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Thought for the day 

“A boy becomes an adult three years before his parents think he does, and about two years after he thinks he does.” — GEN. LEWIS B. HERSHEY, Selective Service director (1893-1977)

The Greeting

Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

Happy Monday, Berkshires. Just like Patriots Nation, I'm nursing wounds today: a smashed right ankle, hip and knee after taking a tumble while out mountain biking Sunday. Truth be told, I wasn't even on the bike when I fell. I was scrambling up a boulder to get a good vantage point to shoot some video of my riding buddy, but instead slipped and fell backward off the 6-foot rock. 

Nevertheless, I dragged my battered body from the woods to deliver the news today (yes, I am just that dedicated) ...

BOUNTY OF NEED IN BERKSHIRES: Volunteers for Berkshire Bounty are delivering thousands of pounds of food annually to county residents, but food insecurity only continues to grow as the organization aims to keep pace.

CHOOSING A MAYOR: Pittsfield voters will decide Tuesday if the door to their mayor's office should read "Melissa Mazzeo" or "Linda Tyer." 

MILFOIL IN COURT: Will the Stockbridge Bowl be doused with herbicide or will the lake be manually raked? The matter has left the auspices of Town Hall and has landed in Superior Court.

HIGH COSTS: The cannabis industry is making money hand over fist, but it's also paying through the nose because of arcane laws.

LOOK TO THE SKIES!: No worries; it's not a bird or a plane. It's Clarence Fanto with a new weekly weather feature (it'll give you something to talk about when all other subjects fail you).

Subscribe to The Berkshire Eagle, and you'll get what everyone is talking about (besides the weather).

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

With need rising, Berkshire Bounty's work increasing to solve hunger

GREAT BARRINGTON — It's 8:30 a.m. at the Guido's loading dock and three men are stuffing boxes of produce in their cars.They've just collected unsold fruit and leftover vegetables from Big Y, … more

Pittsfield's mayoral race by the numbers

PITTSFIELD — Mayoral candidates Melissa Mazzeo and Linda Tyer were neck and neck in fundraising through Oct. 18, campaign finance records show. From Jan. 1 through Oct. 18, Tyer raised $50,965. … more

Spilling into Superior Court, Stockbridge Bowl milfoil herbicide fight gets into the weeds

PITTSFIELD — The Stockbridge Bowl Association believes that the Department of Environmental Protection is the authority on which herbicides can be used across the state and therefore it has the … more

Cannabis sales high, but so are costs

GREAT BARRINGTON — From the outside, Berkshire County's first legal pot shop appears to be fattening its accounts, as money rolls in without a hitch. But open those high-security doors and the … more

Parents of crash victim call for Boeing CEO to resign

SHEFFIELD — The parents of a Sheffield native who was killed in a Boeing 737 Max jetliner crash earlier this year are calling for the resignation of the company's CEO after he testified this … more

Police say man crashed after huffing canned air

GREAT BARRINGTON — A town man is facing charges after police say he rear-ended an SUV with his pickup truck while disoriented from inhaling canned air, causing the other driver to suffer … more

Pittsfield School Committee candidates vie for seats amid educational waves

PITTSFIELD — From new state money for schools, to retention issues and talk of consolidation, the School Committee has a lot to wade through in the coming years.Those competing to make … more

Private school makes offer for SVC campus

BENNINGTON — A private college preparatory boarding school based in New Hampshire has made an offer to purchase the campus of the former Southern Vermont College.Will Laughlin, head of … more


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The Weather

The Outlook: Bipartisan weather forecast for Election Day; Killington opens Monday; snow later this week

Editor's note: The Outlook — a look ahead at the week's weather, its impact on the Berkshires and more — debuts today. It will be published in Monday's Eagle.Sure enough, weather fans … more

The Poll

The Landscape

How Albert Cummings found success in building and blues

WILLIAMSTOWN — When Albert Cummings was touring in Europe last month, he spent a lot of time admiring the work of others who had once plied his trade. No, he wasn't scavenging for old tapes of … more

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The Plan

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4 things not to miss this week, Nov. 3 - 9

Wear your pajamas to the Berkshire MuseumGet comfortable for a cozy night of storytelling. In celebration of Family Literacy Month, authors, artists, educators, and community members will share books … more

The Snap

Scott Stafford — The Berkshire Eagle
Workers installing "Big Bling" on Marshall Street in downtown North Adams on Wednesday.

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