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
Wastewater upgrades in Pittsfield put sewer rate hikes in pipeline

PITTSFIELD — Residents will see their sewer bills rise, officials say, as the city performs $74 million in wastewater treatment upgrades required by the Environmental Protection Agency. Finance …

Clarence Fanto: Voters have spoken on pot; let's respect their decision

LENOX — I'm no fan of so-called recreational marijuana. There's a long list of recreational activities that are far healthier for the body, mind and soul than this cannabis substance containing …

COUNTY FARE | Berkshires fundraiser will aid Puerto Rico hurricane victims

As much of Puerto Rico continues to run on generators four months after Hurricane Maria pummeled the U.S. territory, the support for the island and its people is still going strong from the …

Pittsfield woman who burned baby with lighter given two years in jail

PITTSFIELD — A woman who burned an 11-month-old baby with a lighter has been sentenced to two years in jail.Chelsey J. Roy, 29, of Pittsfield wept as she admitted Thursday that she abused the …

As Taconic High School preps for opening, logistics pose challenges

PITTSFIELD — Configuring spaces and schedules within the new Taconic High School poses a fresh challenge for administrators as student registration nears.Should students be grouped by grade or …

Eligible Berkshire residents can get free tax help through VITA program

NORTH ADAMS — As a seasonal worker, Diane Miranda doesn't have a lot of money to throw around.So instead of paying an accounting firm $300 to file her taxes, she's taking advantage of the free …

Top Sport Stories
Berkshire County girls basketball represents at Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at Hoosac Valley

CHESHIRE — Eleven years ago, four boys high school basketball teams gathered at MCLA's Amsler Campus Center Gym for the inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase.In that time, the tournament has …

Opinion
Our Opinion: Regionalizing key to ambulance solution

For the wealthier, more densely populated counties comprising the Greater Boston area, there is an upside to all the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life — the availability of basic services …

Our Opinion: The challenge ahead after a year of Trump

Our Opinion: Assessing Lelling's words on state pot industry

Our Opinion: Exploring what's next for Berkshire Mall

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

Columnists
Quality in water and farming

As you go about your day, it's likely you pass a farm — or two or more — along the way. Hidden in hamlets and stretched out in the valleys, Vermont's farms are part of our daily lives.And …

Stewart Edelstein: In our misinformation age, apply Socrates' lie detector test

Anne Horrigan Geary: Tales from the den

Alan Chartock | I, Publius: Taking a swing at the headlines, from hunger to the midterms

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

Letters
Letter: Four Freedoms' group's agenda of hate, division

To the editor:Psychologists say it takes five positive statements to offset one negative. We may never see "positive" again after over a year of the Democrats and media trashing President Trump. It's …

Letter: State trooper, others rallied in time of need

Letter: S---hole comment refers to economy, isn't racist

Letter: MLK essay winner brought hope, optimism

Letter: We should honor all civil rights crusaders

State House News
In budget tease, Baker details local aid increase

BOSTON — The annual budget proposal Gov. Charlie Baker plans to file next week will call for a general local aid increase of $37.2 million over this year, and an almost $119 million hike in …

Rosenberg: Short-term rental regs 'not rocket science'

Risk of federal prosecution weighing on Mass. pot industry

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

Stockbridge residents to weigh in on $15,000 traffic study

STOCKBRIDGE — Most residents and town officials, especially Police Chief Darrell Fennelly, agree that during tourist season, downtown traffic is a mess and poses safety concerns. While the …

Year into Trump's term, slender but core support in Berkshires appears to be sticking

ADAMS — He's the president who governs at times against his own political party. The long shot who shook off primary rivals to the dismay of Republicans' own "never Trump" movement. Holder of …

Fire destroys unoccupied home under renovation in Lenox

LENOX — The Lenox Fire Deparment and State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the cause of a blaze that destroyed a single-family home on Tucker Street on Friday afternoon, according to …

Goodbye, Crowne Plaza; hello Holiday Inn & Suites (eventually)

PITTSFIELD — The Crowne Plaza Hotel will soon have a new name and a new look.Berkshire Hospitality Group LLC of Brooklyn, N.Y., which purchased the Crowne Plaza for $1.1 million at a …

Art in honor: W.E.B. Du Bois mural goes up in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — They packed the alley for the native son.At the downtown unveiling of a new mural honoring W.E.B. Du Bois, around 100 people came for the big impact of a little mural in a …
Berkshire Landscapes

Audiobook narrator: A voice that travels time

STOCKBRIDGE — Alison Larkin may call her home recording studio a TARDIS — the time machine from the long-running British TV series, "Doctor Who," — but it's her voice that travels …

'50 Card Project': Mail with a message

NORTH ADAMS — As she followed through on her plan to create a postcard for each week over the last year, there would be some weeks it was hard for Melanie Mowinski, associate professor of …

Anastasia Traina: Fairy tale world takes root at the garden

One can only imagine the workings behind the creative mind of screenwriter, playwright, filmmaker, photographer and international model Anastasia Traina. But if you wish to see the inner workings of …
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

A Legend and a legend take the stage in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. — Even though the Times Union Center never closed, the Albany venue's operators still know how to throw a reopening party.On Friday, Jan. 26, the arena will host John Legend, James …

Quindar duo takes form where no form has gone before

NORTH ADAMS — Mikael Jorgensen and James Merle Thomas are trying to reach beyond space.To this point, the work of the multimedia duo known as Quindar has often been linked to NASA, and …
Lifestyles

Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at flu

WASHINGTON (AP) — The descriptions are haunting.Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered …

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 …
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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