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“There are mighty few people who think what they think they think.” — ROBERT HENRI, American artist (1865-1929)

The Greeting

Three of the four Ward 6 City Council candidates — Edward Carmel, Craig Gaetani and Dina Guiel Lampiasi — during the debate on Monday night at Berkshire Community College. Missing is Joseph Nichols.

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

Greetings, 413 inhabitants. I am sorry to report that the turkey vulture was circling above the city of Pittsfield again this morning. I dragooned Eagle shooter Ben Garver to take a look for it for a photo for TheBeat, but the bald-headed carrion eater already had flown off, following some other tasty scents. Again, I hope it's not a metaphor or some kind of foreshadowing. I'm an English major, so I'm always peering deeply into these kinds of things.

Back to less-interpretive reality, with today's top news

The young woman from Lee who was struck and critically injured while she was tending to her disabled car is beginning to show signs that she's going to emerge from her coma.

Berkshire Community College is starting up a certification program for people interested in breaking into the cannabis industry.

A Berkshire judge is going to allow potentially incriminating statements made by the Pittsfield man accused of killing Paul Henry in July 2017.

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The News

Mom: Lee woman hit by car will 'fight her way back'

SPRINGFIELD — Lisa Zabian goes to a bed-and-breakfast across the street from the hospital when she needs a couple of hours of sleep.And when she does, a circulating flow of family and friends … more

As artworks at Natural Bridge State Park wither, DCR seeks to find their creators

NORTH ADAMS — It looks like more local youth-created art is about to become part of the past.After 15 years of harsh Berkshire winters, the concrete on the sculptures at Natural Bridge State … more

BCC readies to launch training program for cannabis professionals

PITTSFIELD — Cannabis careers are on the rise, and now Berkshire Community College wants to educate those seeking jobs in the field. The college is preparing to launch a one-year cannabis … more

Judge: Suspect's statements in 2017 Pittsfield killing will be allowed at trial

PITTSFIELD — Potentially incriminating statements made by the city man accused of killing Paul Henry in July 2017 will be admissible, after a judge's ruling last month.J.C. Chadwell, 40, argued … more

Jim Shulman | Baby Boomer Memories: When (S&J) Variety was the spice of life

After World War II, the Morningside section of Pittsfield was the most vibrant neighborhood shopping area in Pittsfield beyond North Street. I spent much of my youth and teen years in the heart of … 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

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Interiors firm selected for marijuana dispensary design

William Caligari Interiors of Great Barrington, designer of record for Canyon Ranch sites in the Berkshires and Arizona, has been named as the interior design firm for … more

Bank grants $5,000 for low- to moderate-income housing

GREAT BARRINGTON — Salisbury Bank has made a $5,000 grant to the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) to fund its work … more

New-business launcher EforAll raises $1M, offers mentors to county entrepreneurs

PITTSFIELD — A group of area civic, community and business leaders has raised $1 million to help launch new Berkshire County businesses through the incubator program EforAll.The group announced … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

Show brings magic of Gershwin to life

PITTSFIELD — Call 51-year-old pianist-actor-composer-playwright Hershey Felder a man of multiple personalities. He's been Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Peter Ilyich … more

King Richard III transformed in new play by Berkshires native

PITTSFIELD — When Caroline Fairweather was attending the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab last summer, she wanted to workshop the opening monologue from "Richard III." That got the … more

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The Plan

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4 events not to miss, Aug. 18-24

Longing for cotton candy, fried dough and fun rides? The 151st Annual Cummington Fair will be held Thursday through Sunday at the fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington. Thursday: Gates open at … more

The Snap

Wearing their new backpacks filled with school supplies, children and their parents check out the different table sponsors during the backpack giveaway for children in need at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires on Wednesday. The Berkshire Eagle and Greylock Federal Credit Union joined others in sponsoring the event.

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