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Thought for the day 

“I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time.” — “JOSH BILLINGS” (HENRY WHEELER SHAW), American humorist (1818-1885)

The Greeting

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019

Hello, Berkshires: good day unto you, and to you an early wassail, too. There will be much activity this weekend for the Hoffenbergs of Ashfield, as we celebrate a birthday or two, and I also will get a chance to do some cycling with a longtime friend. Let Summer Extension 2.0 begin!

In the real news

TYER FANS UNITE: Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer was flanked with super fans on the steps of City Hall on Thursday, during an event highlighting the city leaders and former officials who are backing her run for reelection.

AH, THE OPEN ROAD: Great Barrington officials will repave a troubled section of Lake Mansfield Road and keep it open as a one-way for the next several years instead of immediately closing it; of course, there's disagreement.

ANOTHER WITNESS FOLDS: The Berkshire District Attorney's Office has lost its second planned witness in the murder trial of Laquan Johnson.

A VERY PLEASANT EVENING: To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mass Audubon's Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, a benefit raised about $32,000 to support science education in Berkshire County schools.

ON THE UP AND UP: Attendance is climbing at the 40th Apple Squeeze in Lenox, which was held this past weekend.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Great Barrington decision to keep Lake Mansfield Road open stirs environmental, legal worries

GREAT BARRINGTON — In a bumpy turnaround, town officials will repave a troubled section of Lake Mansfield Road and keep it open as a one-way for the next several years instead of immediately closing it. more

Pittsfield leaders past and present endorse Mayor Tyer's reelection bid

PITTSFIELD — A group of city leaders said Thursday that Mayor Linda Tyer's near-complete four-year term is bearing obvious fruit. And they want more. The gaggle of politicians past and present … more

2nd likely witness in 2014 Pittsfield murder retracts statements

PITTSFIELD — Another potential witness in the murder trial of Laquan Johnson has recanted their statements.At the conclusion of the first day of trial Thursday, Judge Michael Callan said the … more

For Pleasant Valley sanctuary's 90th birthday, a $32,000 gift to local science education

LENOX — To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mass Audubon's Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, a "Birds, Blossoms & Brunch" gala attended by at least 110 supporters raised at least $32,000 … 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

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Berkshire Business Insider

Organizers say 40th Apple Squeeze one of the best ever

LENOX — Although thousands of residents and visitors descended on downtown for the 40th Apple Squeeze street festival last weekend, problems were few and enjoyment was plentiful, according to … more

SEC filing: NY bank fraud case might 'adversely affect' Berkshire Bank's Q3 bottom line

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Bank reportedly has $16 million tied up in a bank fraud case in Albany, N.Y., that could "adversely affect" its third-quarter bottom line, according to a recent filing … more

The Poll

The Landscape

Five women artists MCLA Gallery 51 wants you to know

NORTH ADAMS — A new show at MCLA Gallery 51 aims to help level the playing field for women artists in the region. The show, "#5WomenArtistsYouShouldKnow," has been in the works for about two … more

Critic's Notebook: Down in front!

LENOX — Like a roomful of jacks-in-the-box, the South Mountain audience sprang to its feet in a standing ovation for Beethoven's String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Opus 131. Here was music that … more

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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

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