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Thought for the day 

“Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.” — DOROTHY HEIGHT, American civil rights activist (1912-2010)

The Greeting

Tari and Tom Shea explore a painting by Amy Myers in the Crane Room during Free Fun Friday at the Berkshire Museum on Aug. 23.

Friday, Aug. 30, 2019

Happy Friday and a happy Labor Day to you and yours. Labor Day is the holiday that honors those who worked before us and were crushed under the wheels of industry. At least, that's how we celebrate it in Ashfield. 

In the real news, we have these stories ...

TRAIL OF CHEERS: Cheshire will offer up camping space to thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail. 

IN THE OTHER WESTERN MASS.: The Valley Flyer, a train that connects Greenfield to New Haven, Conn., begins its inaugural run in a two-year pilot program; the Flyer must hit certain ridership benchmarks to become permanent.

FIREHOUSE CLEANUP: A Great Barrington firehouse will need remediation work, but who pays for it is being ironed out.

HIGH BIDS: Bids for work at West Side Riverway Park came in at double what was expected, slowing progress. The city of Pittsfield hopes the park will serve as a common backyard for a neighborhood plagued by violence, most recently with a fatal shooting on Sunday. 

PASTORAL NETWORK: Sandisfield will see broadband in about two years, after a roughly 10-year wait.

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Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor  

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The News

In move to stay hiker-friendly, Cheshire OKs town land for Appalachian Trail campers

CHESHIRE — Living up to its moniker as an Appalachian Trail Community, Cheshire will allow hikers of the trail to camp overnight on town property.The designated campsite on municipal land next … more

Western Mass. to get link with New Haven

A pilot program linking western Massachusetts communities and New Haven, Conn., by train will launch today, opening up rail connectivity to a portion of the state that has long called for it. more

Clarity over cleanup sought to seal potential deal for old Great Barrington firehouse

GREAT BARRINGTON — A historic downtown firehouse, from which bricks occasionally fall and which is contaminated with lead paint and asbestos, is catching the eye of a prospective buyer. Who … more

High bids stall work on West Side Riverway Park

PITTSFIELD — Bids for a planned park on Dewey Avenue came in high and now the city is working to scale back the project's scope.Jim McGrath, the city's park and open space program manager, told … more

'A new day in Sandisfield' with Charter broadband contract signed

SANDISFIELD — After nearly a decade of navigating a difficult path to a broadband network, it is now likely that the town will see high internet speeds in less than two years.At its Monday … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Landscape

At Oldcastle Theatre Company, 'Judevine' is beautiful in the night

BENNINGTON, Vt. — A kind of grace has settled over some of the area's theaters in their final offerings of the summer. I'm thinking in particular of "Before the Meeting" at Williamstown … more

Murder, money and romance abound in musical at The Theater Barn

NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — In 1988, before there was "Ragtime," before there was "Once on This Island," the theater composing team of Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) gave us … more

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The Plan

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Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!


4 events not to miss, Aug. 25-31

Get your fill of garlic next weekendJoin garlic-lovers from throughout the country as they come to enjoy the quintessential Vermont garlic festival, now on it's 24th year. Southern Vermont Garlic … more

The Snap

Forthill Farm sets up a farm stand outside of Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield every Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m., selling fruit, veggies, eggs and pasture-raised meats.

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