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Happy to see you again!

This beginning of the year has been cold and icy. But Eagle correspondent Clarence Fanto reminds us of two things in Outlook this week. First of all, the sun glinting off all that ice creates a magical landscape. Send us a photo so we can share the beauty. Second, we gained a full hour of daylight since December 20. The week looks to be dry and uneventful, with daytime highs in the 30s. Better than more ice storms, I guess.

Hasta manana!

Required reading

While some theaters struggle, Pittsfield's Beacon Cinema ends 2021 with a bang

A week after Regal Cinemas closed its 10-screen complex in the Berkshire Shopping Center in Lanesborough, the company that owns The Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield reports that the six-screen complex ended 2021 with its fourth most profitable quarter since 2017.

Lenox needs a public safety headquarters.  Now a potential new site is in play

One of Lenox’s most prominent projects – Brushwood Farm – needs a new home.

Pittsfield hires Michael Obasohan as its first diversity manager.  The split vote “shocks me”, says an adviser

Michael Obasohan’s nomination was announced to applause in city council chambers on Tuesday night, but the city council’s debate ahead of his nomination was far from cheerful.

Additional credit

Xavier Jones, the former owner and chef of BiggDaddy, will open a new restaurant in the historic Adams fire station

Xavier Jones, of BiggDaddy’s Philly Steak House fame, returns to Adams. Jones and co-owner Warren Dews Jr. will try something new: a small-plate restaurant with Mediterranean influences in the historic Firehouse Cafe on Park Street.

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deep dive

Filling the dental care void in the Berkshires

It is nearly impossible for thousands of Medicaid patients to get critical preventative care and other dental services in Berkshire County. More than a third of Berkshire residents on Medicaid do not have a dentist because there are not enough dentists willing to attend to them.

Some local practices told The Eagle they stopped seeing Medicaid patients because the state reimbursed only a fraction of the cost those offices would charge a commercial insurer. MassHealth reimbursement rates — the amount the state pays for a given procedure — vary widely, ranging from 30% of fixed dental costs to 70% and more, depending on the procedure.

Community Health Programs is trying to fill the dental care void in the Berkshires by launching a $6 million project that could up to double its ability to treat Medicaid patients over several years. Continue reading:

Photo of the day

Nasman runs a workshop

While holding a broom, Cindy Nasman, right, of Curl Berkshires, gives instructions to push the boulder down the ice during an Olympic open day/learn about curling on Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club of The Berkshires.

Cultural calendar

After last summer's walkout over working conditions, the Williamstown Theater Festival is making some changes

The Williamstown Theater Festival targets a broad list of social, racial and economic inequalities that it says have, to some degree, been part of its makeup.

A view of the past

Man with bicycle plow

moped snow plow

The Berkshire Eagle February 7, 1990

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