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Thought for the day 

“Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent — the power to do the right thing the first time.” — ELBERT HUBBARD, American writer (1856-1915)

The Greeting

Officer Stacy Soldato sits atop Gunner, a 17-year-old quarter horse and member of the Berkshire County Mounted Police Unit, during Third Thursday in downtown Pittsfield.

Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

Happy Friday, Berkshire County. I've still got a full day ahead of me, but I'm already feeling those weekend vibes. 

Lets dive right into the news: The developers of the former Eagle Mill in Lee got a big boost from the state in the form of a $400,000 tax credit. 

An author who spoke at Berkshire Community College on Thursday about aging says there are a lot of myths about getting older that simply aren't true. 

Williams College is unveiling a new energy-efficient dorm during an open house today on campus.

And in Richmond, the speed limit is being lowered at a dangerous intersection where two people have been killed in separate wrecks in the last few weeks. 

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Jimmy Nesbitt 
Berkshire Eagle deputy managing editor  

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The News

State, town take safety measures after 2nd fatal crash at Richmond intersection

RICHMOND — The state Department of Transportation has approved immediate safety measures at the intersection of Route 41 and Dublin Road following the second fatal accident in recent … more

Medical, treatment records sought for assault victim suing Pittsfield officer

PITTSFIELD — Attorneys representing a city police officer and another man accused in a 2016 assault are seeking the victim's medical and treatment records in order to challenge his credibility … more

At OLLI event, an initial skeptic of aging debunks common myths of getting older

PITTSFIELD — People are afraid of getting older, but those fears aren't based in facts about what happens to bodies when they age. They are based in ageism, said Ashton Applewhite.During more … more

State commission awards $400,000 tax credit for developers of former Eagle Mill

LEE — Developers of the former Eagle Mill have received a significant award from the state — a move that could unlock millions more in tax credits crucial to financing the $60 million … more

Williams College unveils new energy-efficient dorm

WILLIAMSTOWN — When students return to Williams College for the fall semester in a couple of weeks, some of them will find themselves staying in the newest — and most energy-efficient … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Longtime nonprofit creator of housing opens construction trades training program, one of just 3 in US

PITTSFIELD — For a decade, land in a Pittsfield neighborhood donated to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity awaited its future, as volunteers with the nonprofit busied themselves with other … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Grilled tuna with a smoky char and a tender interior

Perfectly grilled tuna steaks should combine a hot, smoky, charred exterior with a cool, rare center. For a home cook, this ideal can be an elusive goal.For grilled tuna steaks with an intense smoky … more

Past is present is future in 'Curve of Departure' at Chester Theatre Company

CHESTER — The setting for Rachel Bonds' gentle, loving "Curve of Departure" — which is being given a gentle, loving, understanding New England premiere at Chester Theatre Company — … more

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The Plan

The Berkshire Eagle's Conversation | An Evening with the Critics: Ben Brantley of the New York Times and Jeffrey Borak of The Berkshire Eagle

Theater critics Ben Brantley of New York Times and Jeffrey Borak of The Berkshire Eagle will shed light on how critics think and work, how the role of a critic has evolved and how critics handle criticism.  Tickets are still available. Get them here

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The Snap

Author Ashton Applewhite was the keynote speaker at Living Longer, Living Better University Day at BCC offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Thursday

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