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“There is no bigotry like that of ‘free thought’ run to seed.” — HORACE GREELEY, American journalist (1811-1872)

The Greeting

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Good day, dear Berkshires! Saturday felt like 95, but today feels like 59. Welcome to New England.

In the news, we bring word that the Springfield Diocese has hired an independent investigator — a retired judge — to look into abuse allegations against a former area bishop.

There's no place like home for an Egremont couple, whose house is no longer in jeopardy because of a paperwork error.

A tractor-trailer flipped onto its side in Williamstown on Monday, which affected the flow of  traffic near the junction of routes 7 and 2.

Pittsfield Police are probing shooting and arson incidents in two separate cases.

And Lenox is once again taking up the issue of short-term rentals, such as those offered through online intermediary Airbnb.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, PITTSFIELD?: Every Sunday, Amanda Drane's newsletter predicts the future of Pittsfield for the next seven days. Try it out, here.

EAT AND BE MERRY: Like food? So does The Eagle! We pay it homage in this weekly newsletter on culinary things.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Retired judge will investigate sexual abuse allegations against late bishop

A retired judge will review a Chicopee man's allegation that former Bishop Christopher J. Weldon subjected him to sexual abuse in the 1960s.The man and his allies are taking a wait-and-see approach … more

Bank settles with Egremont couple in 'bizarre' foreclosure fight

EGREMONT — After insisting that a mortgage was tied to a home when the loan documents … more

Holyoke mayor challenges Rep. Neal for 1st District House seat

HOLYOKE — When he ran for mayor of Holyoke at age 21, Alex Morse says he heard the word "too" a lot."Too young. Too gay. Too progressive." "And what did we do?" he asked a crowd gathered at a … more

Tractor-trailer filled with food flips on side in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — A tractor-trailer driver escaped unharmed after the 18-wheeler filled with food flipped onto its side early Monday morning on Cold Spring Road (Route 7) at the intersection with … more

Pittsfield officials investigate suspected arson on Wendell Avenue

PITTSFIELD — Investigators believe an early Monday morning fire on Wendell Avenue was intentionally set. Firefighters responded to 82 Wendell Ave. shortly before 1 a.m. and quickly extinguished … more

Pittsfield shooting may have caused injuries, but no victim found

PITTSFIELD — A person may have been wounded in a shooting early Monday, according to Pittsfield police.Officers said they found shell casings and evidence of an injury after responding to … more

Lenox again looks to tee up short-term rental regulations

LENOX — The debate on how, or whether, to regulate short-term rentals of rooms and homes on Airbnb and other online sites is revving up once again.The Planning Board has a preliminary proposal … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Ice cream with John Demick, Tanglewood and Boston Symphony Orchestra stage manager

When John Demick was growing up in Pittsfield and working at his family's grocery store and pharmacy, he dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Soon after arriving at Boston University, Demick switched majors … more

Medical assistant: A good place to start

With a large sector of the population heading toward retirement, jobs in the medical field are expected to rise dramatically over the next 10 years. There are many levels of education and service a … more

Executive Spotlight: John Bresnahan, managing partner, Devanny Condron Funeral Home, Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — John Bresnahan's professional career has been marked by his work in two professions: funeral service and license inspecting.Funeral directors are trained to be "empathetic" … more


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The Learning

Starlight Stage puts on brave act as youth theater group preps 'The Giver'

WILLIAMSTOWN — In "The Giver," Lois Lowry's 1993 futuristic dystopian young adult novel, the protagonist, Jonas, says to his little sister, Lily, "I feel sorry for anyone who is in a place … more

Pittsfield High string quartet channels a dark but defiant corner of music history in 'Playing for Our Lives'

LENOX — Out of one of the darkest eras in human history, the Holocaust, rose some powerful musical performances and compositions that both captivate and haunt today's audiences. On Friday, the … more

The Landscape

Try these crumbly, cheesy, buttery spiced crackers

These delicate, crumbly, cheesy, buttery spiced crackers are popular in the South, but should be required snacking everywhere.And while they're mostly about the cheese, the crackers would have … more

Elders, teens make dreams come true in special WAM Theatre event

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — You can call the women of WAM Theatre's new ensemble "seniors," "elders," and even some are OK with the term "crones." But whatever you do, don't call them "elderly," because … more

How are we doing?

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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.

Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!


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The Snap

A young boy tries out the fire hose to knock out the windows in a wooden house structure set up by the Adams Forest Warden Department at the Hijinx event held at Bowe Field in Adams on Sunday.

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