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
Former Pittsfield drug court judge named in sexual harassment complaint

PITTSFIELD — A judge who left the bench without explanation in August stands accused of sexual harassment by a social worker once assigned to his Pittsfield courtroom.District Court Judge …

Lenox library operations' future on agenda

LENOX — This might be the start of a new tradition at Town Hall — two "annual" town meetings every year.The Select Board has set a special town meeting for 7 p.m. Nov. 2. The top-priority …

Businesses get scam calls claiming to be from Eversource Energy

PITTSFIELD — At least two Pittsfield businesses say they have recently been contacted by persons claiming to be from Eversource Energy who threatened to shut off their power if they didn't pay …

Longtime bagel shop on cusp of closing

PITTSFIELD — The longtime owner of a popular North Street bagel emporium is running out of time to sell her business after negotiations with a potential buyer fell through last week.Susan …

Neal rejects Republican tax plan in weekly Democratic address

While details of President Donald Trump's tax reform proposals haven't been nailed down, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, said that what he's hearing so far points to tax changes that might …

Dalton corn maze not only scary, it offers students a volunteer outlet

DALTON — Frights and feel-good coexist in Dalton.For the past five years, Betsy Nichols' yearly haunted events, held over weekends around Halloween, have raised $97,000 for the Berkshire …

Top Sport Stories
Beverly, Monument Mountain football team run away from Drury in 40-16 win

NORTH ADAMS — Monument Mountain running back/defensive back Tyrell Beverly needed all of three touches the put his stamp on Saturday's game against Drury.His first carry went for a 60-yard …

Williams falls to Tufts, 21-13

McCann Tech football team comes up just short in bid for first win of season

Wahconah hits the gas in second half to run away from Minnechaug

Opinion
Our Opinion: State must be bold on health care issue

Last week, the state Senate unveiled legislation addressing a variety of deficiencies in Massachusetts' health care system. Many of these provisions will require further vetting, and there is no …

Our Opinion: The rural reality of opioid addiction

Our Opinion: It takes a village to combat crime

Our Opinion: Du Bois gets his due in Great Barrington

Our Opinion: Police don't need military weaponry

Letters
Letter: Cancelled meeting with MCC is final straw

To the editor:The Berkshire Museum executive director's sudden and unexplained cancellation of Wednesday's long scheduled meeting with the Massachusetts Cultural Council is the straw that breaks the …

Letter: Crane's good intentions violated by museum

Letter: Museum should explore options, not renovate

Letter: Explore hidden costs of 'wind farm' proposals

Letter: Govt. needs Barrett

World News
Local News

Pittsfield among 26 sites submitted by state in bidding for Amazon's 2nd HQ

BOSTON — From the home of the New England Patriots to a mall in Leominster to the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield, 26 sites in Massachusetts want to host Amazon's second …

1Berkshire report examines county's population loss, ways to recruit young people to area

PITTSFIELD — Supporting entrepreneurial business development. Making it easier for job seekers to find employment. Smarter ways to recruit employees.Those are some of the 18 recommendations …

Lawsuit aims to halt Berkshire Museum sale of artwork

PITTSFIELD — Three sons of artist Norman Rockwell went to court Friday to stop the auction of 40 works owned by the Berkshire Museum, including two donated by their father.Their action …

Officials ready to try again to get Monument Mountain Regional High School renovated

STOCKBRIDGE — Three years after two failed attempts to renovate Monument Mountain Regional High School, school officials are ready to give it another go."I would like to see some budget items …

Man held after second heroin arrest in three days in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — A Holyoke man is being held without bail after being arrested twice in three days, allegedly carrying a total of more than 900 bags of heroin.Timothy Rivera, 26, was out on …
Berkshire Landscapes

Halloween fun isn't just for kids ...

This current weekend's Halloween parties and happenings were only a taste of what's to come as we get closer to Oct. 31. This guide includes events that will go bump in the night and provide …

Harvest series: Providing meat for local families

 By Elodie ReedSpecial to The EagleEditor's note: This is final part of a four-part series exploring the harvest season in the Berkshires, looking at Berkshire County farm operations that embody …

I'll be right back ... Your guide to horror films

A group of teen camp counselors sit around a campfire in the woods, each trying to scare the other with tales of a serial killer that slaughtered the campers at a nearby summer camp in the recent …
The Arts

Artist Morgan Bulkeley searches for hope amid rubble of despair in exhibit at Berkshire Museum

PITTSFIELD — Morgan Bulkeley's 50-year career retrospective, "Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash," at Berkshire Museum, aims to bring hope — to an institution that is selling 40 …

A closer look at what's on gallery walls this fall

With the work of some big names (Picasso, Warhol, Frankenthaler) on display, an historic expansion to one of its foremost institutions and a major controversy, the Berkshires art world provided …

WCMA launches a cosmic experience

WILLIAMSTOWN — In simple terms, one might say Williams College Visiting Professor Barbara Takenaga's work is out of this world.On a more complex level, Takenaga's work calls forth echoes of galaxies, exploding stars and dazzling orbs, which …
Music

Woody's Roadhouse Reunion: Getting the bands back together

In the 1970s, if you wanted to go see live music in the Berkshires, Woody's Roadhouse on Route 9 in Washington was the happening place to go. The club closed in 1997, but its spirit will take the …

Musical America names BSO's Andris Nelsons 2018 Artist of the Year

NEW YORK — Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons has been named 2018 Artist of the Year by Musical America, an online and weekly E newsletter characterized on its website as …
Lifestyles

Gene tumor boards guide cancer care

SAN DIEGO — Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes' husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now she takes it, but the choice was no guesswork. …

The Scene: 'American Dream'realized at LitNet Gala

LENOX — Heartfelt stories and inspirational journeys ventured and shared by the students of the Literacy Network create the common threads that form a patchwork of ethnicity and diversity, of …

Sounds and Tones makes waves in North Berkshire

NORTH ADAMS — While Sounds and Tones Records has produced 24 albums since its founding in 2015, the company makes more regular contributions to Berkshire County's music scene by hosting …
State News
National News
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 …

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 …

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