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New Private Bennington, Vt., Wells Test Positive for...

Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday released drinking water test results for perfluorooctanoic acid from a new area of testing south of the Bennington landfill. click for more

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McCann Cutting Costs for Electrical & Solar Array...

McCann Technical School will receive $10,000 in repairs to its small roof-mounted solar array with a net-metering contract that will cut electricity costs. The McCann School Committee voted Wednesday to enter into a 25-year solar net metering contract that should cut electricity costs by 25... click for more

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Pittsfield Mulls Residency Requirement For Boards...

If a city board or commission is making decisions for the community, should the members actually live in the city? That's the question in front of the City Council's Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee. The group met on Monday to discuss a proposal put forth by resident David Pill to implement a... click for more

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Mount Greylock Retirees Address School Committee...

Several dozen current and retired employees of the Mount Greylock Regional School District attended last week's School Committee meeting to voice concerns that the district might unilaterally raise the percentage of health care costs borne by retirees. click for more

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Francesconi Narrowly Keeps Selectman's Seat in...

Incumbent Carol Francesconi narrowly defeated opponent E. Richard Scholz for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen. The longtime incumbent and current chairwoman fended off Scholz by a slight margin of 25 votes. click for more

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Cheshire Kindergartners Get Lesson on Voting

Monday's town election was a chance for some of its youngest citizens to learn about an important civic duty: Voting. The kindergarten classes of Robin Poirot and Heather Emerson walked through the rain from Cheshire Elementary School to the Senior Center to participate in a mock voting... click for more

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Nowak, Blanchard Returned to Adams Board of...

Joseph Nowak and Richard Blanchard were re-elected to the Board of Selectmen on Monday. The two incumbents were handed second three-year terms over Michael Ouellette, a former selectman. click for more

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Pittsfield Airport Fence Revision Will Curb Deer...

About three to five deer a day are among visitors to Pittsfield's municipal airport each day. It's a form of unwanted traffic the airport is looking to curtail, with the systematic repair or replacement of several significant sections of its perimeter fence click for more

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Berkshires Beat: Save Stockbridge Bowl Campaign...

The SBA has raised more than $2.4 million of the estimated $2.8 million cost to pay for Phase 2 of the Town of Stockbridge Lake Management Plan. The work will include dredging to remove silt that has built up over many decades, and to permit a significant winter drawdown to kill the roots of... click for more


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Advocates Continue to Push on Wiliamstown...

Four members of the Williamstown School Committee on Thursday again explained their reasons for supporting a fiscal 2017 budget that includes a reduction to the school's popular preschool program. At a special meeting originally rescheduled from April 13, the committee members explained why they did not oppose the school administration's decision to eliminate the full-day option for Side-By-Side.

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Mount Greylock Decides to Reduce Building Debt...

The Mount Greylock School Committee has decided to pay less on the school building project bond in the first year and forego savings that would not be realized until years down the road. The question of whether to more aggressively pay down the principal on a $30 million bond has been discussed since the school district's two member towns passed a debt exclusion for the project in March.

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Airport Study Group Continues To Pry Into Westwood...

PERC President Jay Anderson doesn't think the development of the Westwood Center would have happened without FAA approval. But, the only correspondence with the federal aviation agency is a letter disapproving of the leases. Now, a study group is worried that the city could ultimately be on the hook to pay the FAA back for some 30 years worth of leases.

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Long Timelines Not Uncommon in Domestic Terrorism...

It has been more than nine months since an Adams man was arrested and his Murray Street apartment was searched by the FBI. It has been nine months since the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that Alexander Ciccolo was charged with violating a federal weapons possession law and released a detention memo outlining the ISIS sympathies of the 23-year-old man who also went by the name Ali Al Amriki.

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Adams Head-On Collision Results in Fatality

A 17-year-old North Adams man was killed in a head-on collision early Saturday evening on North Summer Street. Three other people were injured.

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North Adams Pupils Help With Windsor Lake Trout...

The city's entire fourth-grade class turned out for the fish stocking event, getting some information on the four types of trout Mass Wildlife raises in its four hatcheries and getting the chance to help with the annual event. The day was designed to promote outdoor recreation, and provide the children an opportunity to be involved in a conservation project. The Berkshire County League of Sportsmen's Clubs was also involved.

