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
Pignatelli, Barrett seek 10 percent funding hike for regional transportation authorities PITTSFIELD — With the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority facing a budget shortfall, and potential service cuts, local legislators are stepping up to push for more funding.State Reps. William …
As museum seeks restoration of grant, other area groups in good standing As the Massachusetts Cultural Council prepares to decide whether to restore funding to the Berkshire Museum, these area groups remain in good standing. In all, 22 other Berkshire County organizations …
Pittsfield City Hall elevator down - and staying that way for weeks PITTSFIELD — Keep a careful eye on the city calendar in the coming weeks, as a downed elevator at City Hall is causing upheaval with community meetings.The building's only elevator died last …
Lanesborough briefs: Budget a work in progress; dozen people vying to become town manager Budget in progressTown Manager Paul Sieloff has put a proposed $10.7 million budget before the Select Board and Finance Committee for scrutiny and potential changes.Over the next several weeks, both …
New evidence leads to dismissal of rape charge against North Adams man NORTH ADAMS — A rape charge against a city man was dropped Friday after new evidence surfaced.Gerald Richardson, 33, was charged with raping a woman in a tent last July, after a night of …
Education group to host presentation at Mahaiwe GREAT BARRINGTON — The Southern Berkshire Educational Future, a working group focused on inter-district collaboration among southern Berkshire County school districts, will host a presentation …
Top Sport Stories
Guest pitches out of jam to help Mount Greylock baseball team to win over Wahconah

WILLIAMSTOWN — When Mount Greylock baseball coach Steve Messina called for a reliever, Phil Guest said he knew he was stepping into a sticky situation.After all, he was relieving starter Cole …

Opinion
Maintain momentum on opioid addiction

At last, the scourge of opioid addiction that has cast a shadow on every city, town and rural hamlet in the land shows the beginning signs of diminishing (Eagle, April 20). Thanks to increased …

Our Opinion: Tragedy doesn't make case for death penalty

Our Opinion: Earth Day's importance at a hazardous time

Columnists
Clarence Fanto: Bulldog that he is, Giuliani could be Trump's ace in the hole

LENOX — So, the Current Occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has a new consigliere. Who better to serve The Boss than former federal prosecutor, associate attorney general under President Reagan, …

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud: Championing rural broadband will require a new rep. in Congress

Chan Lowe: A vanilla latte with a shot of bias

Letters
Letter: Amatul-Wadud offers change in 1st District

To the editor:One term that has been used by journalists and political commentators was a "blue wave" that would come with the midterm elections. Democrats have their eyes on attempts to take back …

Letter: Time to be on the lookout for motorcycles

Letter: Berkshire Flyer is wise investment in future

Letter: New admission policies beneficial to museums

Letter: Superhuman ride of Bissell is fake news

State House News
Ticks emerging unfazed following extremely snowy winter

CONCORD, N.H. — Hikers and dog lovers may have thought the subzero temperatures this winter would put a dent in this year's tick population. Think again.Entomologists who study the spindly …

On Beacon Hill, criminal justice reform comes with a price tag

House budget bumps up local aid, boosts state police oversight

National Headlines
IRS to delay tax deadline by one day after technology collapses

WASHINGTON — The IRS announced late Tuesday that it will let taxpayers submit tax returns without penalty through Wednesday, after a long day of technical problems that fueled confusion about …

