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
Muddy Brook Elementary principal moving on

GREAT BARRINGTON — After 13 years in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, Muddy Brook Elementary School Principal Mary Berle has resigned.She told the School Committee about her …

Podcast | Don Morrison Commentary: A Household Killing Machine

Want to reduce mass shootings? Don Morrison suggests a closer look at the Barbie Doll of battlefield weapons. About this Podcast: Don Morrison is an author, lecturer, member of The Berkshire …

Pittsfield City Council approves cost of living raises for nonunion employees

PITTSFIELD — Nonunion city employees will receive a cost of living raise for the first time in four years.And while both nonunion workers and managers will see a 1.5 percent increase, a heated …

Pop-up meetings aim to stir advocacy for high-speed passenger rail from Manhattan

GREAT BARRINGTON — Think of her as commander of the Western Massachusetts rail uprising. Karen Christensen and The Train Campaign are popping up around the Berkshires to alert residents to the …

North Adams City Council takes up question of how to regulate marijuana downtown

NORTH ADAMS — Should marijuana retailers operate in the city's downtown?The City Council will have to address that central question, and others, as it tackles proposed zoning bylaws regarding …

Friends, co-workers mourn NY woman killed in Sandisfield crash

SANDISFIELD — An Albany woman who was killed in a crash on Route 8 early Saturday is being remembered as a kind, generous person with more heart to give than her family, friends, and the …

Top Sport Stories
Taconic boys basketball team pulls away late to top Monument Mountain

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Taconic boys basketball team ran its pick and roll game to perfection while snagging just enough loose balls and sinking critical late-game shots to earn a 55-46 win over …

Opinion
Our Opinion: Shameful, cynical attack on poor and elderly

It is difficult to imagine human needs more basic than food, housing and heat. It is equally difficult to imagine how any developed first-world government in the 21st century, regardless of its …

Our Opinion: Our Four Freedoms require vigilant defense

Our Opinion: A baby-step down track to Boston-Berkshire link

Columnists
Letter: Firing, house-cleaning is a better 'new vision'

To the editor:I was saddened to read former Mayor James M. Ruberto's letter in support of the Berkshire Museum's unethical deaccessioning plan (Eagle, Feb.16). It has been determined that the fiscal …

Felix Carroll: Appalachian Trapping & Wildlife Management owner is a man among beasts - and he prefers it that way

Bass: Guns - talk now, at the funerals, at breakfast, in Congress

Letters
Letter: Firing, house-cleaning a better new vision

To the editor:I was saddened to read former Mayor Ruberto's Feb. 16 letter in support of the Berkshire Museum's unethical deaccessioning plan. It has been determined that the fiscal problems the …

Letter: 'Millionaires' name should be retired

Letter: City shouldn't overspend on proposed water projects

Letter: Paratransit drivers can't go on strike

Letter: From humble beginnings, Du Bois changed world

State House News
Conscious of cyber threats, Mass. focuses on election integrity

BOSTON — Amid talk of ongoing meddling in American elections by Russia or other adversaries, the head of Secretary of State William Galvin's elections division met over the long weekend with …

Sen. Markey wants $1B to tackle flu

MassHealth seen as crucial to high rate of children's coverage

National Headlines
Trump adds cautious support to changes to background checks for gun buyers

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The White House indicated Monday that President Donald Trump was open to supporting a bipartisan congressional effort to revise federal background checks for prospective …

Florida School Shooting: DeVos, Dems urge Congress to hold hearings

Trump blames Obama, Dems for failing to stop Russian meddling

Local News

Spectrum makes switch to totally digital signal in North Adams, Williamstown

NORTH ADAMS — Northern Berkshire cable customers said goodbye to their coaxial cable connections Tuesday. Spectrum switched to a 100 percent digital signal in the North Adams and Williamstown …

Dalton proposed pot bylaws similar to those governing alcohol

DALTON — Marijuana and alcohol stand to be regulated in similar ways, if the town approves proposed bylaw changes at the annual town meeting in May.The Select Board approved three bylaw changes …

Spring tease: With temps forecasted in the 60s, record highs for February could be broken

The calendar says late February, but the weather over the next several days will proclaim spring, as warm air surges into the Berkshires and the surrounding region.High-temperature records are likely …

PHOTOS: Winter on the farm

TYRINGHAM — It's business as usual at Hav's Farm on Jerusalem Road, where Frederick G. Havill, 76, has been milking his Jersey cows for four decades. Read more about Havill and his …

Former Cheshire Elementary School 'woven into the fabric of town'; what next for the campus?

