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Thought for the day 

“Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.” — LAURENCE J. PETER, Canadian writer (born this date in 1919, died 1990)


The Greeting

Monday, Sept. 16, 2019

Dear Berkshires, today is your Monday. Attitude is everything, so let's make this feel more like a Friday! Who's with me?

Back at the news desk, we have these fresh headlines  ...

BOATS ARE BACK IN THE BOWL: At the Josh Billings RunAground, seaworthy vessels returned this year to the Stockbridge Bowl; the lake had been off limits last year because of blue-green algae blooms.

BIOLOGY CLASS IN SESSION: At Springside Park in Pittsfield, the 10th Berkshire Bioblitz brought focus to the insects, birds, plants and wildlife that inhabit the park.

ALL SCHOOLS REPRESENTED: Miss Hall's School is hosting the first-ever school fair that features a cross section of all schools in the Berkshires, from independent to religious, and public to charter schools.

IS IT SAFE?: Berkshire health officials say the jury is out on the safety of vaping.

PRELIMINARY ELECTION: Pittsfield voters will go the polls Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates for mayor, as well as city councilor in Wards 5 and Ward 6.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor 

Correction: Malcom Lowe is retiring as the concertmaster for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His title was incorrect in Friday's Beat.


 
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The News

Boaters back in the Bowl again for Josh Billings RunAground triathlon

STOCKBRIDGE — Stockbridge Bowl is the epicenter of excitement, challenges and, at times, chaos that has defined the Josh Billings RunAground.The excitement of watching the bicyclists sprint to … more

Josh Billings RunAground 2019: Allen Heights Veterinary repeats as champion during action-packed event

LENOX — After two weeks in the hospital this summer, Tom Keefe was just happy to be in a canoe with his buddy on a Sunday morning.His teammates at the 43rd Josh Billings RunAground, however, … more

At Springside Park, Bioblitz lets participants get in touch with nature - literally

PITTSFIELD — A hardy group of local nature experts and novices spent the weekend getting a handle on the ecosystem of the city's largest municipal park. The 10th annual Berkshire Bioblitz was a … more

Miss Hall's readies 1st Berkshire School Fair

PITTSFIELD — Miss Hall's School has hosted independent school fairs before. But for this year's event, the school tweaked the format to provide information on educational programs that everyone … more

Berkshire health officials on vaping: 'Do we know it's safe? Absolutely not.'

With six people dead and hundreds sickened nationwide from a vaping-associated lung illness, Berkshire health officials are doubling down on the message that they have been sending for years: We … more

Preliminary election in Pittsfield to bump two mayoral candidates

PITTSFIELD — A preliminary election Tuesday will narrow the city's most hotly contested fields, including the one for mayor. The other races appearing on the ballot are those in Wards 5 and 6. … more

Pittsfield eyes dog park at Burbank Park; interim site `a nonstarter'

PITTSFIELD — Those looking for a place to let their dogs freely romp around off leash likely will get their wish, but they'll need to wait. The City Council this week accepted a $27,000 design … more

Helping serve health needs of LGBTQ community 'was always on my radar'

PITTSFIELD — Dr. Jeremy Stoepker was only in elementary school when his father, a gay rights activist, was diagnosed with AIDS. Doctors initially told Stoepker's father that he had a year to … more

The Weather


Obituaries

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Berkshire Business Insider

CEOs speak out on gun violence, want congressional action

Dear Members of the Senate:

Our hearts are with the victims, their families and loved ones and all those affected by the tragic shootings in El Paso and West Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. These … more

The scam goes woof! Identifying new ploys gunning for your wallet

Some of the top scams going around right now include: tech support, IRS, grandparent, utility company, overpayment, rental, lottery, romance and mystery shopper.

They are called impostor scams, … more

The Poll


The Landscape

The Barn Kitchen & Bar: Williams Inn opens new restaurant with new look, menu

WILLIAMSTOWN — Local farms inspired the architecture of the newly opened Williams Inn, and now, they are inspiring and shaping the menu of The Barn, its full-service restaurant. "Farm-to-table. … more

A (designed) sign of support

PITTSFIELD — Around this time of year, they're perhaps the most unavoidable pieces of graphic design in this city. Lining roads throughout Pittsfield, rectangular political campaign signs back … more

How are we doing?

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The Plan

4 events not to miss this week, Sept. 15-21

It's Apple Squeeze time!Join local shops, restaurants, artisans, musicians, farm stands and performers as Lenox celebrates the apple harvest at the 40th annual Lenox Apple Squeeze. The two-day fall … more
 
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Berkshire Calendar: Check out what's happening today, tomorrow and this weekend!

 


The Snap

GILLIAN JONES — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
The Rev. Mary Francis Curns says a prayer prior to the ribbon cutting, during the 150th anniversary celebration of All Saints Berkshires Episcopal Church in North Adams on Saturday.

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