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“Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.” — GEORGE SANTAYANA, American philosopher (1863-1952)

The Greeting

The calves at Hancock Shaker Village are all under 6-months-old, with the youngest being a week old. Here they are, pictured today at the farm.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Ooooooo, Berkshires! Spring is in the air.  TV news even called it springlike the other day! I almost phoned them to remind them that it was indeed spring, and every day during the season is springlike. That, folks, is one of many reasons why Western Massachusetts needs the sense and experience of The Berkshire Eagle.

In my latest favorite topic (the Berkshire Mall), The Eagle brings you new news: The mall is open today. It had been closed for days while it dealt with a power problem; the mall's owner says there's a problem with the meter, but Eversource insists there's nothing wrong with the infrastructure. Our Tony Dobrowolski reports.

The town leaders in Lanesborough are concerned that the town budget will be affected should mall tax revenue suddenly disappear.

In nearby Pittsfield, city councilors have voted to ban single-use plastic bags, such as those commonly seen in supermarkets. 

A Clarksburg father finds himself in court after putting hands on his son in an attempt to discipline the boy; this begins a big debate on whether this constitutes discipline or assault.  

Before you go on with your day, make sure to scan these other articles so you'll know what everyone is talking about in your community ...

COBURN UNDER FIRE: A group of Monterey residents wants Selectman Donald Coburn to step down; he says he's not going anywhere. 

BB GUN ROBBERY SENTENCING:  A city man who used a BB pistol to rob a man making a night deposit has been sentenced to three years' probation.

4 MARIJUANA SHOPS, AND NO MORE: Great Barrington might implement a cap on the number of pot shops in town at four.

ADAMS HOMETOWN MARKET: Our ace shooter Gillian Jones got a sneak peek at the brand new market in Adams, slated to open for business on Friday.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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Nancy Dutton, the director of the Hands to Work maple sugaring program at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y., checks the consistency of the boiling maple sap at the school’s sugar house. The school has 250 taps in maple trees on the property and makes maple syrup yearly.
The corpse flower, or konjac arum, a plant native to Indonesia with the third largest flower in the world, blooms in the greenhouse at the Darrow School in New Lebanon. The corpse flower gets its name from the distinct odor of rotting flesh that it emits during bloom.

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