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“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” — ALDOUS HUXLEY, English author (born this date in 1894, died in 1963)

The Greeting

Friday, July 26, 2019

Good morning, Berkshire County. The heat is returning, starting in the low 80s today and getting up to about 87 by Tuesday. Not quite as heavy duty as last weekend, but hot nonetheless.

Speaking of hot, The Berkshire Eagle convened its latest Conversation Series panel, this time with three climate experts. Hear what they have to say about what's in store for our big blue marble.

The Central Berkshire Regional School District has cleared away potential legal obstacles to the construction of a new high school.

Yo-Yo Ma will visit the Common in Pittsfield as part of his "Day of Action." The event will gather local leaders and organizations to build 36 wooden tables and discuss the concept of community resilience.

College students from across the country have convened in the Berkshires for a pilot program that recruits more educators of diverse backgrounds to the Pittsfield Public Schools.

And Botanica in Great Barrington is shuttered, and our Heather Bellow brings us the latest on Railroad Street's only cafe.

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Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

At Eagle's Conversation Series event, panel tackles cold, hard facts of a warming world

PITTSFIELD — After climate scientist Kim Cobb learned that flying makes up 85 percent of her carbon footprint, she drastically cut down the time she spends on planes. This week, that decision … more

Injured motorcycle rider gets escorts as he leaves hospital

PORTLAND, Maine — A Dalton motorcyclist, the last of three riders hospitalized following a crash that killed seven people, has left a hospital Thursday with an escort of his fellow … more

Yo-Yo Ma bringing 'Day of Action' to Pittsfield Common

PITTSFIELD — First, it was the Boston Symphony Orchestra coming to the Pittsfield Common. Now, it's Yo-Yo Ma.On Aug. 10, the world-renowned cellist and part-time Berkshire resident will host a … more

Woman testifies that defendant beat and strangled her

PITTSFIELD — "I felt as though he was going to kill me."That was part of Thursday's testimony from the victim of an alleged violent sexual assault that prosecutors say was carried out by a … more

Southern Berkshire cool to high school merger talks with Berkshire Hills

SHEFFIELD — The Southern Berkshire Regional School District appears to have closed the door on prospects for merging Mount Everett and Monument Mountain regional high schools.In a July 18 … more

Pittsfield teen arraigned in connection with Sunday shooting incident

PITTSFIELD — A Pittsfield teen recorded himself as he fired a handgun out a car window, police say, and then posted the video on Snapchat. Officers believe the shooting incident … more

Police investigate armed robbery at Pittsfield package store

PITTSFIELD — Police are seeking a man who robbed Harte's Package and Variety store at knifepoint Wednesday evening.The man fled with cash and merchandise after robbing the Dalton Avenue store … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Railroad Street cafe in Great Barrington appears to have closed

GREAT BARRINGTON — Railroad Street's only cafe appears to have closed, and a handmade "for sale" sign hangs in the door. Yet, it's unclear whether Botanica is permanently shuttered. Owners … more


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The Learning

Pilot program aims to help recruit Pittsfield students to diversify city schools' teaching staff

PITTSFIELD — This week, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts junior Melany Ogando and Morningside Community School fifth grader Carlos Morales hit it off, joking, high-fiving and having some … more

With nod to opponents, Wahconah project clears legal cloud

DALTON — Officials with the Central Berkshire Regional School District went into closed session Thursday night to salvage their long-planned new high school. By making two promises, the … more

The Landscape

Rocker Chrissie Hynde finds her time and space as a visual artist at Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — When Chrissie Hynde was writing her memoir, "Reckless: My Life as a Pretender," she found herself reflecting on how often she had moved throughout her career. That got her … more

Review: A seasoned Paul Taylor Dance Company brings its legacy tour to Jacob's Pillow — and everything's just fine

BECKET — This week's performances at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival mark the first time the Paul Taylor Dance Company has visited the Berkshires since its founder's death last summer, at age 88. … more

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The Snap

Eric Sprague of Berkshire Tree Service washes the windows of the Central Block building in the alleyway of Market Street in Pittsfield on Thursday.


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