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Thought for the day 

“‘Be yourself’ is about the worst advice you can give to some people.” — J.B. PRIESTLEY, British novelist (born this date in 1894, died 1984)

The Greeting

Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

Happy Friday, 413. I had the great displeasure today of getting stuck behind an oversized 18-wheeler chugging through Pittsfield with a massive piece of concrete in tow. If you were with me out there on the road, I think we feel each other's pain.

Now, I'm going to de-stress by writing about these headlines  ...

ONE IN CUSTODY: Pittsfield Police and the county's special response team helped bring a standoff to a peaceful conclusion Thursday.

ROAD CLOSED DURING FIRE: Firefighters squashed a blaze at a Lanesborough truck dealership, although traffic was stymied for a spell on Cheshire Road.

DON'T BE BLUE: Cyanobacteria levels are the highest they've been all summer at Pittsfield's Pontoosuc Lake, but are still within acceptable levels, officials say.

HE PROTECTED, SERVED: Forty-four years is how long this Lenox Police officer has served his community.

THE LAST WALTZ: Malcom Lowe is stepping away from the conductor's baton with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

A recent Harvard University study shows what I already know: Local newspapers produce more reporting than television, radio, and online-only outlets combined. Subscribe to The Eagle today and help support local journalism.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

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The News

Bacteria levels in Pontoosuc Lake land below risk threshold

PITTSFIELD — Cyanobacteria levels in Pontoosuc Lake are higher than they have been all summer, but officials said Thursday that samples show there is no public health risk. Discoloration along … more

One man taken into custody after Pittsfield standoff ends peacefully

PITTSFIELD — A police standoff that resulted in the partial closure of Onota Street and a shelter order at Conte Community School ended peacefully Thursday afternoon. Police arrested … more

Firefighters knock down blaze at Lanesborough truck dealership

LANESBOROUGH — A truck dealership was damaged in a fire Thursday that temporarily shut down a busy state road.Nearly 30 firefighters responded to a blaze that broke out at Village Truck Sales … more

State to brief Richmond officials on safety audit of Route 41-Dublin Road crossing

RICHMOND — State Department of Transportation officials will present to town officials Monday data for the partially completed road safety audit at a dangerous Route 41 (State Road) … more

As longtime officer retires, a look back on 44 years with the Lenox Police Dept.

LENOX — When Timothy Sheehan joined the town's police force when he was 19, little did he know that he would remain in the department for 44 years, working with four police chiefs and promoted … more

Fire displaces Wellington Avenue resident in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — A Wellington Avenue resident was displaced Wednesday after a fire broke out in a second floor apartment, according to the Pittsfield Fire Department. Firefighters responded to 64 … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Mass MoCA eyes more green in downtown North Adams palette

NORTH ADAMS — The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art has a plan to spruce up the downtown.By spring — to paraphrase Joni Mitchell — they will have torn out a parking lot and … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Malcolm Lowe announces BSO retirement

LENOX — Malcolm Lowe decided it was time for him "to begin a new adventure and artistic journey and listen to the voices that are beckoning me to do other things with the rest of my life."After … more

'Time Stands Still' still timely

LENOX — Photojournalist Sarah Goodwin bears witness to unspeakable acts through the lens of her camera. She moves from one country to another, documenting wars, famine and genocides for … more

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The Plan

4 events not to miss this week, Sept. 8-14

Get your funk onDon't miss your chance to see Jen Durkin and The Business at The Garage (in the Colonial Theatre Lobby) at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Durkin has been selling out clubs and making … more
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The Snap

The Berkshire County Special Response Team leads a man identified as Dominic Simonetta from the home at 80 Onota St. in Pittsfield on Thursday after an hourslong standoff with police that resulted when Simonetta barricaded himself inside the home.

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