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“A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.” — GOTTHOLD LESSING, German dramatist-critic (1729-1781)


The Greeting

Monday, Sept. 9, 2019

Greetings, Berkshire County. Have you fired up your wood-burning stove or fireplace yet?  My wife and I have not; so far, sweatpants and sweatshirts seem to be handling the late summer chill.

While you're struggling to stay warm, we have these stories ...

Fairview Hospital was in lockdown recently, but thankfully it was only a drill.

The candidates for Ward 6 want your vote in the upcoming preliminary election in Pittsfield.

In Lee, town history is taking a trip to the 21st century for the benefit of residents.

In Pittsfield, Habitat for Humanity is making a dream into reality for this county couple and their young children.

The Great Barrington Board of Health is adding its name to the list of parties concerned with the advent of a cannabis cultivator in town. 

In other cannabis news, the building at 173 Howland Ave. in Adams is being eyed by a developer who wants to start a marijuana cultivation business at the site.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg 
Berkshire Eagle online editor 


 
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The News

Fairview Hospital drills train emergency responders for active-shooter scenarios

GREAT BARRINGTON — Shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday, a "gunman" — portrayed by a police officer — entered the first floor of Fairview Hospital, yelling, "Where's Peter?"The upset … more

Ward 6 candidates set sights on Pittsfield's West Side

PITTSFIELD — The race is on for representation in the city's westernmost ward.Candidates for Ward 6 councilor include Edward Carmel, Craig Gaetani, Dina Guiel Lampiasi and Joseph Nichols. The … more

With new library archive, 'history will be alive and well in Lee'

LEE — Townspeople will soon have electronic and hard copy access to local history hidden from public view for years.The Lee Historical Society is preparing to launch a digital and paper guide … more

First Steps Together helps moms maintain opioid recovery

PITTSFIELD — Dr. Kathleen Sheridan was at a national gynecology convention in 2017 when she shared with colleagues the rate of babies born in Berkshire County who are exposed to opioids.The … more

At annual Home Builders Blitz, volunteers' donations provide firm foundations

PITTSFIELD — Susie Barto and Derrick O'Keefe are looking forward to quieter evenings. The Pittsfield couple and their three young children have been living in Dower Square Apartments on … more

Kevin Moran: For Pittsfield election, what are your big issues?

PITTSFIELD — The city election season is here: Lawns across Pittsfield are sprouting campaign signs. To that end, The Eagle is looking for some city residents who are willing and interested in … more

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The Weather


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Berkshire Business Insider

Executive Spotlight: Vassilios 'Vasso' Stamatkos, co-owner of The Clip Shop Grand Salon and Day Spa

PITTSFIELD — Vassilios "Vasso" Stamatkos got his first glimpses of America when post-World War II aid workers traveled to his village in Greece and when relatives sent him clothes from the … more

Berkshire Staycation: Upscale living in the country

STOCKBRIDGE — Described by owners as "Berkshire glamour," this four-bedroom chateau in Stockbridge was built with family vacations and entertaining in mind. Sitting on 2 acres with an open … more

Coming off most successful summer, Barrington Brewery & Restaurant owners named Business Persons of the Year

GREAT BARRINGTON — It appears that even brewpubs are touched by destiny. Or, it was fortuitous timing that brought Andrew Mankin and Gary Happ together to start the Barrington Brewery & … more

Concerned Great Barrington Board of Health withholds judgment on proposed pot-growing site

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Board of Health has added its voice to a growing chorus of concern about a proposed marijuana-growing operation in town.During a board meeting Thursday night in Town … more

Local businesses likely to have hand in readying planned indoor pot-growing site in Adams

ADAMS — The man behind a proposed indoor marijuana cultivation facility on Howland Avenue hopes to have the business up and running by early next year. And it appears that local suppliers and … more

Annie Selke Cos. giving away prize to mark 25th anniversary

In celebration of her company's 25th anniversary, Annie Selke is giving away $25,000 to one winner to make over their home. The … more

The Poll


The Landscape

'Where else can you go 130 and not get a ticket?'

NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — Ever wanted to see a Volkswagen Beetle race a Corvette? At Lebanon Valley Dragway, you could get your wish."You name it, we've pretty much seen it," Sue Bell said of the … more

'I always wanted to be a writer'

NORFOLK, CONN. — "Can I bring some notes down?"Courtney Maum had been lounging on her living room couch when she was asked about her navigation of fact and fiction in "Costalegre." Published in … 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. 8-14

Get your funk onDon't miss your chance to see Jen Durkin and The Business at The Garage (in the Colonial Theatre Lobby) at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Durkin has been selling out clubs and making … more

The Snap

CAROLINE BONNIVIER SNYDER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Lucy, a 1-year-old Berkshire Humane Society alumni who was just adopted this past Friday after a long stay at the shelter, appears to be having a good laugh as she is introduced as grand marshal of the annual dog walk during Woofstock at the Pittsfield Common on Sunday. Woofstock is a 5K run, dog walk and canine game event that raises money for the Berkshire Humane Society.

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