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Candidate Statement: Christine Hoyt for Adams...

As we strolled down the sidewalk with Mount Greylock in the distance, we knew we had made the right decision to buy our home in Adams. Since then, Pete and I have branched out joining community organizations and commissions, both in Adams, as well as throughout the County. click for more

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Pittsfield Traffic Commission Rejects Handicapped...

The Traffic Commission rejected plan increasing the number of handicapped parking spaces on the city's four main commercial streets. Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell put forth a petition calling for additional handicapped parking spaces on North, South, Tyler, and Elm Streets. He then... click for more

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Williamstown Elementary Talks Use Fees, School...

The Williamstown School Committee began discussing on Wednesday how it can more equitably charge fees to outside groups for use of the school's building and grounds. click for more

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Pilot Program Brings Destressing Techniques to...

Doing any job when one is stressed and frustrated is much more difficult. And teachers are the same way. They are the scapegoats when schools are under performing. They're pressured by parents and administrators. Their work days are long, some students can be taxing, and recently in Pittsfield,... click for more

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The Independent Investor: World's Bread Basket No...

The recent controversy over dairy trade policies between the Trump administration and Canada is only the tip of the iceberg. While Trump is selectively picking on one particular product, the truth is that the United States is losing its competitive advantage in many areas of agriculture. click for more

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Council Voices Few Concerns Over Pittsfield's...

The city's capital plan calls for the replacement of 5,236 street lights to LEDs but some councilors are wondering why a project to light up Tyler Street has not been undertaken. The Tyler Street Business Group petitioned the city in 2014 asking for lights on the North side of Tyler Street at an... click for more

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Figment Brings Art, Music Back to Windsor Lake

Last year's first Figment event brought hundreds of people to participate in games and art projects, and to stay for the "after dark" portion of music and dancing. The worldwide initiative promotes free interactive arts-focused activities for all ages to bring communities together. click for more

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Pittsfield School Officials Approve Further Budget...

The proposed school budget has been cut again, raising the number of layoffs to 75.6. However, the teacher's union is foregoing some $300,000 worth of step raises to save some of those jobs. On Wednesday the School Committee adopted a proposed budget of $60,686,338, with the city's share of that... click for more

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Clarksburg Opens Bids for Horrigan Road Repairs

The Select Board on Wednesday night opened five bids for paving and work on the mile-long road that runs from Middle Road to the Vermont State Line. Town meeting in 2015 had overwhelmingly approved borrowing up to $235,000 for the project as well as an immediate borrowing of $65,000 to address... click for more


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Cheshire Grants Use of Elementary School For...

The Selectmen voted 2-1 to allow the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District to use Cheshire Elementary School for summer programming and its central office. After an at times contentious discussion Tuesday, the board voted to allow a summer day-care program and a special education summer damp with Selectman Robert Ciskowski holding a hard line against the district.

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North Adams Adopts 'Age-Friendly' Strategy

North Adams is keeping the needs of its senior citizens in mind as it develops projects and programs. The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously adopted an "age-friendly community strategy" that commits the city to improving the physical and social environment for the city's elderly.

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Berkshire County Rx Round Up Set for April 29

Anyone with unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications may stop by to dispose of them safely. Personal needles will also be accepted in puncture-proof plastic containers.

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MCLA Holding 25th Community Day of Service

According to Moser, this year is special in that it marks the 25th anniversary of this annual spring day of service. Participants will meet in the larger Venable Gym because the event has outgrown its previous location in the MCLA Church Street Center.

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Richardello, Gaspardi-Febles Honored With Quinn...

When Esther Quinn died in 1998 the local business community lost someone who, after working a full day, would put in countless volunteer hours. But others are following in her footsteps. This year 1Berkshire honored both Linda Gaspardi-Febles of MountainOne and Denise Richardello of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with the 18th annual Esther Quinn Award, recognizing those same type of efforts.

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Maple Grove Civic Club Hears From Adams Candidates...

The three people running for the three-year seat being vacated by Selectman Jeffrey Snoonian spoke at the forum, with the first being Elizabeth Bushey was first to speak Sunday afternoon at a well-attended Civic Club meeting at the Polish National Alliance.

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Pittsfield Council Asked To Push For State...

