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
Four years prison for man who robbed Pittsfield variety store, assaulted clerks

PITTSFIELD — Mackenzie Colvin was in the throes of drug withdrawal and homeless when he robbed a city variety store in late January, according to his attorney …

Tri-Town Health seeking help to tackle backlog of inspections

STOCKBRIDGE — An acute staff shortage at Tri-Town Health has created a severe six-month delay and backlog for inspections of restaurants, other commercial food-service businesses, housing …

Eversource offers late holiday gift: No rate hike in January

PITTSFIELD — Eversource wants to do something unusual, near the close of a contentious rate-setting case. It is proposing it not charge Western Massachusetts customers an extra million dollars …

Public hearing on Mountain Water Systems' proposed 58% rate hike set for Jan. 3

SHEFFIELD — Sheryl Fairchild knows that a 58 percent increase in the town's water rate is a lot to ask.But Fairchild, the CEO of Mountain Water Systems, said it's what the company needs to do …

Pittsfield City Council members worry about costs for $1.4M trash tote system proposal

PITTSFIELD — A proposal to switch to a tote-based trash pickup system sparked a host of questions and concerns on Tuesday from skeptical city councilors …

Berkshire Innovation Center lands pledge of additional Pittsfield Economic Development Authority funds

PITTSFIELD — With construction of the long-delayed Berkshire Innovation Center again under discussion, and some additional financial commitments in place, the Pittsfield Economic Development …

Top Sport Stories
Roundup: Hoosac Valley boys basketball battles back to win season-opener

CHESHIRE — The Hoosac Valley boys basketball team opened its season with a win over Frontier, 72-63.Nick Waterman scored a team-high 19 points in the win, while Izaha Stubbs was right behind …

Opinion
Our Opinion: What is the essence of a community?

What, exactly, is the essence of a community? What is the glue that holds it together, and makes it more than just a conglomeration of people, streets and buildings that happen to share the same …

Our Opinion: Results in Alabama affect the Berkshires

Our Opinion: A tail-wagging welcome for the Museum of Dog

Our Opinion: The right way to correct a legal mess

Our Opinion: New gun bill a disaster for Mass.

Letters
Letter: Thank you, Colonial, for a 'special' performance

To the editor:A heartfelt thank you to the Colonial Theater for offering a "sensory friendly" performance of "A Christmas Carol." Sometimes it is very difficult to attend a play, concert or movie …

Letter: Airport is no place for unsafe handling of fuel

Letter: Raised in a man's world, but things are changing

Letter: There's a better way than 'majority rule'

Letter: Locals' Alabama efforts can be easily replicated

State House News
ACLU releases DA report card rubric

BOSTON — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts plans to grade the state's district attorneys on transparency, fairness, racial justice and other matters as part of a new education …

Galvin throws up caution flag on Bitcoin

State police ready to phase in new radio system

National Headlines
Walmart will let workers take pay before payday

This week, the nation's largest private employer will begin providing its more than 1.4 million workers a service that will allow them to receive wages before their next payday.Instead of waiting two …

Republicans say deal struck on new tax bill

Democrats call for halt to GOP tax bill until Jones is seated in the Senate

World News
Local News

Fire damages All-American Fence Co. facility in Lee

LEE — A fire caused heavy damage on Thursday afternoon to part of a small-business office.Shortly after noon, Lee and Lenox fire departments were called to the All-American Fence Co. at 100 …

Hearing in alleged defamation case set for January

PITTSFIELD — A motion to dismiss a $50 million defamation suit against The Berkshire Eagle will be heard next month.In a lawsuit, former City Council member and Pittsfield mayoral candidate …

Carr Hardware to donate $5,000 prize won in small-business contest

PITTSFIELD — Carr Hardware is well known in the Berkshires, as befits a company that was founded in 1928. On Wednesday, the regional hardware chain received some national recognition, too.Carr …

Wounds still raw 25 years after Simon's Rock shooting rampage

GREAT BARRINGTON — The reverberations will never stop. Nor will the pain, the questions and the healing for those who survived, or witnessed it, or heard the gunshots on that cold, dry night 25 …

Appeals Court justice extends injunction on Berkshire Museum art sale

PITTSFIELD — A legal fight over art sales by the Berkshire Museum is now officially court business in 2018.A justice with the Massachusetts Appeals Court on Wednesday granted state …
Berkshire Landscapes

New documentary: Where did all the ski areas go?

Western New England once boasted as many as 80 ski areas half a century ago."It was really huge," said Dave Fraser, producer of the documentary, "Stories from the Slopes: A Skiing History of Western …

Giving foster children something of their own

Editor's note: As we enter the holiday season, we're reminded that gift-giving and good deeds happen all year round by so many people in our readership. In an effort to recognize the work that so …

A big job - and big boots to fill - for Santa's helpers

Great Barrington resident Gene Salvi has to be a good listener.For more than 20 years, the 74-year-old has been one of Santa Claus' many helpers in the Berkshires, receiving Christmas gift requests …
The Arts

Take home artwork priced from 99 cents to $99.99

NORTH ADAMS — Looking for a special or unique gift? The "99 Cents Affordable Art Show" at Gallery 51 celebrates the artwork of local and regional artists and includes sculpture, ceramics, …

Fantastical world unfolds in new exhibit at Norman Rockwell Museum

AMHERST — Acclaimed children's book author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi is about to have his first major career retrospective at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, but reminiscing is …

Vessels for Change: Project has 'a life of its own'

NORTH ADAMS — The current political and social unrest in the country is enough to get anyone fired up, including Williamstown ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd.Her breaking point came with the news …
Music

Close Encounters With Music brings a touch of Tuscany to South County

GREAT BARRINGTON — As a wintery chill settles over the Berkshires, a warm Tuscan breeze will waft over the Mahaiwe stage on Saturday, carrying with it musical memories of sun-drenched Italian …

Blind Boys of Alabama are all about good times

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Blind Boys of Alabama spread cheer throughout the year."When you come to a Blind Boys concert, if you come feeling sad, leave feeling glad," band member Eric "Ricky" …
Lifestyles

A sweet cookie swap tradition

PITTSFIELD — 'Twas two weeks before Christmas and over at the Eagle,Staff members were gathered, to swap cookies that looked oh, so regal!If it's the second Monday in December, odds are the …

Gene therapy shows promise against hemaphilia

Gene therapy has freed 10 men from nearly all symptoms of hemophilia for a year so far, in a study that fuels hopes that a one-time treatment can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the …

Knit one, purl two -- you too can make an ugly sweater

Linnea Morrison and a handful of her colleagues at Boyd Technologies recently sat down for a working session that had nothing to do with their work. With felt, tinsel, light strings and glue guns at …
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 …

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 …

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 …

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