Chemical arms experts blocked from site of Syria attack

Hannity shares world view with Trump - and a lawyer

Local News
Pittsfield board reviews site plan for new assisted living facility, 'Morningstar' project PITTSFIELD — The Community Development Board approved a site plan for the redevelopment of St. Mary the Morning Star Church on Tyler Street on Tuesday.The board also began deliberating on a …
Dalton mulls whether to prohibit Select Board members from taking town-provided health insurance DALTON — No members of the Dalton Select Board are currently taking health insurance through their positions on the board, but the board has spent much of several meetings in the past few …
Two groups rally to promote voices, seek inclusion in gun violence debate GREAT BARRINGTON — Hundreds of people, including many students from Bard College at Simon's Rock, rallied on Main Street on Friday afternoon to promote the voices of people of color and LGBTQ …
VA care in Leeds reviewed after high-level doctor's whistleblower complaint NORTHAMPTON — A federal investigation into allegations of substandard care is underway at the Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds, after a former chief of …
In response to Trump thunder on trade, lost jobs, Neal to talk taxes, health care In his most recent weekly address, President Donald Trump said international trade policies and the export of jobs over the past two decades have "hammered American families."Unfair trade hurts the …
Community News
Birth announcements - Paisley Grace Thompson was born on March 25 at Cheshire (N.H.) Medical Center. Parents are Steve and Kate Thompson of Winchester, N.H. Grandparents are Barry and Sharon Bush of Canadensis, Penn., …
Campus Notes Lauren Daury, a first-year student at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, has been named to the dean's list for the first semester of the 2017-2018 academic year. She is the daughter of Kathy …
Area Religious Services, April 21-22 Classes and worship services are Sundays, unless otherwise noted. Consult local church bulletins for prayer groups, Bible study groups, choir rehearsals, etc.ADAMSFirst Baptist: 15 Commercial St. …
Senior Bulletin Board, April 23-29 ELDER SERVICES OF BERKSHIRE COUNTYElder Services offers resources and services for Berkshire seniors, including Meals on Wheels and senior group lunches, information and referral, case management, …
Pittsfield: Hydrant flushing resumes April 23 PITTSFIELD — Monday, April 23, marks the start of week three for the flushing of the city's water system.Water mains throughout the city will be flushed through early May to remove …
Berkshire Landscapes
A portrait of a second act SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — Performers Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas have a history in construction. In Wilmington, N.C., the couple transformed an automotive garage into the 50-seat Red Barn Studio …
Canty seeks to find discovery once more NORTHAMPTON — In February 2015, San Francisco Chronicle pop music critic Aidin Vaziri declared that singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty was "ready to be discovered" following the release of her …
Berkshire School student reaches finals of NEA's Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge SHEFFIELD — Though his parents live in New York City, Berkshire School senior Tucker Donelan doesn't attend ballyhooed Broadway musicals much."I'm not going to go see 'Chicago,'" the …
The Arts
A pioneer of photorealism visits North Adams NORTH ADAMS — If you attend the April 28 artist reception for "Tom Blackwell: Motorcycles and Mannequins" at The Artist Book Foundation's Louis and Susan Meisel Gallery, don't ask the …
Exhibit forces you to see yourself in America's story of race, violence NORTH ADAMS — The names comes fast and too regularly, they seem to blur together. Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray. Even before we catch up another appears — last …
Music
Post-punk band Ganser: Lanesborough native part of group that isn't afraid to ramp up the anxiety Lanesborough native Nadia Garofalo wasn't a stand-out music student as a child."I think it was really frustrating for me and the music teacher," she said of trying to learn guitar during elementary …
Lifestyles
Vaccinated against shingles? Great. Do it again. Federal officials have recommended a new vaccine that is more effective than an earlier version at protecting older adults against the painful rash called shingles. But persuading many adults to get …
Earth Day: Tips to reduce food waste This Sunday is Earth Day. Celebrate by taking a hard look at what's in your garbage can. Astonishing amounts of food are wasted in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food waste …
Marathon bomb survivors inspire medical advances BOSTON — In the five years since the Boston Marathon bombing, medical science has made promising advances in amputations and artificial limbs, in part because of lessons learned from the …
State News

New 'Whale Trail' traces mammal's influence on Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Done Boston's Freedom Trail? Now you can tackle a new adventure: the Massachusetts Whale Trail.The state Office of Travel and Tourism says a map debuting Monday will include …

State representative dies during Little League event

WILMINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Democratic State Representative Jim Miceli has died during a Little League event in Wilmington.MassLive.com reports the 83-year-old, who represented …

Victim of 3-vehicle collision dies

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A victim of a three car pile-up in Massachusetts has died as a result of her injuries.Fifty-four-year-old Terri Degennaro declined medical treatment at the scene of the …

Algae bloom helps shellfish industry

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — A record-breaking algae bloom in Narragansett Bay is setting the stage for a booming shellfish season.The Providence Journal reports Rhode Island's algae bloom this …

Bruins' Patrice Bergeron 'optimistic' he can play Game 5

BOSTON (AP) — Center Patrice Bergeron is "optimistic" he can play Saturday when the Boston Bruins face the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of their first-round series.Bergeron missed the Bruins' …

National News

Barbara Bush was 'first lady of the greatest generation'

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush was remembered as the "first lady of the greatest generation" during a funeral Saturday attended by four former U.S. presidents and hundreds of other people who …

Mexico, EU reach deal to update trade agreement

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico and the European Union reached a deal to update their nearly 20-year-old free trade agreement on Saturday, including the elimination of tariffs on a number of Mexican …

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me from 'Austin Powers' films, has died

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Verne Troyer, who played Dr. Evil's small, silent sidekick "Mini-Me" in the "Austin Powers" movie franchise, has died. He was 49.A statement provided by Troyer's …

White Sox reliever Farquhar has brain hemorrhage during game

CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar was in stable but critical condition Saturday, a day after suffering a brain hemorrhage while in the dugout during a game.Farquhar passed out …

It's true! Broadway was traffic-free for 2 Manhattan miles

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a bold New York experiment: closing Broadway to traffic for two Manhattan miles.On Saturday, 30 blocks of Broadway was open only to pedestrians and anything on two …

World News

Barbara Bush was 'first lady of the greatest generation'

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush was remembered as the "first lady of the greatest generation" during a funeral Saturday attended by four former U.S. presidents and hundreds of other people who …

Mexico, EU reach deal to update trade agreement

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico and the European Union reached a deal to update their nearly 20-year-old free trade agreement on Saturday, including the elimination of tariffs on a number of Mexican …

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me from 'Austin Powers' films, has died

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Verne Troyer, who played Dr. Evil's small, silent sidekick "Mini-Me" in the "Austin Powers" movie franchise, has died. He was 49.A statement provided by Troyer's …

White Sox reliever Farquhar has brain hemorrhage during game

CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar was in stable but critical condition Saturday, a day after suffering a brain hemorrhage while in the dugout during a game.Farquhar passed out …

Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

LONDON (AP) — The audience at Royal Albert Hall got a rare treat Saturday — the chance to sing "Happy Birthday" to the longest reigning monarch in British history.Queen Elizabeth II, …

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Berkshire Business Outlook: A diverse economy, geared for the future

The Berkshire economy is changing. The pace of the transition has often been frustrating, especially considering the economic boom at the other end of the state. But it looks like there is new light …

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