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Thought for the day 

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” — MARGARET LEE RUNBECK, American author (1905-1956)

The Greeting

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Hey there, people of the 413. Let me ask you a few questions ...

♦ What issues matter most to you in your local community?
♦ Are you receiving the news and information you need about those issues?
♦ And are you free next Thursday?

If want to share your answers to these questions, then come share your vision for local news in the Pittsfield area from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14, at the Berkshire Athenaeum.

This gathering is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be provided, as well as an opportunity to voice your opinion via a news consumer survey. For questions, or to alert the organizers of special accommodations, contact lead researcher Rachel Edens at rachel.edens@gmail.com.

This gathering is hosted by the Solutions Journalism Network, an independent nonprofit group that seeks to support journalism that examines responses to social problems — in addition to the problems themselves. More information here: www.solutionsjournalism.org. Representatives from local news organizations are invited to attend.

But, before you start writing down all those ideas, let us fill your head with the day's news that's fit to print ...

MEDICAL THC VAPING: Medical marijuana vaporizing products could be back on the shelves as soon as next week.

DING, DING, DING: Berkshire Bank's earnings take a hit after it writes off millions that was stolen from it in a fraud scheme.

REGULATING THE RENTALS: Lenox voters last night approved changes to town rules that will govern short-term rentals, such as those offered via Airbnb.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Medical marijuana vape sales could resume next week, but questions remain

BOSTON — Medical marijuana users could to regain access to vaping products starting next week after the Cannabis Control Commission did not uphold the Baker administration's ban.But that … more

Navin Shah's cannabis shop plan on the table in Lenox amid U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling's probe into host community agreements

LENOX — In the race to open the first of two retail marijuana businesses in the town, hotel entrepreneur Navin Shah has emerged from the starting gate with a nearly complete host community … 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

Lenox voters OK plan to regulate short-term rentals

LENOX — In a big win to ease the housing crunch in town, voters OK'd a plan Thursday night that limits short-term rentals to 75 days a year, with an option for homeowners to apply for 35 … more

At MCLA's 'Day of Dialogue,' topics challenge perceptions

NORTH ADAMS — Tracey Benson quipped that it was sort of ironic that he was asked to be the keynote speaker for the second "Day of Dialogue," held Thursday at the Massachusetts College of … more

Route 7 crash sends two to hospital

LENOX — Two people suffered what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries in a 2-car crash in Lenox on Thursday, according to police.Lenox Police Officer Michael Smith said the two drivers, … more

Man held as dangerous on assault, threat charges tied to Adams stabbing

PITTSFIELD — A Springfield man accused of assaulting and threatening witnesses to an August stabbing in Adams has been ordered held without bail.Yuri Rankin, 35, is accused of moving into the … more


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The Weather

The Poll

The Landscape

Thomas Christopher: Consider the benefits of biocontrol

Dr. Lisa Tewksbury describes 'biocontrol' as "putting the food web back together." As Director of the University of Rhode Island Biocontrol Laboratory, Tewksbury and her staff are constantly seeking … more

How are we doing?

We'd love your feedback on the newsletter. Email your thoughts and suggestions to nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com.

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

Audience members take selfies to post on Twitter during a seminar at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Thursday.

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