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Election scheduled to fill late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's seat

NORTH ADAMS — A special election has been scheduled for Nov. 7 to replace state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.The Massachusetts House of Representatives on Monday adopted an order from House Speaker Robert DeLeo setting the election for the 1st …

Pittsfield's $1.4 million deficit shows the deep costs of snow and ice removal

PITTSFIELD — Facing a $1.4 million deficit for snow and ice removal, the City Council on Tuesday will be asked to approve spending from three separate sources to cover that gap. Snow and ice removal is the only budget account that can deficit …

Case not closed: Debate still rages over impact of legal marijuana on youth

Debate raged last fall in the weeks before voters legalized recreational marijuana: Would it imperil the health and safety of young people?With legal sales a year away, that debate continues in Berkshire County.It's no longer a matter of yes or no. …

Private investigator now involved in search for missing Clarksburg woman

CLARKSBURG — A private investigator has now added her background and expertise to the ongoing search for Joanne "Jo" Ringer, who has been missing since early March."I believe we have narrowed the (search) area significantly," said Sarah Stein, …

Dalton residents to decide plastic bag ban, marijuana issue

DALTON — Plastic bags and marijuana.When it comes to this year's special town meeting Monday, Dalton voters will face more than money matters.The town will vote on a proposed ban on thin-film plastic bags provided by local establishments.The …

Lenox students seek change from 'Millionaires'

LENOX — Who wants to be a "Lenox Millionaire?" Apparently, many students don't.Once again, the Lenox Memorial Middle and High School's mascot for its sports teams is coming under fire as Student Council members urged the town's school board …

Top Sport Stories
Pittsfield Post 68 rains hits on East Longmeadow

PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Post 68 offense started the game on fire, and not even a brief rain delay could cool off its bats as the team recorded a 16-4 mercy-rule shortened victory over East Longmeadow at Buddy Pellerin Field on Monday. East …

Kelly, McDonald win third Pewter Cup in four years

Jordan Spieth holes bunker shot to win Travelers playoff

Angels score 3 after overturned call, beat Red Sox 4-2

Local sports
SteepleCats walk one off, defeat Muskrats in ninth

NORTH ADAMS — Hunter Beetley hit a walk-off single into center field, giving the North Adams SteepleCats' a 4-3 win over the Winnipesaukee Muskrats at Joe Wolfe Field on Monday.Beetley's single pulled out a game the SteepleCats almost let slip …

McCall wraps up his coaching staff for UMass men's basketball

Roundup: Pittsfield Post 68 Junior team wins pair of games

Moriarty wins Western Massachusetts Disc Golf Championship

Dana Borges hired as assistant coach for Williams College men's hockey team

Opinion
Editorial: New threat looms for organic stores

Imagine being able to tap on a your smartphone screen and have your groceries dropped by drone on your doorstep within the hour. This is the future of retail grocery sales, and it is now much closer than you might think, thanks to Amazon's …

Our Opinion: Berkshire role in next initiative on life sciences

Our Opinion: MCC arts access initiative will expand horizons

Our Opinion: Needle exchanges help rebuild lives

Our Opinion: LGBTQ events a source of local pride

Columnists
Carole Owens" Building upon our knowledge of Wharton

STOCKBRIDGE — In 2009 a bundle of letters written by Edith Wharton to her governess was discovered. In a certain community that was headline news. Why? It helps illuminate the past; it is one more piece in the puzzle, and one more clue to …

John Seven: In North Adams, a coming together over culture and compassion

Ruth Bass: Unhealthy health care bill looks like Robin Hood in reverse

Clarence Fanto | Senate health bill is worse than the House version

Carole Owens: Building upon our knowledge of Wharton

Letters
Letter: Keep voter control of pot shops

To the editor:\I strongly urge everyone to contact Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli (413-637-0631; rep.smitty@mahouse.gov) and Sen. Adam Hinds (413-344-4561; adam.hinds@masenate.gov) telling them, as I did, to "advocate for keeping voter control of …

Letter: 9/11 an inside job

Letter: Where is compassion?

Letter: Ballgame cheap politics

Letter: Cyber technology ruining the future

Entertainment
CNN accepts resignations of three news staffers involved in retracted story

NEW YORK — CNN has accepted the resignations of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment …

"Transformers" limps into No. 1 box office spot

"Beatriz at Dinner" proves to be a sign of the times

Hard-to-die myth put to rest in Rome exhibition

Richie looking forward to campy times on the road with Mariah Carey

Local News

Man gets prison term after admitting Pittsfield heroin sales

PITTSFIELD — A city man who prosecutors described as a drug "businessman" pleaded guilty Thursday to charges in three separate heroin distribution cases.Max Bohan, 26, was sentenced to up to five years in state prison, following a plea hearing …

