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.
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5 more come forward claiming sexual abuse from former Adams school custodian

ADAMS — At least five more men have come forward and claimed they were victims of sexual assault at the hands of a school custodian in the 1970s.The claims began hours after The Eagle published the result of a monthslong investigation Saturday …

Health officials urge caution after fox bites Pittsfield resident

PITTSFIELD — City health officials are urging residents to use caution following reports that a fox bit a local resident over the weekend.The Pittsfield Health Department reported Monday the unidentified person was bitten in the vicinity of …

A Pittsfield block party, with a mission

PITTSFIELD — A traditional August celebration, Discover Tyler Street, will have a new look and goal: showing the potential for development in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.Pittsfield Better Block will take place Saturday from noon to …

Lenox Select Board to evaluate ambitious list of goals

LENOX — The town's chief administrator has challenged the Select Board to tackle a set of ambitious goals for the benefit of local residents.Lee-Lenox Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Ketchen has distributed to board members a list of …

It's Backpack Challenge time: Giveaway to aid families with school supplies

For many Berkshire families, back-to-school time spells financial struggle.There simply isn't enough money to buy all the supplies their student needs for the upcoming school year.Warren Dews Jr., New England Newspapers' chief consumer sales and …

'Did this community lose a generation of boys?' Victims unable to report abuse, suffered alone for decades

Editor's note: This story contains strong language that may not be suitable for some readers.ADAMS — "Frank" said he was molested about a dozen times over the two months that he was working for Clement St. …

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Back at practice, Wahconah football undergoing change at quarterback position

Over the recent history of the Wahconah football program, the Warriors' quarterback has always been the focal point of the offense. They've come in several shapes and sizes, with differing skill sets and tendencies, but one thing they've all had in …

Alabama starts atop AP poll for 2nd straight year

Baseball fans flock to minor league stadiums to see eclipse

Braves new day: Taconic football returns with host of fresh faces after Western Mass. championship win

Opinion
Our Opinion: Beer distribution reform still bound in red tape

"There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip," as the old proverb goes. For craft brewers, including some in Berkshire County, the cup has been splattering all over the floor for quite a while thanks to Massachusetts' archaic alcohol laws. …

Our Opinion: Answer hate speech through our own words and deeds

Our Opinion: Making the pot law work in the state

Our Opinion: Trees, tree program need room to grow

Our Opinion: Berkshires, nation, rally against hate

Columnists
Carole Owens: Fulfilling our duty to people, history

STOCKBRIDGE — On July 15, 1797 St. Claire Pollock died. His home was on the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River and it is assumed he fell to his death, down the embankment, smashed on the rocks. He was five-years-old.We know about the incident …

Berkshire schools: Doing nothing is not an option

Lauren R. Stevens: Don't be silenced by foes of environment

Alan Chartock | I, Publius: Reining in heroin scourge may require legalization

Christopher Marcisz: Helsinki's ground-up model for reviving industrial spaces

Letters
Letter: Display some realistic Civil War monuments

To the editor: I stand on the side of those who advocate publicly displaying monuments to the Civil War as a way to remind us of our history. I think where we part company is what we wish to remember about the war. The questions we have to ask are: …

Letter: Support the desired museum changes

Letter: Trashing of museum is well underway

Letter: Help Lee shine for Founders' Weekend

Letter: Museum board must find a better solution

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Solar Eclipse: Berkshire County events to celebrate astronomical event

Eclipse events in the BerkshiresWhere: Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., PittsfieldWhen: 2 p.m.What: Bring a cereal box with you to create your own pinhole eclipse viewer; plus other art and interactive learning activities. There will be a video …

It's all about the food, but the annual Greek Fest is also all about the dancing

PITTSFIELD — The first thing one notices at the city's annual Greek Fest, hosted by the parish of St, George Greek Orthodox Church, is the line. The line to get in, at about 1 p.m. on Sunday, stretched down Bradford Street about 20 yards. …

