work in a public-nonprofit partnership and fundraising effort.

NEW DAWN FOR COUNTY FAMILIES: The longstanding Berkshire Children and Families group is changing its name to 18 Degrees. Find out why.

VIRTUALLY A DUSTUP: The sitting mayor of Pittsfield, who's seeking re-election, is having an online argument with a city councilor who's leaving the area. 

STOCKBRIDGE STICKER SHOCK: A migrating flock of second-home owners are protesting what they see as taxation without representation. 

NO MERCY GIVEN: A federal judge was unswayed by a Pittsfield builder's bid to paint himself as the fall guy for a predatory and fraudulent lender, and now faces sentencing in a case that dates back a decade.

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Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor


 
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The News

Preservation project 30 years in the making adds hundreds of acres to Hollow Fields reserve

RICHMOND — A scenic 342-acre forested preserve adjoining the New York state line is now protected forever, thanks to a joint $375,000 fundraising campaign by the town, Richmond Land Trust and … more

Dawn of new ID for longstanding Berkshires nonprofit

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Children and Families has lasted for 130 years by evolving with the times, say members of its leadership.And that's what the nonprofit is doing now, leaders say, as they … more

Stockbridge second-home owners bemoan 'taxation without representation'

STOCKBRIDGE — For about 75 second-home owners who turned out for their yearly meeting with the town's Select Board, this is the summer of their discontent. From the start, they were aggrieved … more

Mayor, councilor spar over stalemate on Pittsfield waste management

PITTSFIELD — A social media spat between city leaders shed light over the weekend on what one commenter called "a stalemate" surrounding the city's solid waste reform.Ward 6 Councilor John Krol … more

Pittsfield man gets prison term for assault on jail staff, damage to computer

PITTSFIELD — A 35-year-old city man, described by prosecutors as "quite a handful" at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction, was sentenced to up to four years in state prison Monday after … more

Jail term given for man who lied about 2014 shooting outside Pittsfield grocery store

PITTSFIELD — A Franklin County man, whose false testimony to a grand jury complicated the investigation into a 2014 death, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail after pleading guilty to a … more

'It breaks our hearts': Officials plan to close Clarksburg senior center

CLARKSBURG — With board members of the Clarksburg Council On Aging heading into their advanced years — and with no one else stepping up — the group has decided to close the senior … more

Pittsfield builder loses quest to change plea in Greylock loan fraud case

SPRINGFIELD — An 11th-hour attempt to tell his story to a judge or jury came up short Monday for a Pittsfield builder accused of financial fraud. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni … more

The Weather


Berkshire Business Insider

Lee farm offers tiny home and big views

This 800-square-foot open-loft rental on October Mountain is near walking and cross-country ski trails, streams and 80 square miles of forest for guests to explore. The recently renovated home … more

The future of 'fire cider': Case closed, judge to determine legal use of herbal elixir term

PITTSFIELD — It might be the end of the year before a four-year dispute over who can legally use the term "fire cider" finally is resolved. Closing arguments were heard July 2 in U.S. District … more

Berkshire Glass & Grow, a marijuana accessories and cultivation equipment retailer, opens in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — When Massachusetts legalized recreational cannabis in 2016, it opened up a world of possibility for brothers and longtime marijuana enthusiasts Daniel and Max Lowenstein. more

Obituaries

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The Landscape

Town Players slates 'Mamma Mia!' auditions

PITTSFIELD — Auditions for Town Players of Pittsfield fall production of the musical "Mamma Mia!" are scheduled 6-9 p.m. next Monday and July 23 in room K-111 at Berkshire Community College's … more

Critic's Notebook: Music lays down a path toward harmony

LENOX — If you've followed the action at Tanglewood this summer, you've heard a bushel of talk about "Koussevitzky's vision." But beyond music, what are the implications of his "dream of a … more

A 'surprise' in the woods

STOCKBRIDGE — With no agenda and no instruction, Chesterwood took a bet on environmental sculptors Rick and Laura Brown. The task? Fill an entire forest with eight tree-sized sculptures in just … more

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The Snap

MIKE WALSH — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Sheffield Junior Legion defeated East Longmeadow 14-3 at War Memorial Field in Lenox on Monday.

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