Here is a letter from the president and publisher of The Berkshire Eagle:

Dear Reader

I am bursting with pride that The Eagle is featured in an in-depth article about the progress we have been making over the past several years. I hope you will read the article and make your own judgments; although I am clearly prejudiced, I believe it casts us in a most favorable light.

The article  was written by Alexandra Olson, the national business writer for The Associated Press, and it has been republished hundreds of times this past week by news organizations including The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and CNN.

Ms. Olson's article comes on the heels of the publication of a similar article that appeared on the front page of The Boston Globe on Sunday, June 2.

The accolades we are receiving both locally and nationally attest to the fact that we are on the way toward making The Eagle America's finest community newspaper.

I believe honestly and modestly that we have reached "the end of the beginning" in this process of transformation, and the credit must go to the entire Eagle crew from the newsrooms in North Adams, Great Barrington and Pittsfield through the sales and administrative offices to the pressroom, mailroom and carriers.

Almost 200 people work for New England Newspapers, the company that publishes The Eagle, and most likely you know one or more of those folks. If so, and if you appreciate the changes that have been made to The Eagle over the last three years, please take a moment to say "thank you" when you see them or communicate with them on social media. They are a group of extremely talented and devoted journalists.

Congratulations to the Berkshire Eagle from your friends cross-town at  Townsquare Media.