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New The Independent Investor: How to Avoid the...

The legality of the MLM sector is largely based on a 1979 ruling on one company. There seems to be a lack of government legislation and oversight by state and Federal authorities, nor are they subject to the same rigorous regulations as a franchise might be. Given that many state anti-pyramid... click for more

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New Holiday Hours: Memorial Day

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New Memorial Day Events 2016

All events are on Monday, May 30, unless otherwise noted. click for more

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Clarksburg Passes Fiscal 2017 Budgets, New Zoning...

Voters on Wednesday passed the bulk of the annual town meeting warrant with little or no discussion, including a school budget of $2,551,546 and town budget of $1,455,549.93 The adoption of a stretch building code and raising town clerk's salary generated the most talk, with the code passing... click for more

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Mount Greylock School Committee Member Charges...

A member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday lodged an Open Meeting Law complaint against the committee's chairwoman and the chairs of the two elementary school committees that comprise the Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District. Richard Cohen alleges that Carolyn Greene,... click for more

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Berkshire Tidbits: Rhubarb Festival Returns

The week is the hoped-for time for the reopening of 20 Railroad Street in Great Barrington under its new owners, partners Laura Shack of Firefly Gastropub in Lenox and Ben Downing not the state senator but a 32-year-old Great Barrington native. Downing, with longtime good relationships in... click for more

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Patience Pays Off as Ribbon is Cut at...

It took 14 years to turn a decrepit hulk of a mill into 61 luxury housing units. The project was halted by, among other things, the economic crisis of 2008 and sometimes seemed like a victim of bad luck. But it was a stroke of good luck that sparked the Cable Mills project. click for more

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Berkshire Innovation Center Hitting Number of...

The plans for the Berkshire Innovation Center have hit a number of financing snags. On Tuesday, the City Council was informed that the city did not receive a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Agency which was eyed to improve the gateway to the William Stanley Business Park and the... click for more

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The Independent Investor: Let's Have a Jewelry...

MLM is a marketing strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only for what they sell but for the sales of other people they recruit. These new recruits in the chain are referred to as the participant's "downline" and, if done right, can provide multiple streams of compensation. click for more


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Lanesborough Looks to Join Berkshire Mosquito...

Voters will be asked to join the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project at town meeting. The Board of Selectmen voted to add a warrant article asking voters to join the efforts to control mosquito populations after meeting with project Superintendent Christopher Horton. The project is state run and so far eight other Berkshire towns are part of the local effort - those are Clarksburg, Hinsdale, Otis, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, and Tyringham.

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Pittsfield Approves Extending Tax Breaks For...

It was in 1997 when Downtown Pittsfield Inc. revealed a downtown master plan which called for a movie theater on North Street. City officials and DPI went searching high and low for a developer, from big chains to independent operators with little luck. Eventually they found Richard Stanley, who ran the Triplex in Great Barrington, and he too wanted nothing to do with the project.

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Mister Tire Closing After 38 Years in North Adams

One sure sign that winter is coming has been for decades the spiraling line of vehicles leading to the doors of Mister Tire No more. After more than 40 years, Larry Davis is cleaning his hands of the tire business. Davis confirmed on Tuesday that Mister Tire will be closing its doors on June 4

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Lanesborough Chief Sorrell Receives High Marks in...

Town Manager Paul Sieloff couldn't be happier with the performance of the police chief in his first year. The Board of Selectmen authorized a 2.5 percent raise for Chief Timothy Sorrell Monday after Sieloff's exceptional review. As part of his contract, Sorrell will be reviewed annually and pay raises will be based on performance.

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Cheshire Planning Board Holds Off on Dollar...

The Planning Board tabled a vote on Dollar General's special permit request on Tuesday and told the chain store to go back to the drawing board. Austin Turner with Bohler Engineering, the firm representing the discount chain store, provided the board with more specifications on the proposed store at a public hearing Monday.

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North Adams Housing Authority Receives Favorable...

North Adams Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn reported that the fiscal 2015 audit came back with no financial findings. "We have no financial findings which is the most important," Hohn told the housing authority commissioners Monday. "There are no questioned costs."

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Adams-Cheshire Left With One Candidate for Interim...

The search for an interim superintendent took an unexpected turn Monday night when one of candidates declared the post was "not a good fit," thanked the committee and left. The departure of Christine Canning came at the end of a somewhat tense interview with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee over the needs and expectations of the school district. At one point, she turned to fellow candidate Robert Putnam, shook his hand and said, "congratulations, you've got the job."