In separate incidents, two men taken into custody after disrobing and leading police on a chase in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — Two troubled men were taken into custody for medical evaluation in separate incidents over two days last week, according to Police Chief Kyle Johnson.In the first case, police received reports of a naked man causing a …

Berkshire Hills hires longtime Monument math teacher Farina for Director of Learning and Teaching

GREAT BARRINGTON — A longtime Monument Mountain Regional High School teacher is now the school district's director of teaching and learning.Kristi Farina, who taught math at Monument for 27 years, will now work for all three schools in the …

Minor train derailment in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — A minor train derailment on East Street kept local railway crews busy well into Sunday night.The incident occurred in the early evening hours involving six cars at the junction bridge of Merrill Road and East Street. By 9 p.m., …

Solid Sound builds on festival's family focus

NORTH ADAMS — Less than eight hours before he was scheduled to play the second night of the Solid Sound Festival at Joe's Field, Wilco bassist John Stirratt hunched over an "Asymmetrical 'Organ Pipe' Xylophone" in Building 6 of the …
Berkshire Landscapes

Lenox Garden Club gets a makeover ... and a detour

This is not your mother's garden club tour."We've reinvented the wheel," Hilary Somers Deely, co-chairwoman of the Lenox Garden Club's House and Garden Tour, said during a recent interview with The Eagle.

A cup of coffee with John Stirratt (breakfast can wait)

NORTH ADAMS — As a New Orleans native, John Stirratt knows coffee — and breakfast."It's my favorite meal of the day," he said while we shared a poolside table Thursday morning at The Porches Inn, where Stirratt was staying with his …

Barrington Stage Company's 'The Birds' never takes flight

PITTSFIELD — Irish playwright Conor McPherson is, at his best, a masterly, profoundly nuanced storyteller with a gift for weaving the elements of theater into spellbinding — not to mention unsettling and chilling — narrative.But …
The Arts

Laurie Norton Moffatt reflects on 40 years with Norman

STOCKBRIDGE — Laurie Norton Moffatt, the director and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum, recently celebrated 40 years with the institution. Moffatt's association with the museum began in 1977, when she started as a summer intern while …

'Ragtime' - a musical to make you laugh, cry and think

PITTSFIELD — Joe Calarco, who is directing the musical "Ragtime" at Barrington Stage Company — which officially opens Saturday evening after a series of previews that began Wednesday — says he is "drawn to intimate and inspiring …

The world comes together at Jacob's Pillow

BECKET — For its director, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival is more than a place to watch performers, world-renowned and upstart alike. "We want people to know this is a place to linger," said Pamela Tatge, who in April marked a year on …
Music

Opera with 1,000 laughs

GREAT BARRINGTON —- Sliced and diced, shuffled like cards, Pergolesi's two comic operas were good for 1,000 laughs and a few tears.The Boston Early Music Festival linked "La serva padrona" and "Livietta e "Tracollo" in a pair of performances …

Boston Pops tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein is "Something Wonderful" indeed

LENOX — It's hard to imagine a more effective, pleasurable "feel good" show than Sunday afternoon's Boston Pops salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein at Tanglewood.The mostly-unheralded, recent addition to the busy pre-season calendar at the …
Lifestyles

Ripe for the picking: Everything you need to know about strawberry season

There is nothing like biting into one of the first strawberries of the season, perhaps still warm from the sun in the field of a pick-your-own farm. The sweet, strawberry scent as you hold it by the crown to bring it to your mouth ... and then the …

The Scene | SculptureNow is 'Sculpture Wow' at The Mount

LENOX — The vast and lush grounds of Edith Wharton's country estate were once again brimming with visitors and multifaceted sculptures as The Mount and SculptureNow kicked off their fifth year of collaboration with a free opening celebration and grand reception on Sunday, June 11, for "Nexus." …

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n for your houseplants

With summer arriving on Wednesday, June 21, I'm sure many folks are already thinking of summer vacation. Everyone loves a vacation, even your houseplants. Huh? Oh, yeah, plants suffer from the same winter blahs as we non-chlorophyll-laden type of …
Podcast: Wilco, Solid Sound, Joshua Jackson and Tanglewood
Berkshire Landscapes Podcast Ep. 5: Wilco, Solid Sound, Joshua Jackson and Tanglewood

Listen and Subscribe | Soundcloud | iTunes | Android | Stitcher What's happening this weekend? Join Berkshire Landscapes Podcast host Carrie Saldo as she chats with Berkshire Eagle Features …

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St. Joseph's Central High School
St. Joseph's Central High School: The Final Year

St. Joseph Central High School, the last remaining Catholic high school in Berkshire County, will close at the end of the school year in June. Gathered here is a collection of articles documenting the days leading up to the end.

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