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Thought for the day 

“Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” — DON MARQUIS, American journalist-author (1878-1937)

The Greeting

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019

Good day to you, Berkshire County. I was stuck again in my commute this morning in Pittsfield behind more giant concrete slabs and lane-hogging pace cars; I recently was informed by a former Pittsfield city councilor that those slabs come from a local business and they spell local jobs. By gum, he's right; it's something worth remembering as we race around from spot to spot on county roadways.

And now, the news

FALL FOLIAGE TIME: The leaves are dropping again, which means it must be time for events galore in Northern Berkshire.

POWERFUL TESTIMONY: "So many things have been taken away. Some days, I can't walk. .... This man will be able to have a life again," says a victim in a drug-fueled crash that claimed the life of her fiance.

THE FRIEND ZONE ISN'T SO BAD: Richmond and West Stockbridge prep to take their relationship to the next level: shared services.

MISSING GIRL NOT MISSING: A female Rockwood Academy student in Lenox disappears in the 1970s; more recently, Pennsylvania State Police believe that some remains found on a riverbank might be the missing student; case lands in the lap of Framingham Police, who locate the missing student, alive and well today; and the search for an ID of "Beth Doe" continues for the Pennsylvania State Police. Yes, it's kind of confusing.

YOGA AMID THE STACKS: The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a yoga series.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

Correction: A trusty Beat reader noticed Wednesday day there was a bad link to our Berkshire Museum art auction coverage. The correct link can be found here.

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The News

Fall Foliage festivities to kick off Thursday

NORTH ADAMS — With more than a week of activities on tap, the 15 different Fall Foliage celebrations begin Thursday with Massachusetts College of Liberal Art's DownStreet Art.The festivities … more

Emotions high at sentencing for 2017 head-on fatality in Windsor

PITTSFIELD — Shaylee Martin survived the head-on crash that killed her fiance, Daron "D.R." Reynolds, in 2017, but life never has been the same for her or their young daughter.In a packed … more

Richmond, West Stockbridge chart map for future service-sharing

RICHMOND — Just in case Richmond and West Stockbridge want to consider sharing a chief administrative officer in the future, leaders of both towns have signed an inter-municipal agreement, a … more

Alleged baton assault triggers police response on Tyler Street in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — A 34-year-old city man was injured in a baton assault Wednesday, he told a trooper with the Massachusetts State Police after the officer pulled over a vehicle he was riding in. The … more

Western Mass. tie to cold case turns out to be unfounded, as long-missing girl is found safe

Pennsylvania authorities investigating a 42-year-old cold case have ruled out a tip that a body found along the banks of a river in the eastern side of the state belonged to a woman with ties to … more

At hearing on Mass. forest protection bill, it's climate vs. industry

BOSTON — Competing views of the impact of logging in state-owned forests at a time of climate crisis clashed Tuesday at a hearing chaired by a Berkshires lawmaker. The Joint Committee on … more

Pittsfield: Athenaeum offering free yoga classes

Amanda Raymond, a Kripalu certified yoga instructor, will lead four free 50-minute yoga classes at noon Fridays, Sept. 27 to Oct. 18, in the Berkshire Athenaeum auditorium, 1 Wendell Ave. more

Pittsfield: BCC invites public comment during accreditation

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Community College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit between Oct. 20 and 23 by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the … more

The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Advocates say 'sky's the limit' for Eagle Street redesign in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — What would Eagle Street be like if the car lane was narrowed and the sidewalks were wider with more plantings and pavers?City Council members heard the possible answer at a … more

Cannabis farm developer seeks to address residents' concerns

CHESHIRE — The Cheshire Planning Board wants assurances that a proposed outdoor marijuana-cultivation farm won't raise a stink with neighbors or cause water shortages. The board has asked … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Spice up your fall with these apple recipes

If you're like any of us staring down a few bushels of freshly picked apples — it didn't seem like a lot while frolicking through the local apple orchard, right? — and you're not sure … more

John Seven | Viewer's Discretion: Film about musician relevant following his death

"THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON" (AMAZON, APPLE, IMDBTV, GOOGLE PLAY, VUDU, YOUTUBE)Given the death last week of Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston at the age of 58, it seemed right … more

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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

Keveen Delgado, 17, uses a long measuring tape to collect data about trees with bark loss within a certain radius during a visit to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary with the Lenox Memorial Middle and High School’s senior science class. They collected forest data and examined the wildlife living in the streams there Tuesday.

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