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Thought for the day 

“The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.” — From "Of Human Bondage," by W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM (1874-1965)

The Greeting

Antonio Wick, 5, looks for frogs at Springside Pond in Pittsfield on Sunday afternoon.

Monday, Aug. 12, 2019

Happy Monday, Berkshire County.
  I had to throw on a light jacket this morning when I went out for my morning coffee. Hopefully, that's an exception, not a trend, for this week. 

We get started in Pittsfield, where world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma made the city stop No. 18 on his mission to explore how culture connects humanity in 36 locations across six continents. 

Also in Pittsfield, police responded to a pair of shootings early Saturday and a fight that left one man injured. 

State and local officials are dealing with questions about what approvals are necessary as Suffolk Downs gears up its push to bring horse racing back to the Berkshires.

In Great Barrington, a woman who fell 80 feet off a cliff at Squaw Peak in the Monument Mountain Reservation is recovering from her injuries. 

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Very best,

Jimmy Nesbitt 
Berkshire Eagle deputy managing editor 

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The News

At Pittsfield's 'Day of Action,' Yo-Yo Ma brings a sense of community to the table

PITTSFIELD — Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been all over the map while on his Bach Project tour — Athens, Greece, Medellin, Colombia, and Barcelona, Spain, to name a few of the destinations on his … more

Pittsfield police respond to late-night fight, shooting incidents

PITTSFIELD — One man was injured in a Saturday night fight at Zen's Pub on Tyler Street, according to Pittsfield police. The disturbance, which happened shortly before midnight, was followed by … more

Pittsfield man has Kilimanjaro's peak as goal to help best friend's ailing daughters

PITTSFIELD — Scott Osleeb pulled into a dirt parking lot off the side of a Dalton road one recent morning and unloaded his two chow dogs, YaYa and YoYo, from his back seat. Donning a hat that … more

Suffolk Downs likely 'grandfathered' at Great Barrington Fairgrounds, but questions remain

GREAT BARRINGTON — In 1998, the former state Racing Commission issued "permanent licenses" to five horse racing tracks. One of those was for Great Barrington, where horse racing had been held … more

Judge cuts recommended sentence for builder in Greylock fraud

SPRINGFIELD — Rather than send a Pittsfield builder to prison for nearly four years, the judge handling a bank fraud case cut that by more than half Friday, expressing sympathy for a defendant … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Landscape

Grab your butter, salt and dental floss — it's corn season

It's corn season in New England, but someone should let Mother Nature know. "I tell our customers, 'I can't make the weather do what I want it to do,'" said Tonya Halley, of Bittersweet Farm on … more

A fast-paced farce fit for the #metoo movement

In Elizabethan times, wives in the royal town of Windsor had plenty of reasons to be merry. They enjoyed comfortable homes, servants, social standing and a strong, powerful woman on the throne. But … more

Only a few steps from farm to table at chef Brian Alberg's cooking class

PITTSFIELD — Putting the freshest ingredients on the table is an integral part of chef Brian Alberg's farm-to-table cooking philosophy. And the ability to do just that is what drew him to … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi shows the audience a peregrine falcon during a birds of prey demonstration at Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge on Friday.

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