How the state calculates what it costs to run a school system is much different from what local officials say it actually costs. That was the message delivered to the City Council Tuesday night when the School Committee arranged a presentation from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. MASC Field Director Tracy Novick urged the council to advocate for changes to the state funding formulas to bring more state dollars into the city.

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North Adams City Council Refers Zoning Proposal,...

The City Council on Tuesday night referred a proposed zoning change that would allow the Porches Inn to expand northward along Veazie Street.

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Non-Binding Question Asks Lanesborough to Hike...

John Goerlach worked 20 years in the town's Highway Department so when he retired, part of his health insurance will come from the town's budget. Goerlach will be paying 15 percent of the premium with the town picking up the rest. Goerlach is now a Selectman, a decade after leaving the town's employment, and he's tasked with managing the finances. Because of conflict of interest laws, he cannot vote to increase the percentage retirees pay for benefits.

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Cheshire Man Killed In Head-on Collision in...

A Cheshire man was killed Monday afternoon in an head-on collision on the Windsor/Cummington line on Route 9. State police are withholding identification of the 31-year-old man pending family notification. He was inititially taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and then to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where he was pronounced dead.

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Pittsfield Police Offer Safety Tips After Walkers,...

An unidentified man has been accosting walkers and joggers in in the city's southeast side since last Tuesday. None of the victims were injured in any of the reported incidents, police say, but there have been several complaints reported over the past week. It is unknown if the same man is responsible for all of the violations.

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Williamstown Planning Board Candidates Participate...

The two candidates in the only contested race on May 9's town election ballot made their case to the voters last week in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Incumbent Chris Winters is being challenged by newcomer Karen L. Shepard for his five-year seat on the Planning Board.

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Adams-Cheshire Weighs Emergency Amendment for...

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee will seek legal counsel to see how and if Cheshire can amend the district agreement to allow the town to fund Cheshire Elementary School on its own for one year. Cheshire Selectwoman Carol Francesconi on Monday asked the committee if it was possible for the town to increase its assessment and bypass the district agreement that would mandate a proportional increase to Adams.

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Mount Greylock School Looking For Regionalization...

Full regionalization of the Mount Greylock School District is expected to go to a vote in the fall. Considerations of fully regionalize the district have been ongoing since 2013 and is eyed to bring efficiency to the administration of three schools. Currently, Williamstown Elementary, Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School, and Lanesborough Elementary are all separate entities sharing a superintendent. The move would bring both elementary schools into the district, creating a pre-K to

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North Adams Eyes Tax Title Sales For Tax Relief,...

The city has a fairly good idea what the increase in its fiscal 2018 budget will be: 1.12 percent, largely driven by health insurance increases, pensions, the school budget and two new positions. But it doesn't yet know how much revenue will come in this year as it pursues some $2.6 million in liens, taxes and interest outstanding. The hope is to use some of those gains to offset taxes and prepare engineering for projects in anticipation of a debt drop-off in 2020.

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Compass Rose to Be Painted at North Adams Airport...

The Ninety-Nines, an international women's pilot group, will be flying in next month to paint a rose compass on the tarmac of Harriman & West Airport. Airport Manager Bill Greenwald told the Airport Commission last week that volunteers with the Ninety-Nines group are set to start painting on Saturday, May 20.

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Race Kicks Off Spring

Scheduled for Saturday, April 29, in Williamstown, this year's 15th Humane Race promises a fun morning for people and their dogs with one small but exciting change: The run will be a timed race with the help of Berkshire Running Center.

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Substance Abuse Prevention Part 2: The Efforts

Through grant funding the District Attorney's Office is now training educators on a specific curriculum to prevent drug use. The office's Community Outreach and Education Program is now teacher Life Skills, a three-pronged approach to help students make better decisions when presented with drug use. The curriculum is eyed to be rolled out into all schools and help prevent students from going down the path of drug use.

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Adams Takes Action Against Duke's Sand and Gravel

Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco held an informational meeting for park and surrounding area residents Thursday to explain procedurally how the town will penalize John Duquette Jr., the owner of Duke's, who town officials say has broken town zoning bylaws by moving his operation into the buffer zone between the gravel pit and the mobile home park.

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