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“History must stay open, it is all humanity.” — WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS, American poet (1883-1963)

The Greeting

Visitors walk through the rows of crafts, art and food at the Berkshire Arts Festival at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington on Saturday.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Happy Monday to one and all. The humidity has lifted, and so have our spirits (the wet and cold spring dampened the usual seasonal fervor for many of us).

Fresh off the weekend, The Eagle newsroom is firing on all cylinders, producing this fine selection of informational and entertaining gems ...

James Weldon Johnson owned property — complete with a writer's shack — in Great Barrington, and the new owners of the property aim to make the writer and diplomat's former shed shine once again.

A key vote is coming up in Stamford, Vt., tonight, and it'll determine if a cross-border school district concept advances.

Farther afield, a small team of astronomers from Williams College headed down to Chile for the best viewing of a total solar eclipse.

A new prize named for a late Eagle co-owner will highlight the integrity that Robert G. Wilmers embodied in his philanthropic and commercial endeavors.

There's also fresh news in our Berkshire Business Insider and Landscapes sections, including a look at the varied flavors offered by Lee's culinary scene, and what it's like to be in the pit of Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.

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Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Couple to preserve Great Barrington writing cabin of civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson

GREAT BARRINGTON — The bed is disintegrating and there's a hole in the floor. The original windows have continued to break into bits over the years, and so now they're boarded up with … more

For Williams astronomer with eye for eclipses, journey to Chile finds best seat in the house

LA HIGUERA, CHILE — While millions of people had their eyes trained to the skies in the United States last week to watch Fourth of July fireworks, a small team of astronomers from Williams … more

Stamford, Vt., residents poised to vote on cross-border school merger; if OK'd, Clarksburg next

The towns of Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., would make history if they merge their elementary schools across state lines. But any such bragging rights must first clear a vote Monday in the southern … more

Dalton's top board moves location to expand access

DALTON — The Dalton Select Board will call its members to order Monday in a new location, one the panel hopes will expand public access. Instead of using its regular quarters in the Callahan … more

Robert G. Wilmers Integrity Prize will honor late NENI co-owner

PITTSFIELD — Robert G. Wilmers was an "advocate for the greater good," and to celebrate the ideals he lived by, Hancock Shaker Village has established an annual Integrity Prize, the nonprofit … more

Egremont couple fight foreclosure in what attorney terms `bizarre' loan case

EGREMONT — A couple fighting to save their longtime family home from foreclosure believes that the bank hounding them has acted unethically. On top of that, they claim that CitiFinancial, the … more

Youth Basketball Initiative in Pittsfield keeps kids' heads in the game

PITTSFIELD — "Make yourself available!" coach Wayne Pitt yelled from the sideline as two teens went toe-to-toe for a basketball."Mineshka! You've gotta move without the ball," he called to one … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

New Berkshire United Way CEO ready to meet, listen — and learn

PITTSFIELD — Kristine Hazzard made such an impact on the community during her 12 years at the Berkshire United Way that her own organization held a going-away party for her and called it the … more

South Carolina woman finds new property for Sandisfield pot farm after neighbor opposition

SANDISFIELD — If at first you don't succeed at finding a location for an indoor pot farm, try again. That's the approach by a South Carolina woman whose initial efforts to buy land on Town Hill … more

Lee's first recreational pot shop opens, offering customers an 'intimate experience'

LEE — The town's first cannabis dispensary is Berkshire vibes inside and out. Canna Provisions kicked off its first day in business Friday with a ribbon-cutting in the morning, followed by a … more

Hand-sewn and ready to wear: Women's clothing shop, BlueSmith Studio, opens in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD — Lisa Smith has had a passion for fashion since she was a teenager."My uncle worked in the garment industry, and he would bring home fabric from Europe," said Smith ... more

The Landscape

Into the pit for 'Into the Woods'

PITTSFIELD — It's the unseen, but very much heard, performance at Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage these days.As "Into the Woods" actors stomp and slide on the platform above … more

At Jacob's Pillow, a great American master in a great American house of dance

BECKET — In a recent New Yorker article titled "Must the Show Go On?" Joan Acocella discusses the now-familiar topic of legacy within the modern dance world. In the case of Merce Cunningham, … more

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The Snap

Pittsfield National coach Mark Socie gives a pep talk to pitcher Connor Paronto during the 8-10 District 1 Little League final against Pittsfield American at Deming Park in Pittsfield.

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