Berkshire Museum: Art on the Block

The Berkshire Museum recently announced a $60 million plan for its future, largely supported by the sale of those works from its permanent collection, including a $40 million boost for its endowment and a $20 million renovation.
Local News
3 finalists compete to be third chief of Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

PITTSFIELD — The region's public sector think tank is poised to name a new leader, just its third in 52 years.This past Thursday, a search committee of the Berkshire Regional Planning …

Sheffield man gets two and a half years jail for assault and battery on a woman

PITTSFIELD — A Sheffield man was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail after a Berkshire jury of six found him guilty of assault and battery on a woman in April 2017.James E. Bigelow Sr., …

Lee seeks new department of public works chief

LEE — The town needs a new public works boss. Nearly two weeks after being put on administrative leave, Christopher Pompi has resigned as superintendent of the Lee Department of Public Works.The …

Baker taps Dalton attorney as Berkshire County's new public administrator

DALTON — Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed a Dalton probate and estate planning attorney as Berkshire County's new public administrator.Holly Rogers takes over the position formerly held by …

DA's office: Adams woman's death believed to be a hit-and-run

ADAMS — An 85-year-old woman who was found in the middle of Dean Street on Friday morning and pronounced dead soon after is believed to be the victim of a hit-and-run, according to the …

Egremont hires new police chief

EGREMONT — Vermont police Sgt. Erik Josephson will be the town's next chief of police.The Select Board unanimously chose Josephson on Tuesday and, after Egremont officials got in contact with …

Top Sport Stories
Williams men's hockey team skates to scoreless tie with Hamilton

WILLIAMSTOWN — What may have been the craziest hockey season in history for the Williams men ended Sunday afternoon with a deadlock.Stephen Morrissey had 23 saves for his first shutout as the …

Opinion
Our Opinion: A baby-step down track to Boston-Berkshire link

If only the machinery of lawmaking could move as swiftly as a bullet train connecting one end of the Commonwealth to the other. After years of waiting and a torrent of talking, the idea of a …

Our Opinion: So much is at stake in BHS negotiations

Our Opinion: Goodbye moments in the US

Columnists
Bass: Guns - talk now, at the funerals, at breakfast, in Congress

RICHMOND — With the thermometer shredding the blanket of winter last week, it was time to look for snowdrops and see if any adventurous day lilies were poking up through the leaves that blew in …

Clarence Fanto: It's not surprising that L.L. Bean gave return policy the boot

Lauren R. Stevens: Three states, three projects, three uses

Letters
Letter: Trump's financial nonsense will cost America dearly

To the editor:A recent letter to the editor posited that "President Donald Trump is not afraid to confront change in order to attain a better life for Americans." (Eagle, Feb. 9) The writer cited …

Letter: Teachers must remain on duty at all times

Letter: We can do more to prevent shootings

Letter: Forgotten drama in US involves drinking water

Letter: Time for BHS trustees to step up for community

State House News
Sen. Markey wants $1B to tackle flu

Amid one of the worst flu seasons in recent years, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey on Thursday proposed a $1 billion investment towards developing a "universal influenza vaccine."Markey's idea is to provide …

MassHealth seen as crucial to high rate of children's coverage

Marijuana camp says Baker trying to intimidate cannabis commission

National Headlines
Florida School Shooting: DeVos, Dems urge Congress to hold hearings

A chorus of Democratic lawmakers have joined Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in calling for Congress to act after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida.In a letter Friday, …

Trump blames Obama, Dems for failing to stop Russian meddling

ISIS claims deadly attack at church in Russian region

Local News

Protest staged in Pittsfield man's killing in which officer was cleared

PITTSFIELD — Jacquelyn Sykes stood in Park Square on Saturday afternoon and held up a sign that read "Protect and serve not panic and shoot" at a passing Pittsfield police cruiser. It has been …

For church, question of selling Tiffany windows no open-and-shut decision

NORTH ADAMS — A local church community is weighing the choice between a financial boon and holding onto pieces of its history. The First Congregational Church in North Adams held a meeting with …

In choosing police work, grandson follows the beat of a familial drum

PITTSFIELD — Enrico Giardina didn't give much thought to becoming a police officer before falling into that line of work in 1949. Decades later, his approach to policing planted a lasting seed …

