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“Kindnesses are easily forgotten; but injuries! what worthy man does not keep those in mind?” — WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY, English author (born this date in 1811, died 1863)

The Greeting

A juvenile black bear walks through the front yard of a home on Frenier Avenue in Williamstown on Friday. According to MassWildlife, black bears spend more time in residential areas when they find food there. Bears that have become accustomed to bird seed, trash, and pet food, are likely to cause damage and become a nuisance. Removal of food sources and other attractants is key to preventing problems with bears.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Good day, Berkshire friends. Have you noticed how everything is wet? Yes, that's a New England summer, and word is that it's only going to get warmer.

In the news, we bring you these stories ...

A new study says that, by 2050, the Berkshire weather will consist of more heat and humidity. Our Clarence Fanto explains.

In a related story, The Eagle is bringing in three climate experts to talk about the state of the environment, for the latest installment of our Conversation Series.

Eagle correspondent Charles Xu has just wrapped up his third Beat podcast, in which he delves into messy local politics in two Berkshire communities.

Danielle Fillio has begun her new position as town administrator in Richmond, which likely will be a very different experience than her time in Stockbridge.

The body found in a forested area of Peru has been identified as Jacqueline "Jackie" Coutinho, who disappeared May 15 from her sister's home in Hinsdale.

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The News

Report: Extreme heat days by 2050 will not spare Berkshires

A cautionary climate-change study predicts that without coordinated global efforts to reduce heat-trapping fossil fuel emissions, extreme heat and humidity will envelop Berkshire County and the … more

July 25 panel in Pittsfield to explore climate change

PITTSFIELD — Three experts in climate change will unpack the issue and suggest ways to take action locally during an event hosted next week by The Berkshire Eagle and the Berkshire Museum. more

Body found in woods that of missing Hinsdale woman

PERU — Please help us find our mom. That was the plea the children of Jacqueline "Jackie" Coutinho put on a two-page flyer begging the public to help locate her, after she disappeared May 15 … more

Administrator looks to 'new beginning' in Richmond post

RICHMOND — The deal is sealed. For the next three years, Danielle Fillio will be town administrator under a contract signed this week, after her recent unanimous appointment by the Select … more

Great Barrington officer still hospitalized after hit by car while on duty

GREAT BARRINGTON — A Great Barrington police officer who was seriously injured after being struck by a car Friday afternoon is in stable condition.Officer Chad Shimmon, 38, is being treated at … more

Doubts could sideline Wahconah project

DALTON — Rather than take voter approval to the bank, proponents of a $72 million regional high school find themselves struggling to keep the project alive.Questions raised about the legality … more

West Stockbridge 15-year-old still missing

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — The whereabouts of a teenage girl remains a mystery, two weeks after she went missing.Local and state police report that 15-year-old Nycole Tripodes of West Stockbridge was … more

No bail for North Adams man charged with putting partner in coma

NORTH ADAMS — A man accused of beating his spouse and fracturing her skull, requiring her to be put into a medically induced coma, was ordered held without bail Wednesday after being found too … more

Tornado warning posted, then removed for Berkshire County

PITTSFIELD — A tornado warning was briefly in effect Wednesday afternoon for parts of Berkshire County and Columbia County, N.Y., but was canceled. more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Consultant for planned Lanesborough pot shop questions proposed benefit payment

LANESBOROUGH — A New York City chocolatier might reluctantly agree to Lanesborough's terms to open a retail recreational marijuana store on Route 8.The cannabis consultant for Lev Kelman said … more


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The Landscape

Locals pack The Hangar for Tuesday night trivia

Pittsfield — On any given Tuesday night, The Hangar Pub and Grill's parking lot is probably full.Inside, families enjoy one wing platter after another, a group of friends pour craft beer into … more

Welcome to the sublimely antic world of David Ives at Barrington Stage Company

PITTSFIELD — Pure laughs have been hard to come by in the region's theaters thus far this summer. The world has been very much with us. So, thank you Barrington Stage Company for "Time Flies" … more

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The Snap

A juvenile bald eagle takes off from a perch on a white pine near its nest overlooking Onota Lake in Pittsfield on Monday. The nest has two young eagles this year.

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