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Thought for the day 

“The idea is to die young as late as possible.” — ASHLEY MONTAGU, Anglo-American anthropologist (1905-1999)

The Greeting

Monday, Sept. 30, 2019

It's almost October, Berkshire County. I can almost taste the holiday candy now.

My Monday at Eagle HQ began with me watching a couple pressmen get jumped by a pair of wayward raccoons. My co-workers were having a smoke at a back corner of our building, when the raccoons rounded the corner, running faster than escapees from a chain gang.  Any Monday that begins with that kind of laughter bodes well for the rest of the week.

In the rest of the news

PIKE EXIT TALK: Would-be neighbors of a new exit on the Massachusetts Turnpike weigh in, and others will have a chance to do the same, too.

TAJIKI LANGUAGE LEARNER: Lenox Memorial High School senior Julie Monteleone recently traveled to Tajikistan on a State Department scholarship, along with 11 other American students.

ARREST MADE IN HOMICIDE CASE: An Adams man is under arrest on suspicion of involvement in the shooting death of a New York woman in a car in Pittsfield in August.

DISBELIEF OVER SUSPENSIONS: Some Berkshire drivers are grinding their gears over Registry of Motor Vehicles' paperwork and electronic mistakes that are leaving them stranded without legal transport.

WALKING MILES FOR THEIR BUDDIES: Friends and family hit the streets to help raise money and awareness for the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group.

LONGTIME PEACE OFFICER PASSES AWAY: John Morocco, a "cop's cop" and former commissioner of the North Adams Police Department, dies at 74.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Owners of historic homes wary of new Pike exits

BLANDFORD — The year 1768 sparked frequent protests in Massachusetts, as the British government pressed taxes on colonists edging toward rebellion. That spirit carries on inside two homes that … more

Public can sound off Oct. 10 on Pike interchange proposals

LENOX — After nearly two years of study, the state Department of Transportation will reveal Wednesday the locations still being considered for a new Massachusetts Turnpike interchange. A week … more

Fairgoers have fun at Hancock Shaker Village for 22nd annual Country Fair

PITTSFIELD — The Shakers were forward-thinking farmers, crafters and entrepreneurs who were ahead of their time more than two centuries ago.This weekend, Hancock Shaker Village kept that … more

Language and connection: Trip to Tajikistan inspires Lenox student

LENOX — For Lenox Memorial High School senior Julie Monteleone, her six-week summer odyssey to one of the world's most remote nations was a life-changing experience that still resonates more … more

John Morocco, former North Adams public safety commissioner, dies at 74

NORTH ADAMS — Longtime North Adams Public Safety Commissioner John Morocco, who retired in 2012, died Friday, after battling health issues for several years. Those who worked with Morocco … more

Adams man arrested in August Pittsfield homicide

PITTSFIELD — An Adams man was arrested Saturday in an August shooting that claimed the life of 32-year-old Stephanie Olivieri, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.Tyler … more

'A bureaucratic nightmare' amid driver's license suspensions

PITTSFIELD — Every week, Michael Ciaburri drives himself to the Brien Center for therapy sessions to help him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder that stems from time he served with the … more

At Buddy Walk, a countywide show of support, encouragement

DALTON —- Marissa Guzzo, 21, threw her arms around her teammates at the annual Buddy Walk of the Berkshires, greeting each person who walked in her honor with a hug. The Pittsfield woman spent … more

Quincy man found not guilty on drug charge

PITTSFIELD — A Superior Court jury took about 90 minutes to find a Quincy man not guilty of a drug charge from a February 2018 raid on Wahconah Street.John McGee, 37, appeared before Judge … more

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The Landscape

Stand-up actor plays a stand-up guy in a stand-down world in Capital Repertory Theatre's 'Lobby Hero'

ALBANY, N.Y. — Recently Jonathan Louis Dent was in the lobby of Capital Repertory Theatre after taking publicity photos for "Lobby Hero," a play that opens at the Albany theater on Tuesday, … 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. 29 - Oct. 5

Fill the streets of North Adams for fall funJoin North Adams and celebrate the annual Fall Foliage Festival at the Fall Craft Fair, and Dancing in the Street & Brew `n Chew from noon to 5 p.m. … more

The Snap

Over 1,000 community members take over the streets of Dalton for the 13th Buddy Walk of the Berkshires on Saturday.

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