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“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” — ISAAC ASIMOV, American author (1920-1992)

The Greeting

Friday, July 5, 2019

Alright, people! Clear out! The July 4 party is over. But, wait! It's Friday! That means the celebrations can start anew tonight.

Meantime, we have the news to get you from here to 5 p.m.

Starting off with a bang, here's a full Fourth of July wrap up, with stories and photos from Pittsfield, Williamstown and Lenox.

A man is lucky to be alive after nearly drowning in Onota Lake.

The city of Pittsfield now has parameters in place for when and how to proactively deal with mosquitoes; last year's testing showed numbers of the blood suckers infected with West Nile virus.

A man who was tried for filming unsuspecting people in a Dalton restroom can be tried again on additional charges, the state's highest court has ruled.

And North Adams has finished an agreement that'll restore lifeguard posts at Windsor Lake.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

Correction: I had a nice typo in the first sentence of yesterday's Beat. I humbly apologize.

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The News

'It's the epitome of hometown': Pittsfield puts on a show for its Fourth of July parade

PITTSFIELD — Thirty minutes before the start of the city's Fourth of July parade Thursday morning, Alison LaRocca and Vincent Brewer scrambled to make sure that the Albany Berkshire Ballet … more

Dying woman gets wish to watch Pittsfield parade where she met her husband decades earlier

PITTSFIELD — Strapped in a gurney decorated in red, white and blue streamers, Marguerite Sherman waved at passing parade floats with a smile stretched across her face. Sherman, 76, a resident … more

With some additions, Williamstown makes a day of the Fourth

WILLIAMSTOWN — Revelers were served a full slice of American life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness during the Fourth of July Festivities of the Village Beautiful. The celebration Thursday, … more

Fire official: Man nearly drowns in Onota Lake

PITTSFIELD — A 24-year-old man was hospitalized Thursday night after he nearly drowned in Onota Lake, according to a Pittsfield fire official.Police and rescuers were called to the lake, near … more

At Fourth event in Lenox, Declaration of Independence is front and center

LENOX — On a sultry summer afternoon on the grounds of Shakespeare & Company, North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard recited:"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created … more

State's top court OKs retrial on 3 dismissed charges in restroom recording case

PITTSFIELD — A New York man who was convicted in 2017 of secretly video recording people while they used a public restroom can be retried on three previously dismissed charges in his case, … more

Pittsfield Board of Health OKs new protocols for proactive mosquito spraying

PITTSFIELD — The city now has a mosquito control plan that more proactively combats mosquito-borne illnesses, Board of Health members said Wednesday.The board voted to codify practices allowing … more

Lee Select Board signs off on another proposal for marijuana production

LEE — Cannabis is fast becoming the cash crop of choice in Lee.A veteran medical marijuana grower in Washington state has become the third entrepreneur to receive Select Board approval to … more

North Adams finalizes pact to staff Windsor Lake with lifeguards

NORTH ADAMS — City officials have finalized a contract with the Berkshire Family YMCA to provide three lifeguards to watch over swimmers at Windsor Lake during peak swim times this … more

2 more men plead not guilty to murder in shooting death of Dalton man

PITTSFIELD — Two suspects in the Jan. 20 shooting death of a Dalton man were arraigned on murder charges Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court.Carlos Pascual-Polanco, 19, and his brother, Chiri, … more

The Weather


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The Landscape

Friday night, it's the BSO's turn

LENOX — The big doings at Tanglewood so far this summer have been celebrations of the new buildings and new education program they house. Now it's time to turn to the festival's main business: … more

The best seat in the house

BECKET— Children run around their parents asking for another piece of candy, couples hold hands while they take in the dramatic scenery, families and friends crowd around a picnic spread all … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

The Alert Hose Company of Adams marched with an antique pump in the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade on Thursday.

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