EPA holding Pittsfield's feet to fire on wastewater treatment upgrades

PITTSFIELD — Federal regulators have ramped up the pressure on the city to upgrade its wastewater system.A letter from the Environmental Protection Agency threatens "further enforcement" if the …

$1 million hike in school costs possible for Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — Rising enrollment and wealth in town might hike its share of school costs by up to $1 million in 2019, school officials said Thursday. School Committee Chairman Stephen …
Community News

Campus Notes

Cadet 1/C Matthew Vachereau of North Adams, son of David and Laurie Vachereau, has been named to the president's list at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne for the fall 2017 semester. A 2014 …

Berkshire County Food Pantries

PITTSFIELDBerkshire Dream Center: No requirements, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. second Sunday of the month, at Morningside Baptist Church, 475 Tyler St., Pittsfield, …

West Stockbridge: Democrats to elect convention delegates

Registered Democrats in West Stockbridge will hold a caucus at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, to elect delegates and alternates to the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. The caucus will …

Dalton: Fire District to fill offices

Dalton Fire District Clerk Cheryl Cachat has announced that nomination papers may be obtained in the treasurer's office for the annual May elections. The office is located in the fire station, 20 …

Presidents Day holiday closings

Presidents Day, a legal holiday, will be observed Monday, Feb. 19. A list of what is open or closed, operating or shut down, follows:Retail stores: Most open as usual.Berkshire Mall: Open 10 a.m. to …
Berkshire Landscapes

Fashion Week: How does this look get from the runway to the Berkshires?

Ladies, if you do nothing else, invest in good shoes.At least, that's the advice of fashion designer Adam Lippes, founder and creative director of Adam Lippes LLC. But if you think it's a sales …

Breakfast with The Eagle: Sitting down with Rachel Branch, a community street fighter

NORTH ADAMS — When Rachel Branch thinks ahead to her birthday this April, when she turns 76, liberation springs to mind. It's the month of Paul Revere's ride, she says, and the "Spirit of `76." …

Metropolitan Opera in HD is a grand show

GREAT BARRINGTON — After a handsy confrontation with Baron Scarpia (Zeljko Lucic) during Act 2 of the Metropolitan Opera's Jan. 27 production of "Tosca," Sonya Yoncheva, playing Floria Tosca, …
The Arts

Felt art: Going crazy for gnomes

HOUSTATONIC — It started with a bead store, a fiber festival on a fall weekend and an amiable, improvisational pair ... of gnomes. Across 10 years, a hobby and a gift has evolved into a …

'Intersections': Artist Leslee Carsewell's work a natural fit for Monterey Library

MONTEREY — When she was a graphic designer, Leslee Carsewell would obsess over details. Typography was a special preoccupation."Picking the typeface and making it legible, and making the line …
Music

Underground music blog, Digital Wheat Paste, comes above ground at MCLA's Design Lab

NORTH ADAMS — An underground music blog doesn't have to keep its parties hush-hush.On Friday night, North Adams-based Digital Wheat Paste will celebrate its first year online by hosting a night …
Lifestyles
By Thom Smith

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Reader offers his design for squirrel-proof feeder

A READER'S 99 PERCENT SQUIRREL-PROOF FEEDERGet some old [or new] vinyl-clad clothes line at least twice as long as the distance between a [sturdy] tree branch [about 20 feet] and the ground. To one …

How to know when a child's flu turns serious

The standard prescription for flu is to stay home and rest, drink plenty of fluids, and keep pain and fever under control with over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen.But this flu season has been a …

Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrate regionally with delectable dining

The Lunar New Year, also known popularly in the western world by the moniker "Chinese New Year," is an annual landmark of Asian culture and cuisine, marked by a heavy emphasis on family gatherings …
Sick Bridges: Failing Spans; Scant Dollars
Sick Bridges | Failing Spans; Scant Dollars

The Berkshire Eagle offers readers a guide to the sorry state of bridges in Berkshire County.  Odds are good you cross at least one sick bridge on your daily travels. State Department …

The Disappearance of Joanne Ringer

Ongoing coverage of the disappearance of Joanne 'Jo' Ringer, of Clarksburg, who went missing on March 2, 2017. The night she went missing, Ringer was headed to Easthampton to begin a new job, working for a taxi company, but never arrived.

2018 Winter Games

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