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North Adams Movieplex Holds 'Five For Free' Food...

Theater officials say its a great way to get into the holiday spirit by helping those in need and enjoying some time at the movies. click for more

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Tyer Meets With Herberg's Future Leaders

How do you handle negativity? That's what seventh-grader Ella asked Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday afternoon. The mayor responded: "I make a choice - and this is important for leadership - to approach my work with an attitude of optimism. If I felt negative about everything, I would just be... click for more

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Pittsfield to Continue With Wastewater Treatment...

After six hours spanning two nights, the City Council opted not to ask the mayor to hold off on the $74 million wastewater treatment project. The City Council had given the OK earlier this year for the mayor to borrow up to $74 million for significant upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant click for more

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North Adams Council Approves Tax Incentive for Tog...

According to the agreement, the company is committed to invest up to $2.75 million in improvements, $1.85 million in capital equipment and create 20 full-time jobs by the end of fiscal 2024. click for more

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St. John Attends First Meeting as Cheshire Interim...

Retiring Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen that the majority of his workday was spent with St. John showing him the ropes. click for more

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North Adams Planners OK Marijuana Shop, New...

The Planning Board on Monday gave the OK to Evergreen Strategies LLC's proposal to develop a licensed marijuana establishment in the vacant 2,200 square-foot building, along with several conditions including disposal and lighting. click for more

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Adams Officials Looking to Senior Planner to Help...

At last week's Selectmen's meeting, Chairman John Duval noted with the coming departure of these businesses, it is critical to bring on this new employee. click for more

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Harrington Adds Two More to District Attorney's...

District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington added two more to her leadership team on Tuesday. Richard Dohoney will be brought on as Harrington's deputy district attorney and Jeanne Kempthorne will serve as chief of appeals and legal counsel. Dohoney, of Great Barrington, is currently the city... click for more

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Adams-Cheshire Committee Approves Amended...

The School Committee unanimously voted Monday to adopt the new agreement that not only lays out changes in the two towns' relationship but would also change the district's name to the Hoosac Valley Regional School District. click for more


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North Adams Council to Take Up Public Safety Chief...

Mayor Thomas Bernard had pledged nearly two weeks to move forward with the change with the looming retirement of Police Director Michael Cozzaglio.

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BRTA Work Stoppage Playing Havoc With Regular Bus...

The work stoppage has affected the regular Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus routes, causing havoc for people trying to get to jobs, schools and other appointments.

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Pittsfield Police: Multi-agency Operations Lead To...

Police say the series of operations were done both in response to recent violent crimes in the city and the anticipation of dangerous driving behavior during the holidays.

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Berkshires Beat: SVHC Celebrates Putnam Nursing...

The event marked the 70th anniversary of the first graduating class of the school. Throughout its 50-year tenure, the school graduated more than 800 nurses.

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Pittsfield Fire Stops Kitchen Small Blaze On...

Firefighters snuffed out a small kitchen first in an Appleton Avenue apartment. Deputy Chief Daniel Garner said at about 10:37 a.m. Monday morning firefighters responded to 65 Appleton Avenue for a fire alarm activation. Firefighters found light smoke showing from the rear of a second-floor window.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Approves Planning...

The latter administrative document, the Superintendent Goals, are part of the standard against which the committee will evaluate Superintendent Kimberley Grady's performance.

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Hoosac Valley Athletes Paint Wall of Recognition

The Student-Athlete Leadership Council have honored local veterans with a mural at Hoosac Valley High School.

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Adams Board of Health Asks to Be Involved in Bowe...

The Board of Health asked to be notified about activities held at Bowe Field. The board met with Agricultural Fair organizers Charles Felix and Patricia Wojcik on Wednesday to discuss camping on the grounds and Felix said it would not be an issue to include the Board in their notice to other town departments.

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BRPC Raises Concerns With Removal of Tel-Electric...

BRPC officials would like the state to consider reusing dams for power more often. The comment comes from the organization's review of the removal of the Tel-Electric Dam on Mill Street. In that long-awaited project, the state did not require an alternative option of restoring the dam to generate power to be explored.

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Cheshire Board Hires Architects for School...

After reading a letter from EDM, the board agreed Tuesday to hire the firm for $2,400 to conduct the study.

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Pittsfield Lights Up Christmas Tree

The city welcomed the Christmas season Friday with its annual tree lighting. The 35-foot tall tree in Park Square was lit by the Rapkowicz family, who donated the Colorado blue spruce to the city. Timothy and Susan Rapkowicz had planted it when they first bought their Euclid Street home.

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Marino Receives McCann Superintendent's Award

Principal Justin Kratz said the business tech senior from North Adams has a 4.27 grade-point average and is president of the school's Business Professionals of America chapter.

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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 5 - Dec. 6

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Pignatelli Honored As 'River Hero'

Pignatelli and Gobi were responsible for the passage of a $2.4 billion Environmental Bond Bill, signed by Gov. Baker in July, which allocated $55 million in funds for river and wetland restoration programs across the commonwealth. In Pignatelli's own Fourth Berkshire District, he allocated $400,000 in funds for the upkeep and expansion of the W.E.B. DuBois river garden park and the Housatonic river walk.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 7-13

Enjoy 16 different art shows featuring work by more than three dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk, and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2018

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iberkshires.com. Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.

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The Independent Investor: Will Our Country's...

The Pentagon's National Defense Strategy was issued in January. Like all of their tomes before, it is heavy reading and fairly boring but this time around things were different. The United States Institute of Peace, a federal institution, issued a 98-page report rebutting some of the assumptions made about peacetime competition or wartime conflict.

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018

Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

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State Crafting Plan For Unique Issues of Rural...

Rural towns have their own challenges. And now the state is taking a closer look at this issues. In 2015, the state Legislature created the Rural Policy Advisory Commission and this year the group has been on a listening tour to dig into those issues. On Thursday, the tour was in Berkshire County to get a better understanding of the issues here.

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Cheshire Power Outage Caused by Dump Truck Hitting...

Crane said the operator initially raised the truck to dump the material and as he pulled forward to empty the last bit from the truck, he hit the high-tension wire.

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