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“Life has taught me to think, but thinking has not taught me how to live.” —ALEXANDER HERZEN, Russian author (1812-1870)

The Greeting

Salesperson Jeff Minker, right, talks with avid hiker John McKenney in the camping and bicycle section of the Arcadian Shop in Lenox on Wednesday.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

Good afternoon, Berkshire County.  I don't know about you, but I'm enojying this mild August weather. I'm originally from Kentucky, where August usually brings nothing but hot, humid air. 

We get started with some tragic news out of Richmond, where a 72-year-old woman was killed in a two-car accident Wednesday afternoon.

In Great Barrington, a longtime city employee is facing larceny and embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing over $100,000 of town money.

Berkshire County stores are gearing up for a rush of customers this weekend, when many items will be sold sales tax-free. 

And in Pittsfield, two high schools are adding African American history courses that will be taught in the fall. 

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Very best,

Jimmy Nesbitt 
Berkshire Eagle deputy managing editor  

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The News

Great Barrington official allegedly stole over $100K from town coffers

PITTSFIELD — A longtime Great Barrington employee is facing larceny and embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing over $100,000 of town money while working in the treasurer/collector's … more

Businesses in Berkshires gear up for high-traffic tax-free weekend

LENOX — Chris Calvert is noticing an uptick in window-shopping this week — a likely sign this tax-free weekend will be a busy one at Arcadian Shop.The outdoor equipment retailer has seen … more

Pa. woman identified as victim in fatal Richmond crash

RICHMOND — The woman killed in a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon has been identified as Barbara Detlefsen of Slippery Rock, Pa.Detlefsen, 72, was among three people involved in the crash at … more

Black history pilot courses on agenda for Pittsfield high schools

PITTSFIELD — Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless committed in February to bringing history courses back to city schools. On Tuesday, he and staff from the city's two high schools talked to … more

Communication breakdown stalls Summer Street parking measure

PITTSFIELD — A decision on whether to extend free parking in the new Summer Street lot will have to wait.City councilors on Tuesday discussed a recent recommendation by the Ordinances and Rules … more

The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

Check-in time arrives for new Williams Inn

WILLIAMSTOWN — With all the construction work behind them, members of the Williams Inn staff are now laser-focused on the hospitality element of opening a new hotel.Nearly all of them migrated … more


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The Poll

The Landscape

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NORTH HOOSICK, N.Y. — When this millennial reporter was assigned a story about drive-ins, he didn't know they still existed. But just across the New York border, Hathaway's Drive-In Theatre not … more

5 things to do if you're on a budget this week, Aug. 15 - 21

A show just for kids!Berkshire Theatre Group presents "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised)," 2 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, performed by Berkshire Theatre Group's … more

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The Plan

The Berkshire Eagle's Conversation | An Evening with the Critics: Ben Brantley of the New York Times and Jeffrey Borak of The Berkshire Eagle

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The Snap

Families walk down Main Street as they attend the annual Downtown Celebration in North Adams on Wednesday night.

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