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
When Berkshire Museum injunction ends, private art sale could follow, attorney cautions

PITTSFIELD — A collector intent on acquiring Berkshire Museum works could be waiting in the wings, an attorney said, ready to leap. When an injunction barring sales of museum pieces expires in …

Risk to kids dominates Williamstown forum on proposed pot store

WILLIAMSTOWN — Is marijuana addicting?That is among the questions debated Tuesday night during an informational session hosted by the Select Board.The session, in the auditorium of Williamstown …

The Eagle, Berkshire Health Systems team up for Body, Mind & Soul Health Expo this weekend

PITTSFIELD — Need help keeping that healthier-you New Year's resolution? Check out the "Body, Mind & Soul Health Expo," which will offer advice on physical fitness, and help buoy the …

Chamber Nite canceled

PITTSFIELD — 1Berkshire has canceled tonight's Chamber Nite event at J. Allen's Clubhouse Grill at 41 North St. The event was scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Information: Danielle …

Several Berkshire Mall stores lose power

LANESBOROUGH — Several stores in the Berkshire Mall closed early Tuesday afternoon after they lost power. There were conflicting reports on the number of stores that lost power. The mall's …

After detaining 'irate and nude' man, Great Barrington jail tries to recoup some of the costs

GREAT BARRINGTON — An "extremely intoxicated and violent" — and sometimes naked — man transported from Sheffield caused so much damage to the Great Barrington police station last …

Top Sport Stories
Week 2 Berkshire County Alpine thriller; Lenox, Hoosac girls basketball punch Western Mass. tickets

Berkshire Eagle StaffPITTSFIELD — For the second time in as many weeks, Pittsfield freshman Michael Mansfield was victorious at Bousquet. Unfortunately for the youngster, when the team …

Opinion
Our Opinion: Exploring what's next for Berkshire Mall

The Berkshire Mall, which arrived to such fanfare, is now a ghost of its former self. Just as a critical mass of stores is necessary for a mall's success, going below that critical mass creates a …

Our Opinion: Lenox, state confront short-term rental issue

Letter: Our diversity is source of strength, power

Our Opinion: Meals on Wheels helps the needy, benefits taxpayers

Our Opinion: Baker rightly ignores Medicaid work rule

Columnists
Leonard Quart | Letter From New York: Looking at two writers who are among our best

NEW YORK — Phillip Roth is a provocative, psychologically trenchant, profoundly alive, explosively humorous writer who to my mind has long deserved a Nobel Prize and will probably never be …

William Cameron: Task Force's proposal is about Berkshire students

Fraud Watch: Fighting scams that target veterans

Baby Boomer Memories: When Howdy Doody came to town

Clellie Lynch: A cacophony of condemnation

Letters
Letter: A welcome reminder of meaning of Christmas

To the editor:It was most refreshing to see on Page B2 of The Dec. 24 Eagle an ad with picture of our lord, Jesus Christ, with the caption "Happy Birthday." With all the hooplah of the "magic of …

Letter: City Little League must make way for softball

Letter: Stop indulging the Infant in Chief

Letter: Bringing back art will heal community

Letter: Rulers of s---hole countries have a great deal in common

State House News
Tax revenue accord sets stage for new state spending plans

BOSTON —State tax revenues will grow at a 3.5 percent clip next fiscal year, state budget managers agreed on Friday, signaling that the governor and Legislature will have almost $27.6 billion …

Solar industry riled by new infrastructure fee

Federal extension keeps CHIP funded through March in Mass.

National Headlines
Bannon Agrees to Cooperate With Mueller Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, will be interviewed by investigators working for the special counsel in the Russia investigation instead of …

Bannon subpoenaed in Mueller's Russia inquiry

White House fuels debate with statistics on terrorism

World News
Local News

Power back on at Berkshire Mall as questions still linger about partial outage's cause

PITTSFIELD — Power has been restored to the Berkshire Mall following a daylong partial outage that began Tuesday, but the reason for the interruption remains unclear.By 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, …

'Look Up': For North Adams Public Library, Cariddi's legacy lies in the stars

NORTH ADAMS — Look up, North Adams.That's the message the North Adams Public Library is spreading this year with a series of events and film screenings dedicated to the legacy of former state …

Great Barrington Select Board Chairman Sean Stanton won't seek re-election

GREAT BARRINGTON — Select Board Chairman Sean Stanton is going back to the farm.After a decade in local politics, Stanton will step down to spend more time with his family and on his business, …

BMC RNs vote for 2nd one-day strike — if it's deemed necessary

PITTSFIELD — A second one-day strike is now possible at Berkshire Medical Center, after registered nurses granted their negotiators the power to call that action at the region's largest …

Dalton Avenue dispensary heads to Pittsfield zoning board in bid to add recreational sales

PITTSFIELD — A medical marijuana dispensary coming soon to Dalton Avenue is asking the city to approve additions that would equip the facility to sell for recreational purposes.Berkshire Roots, …
Berkshire Landscapes

Pizza delivery driver: Delivering something hot during the cold

PITTSFIELD — Last Friday night, with the temperature hovering just above 0 and the wind chill far south of that, Dan Sala pounded a bare fist on the dashboard of his 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The …

Dear, Dr. King: A letter from Pittsfield

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, WordXWord offered an open call for poets to develop work that reflects on, is inspired by, or otherwise connects with the legacy of Dr King. The challenge …

A chat with Hamish Linklater

On past Thanksgiving weekends, Berkshire County residents may have spotted Hamish Linklater playing parking-lot football with some former Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School classmates. "Like …
The Arts

Life force pulses through new show at Williams College Museum of Art

WILLIAMSTOWN — A serpent leans its head through an opening in the stone. In its open mouth, a man's head is floating with closed eyes, as though he is asleep. A maize god looks down from above, …

Art and business intertwine

DALTON — Sculptures and spreadsheets will mingle at an upcoming art exhibit.On Friday, Jan. 19, Berkshire Money Management will host a one-night display of 23 local artists' work throughout its …

Nature reaches out in Natasha Bowdoin's "Maneater" at Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — In her new paper-cut collage mural in the Hunter Hallway at Mass MoCA, Houston, Texas-based artist Natasha Bowdoin brings all of her influences into a large-scale swirl of flora …
Music

Big weekends bookend area's pop music offerings

It was a slow climb to the peak of the Berkshires' 2017 pop music performance schedule. But the pinnacle provided sounds that reverberated far beyond the county's mountainous terrain.During a …

Highs and lows of classical season: Nelsons leaves BSO mark

If you could attend only one Berkshire classical-music concert in 2017, "Das Rheingold" at Tanglewood was the one to hear.The Wagner opera, conducted by Andris Nelsons with Thomas J. Mayer as Wotan, …
Lifestyles

Drag with attitude in Berkshire County

SOUTH EGREMONT — Growing up near Greenville, S.C., Philip Calabro didn't like the drag scene."It was pageant drag, which I was not interested in at all. It was all these girls with the big …

Dear popcorn, we love you

Popcorn. One whiff and you have to have some. It goes hand-in-hand with ball games, parties and movies. October has been designated National Popcorn Poppin' Month — and this Friday, Jan. 19, is …

RSV - common, yet potentially dangerous childhood illness

It started out as a runny nose and a cough — typical cold symptoms.Then things took a turn for the worse.Courtney S. Martin noticed that her 19-month-old son, Calvin, was having coughing fits. …
State News
National News
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 …

Diagnosis: Discord | Nurses Strike at Berkshire Medical Center

Over 100 nurses on strike march outside of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) in Pittsfield. After a year of failed negotiations with the hospital, the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) and nurses …

2018 Winter Games

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