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“People who jump to conclusions rarely alight on them.” — PHILIP GUEDALLA, British writer (1889-1944)

The Greeting

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Good morning, 413! The former head of the FBI is testifying  as we speak, but I'm not sure what will be revealed. Robert Mueller is the kind of guy who's going to let his report speak for itself.

In much more local matters, some Great Barrington residents are champing at the bit to get their say heard as the company that owns Suffolk Downs preps for racing's return to the town fairgrounds. Meanwhile, in 2012 the company was fined for illegally dumping horse waste.

Soon, regular folks will be able to pen missives like a true dowager countess, as Crane Stationery has been tapped as an official paper in the "Downton Abbey" merchandizing line. 

Western Massachusetts wants a passenger rail connection to Springfield, not buses: That's the message from state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli to his peers.

A dangerous pedestrian crossing in Dalton will be made a little more safe with some paint and warning lights.

Springside Park in Pittsfield is slated for a little TLC, which will include the removal of a concrete dam and walking bridge.

Two strong candidates have emerged in Stockbridge's search for a new town manager.

And Mad Macs is consolidating store operations in an effort to expand its mobile computer repair and systems outreach.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Some in Great Barrington champing at bit for input on Fairgrounds horse racing bill

GREAT BARRINGTON — As lawmakers push ahead with a bill that would allow horse racing to resume at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds, some residents want to ensure that they have a say in the … more

Suffolk Downs, fined by EPA in 2012, says it will bring best practices to Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — A company planning to move its thoroughbred horse racing operation here was fined in 2012 by the federal government for discharging horse waste into a nearby creek in … more

Crane Stationery licensed for 'Downton Abbey' products

NORTH ADAMS — Crane Stationery has been added to the "Downton Abbey" licensing program, and will be producing an assortment of "Downton Abbey" stationery products, according to Spotlight … more

Keep buses out of east-west rail plan, lawmaker says

SPRINGFIELD — On a hotel memo pad, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli jotted "YES" and "NO" in black ink Tuesday beside each of six proposals to bolster passenger rail service.It was an … more

Long-awaited crosswalk signals to be placed in Dalton

DALTON — By spending about eight grand, Dalton is poised to make what some see as a priceless investment. Since a resident of River Run Apartments was struck by a vehicle and severely injured … more

City proposes gazebo, restoration at Springside Pond

PITTSFIELD — Designs and permitting are underway for a long-awaited restoration project at Springside Pond. Jim Scalise, of SK Design Group, last week presented preliminary plans on the city's … more

Stockbridge fields two strong candidates for interim administrator post

STOCKBRIDGE — The Select Board is facing a difficult, but fortunate, predicament: How to choose between two experienced, well-qualified town administrators willing to lend the town an … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Mad Macs closing Williamstown store, merging into 1 location at Pittsfield HQ

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County's only Apple computer sales and service business is returning to a single-store operation to better serve its expanding clientele in a tri-state region.Mad Macs … more


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The Learning

Stockbridge Select Board signals support for Berkshire Hills, Southern Berkshire merger talks

STOCKBRIDGE — The Select Board is supporting the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee's effort to pursue discussions with the Southern Berkshire Regional School District on possible … more

The Landscape

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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

Connor Filippi is a lifeguard and swim teacher at Southern Berkshire Regional Community Center on Tuesday.

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