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Thought for the day 

“An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be.” — AUTHOR UNKNOWN

The Greeting

Friday, July 19, 2019

Dearest Berkshires, today is Friday. Make sure not to fry in the swelter this weekend. Stay hydrated; stick to shady and cool places; and watch family and friends for signs of heat stroke. If you or a friend need it, cooling centers will be open across the county in an effort to keep residents cool during this weekend's heat spell.

And now, to the news ...

At Jacob's Pillow in Becket, the dance institution is aiming to tackle inclusion head-on, after a patron — a woman of color — was subjected to two incidents of racial discrimination. 

The Sheffield farmer who's partnered with Theory Wellness is ready to begin putting cannabis plants in the ground outdoors as soon as this week.

Broadlawn Farm in Adams is bouncing back, thanks to help of friends, neighbors and volunteers.

Cheshire is looking at getting some tent sites set up for Appalachian Trail hikers at the former elementary school.

A new citizens police panel in Pittsfield has elected its leadership.

And, up in Bennington, Vt., a naked man paid the town a visit the other day. Nope. Not illegal. But it was a shocker that resulted in some calls to police.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Jacob's Pillow director: Addressing bias 'takes time and consistent attention'

For Jacob's Pillow, June 15 was supposed to be an exclusive night: a gala brimming with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner under the stars, performances and an after-party.Turns out, the event … more

Woman arrested in Williamstown drug raid gets up to 5 years in prison

PITTSFIELD — Through tears, a younger brother asked for leniency in his sister's sentence on drug-distribution charges."She saved my life, literally," the brother said of 26-year-old Melyza S. … more

Outdoor cannabis farming gains toehold in Berkshires

SHEFFIELD — State regulations and high startup costs make it hard for small farmers to break into the fast-growing cannabis industry. But partnerships like that between Theory Wellness in Great … more

Across Berkshires, cooling centers will open to help beat anticipated high heat

Several Berkshire communities will open cooling centers this weekend to help residents beat the "feels like" heat of 100 degrees.Pittsfield and Adams will keep their senior centers open Friday … more

Adams' Broadlawn Farm rising from the ashes after September 2018 fire

ADAMS — Broadlawn Farm is well on its way to completing its comeback after a September 2018 fire claimed a barn and a bull, as well as all the farm's winter feed.After the fire, many in the … more

Cheshire moves to provide camp site for AT hikers

CHESHIRE — Appalachian Trail hikers passing through Cheshire next summer could have a new place to bed down for the night.Town officials plan to work with local advocates proposing an overnight … more

New Pittsfield police board elects leadership

PITTSFIELD — The newly formed Police Advisory and Review Board elected its leaders this week.The board unanimously voted in Ellen Maxon as its chairwoman. Maxon worked for the Vermont Human … more

Naked man visits Bennington stores

BENNINGTON — A cashier at Bringing You Vermont, a cafe and gift shop on Main Street, sold a man a 12 oz. cup of coffee on Wednesday afternoon. The transaction was unremarkable except for one … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Hazzard named president of Berkshire Life

PITTSFIELD — A Hinsdale man has been named the 16th president of a life insurance company that's operated in the Berkshires since before the Civil War. Lawrence Hazzard replaces Gordon Dinsmore … more

Hiring underway for Wayfair's planned Pittsfield hub

PITTSFIELD — Wayfair is hiring for supervisory, recruitment and technical jobs in Pittsfield to support its soon-to-open sales and service center, the company says.As of Thursday afternoon, one … more


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The Landscape

From furniture to harps: A natural progression for woodworker

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — It isn't too difficult to find somebody who builds guitars in Berkshire County, but where do you go if you're in need of a harp?For the past five years, Michael Costerisan … more

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The Plan

GET TICKETS HERE: Three experts in climate change will talk about the state of the planet and how to take action on a community level, during an event hosted this month by The Berkshire Eagle and the Berkshire Museum. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, climate scientist Kim Cobb and City as Living Laboratory Director Olivia Georgia will participate in a panel discussion July 25 at South Congregational Church.

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The Snap

Guitarist Michael Farina, 13, warms up with his band group in the former American Legion during the Rock On 2019 workshop at Berkshire Music School on Thursday.

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