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New Adams Store Opens Up in Memory of Noah Brown

A new shop will be celebrating its opening this weekend, but its first day of business on Sunday will be bittersweet. Kayla Pierce and her fiance, John-Michael Bradbury, are opening up "Smalls" at 64 Summer St. for two reasons: to support local crafters and to keep her son's memory alive.

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BFAIR Meeting Shows How Far Services Have Come

Berkshire Family and Individual Resources on Friday recognized Doris Sartori and her family with BFAIR's inaugural Lifetime Advocacy Award at the non-profit's annual meeting. Weisenflue explained just how difficult a road Doris and her late husband Aldo faced when they became advocates for their three children, one of whom, Bobby, is a model employee at the North Adams Big Y through a program operated by BFAIR.

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Pittsfield Highlights Chestnut Seed Orchard to...

The American Chestnut tree was so woven into the fabric of early American life that it was referred to as a "cradle to grave" in when a child was born, he was placed in a Chestnut cradle and when he dies, in a Chestnut coffin. Between four to five billion of the trees crowded the Eastern United State's landscape and was used for construction and food for both humans and animals. It was economic for wood and nut harvesters. It was a fixture in the ecosystem for wild animals. Farmers used the n

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The Independent Investor: What Do Prince, You and...

Prince had no spouse or children but he does have several siblings and an estate valued at $300 million. There is also the supposed treasure trove of unreleased musical material, a sizable estate tax bill (if no estate planning was in place) and who knows what else. One thing is sure; there will be plenty of time, effort, controversy and expense necessary to resolve a settlement through probate court. All of which was unnecessary if Prince had lived long enough to read this column.

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North Adams Library Names DiLego as Assistant...

DiLego was the unanimous choice based on her 20 years of experience at the library, her familiarity with library procedures, and the depth of her local history knowledge.

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Montessori School Kicks Off $2.95 Million 'Go...

Campaign is raising funds for a 7,300-square-foot expansion to the existing 9,000-square-foot building. Students, families, teachers and MSB board members attended the event.

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Cal Ripken Opens Saturday in Williamstown

The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. from the Williamstown Elementary School, marches up Cole Avenue (where traffic will be stopped briefly) and ends at Bud Anderson field.

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Financial Advisers Deliver Dreary News to...

The City Council and the School Committee on Thursday were shown just how bad a shape the city's finances are in. "There is no doubt that we have some legitimate challenges with our financial condition. I think tonight's presentation was meant to be an honest look at what those challenges are and set the framework for the need for all of us to work together in a variety of ways to address this issue," said Mayor Linda Tyer said. "There is no one single simply solution. While people wa

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Mount Greylock Tower Repairs Resume

Work on the Mount Greylock Memorial Tower has commenced again and should be completed by September. Mount Greylock State Reservation Supervisor Alec Gillman told the Mount Greylock Advisory Council on Thursday that construction started last week and a protective road was installed on the summit lawn so trucks and equipment to prevent damage. He added that scaffolding should be erected next week.

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Clarksburg Holocaust Program Remembers the...

Clarksburg School's Holocaust Studies program has in the past explored the roots of genocide, discrimination and prejudice, the failure of political will to protect individual rights, and the rise of Nazism. With the theme "Rescue and Remembrance," the 15 students told the stories of the saviors, including Miep Gies, Raoul Wallenberg, and Chiune Sugihara, who had risked their lives and careers to help Jews escape Nazi Germany's "Final Solution."

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Williamstown Planning Board Nears Agreement on...

The Planning Board on Thursday came close to approving a compromise amendment on the Waubeeka Overlay District proposal. At the latest in a series of meetings that started in September, the panel narrowed its areas of disagreement to one: whether a potential resort at the South Williamstown golf course is limited by the square footage of its buildings or by the area of a building envelope.

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Three Vying for Adams Board of Selectmen

With two selectmen seats up for election in Adams, incumbents Joseph Nowak and Richard Blanchard will attempt fend off former selectman Michael Oullette next week. The only race on the ballot is for the two selectmen seats. Polls will be open at the town garage from 7 to 7 on Monday, May 2.

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'BOOM' Looks to Connect Local Musicians

The Berkshires may be brimming with musicians, but for whatever reason, few venture far from their favorite open mic or music venue leaving a sometimes stagnate local music scene. "The issue with the Berkshires is it is just a spread-out area ... and there is no central place to go," BOOM co-founder Sandy McKnight said. "A lot of people are not aware of what is going on past Pittsfield if they are from South County and vice versa if they are from North County ... we want to change that ment

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