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Thought for the day 

“We are all snobs of the Infinite, parvenus of the Eternal.” — JAMES GIBBONS HUNEKER, American author and critic (1860-1921)

The Greeting

Monday, Aug. 5, 2019

Good morning, Berkshire County. There are merely five days to go before I disappear for another week of summertime vacation. My compatriot Jimmy Nesbitt will be handling TheBeat newsletter in my absence, and all I ask is that you treat him with that same warm and welcoming New England manner that you use with me.

In the news, we have ...

An accused shooter is being held for 120 days after he was deemed a danger to the public.

Herman Melville turned 200, and Arrowhead in Pittsfield pulled out all the stops at the American literary great's one-time home and museum.

A Dalton firetruck is named after a town fireman who died how he wanted to — with his boots on.

We also bring you the remaining candidates for office in Cheshire. 

The Adams Agricultural Fair has a lot of fans. But it also has some detractors, who believe that animal rodeos are abusive.

Seen "Hamilton" yet? Well, get out from under that log and get thee online over to Proctors Theatre, where a digital ticket draw will be underway soon.

Help The Eagle continue its rise toward a new golden era of newspapering. Subscribe or renew today.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Arrowhead hosts Melville birthday bash

PITTSFIELD — Some simply wanted to play and run around the grounds of Herman Melville's farm, Arrowhead, a plot of land which the writer said gave him "a sort of sea-feeling."Others were as … more

New Dalton fire truck dedicated to late firefighter

DALTON — The granddaughter of the only Dalton firefighter to die in the line of duty said she knew he was happy with the way he went."He stepped off the firetruck, and he was happy because he … more

Two seek new 3-year seat on Cheshire's top board

CHESHIRE — Dozens of campaign signs have sprouted up on Cheshire lawns reminding voters who the five candidates are in the upcoming special election for two new seats on the Select Board.On … more

Adams has a growing musical appeal

Think of the Berkshires, and the town of Adams and its neighboring communities probably don't come to mind as a regional hub for music study and performance. But a team of advocates behind the Adams-Anthony Center are working to scale up their efforts to change that notion. more

Fire at Brien Center-owned Pittsfield residence might leave tenants displaced

PITTSFIELD — Residents of a multi-unit residence on Francis Avenue were expected to be displaced overnight Saturday after a kitchen fire left smoke and water damage on the second floor, … more

For some, rodeo at Adams Agricultural Fair seen as a horse of a different color

ADAMS — Every summer, hundreds of Berkshire County residents flock to the Adams Agricultural Fair, a staple event in town that celebrates the county's roots in farming with livestock shows, … more

Case management-style health care: 'Think beyond the exam room'

Nurse practitioner Ilana Steinhauer was concerned that her patient's blood pressure had not come down as much as she would like.The patient, a 54-year-old man, said through a Spanish interpreter that … more

Before courting Berkshire Carousel, plumber let his flags fly

PITTSFIELD — The city's chief executive backs Ernest Weider's fledgling effort to revive the Berkshire Carousel, at least in terms of serving as cheerleader for wider community support. But … more

Parishioners' group seeks to run Lanesborough chapel as shrine

LANESBOROUGH — Local Catholic parishioners have risen again to fight the pending closure of their quaint church.Friends of North American Martyrs has devised a plan of self-governance to keep … more

Suspect in Pittsfield shooting to be held for 120 days without bail

PITTSFIELD — Surveillance video captured the moment that Ryan Aulisio fired the shot that injured Rayquan Watford near a Tyler Street convenience store.The video showed Aulisio, who was on … more

The Weather


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The Poll

Berkshire Business Insider

John Regan, Associated Industries of Massachusetts president and CEO

The state's largest business association might be based in Boston, but it has deep ties to Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires — 26 manufacturers from the western part of the state, … more

At Dottie's, when beer and wine won't do, turn to cake

PITTSFIELD — When Jessica Rufo from Dottie's Coffee Lounge decided to transition her bakery's retail back through Dottie's from her former bakery storefront Tyler and Pine, she wanted to … more

Beyond pizza and noodles: Online shopping with delivery and pickup options grow in the Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON — Jennifer Anderson could see the writing on the wall — or dashboard. City residents already are enjoying online ordering and same-day delivery or pickup from a variety … more

The Landscape

Andrew DeVries: 40 years of creating beauty

Sculptor Andrew DeVries was so sure of himself as an artist, he left school at 15 and set out to find just what he would create. Today, 40 years after he first put his hands to clay, the bronze … more

Proctors setting up 'Hamilton' lottery

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — A digital lottery for "Hamilton" tickets will begin in conjunction with the show's first performance (Aug. 13) at Proctors. Forty tickets will be sold for every performance … more

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The Plan

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Performances Not to Miss: Out of the Mainstream II

This is part of a weekly series of columns devoted to a brief look ahead at the weekend's principal Tanglewood concerts.Two weekends ago, Tanglewood focused on composers from outside the … more

The Snap

Twelve-year-old Rhys Gracie and his mother, Paula McKeever, at right, talk with Missy Walker, from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, the organization that brought Delilah, a giant inflatable North American right whale that they are standing inside of, to Arrowhead for the 200th birthday celebration of Herman Melville this past weekend.

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