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Thought for the day 

"Surround yourself with people who talk about visions and ideas, not other people." — Akin Olokun

The Greeting

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

Happy Thursday, or as it's called in my cubicle, "false Friday." I've heard a few reports lately of workweeks being shifted to four days, instead of five. While I can't quite yet cite the evidence on this kind of week as it relates to productivity, I do seem to recall it goes up. Since we're going there, why not add in a siesta period after lunch, like our brothers and sisters in Spain? 

But, if gabbing about worker productivity ain't your bag, you're in luck, because we have these very fine news stories to unfurl before you ...

BEATLE AT TANGLEWOOD: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will be coming to play Tanglewood this coming June.

INTERIM NO.1, PLEASE: The Lee-Tyringham school board is going with its original choice for an interim superintendent.

CANNABIS PROBE: The U.S. Attorney's Office is investigating the host-community agreements between municipalities and a number of Massachusetts dispensaries, including Theory Wellness in Great Barrington.

BERKSHIRE BANK FRAUD WRITE-OFF: America's most exciting bank had its stock price drop a wee bit after the bank wrote off a $16 million loan that is tied up in a bank fraud case in Albany, N.Y.

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Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

A Beatle in the Berkshires: Ringo Starr to perform at Tanglewood in June

LENOX — Although Tanglewood has hosted many rock, pop and jazz superstars since the late 1960s, it's never had a Beatle grace the stage.But that will change on June 19, when Ringo Starr and His … more

As Lee-Tyringham School Committee searches for full-time schools chief, Hastings will steer district

LEE — After the withdrawal of a second potential candidate, the Lee-Tyringham School Union 29 Committee has tapped a temporary superintendent while it pursues a search for a long-term school … more

Loan write-off in fraud case dings Berkshire Bank's earnings per share

PITTSFIELD — Earnings per share of Berkshire Bank stock dropped 23 cents during the third quarter, as the bank wrote off a $16 million loan that is tied up in a bank fraud case in Albany, … more

Grand jury probing deals with cannabis shops in Great Barrington, other towns

BOSTON — A federal grand jury is looking into the mandatory agreements and payments between host communities and marijuana businesses, according to a report in The Boston Globe, delving into an … more

Lenox voters to weigh in on short-term rentals, historical preservation

LENOX — Regulation, registration and inspection of short-term vacation rentals on Airbnb and other sites, and a bylaw to put a one-year brakes on demolition of historic houses, are the key … more


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The Weather

Berkshire Business Insider

From mobile app to 'creative partner'

PITTSFIELD — James Kupernik points to a video monitor set up in a suite on the second floor of the Crawford Square building. Two images are displayed — a horizontal one on the left and a … more

Executive Spotlight: Luke Marion, owner and operator of Otto's Uncorked and Red Apple Butchers

PITTSFIELD — Luke Marion once studied computational biology at Rochester Institute of Technology. But his career in higher education was interrupted when he received an offer that he couldn't … more

Adams native returns home, and appears with wife in social media series

ADAMS — Evan Pinsonnault doesn't get back to the Berkshires very often. His career keeps him busy. The Adams native, who lives in Los Angeles, is a host, actor, comedian and writer who entered … more

BuzzFeed's 'Bring Me' travel video catalog extensive

Watching a video of Evan Pinsonnault and his wife, Rebecca, traveling around Berkshire County is about more than just sightseeing. It's a marketing opportunity.The video is part of BuzzFeed's new … more

Luke Delorme: Preparing for Recession: Steps 2 and 3

This is the second in a series of occasional columns about planning in the event of a recession.Several economic indicators, including an inverted yield curve, suggest a recession is becoming more … more

The Poll

The Landscape

The Fremonts revel in life's setbacks, introduce themselves to the Berkshires

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — Boulder was just too sunny for Great Barrington newcomers Justin Badger and Stephanie Dodd.When the husband-wife team behind The Fremonts uprooted to the Colorado city after … more

5 things to do if you're on a budget this week, Nov. 7 - 13

Free concert The Eagles Big Band and Eagles Concert Band perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. Tickets are required for seating, call 413-997-4444. … more

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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

Kevin Burda gets some air at the skateboard park in North Adams on Sunday. The park was busy with people of all ages on scooters, skateboards and even rollerskates. Burda said that is was unusually busy for a Sunday but thought that everyone was trying to get some time in before the really cold weather and winter.

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