CHESHIRE — The hallways are dark and silent. Books line the library shelves with no children to read them. Photos of the 2016-17 staff remain posted in an encased bulletin board.Closed, but not …
Community News

Pittsfield: Civitan sponsors SoupFest benefit

The Civitan Club of Pittsfield will hold its 12th annual SoupFest benefit at 6 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Road. All SoupFest profits are given to area …

Massachusetts: DCR seeks lifeguards for summer season

MASSACHUSETTSDCR seeks lifeguards for summer seasonThe Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is recruiting individuals to become a lifeguard at state park beaches, waterfronts, and …

Lee: Dinner to benefit Dominican Republic

The First Congregational Church Missions and Ministry Committee will host a special Dominican dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.Elba Houser and Estervina Davis, both from the Dominican …

Sheffield: Tyning to deliver Land Trust lecture

The Sheffield Land Trust is hosting its 20th annual winter lecture at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Dewey Memorial Hall, 91 Main St.Tyning, professor of environmental science at Berkshire Community …

Pittsfield: Parish offering free 'Laundry Love'

Laundry Love, the monthly three hours of free washing and drying, continues from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the North Street Coin-Op Laundromat, 320 North St.As usual, volunteers from …
Berkshire Landscapes

Fashion Week: How does this look get from the runway to the Berkshires?

Ladies, if you do nothing else, invest in good shoes.At least, that's the advice of fashion designer Adam Lippes, founder and creative director of Adam Lippes LLC. But if you think it's a sales …

Breakfast with The Eagle: Sitting down with Rachel Branch, a community street fighter

NORTH ADAMS — When Rachel Branch thinks ahead to her birthday this April, when she turns 76, liberation springs to mind. It's the month of Paul Revere's ride, she says, and the "Spirit of `76." …

Metropolitan Opera in HD is a grand show

GREAT BARRINGTON — After a handsy confrontation with Baron Scarpia (Zeljko Lucic) during Act 2 of the Metropolitan Opera's Jan. 27 production of "Tosca," Sonya Yoncheva, playing Floria Tosca, …
The Arts

Felt art: Going crazy for gnomes

HOUSTATONIC — It started with a bead store, a fiber festival on a fall weekend and an amiable, improvisational pair ... of gnomes. Across 10 years, a hobby and a gift has evolved into a …

'Intersections': Artist Leslee Carsewell's work a natural fit for Monterey Library

MONTEREY — When she was a graphic designer, Leslee Carsewell would obsess over details. Typography was a special preoccupation."Picking the typeface and making it legible, and making the line …
Music

British pop phenom Declan McKenna rides into the Iron Horse

NORTHAMPTON — In the comedy film "Step Brothers," Will Ferrell's character, Brennan, says at one point, "I've been called the songbird of my generation." The line is meant to elicit laughs, as …
Lifestyles

National Margarita Day: Celebrate with the perfect margarita

Friday is National Margarita Day. To celebrate, round up your friends, put Tortured Soul's "We Like Tequila" in the CD player and sing along ... then head to your favorite watering hole for a …
By Thom Smith

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Reader offers his design for squirrel-proof feeder

A READER'S 99 PERCENT SQUIRREL-PROOF FEEDERGet some old [or new] vinyl-clad clothes line at least twice as long as the distance between a [sturdy] tree branch [about 20 feet] and the ground. To one …

How to know when a child's flu turns serious

The standard prescription for flu is to stay home and rest, drink plenty of fluids, and keep pain and fever under control with over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen.But this flu season has been a …
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 …

The Disappearance of Joanne Ringer

Ongoing coverage of the disappearance of Joanne 'Jo' Ringer, of Clarksburg, who went missing on March 2, 2017. The night she went missing, Ringer was headed to Easthampton to begin a new job, working for a taxi company, but never arrived.

2018 Winter Games

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