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The Greeting

A girl makes her way to the colored glass windows in Cauleen Smith’s exhibit, "We Already Have What We Need," during Free Fun Friday at Mass MoCA in North Adams on Friday.

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019

Happy Tuesday, everyone! For those of you who had Monday off, today is your Monday. Seize it!

In the news, we have these stories ...

FROM NEAR-DEATH TO DOCUMENTARY: Tyler Fairbanks almost left this world because of a near-fatal brain hemmorhage; now he's featured in a new film about his illness and recovery.

STUCK IN A TREE: A paraglider made an unplanned landing in some trees and needed rescue crews to get him out in Williamstown.

QUARTER OF A MILLION: The Pittsfield Housing Authority has landed $250,000 for safety improvements.

TUBS DRAW THEM IN: Thousands are expected to visit Lenox for its Tub Parade and Apple Squeeze; our trusty veteran Clarence Fanto shares what to expect, here.

WHAT'S UP IN PITTSFIELD?: Our Amanda Drane reports on what to expect for the week in the county hub.

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Berkshire Eagle online editor 

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The News

Documentary charts Tyler Fairbank's path from deadly illness to recovery

HANCOCK — Tyler Fairbank is starring in a brand-new video. But it's not a music video, and to be in it, he didn't have to act. Indeed, it was one of the results of a life-changing, near-death … more

Paraglider rescued after getting stuck in tree along Taconic Trail

WILLIAMSTOWN — A paraglider who landed in a tree 40 feet above ground along the Taconic Trail over the weekend escaped unharmed after calling 911 and being helped down by first responders. … more

Fairgoers brave the rain in Columbia County

CHATHAM, N.Y. — The last day of the Columbia County Fair was a mixed bag of heavy rain and die-hard fairgoers who were rewarded with a cessation of the downpour, which allowed the carnival … more

Pittsfield Housing Authority wins $250K for safety upgrades

PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Housing Authority plans to beef up its security with a $250,000 grant announced last week. The funds are part of a larger disbursement by the U.S. Department of … more

Lenox expects thousands for Tub Parade, Apple Squeeze

LENOX — With a potentially record-setting summer tourism season winding down after Labor Day weekend, plans are in high gear for two perennial September attractions — the 40th Apple … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Back to school and election countdown

This week offers a flurry of back-to-school activities and political door-knocking in key city neighborhoods. Pittsfield Public Schools students will be greeted with new staff and new programs … more

The Weather


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The Poll

The Landscape

Artist finds parallels between memory, surroundings

When artist Robert Maloney looks at an urban area, he doesn't just see a city, he sees a manifestation of the deterioration of the human mind. The Jamaica Plain artist's immersive work "Building … more

Bob Dunn | Game On: Be inspired, be a 'Dredgen'

I should have been sleeping.
It was well past 1 a.m. with a day full of deadlines looming just a few hours ahead.But, something compelled me, well after most of the friends with whom I'd been playing logged off for the night, to … 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, Sept. 1-7

Head on down to the Blandford FairFrom every corner, there is something for all ages, including a demolition derby, chili competition, truck pulls, entertainment and more at the 152nd Blandford Fair. … more

The Snap

A painting titled "My New Hat Series #38" by artist Mary O. Davidson hangs during the Guild of Berkshire Artists fine art show held at the Old Town Hall on Main Street in West Stockbridge on Sunday.

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