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Adams Finance Committee Approves 2016 Town Warrant...

The Finance Committee last week approved the town warrant but expressed some concern over articles that would appropriate money for the Adams Agricultural Fair and to make repairs to C.T. Plunkett School. The committee flew through most articles Thursday during its review of the budget hesitated on recommending an article that would appropriate up to $130,000 to make repairs to Plunkett's boiler room roof.

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Licensing Board Considers Outdoor Restaurant...

The Office of Cultural Development is considering letting North Street restaurants have outdoor seating during Third Thursday. Shiobbean Lemme of the Office of Cultural Development brought the idea to the Licensing Board Monday in hopes to find the best way to do it. The board said it liked the idea but wanted to see specific plans on how the alcohol service will be controlled by each restaurant.

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Lanesborough Fire Department Hosts Junior...

The inspiration for the Junior Fire Academy was Nick Garrity. He and his father, Deputy Fire Chief Wood Garrity, saw the Junior Fire Academy being hosted by the National Volunteer Fire Council, and for the costs associated to attend that decided instead to host an event locally.

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Clarksburg Town Meeting, Election Set This Week

Voters on Wednesday night will decide a $4.3 million total budget for fiscal 2017 and whether to institute two new zoning bylaws. Town meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 25, beginning at 7 p.m. at the elementary school. The annual town election will be held Tuesday, May 24, from noon to 7 at the Clarksburg Senior Center. The full warrant and budget is posted below.

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Tyer Calls For $1M Police Department Boost in Wake...

Mayor Linda Tyer is calling for an increase of nearly $1 million to boost staffing in the Police Department. The mayor was joined by an array of elected officials, community leaders, and law enforcement Monday in a press conference addressing increased gun violence in the city. Tyer said the fiscal 2017 budget calls for a $936,000 increase to bring on a half-dozen new officers and new equipment.

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Berkshires Beat: Honoring Downing On His Way Out

Downing, a former chair and current vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, was presented with a Champion of Tourism award at Massachusetts Tourism Day. T

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Pittsfield Airport: Increased Military Traffic...

"It's the sound of freedom" is how the assistant airport manager describes the increased activity of military helicopters at the airport. Residents may have recently noticed many military helicopters flying overhead recently. But don't be alarmed: it's just practice.

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Berkshire Scenic Begins Summer Season Memorial...

With several blasts of the train whistle, the Hoosac Valley Service's Budd Car 6126 moved along the backways of the city at a dignified 10 mph. The ride from North Adams to Adams on Friday night was a precurser of the scenic rail line's first full summer season in North County and a sneak peak for North Adams Chamber of Commerce members

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North Adams Committee Mull Airbnb Impact on City

Lodging in Northern Berkshire is caught between feast and famine. There's no room to be found during the summer and high-traffic weekends; in the winter and shoulder seasons, rooms go begging. It's a conundrum that city officials are keeping in mind as they grapple with the growing shared services economy and proliferation of online room rentals, a topic at a meeting Wednesday at City Hall.

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Parks Commissions Approves Improvements To...

The first round of improvements to the newly named Buddy Pellerin Field at Clapp Park is set for this summer. The Parks Commission gave the group heading the effort the Okay to order a scoreboard and to continue planning for a number of other additions and changes to the field. The group has already raised $20,000 and has set a goal of a quarter of a million to make four phases worth of improvements to the ballfield.

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United Way Ends 'Day of Caring' With Dance Party

Hundreds of people shook it up on the dance floor at Hancock Shaker Village on Friday night. The dance party Friday night capped of the Berkshire United Way's Day of Caring during which dozens go businesses found ways to donated to the organization's childhood literacy efforts. Further, 50 book houses were installed all over the county as a mini lending library.

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PHS Baseball Team Throws Cookout For Soldier On...

At 18 years old many young men had found themselves in the midst of battles overseas. They returned with limited support, with post traumatic stress, chronic illness, and often living on the streets. Since then some of them found their way to Soldier On, which cares and helps pick homeless veterans back up and onto their feet.

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Third-Generation Butcher Opening New Shop in North...

David Brazeau knows meat. The third generation butcher said he wants to provide the community with quality wholesome meat and cuts and fill a needed void. "My grandfather, my father, and myself have all worked for Price Chopper supermarkets," said the North Adams native and owner of Brazeau's Butcher Shop on 756 State Road. "Also, people are concerned about what they are eating and where it comes from.

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