The Berkshire Eagle hit hard by the pandemic and pushing forward into the digital age will be cutting back on its print editions.

In a letter to readers in today’s edition, publisher Fredric Rutberg said that beginning Oct. 10th, they Eagle will publish a weekender print edition of The Eagle on Saturdays. The last Sunday print edition will be Oct. 4th. Beginning Oct. 5th, the Monday Eagle will be available only in the e-edition form. The Eagle will publish print editions Tuesday through Saturday, starting Oct. 6th.

Here is part of the letter  from Publisher Fredric Rutberg

The cost of your subscription will not change, because we will continue to bring you the news seven days a week, as before.

I view these changes as laying the foundation for the coming decades, as it allows us to bring our publications and web presence to you in an up-to-date and modern way. I know that some may view them differently, and I would like to remind those folks that we have changed before: For decades, until 1987, The Eagle was a six-day-per-week newspaper, and prior to 1979, it was published in the afternoon. Other newspapers throughout the country have made similar changes to their print frequencies.

Next month, we turn the page again, and I want to thank our loyal readers and advertisers for the unwavering support you have given this newspaper. We have worked to earn your trust, and we are humbled by it. We will always respect it as we go forward together to meet the challenges that COVID-19 has brought and to report on the post-COVID world when that occurs.

The mission at The Berkshire Eagle is to become the finest community newspaper in America. While COVID-19 has thrown some obstacles in our path, our commitment remains constant. However, our commitment requires that we adapt to the times and the economic changes they present.

Affiliated daily publications in Bennington and Brattleboro, Vt., will drop one day of print publication.