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“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” — VINCENT VAN GOGH, Dutch artist (born 1853, died this date in 1890)

The Greeting

Monday, July 29, 2019

Happy Monday, Berkshires. Have you given a listen to our new podcast? We're on installment No. 3 of TheBeat podcast, a companion to this daily newsletter, in which Eagle correspondent Charles Xu explores the biggest stories of the week.

In other news, a pair of school districts are feeling the financial crunch: in the Central Berkshire Regional School District and in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District. In the former, a proposed new high school has set member towns at odds, and in the latter, the district is feeling rebuffed after it suggested a merger with a neighboring district, which was cool in response.

A rolling memorial for fallen soldiers came through the area over the weekend, stopping in Lee to honor an Army sergeant who died 16 years ago.

Andrea Harrington has joined with other district attorneys in seeking to raise the age cap for young defendants in juvenile court to 21.

In "Gertrude and Claudius," you can get a view of Hamlet's mother and stepfather in the hours leading up to Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

A possible algae bloom has spurred the city of Pittsfield to issue a warning against swimming, fishing and boating in Pontoosuc Lake.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Tanglewood patron loses diamond; ending to tale has a nice ring to it

LENOX — It was the end of last Sunday's Boston Symphony Orchestra matinee in the 5,000-seat Koussevitzky Music Shed. Longtime Tanglewood concertgoer Barbara Roney was applauding especially … more

On way to Arlington, Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame stops for Lee Gold Star family

LEE — The memorial torch burning in front of Heidi Nutt's home shone brightly for her husband Sgt. David Nutt, killed 16 years ago in the war against terrorism.Nutt and her two daughters fought … more

Pittsfield 2-vehicle collision sends both drivers to hospital

PITTSFIELD — Two drivers were taken to the hospital Sunday morning after a two-car crash on Tyler Street.Their names were not immediately released. Both drivers were transported to Berkshire … more

Community party returns with Hinsdale Block Dance

HINSDALE — James "Jimbo" Worden Sr. and his son Shawn Worden regularly teamed up to volunteer at the Hinsdale Block Dance. The father was a member of the Hinsdale Fire Department that staged … more

For 20-plus years, county groups gets residents signed up for health insurance

Navigating the world of health insurance can be confusing, and making the wrong choice or avoiding it completely can be expensive. For more than 20 years, certified application counselors have worked … more

Harrington, other DAs want juvenile court age limit raised to 21

Three county prosecutors are calling on lawmakers to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to include defendants between the ages of 18 and 21. more

Possible algae bloom prompts health advisory for Pontoosuc Lake

PITTSFIELD — Avoid contact with water at Pontoosuc Lake until further notice, officials say. The mayor's office issued a warning Friday afternoon of a possible algae bloom at the popular lake, … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Artisans show off-fine-grained skills at Fine Woodwork Show

STOCKBRIDGE — Joshua Kanter was determined to carve out a new career for himself in the Berkshires.After years of set design and renovation work in New York City, the Brooklyn resident and his … more

Ceri, a new women's boutique, carries works of small designers, interesting clothes

LENOX — While Ellen Shapiro was living in Milton last year, she visited Lenox and got hooked on the town."I thought, 'What a wonderful place to have a store,' '' Shapiro said. "There's a lot of … more


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The Learning

New leadership for gang diversion program expanding into North Adams

PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield Community Connection, a human services program that works to counter gang activity, will expand into North Adams, propelled by two new leaders. Barry King now serves as … more

Fine print of Wahconah deal sets high bar for future borrowing

Next spring, as work begins to replace a regional high school in Dalton, an unusual item will appear on meeting warrants in seven towns.There, along with some of the first hefty payments to cover … more

Letter: SBRSD is willing to meet on merger

To the editor:Both the July 26 article by Heather Bellow and the follow-up "Our Opinion" editorial in the July 27 Berkshire Eagle on the subject of the consolidation talks between the Berkshire Hills … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Bang on a Can debuts Loud Weekend at Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — Sonic expansion has been central to Bang on a Can's music marathons, which have been held at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art since 2002. The six-hour parades of … more

Gertrude in search of Claudius at Barrington Stage Company

PITTSFIELD — Gertrude does not appear until the latter portion of John Updike's novel "Gertrude and Claudius." In his stage adaptation, playwright Mark St. Germain cuts to the chase. Gertrude … more

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The Snap

World War II veteran Tony Pastore belts the National Anthem during a ceremony remembering the 66th anniversary of the Korean War armistice at City Hall in Pittsfield.

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