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“I suppose it can be truthfully said that Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.” — ROBERT G. INGERSOLL, American lawyer, politician (1833-1899)

The Greeting

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Good morning, dear Berkshires. Last night, under the cover of darkness, a mother raccoon and her kits successfully evaded my traps, feasting on corn cobs and lobster remains. My wife and I caught several of the varmints last year, as they've made their home just a few feet from our chickens. Where do I release them? That's classified.

In today's Beat, we bring you more on the motorcyclist who was killed in a crash in Pittsfield.

We have also learned that a beloved tree at The Mount is no more; the sugar maple had to be taken down for public safety reasons. It was old and falling apart.

What would Fourth of July be without some bagpipes? Thankfully, the Berkshire Highlanders will be kilting their way along the Pittsfield parade route Thursday.

North County has a cool place to cool off, now that splash pad at Noel Field is set to open for some chill fun.

Ever been driving down the Pike in Lee and think to yourself, "Man, I need some medical-grade cannabis to consume responsibly when I am at home, later, not driving, not in a public place and not in the presence of children. For my glaucoma." I never have those thoughts, but for those who do, they'll be happy to learn that a new cannabis retailer is opening right off the exit. 

When was the last time you asked for an estimate at the doctor's office? What about a nice discount? Read on, and find out if it's prudent

When you subscribe to The Berkshire Eagle, you have a company of reporters and photographers scouring the county for fresh news, every day of the year (yes, many of us work holidays, too. But not me tomorrow!).

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

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The News

The Mount 'sentry' stands no more: Towering maple cut due to decay

LENOX — Leaders of The Mount, famed author Edith Wharton's early-20th-century estate, are mourning a death in the landscape family. One of the two "sentry" sugar maples that frame the long … more

Berkshire Highlanders to march for community on Fourth of July

When Dennis Carr stepped outside the church with his newlywed wife, he was greeted by suits, dresses and, of course, kilts."My wife was very connected with the fact that by marrying me, she was kind … more

Lenox ramps up downtown parking enforcement

LENOX — The town's seasonal enforcement of downtown parking restrictions is back on for July and August. A full-time traffic enforcement officer is assigned to issue tickets to violators of the … more

Starting July 4th, Noel Field splash pad will be new way to stay cool in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — Wake the kids and get out that waterproof sunscreen — the city's new splash pad is opening Thursday morning.Water will begin flowing and spraying at the splash pad at Noel … more

4th of July weekend should feel like summer in Berkshires with heat, humidity in forecast

Hot weather fans impatiently awaiting the real thing — steamy days, tropical air — will get their wish, finally, over the long holiday weekend, but only briefly. A tropical air mass will … more

Lee's first recreational pot shop readies Fourth of July weekend opening

LEE — Anticipating long lines and heavy traffic, owners of the town's first retail recreational marijuana store are prepared to open at the height of the Fourth of July weekend.Canna Provisions … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Medical services: Get an estimate and ask for discounts

Hospitals and insurance providers can often give patients a cost-for-service estimate prior to undergoing a medical procedure. They also offer discounts and payment plans to qualifying people. All you have to do is ask. more

Dalton School of Art says creativity is for everyone

DALTON — Sometimes, teaching art is about not teaching at all.     "I've had so many experiences where it has nothing to do with me teaching," said Elizabeth Kick, … more

The Poll

The Learning

Pearl scholarship awarded to nearby Conn. student

FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. — Brierley Lloyd, the 2019 Daniel Pearl Berkshire Scholarship recipient, is pursuing studies in journalism not because she loves the media but because she wants to help … more

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The Landscape

At Williamstown, a 60-year-old American classic reaches out

WILLIAMSTOWN — You can feel the weight in the very opening moment of Mandi Masden's entrance as Ruth Younger in the opening moment of Robert O'Hara's revelatory, incendiary tear-down-the-walls … more

Comedy-drama, 'Now Circa Then,' opening at Chester Theater

CHESTER — "Now Circa Then," a comedy drama by Carly Mensch, opens Thursday at Chester Town Hall Theatre, 15 Middlefield Road, where it is scheduled to run through July 14. Sean Christopher … more

The Plan

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


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The Snap

Two maple trees known as the Sentinels along the driveway at The Mount Restoration in Lenox need immediate attention after losing a major limb and showing signs of being unsafe. The 200-year-old trees predate the estate. Race Mountain Tree Services out of Sheffield was called in to trim the trees back for safety until a plan could be put in place for the landscape.

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