'Whatever Works:' Different steps for different needs in opioid recovery

PITTSFIELD - Every day in Berkshire County, people battling opiate addiction gather to support each other, some walking the 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous. But the welcome mat isn't out for everyone.The internationally known program expects full …

Veterans Memorial Wall soon to include names of those serving in 'global war on terror'

NORTH ADAMS — In a war with no end in sight, city officials don't want to wait until it's over to honor its veterans. North Adams officials are continuing their search for the names of those who have served in the military since the global war on terror began after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. …

Work starts on Tanglewood complex

STOCKBRIDGE — A transformational, historic milestone for the Boston Symphony's commitment to Tanglewood.That was the message from speakers at Friday evening's ceremonial groundbreaking for the $40 million working-goal investment by the Boston Symphony to create a …
Berkshire Landscapes

Tanglewood: Some of the best seats are in the back

LENOX — Children chasing one another behind the trees, wine and cheese passing between family spreads, a cloudless twilight finale capping a sparkling summer day — the ingredients for a rollicking picnic atmosphere on the lawn outside …

Jacob's Pillow Dance: A taste of culture - and free delivery

Navigating the long, winding roads through the Becket forest to Jacob's Pillow Dance is a rite of passage for some visitors, a gateway into the venue's rustic aura.But for Stephen Pepper, it's a barrier."I'm not a big fan of driving," said Pepper, …

"Food, Farming and our Future": Sowing seeds of success

You might not think acclaimed chef Dan Barber and distinguished economist Paul Krugman have much in common — but as it turns out, they do. And they'll have plenty of time to go over it all during an Aug. 27 fundraiser event, catered by The Old …
The Arts

Barn Gallery at Stonover Farm: A lasting impression

LENOX — Each summer during the late 1960s and early 1970s, young artists from schools across the country traveled to an eight-week drawing and painting course at Tanglewood held by Boston University in conjunction with Berkshire Music …

The Weepies, Liz Glynn exhibit headline Mass MoCA's fall season

NORTH ADAMS — After a whirlwind summer that included a massive expansion into Building 6 and a packed slate of performing arts, Director Joseph Thompson described the fall as a time for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to "take a …

'I'll Drink To That': Mugs - like art - come in all shapes and sizes

NORTH ADAMS — Tall mugs. Short mugs. Mugs with or without handles. Mugs with astronaut cats on them. "I'll Drink To That," a show of drinking vessels made by 25 local and national artists at the Eclipse Mill Gallery, has them all. And the best …
Music

Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra goes to the summit with Strauss

LENOX — The party started the trek up the mountain at dawn, took a wrong path, reached the summit in glory, got drenched in a thunderstorm on the way down, and reached home in triumph at dark.It's the story of Richard Strauss' "Alpine …

Film Night at Tanglewood: Close encounters of a special kind

LENOX — No surprise that a capacity crowd of 18,000 turned out for John Williams' Film Night, creating a massive incoming traffic backup that caused "the curtain" to be held for an extra 10 minutes — even several BSO musicians were among …
Lifestyles

Greek Fest: It's all about the food, dancing and music

Opa! What would a Greek Fest be without music and dancing?There will be plenty of both this weekend at St. George Greek Orthodox Church of the Berkshires' annual Greek Fest. Athenian Entertainment will provide music, and dancers from the Greek …

New study: High school athletes not being fully protected

NEW YORK — A high school sports study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute shows that many individual states are not fully implementing key safety guidelines to protect athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions, including heat …

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Residents of garden are eating more than their share

I have a dilemma. A few weeks ago I discovered a nest of baby cottontails in the middle of my vegetable garden. Admittedly, they were as cute as a bunny ... which, if you're a rabbit, is better than being cuter than a bug's ear. At the time I …
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Best of the Berkshires

Did you drop by the Berkshire Photo Booth during our Best of the Berkshires event? View and download your photos: berkshirephotobooth.shootproof.com/bestofthebest

Cannabis Road
THE CANNABIS ROAD

Larry Parnass, investigations editor for The Berkshire Eagle, spent a little over a week in Colorado reporting on that state’s experience with medical and recreational marijuana. With …

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.

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