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“I don’t measure America by its achievement but by its potential.” — SHIRLEY CHISHOLM, American politician (1924-2005)

The Greeting

A bee buzzes a flower in Great Barrington on Monday.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

Good morning, readers. Today is that middle-of-the-week-camel-day that I hesitate to mention. The important part is that we're halfway there ... to Friday, I mean.

Here's the news of the day

No sooner than two Southern Berkshire communities began urging their leaders to address problems with speeding in their towns did someone get struck by a car in Great Barrington.

Meanwhile, in Richmond, the state transportation agency is responding to calls for action after two recent traffic fatalities there.

Mass still is on in Lanesborough at the St. Mary chapel, which will be getting a priest on loan from a sister church.

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The News

MassDOT to perform safety audit of Route 41/Dublin Road intersection

RICHMOND — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will begin a road safety audit at a dangerous Route 41 intersection by mid-September. In the meantime, the agency has begun to make … more

Church to mark slavery with prayer, ring bells

STOCKBRIDGE — St. Paul's Episcopal Church will join will ring its bells this Sunday to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English-occupied North … more

Weekend Mass times to change as Cheshire congregation to share priest

CHESHIRE — Parishioners at St. Mary of the Assumption Church are preparing for a new weekend Mass schedule as they start sharing priests with a neighboring Catholic parish in Northern … more

Skateboarder injured after car hits him in Great Barrington crosswalk

GREAT BARRINGTON — Just a week after residents here sounded the alarm over speedy motorists on downtown streets, a skateboarder was hit by a car Tuesday afternoon while in a crosswalk on Main … more

Financial boost gives plans for Eagle Mill complex 'credibility and capability'

LEE — Amid the scent of mold and decay, with each step inside is the crunch of debris from a decaying old mill building that, for more than a century, was the heart and soul of this town.But … more

Pittsfield wins $354,000 from state for streetside projects

PITTSFIELD — The city's sidewalks and street markings will get a boost with new help from the state.For the first time, the city will receive $353,562 through the state's Complete Streets … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Peebles to be converted into Gordmans

NORTH ADAMS — The Main Street Peebles is being closed and transformed into a Gordmans department stores as part of parent-company Stage Stores' plans to overhaul its … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Theater Review: Four one-acts do not a play make in 'What We May Be' at Berkshire Theatre Group

STOCKBRIDGE — Kathleen Clark's largely forgettable comedy, "What We May Be," which is having its world premiere at Berkshire Theatre Group's Fitzpatrick Main Stage, is set on the stage and in … more

'Bringing Down The Colonel': Book covers women who took on male predation

LENOX — Madeline Pollard refused to politely disappear when her lover took another woman as his wife. Instead, she sued him for $50,000 for breach of promise to marry. In 1893, a lawsuit of … more

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The Snap

Joe Goodwin sets off in his scull in the morning light on Onota Lake in Pittsfield on Tuesday. Onota Lake will be chemically treated with aquatic herbicides on Thursday to control invasive Eurasian milfoil and other nuisance aquatic vegetation. The lake will be closed to all water uses (including swimming, fishing and boating) on the day of treatment. These uses may resume on Friday morning. Use of the lake water for irrigation (watering lawns, gardens or plants of any kind) is prohibited for 14 days post treatment. Printed posters warning of these and other temporary water use restrictions will be posted around the lake shoreline in advance of the treatment.

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