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Thought for the day 

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." — E.E. Cummings, poet (Oct. 14, 1894-Sept. 3, 1962)

The Greeting

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019

Happy Wednesday, people. Please do your best to be kind to one another today. I have a feeling we could all use it.

And in the news:

EARLY FALL BLUES: Pontoosuc Lake's bacteria levels are dropping, but officials still urge vigilance amid cyanobacteria blooms that have added toxins to the water.

KNIFE-WAVING AT STRIP MALL: One is in custody after a disturbance involving a large blade at Berkshire Crossing.

SECOND ONLY TO HOUSE CALLS: These medical professionals are taking their health care work on the road.

INCENTIVIZED: Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is seeking city approval to offer up tax breaks to an aerospace company that's set to move into the Berkshire Innovation Center.

PEER INTO THE FUTURE OF PITTSFIELD: Every Sunday, Amanda Drane's newsletter describes what's ahead for the coming week in Pittsfield. Subscribe here.

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Just for a moment, imagine there's no Eagle. Then you probably wouldn't know about: 
♦ A town official who allegedly stole thousands of taxpayer dollars;
♦ A city police officer who retired with a full load of benefits, after some questionable decisions on the job; 
♦ An industrial company that dumped toxic waste into Berkshire County's water stream;
♦ Deficient county bridges that are crumbling;
♦ How Berkshire women in jail often are separated from their families and legal advisers;
♦ And how an arts leader saw to the selloff of artworks that were designated for the people of Berkshire County.

Please keep the news wheels turning. Subscribe or renew today.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Bacteria levels drop in Pontoosuc Lake despite alarming green hue

PITTSFIELD — Pontoosuc Lake blazes green, but those maintaining its waters say bacteria levels appear to be dropping. Local officials urge caution in light of the discoloration, which connotes … more

Pittsfield police respond to Berkshire Crossing disturbance

PITTSFIELD — A city man brandished a 12-inch kitchen knife during a disturbance Tuesday at Berkshire Crossing, according to police.Police say no injuries were reported in the incident.Officers … more

Collaborative taking health care to Berkshire residents with mobile unit

GREAT BARRINGTON — The closest thing to doctors once again making house calls is ready to hit the road, bringing health care services throughout Berkshire County.The Berkshire Fallon Health … more

New details emerge over judge's order to bar witness in murder trial

PITTSFIELD — Court documents obtained by The Eagle have shed more light on a judge's decision to bar a prosecution witness from testifying in the murder trial of a Pittsfield man for risk of … more

Pittsfield native juggles on stage at Emmys

Say what? Meryl Streep juggling small pins with her face on them at Sunday's 71st Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles? Nope. Sorry. It was only a performer in a mask. But to a group of Berkshire … more

Pittsfield education leaders outline push to diversify city's teachers

PITTSFIELD — African Americans made up about 11 percent of the student body in the Pittsfield Public Schools last year, but just over 2 percent of its teachers.That disparity is even wider when … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Mayor Tyer proposes more than $200K in incentives for proposed Pittsfield space chamber

PITTSFIELD — About $200,000 could be in store for an aerospace testing facility planned for the Berkshire Innovation Center.In an incentives proposal before City Council on Tuesday, Mayor Linda … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Young@Heart Chorus proves that it's never too late to take the stage

NORTHAMPTON — When Lee Wilson was 72, she wanted to join the Young@Heart Chorus. One problem: She was too young. So, she returned the next year, meeting the ensemble's then age minimum of 73."I … more

A ghost from another era

With a gruff voice that sometimes howls, sometimes grumbles, Australian bluesman C.W. Stoneking sounds like a ghost from another era. With musical styles pulling from the early 20th century, blues … 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 this week

Fun and music for the whole familyBerkshires Jazz will bring five of the most popular regional bands to the stage for Berkshire Jazz Showcase on the Pittsfield Common from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. … more

The Snap

Jenn Kamienski signals that the water is warm as she goes tubing behind a boat piloted by Mike Mongeon on Pontoosuc Lake in Pittsfield on Monday. While results from the most recent water sample tests from Pontoosuc Lake reveal decreasing cyanobacteria levels, public health officials from the City of Pittsfield and the town of Lanesborough continue to vigilantly monitor the expanding visual presence of blue-green algae and recommend that residents exercise caution when using the lake. ...

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