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Elder Services Appoints New Executive Director

McLaughlin is a leader in the long-term care network in western Massachusetts, having served in health care administration his entire career. For the last 14 years, he has served as the chief operating officer of the Mercy Continuing Care Network (an affiliate of Trinity Health of New England). click for more

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Saint James Place Elects New Member of Board of...

A cinema and photography graduate of Ithaca College, Davis holds a master of arts from the National University of Ireland and was a tenured professor at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, also in Ireland. She resides in Great Barrington with her three children, all of whom who are students in... click for more

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The Independent Investor: Turmoil in Turkey

There will be no "contagion." What is happening in Turkey is truly a "Tempest in a Teapot" that bears little resemblance to the crisis in Greece several years ago. Yet, over the last week, Turkey's currency, the lira, fell to record lows, interest rates skyrocketed, and their stock market... click for more

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Tape Grass Has Returned to Cheshire Reservoir

The town was last plagued by the weed in 2016 and had to bring in SOLitude Lake Management to clean up the lake with a rake type mechanism called a harvester. click for more

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Pittsfield Council Has Little Luck With Spectrum...

No matter how much the City Council and residents complain about the loss of local programming, Spectrum Cable will not be bringing it back. Melinda Kinney of Charter Communications told the council Wednesday night that the WWLP 22 and WCVB 5 Boston cost too much to bring back to the area. The... click for more

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Williamstown Select Board Weighs Potential...

The board decided to authorize Town Manager Jason Hoch to send a letter to the businesses that failed to notify them of the board's concern and its intention to take action if one of the establishments is found in violation again in the next 12 months. click for more

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North Adams Eagle Street Project Celebrated

On Wednesday evening during the annual Downtown Celebration, there was a pause to cut a blue ribbon strung between the brand-new eagle medallions marking the exit of the historic street. click for more

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Cheshire to Pave Three Roads

Out of 100, Maple Drive scores 39, West Mountain Road 36 and the section of Wells Road, scored a 42. click for more

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Mass MoCA Announces Its Fall Season

Theatergoers are going to be mad about Mass MoCA this fall. Jon Hamm, the star of the landmark television series “Mad Men,” comes to town this fall to collaborate in a work-in-progress theater project dubbed Fishing, which will see him team with Wilco percussionist Glen Kotche and... click for more


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North Adams Arts Commission Authority Change Draws...

Mayor Thomas Bernard submitted an amended ordinance to the City Council that removes the commission's control on approving public art installations, turning it into a recommending body on par with certain other city boards, and also addressing a host of grammatical and word changes.

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Lanesborough Sorting Out Who's on Roadkill Duty

A deer died naturally but was laying on the side of the Ore Bed Road. It was bloated and "ready to explode." Sources haven't confirmed the actual conversation but iBerkshires can imagine it went something like this: "I'm not touching it," said a highway worker. "Call the animal control officer."

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Candidates Double Down on Talking Points in DA...

In 2009 Rebecca Moulton had a restraining order against her then-boyfriend David Vincent and she had left the apartment the pair shared. And then later she was found beaten to death in that apartment.

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Cumberland Farms Hearing Continued Until After...

For the second time this summer, the convenience store chain has requested a continuation of its public hearing on its proposal to build a new gas station on Commercial Street. The hearing has been rescheduled to Sept. 11.

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North Berkshire Youth Work Programs Recognize...

Durocher was one of 20 students who successfully completed this year's summer programs that brought young people into participating businesses and organizations to experience not only a work environment but tryout potential careers.

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Scooter-User Threatened With Fines on Rail Trail

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has confirmed that rules that ban the use of motorized vehicles such as snowmobiles or motorcycles don't apply to adaptive equipment such as scooters and wheelchairs.

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North Adams Planners OK Lodging, Coffeehouse Plans...

Owner and manager Wayne Gelinas appeared before the Planning Board on Monday with a presentation on how he will restore the closed gift shop, rebuild cabins and turn the residence into a wine and coffee bar. He anticipates the renovations and construction would be done in three phases.

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Adams to Address Safety Concerns at Russell Field

With the Russell Field Renovation Project delayed at least another season, the Parks Commission agreed to put efforts into resolving a few safety issues at the park — specifically with the softball field.

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Cheshire Needs to Fix Fire Station Roof

St. John, who serves as superintendent of building and grounds, said the repair of this small portion of the roof is estimated to cost $64,566. This, with the $24,000 the town originally allocated to make the repairs plus other smaller costs, brings the amount to approximately $95,000.

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Historical Society Sets 271st Anniversary Event...

The commemoration also marks the 271st anniversary of the rebuilding of Fort Massachusetts. Wendy Champney and her group Save Fort Massachusetts Memorial have fought long and hard to preserve the land that the original fort stood upon, and in past years have stressed the importance of celebrating and preserving these historic events and landmarks.

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Berkshires Beat: CPA Funds Helping Make...

The first year of CPA funding, totaling $433, 819.11, will support 11 projects in the categories of historic resources and open space/recreation.

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Final Debates Set for Berkshire District Attorney...

Paul Caccaviello, Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight are vying for the nomination that will essentially determine the winner in the race since there is no other candidate on the general election ballot.

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Downtown Celebration Set For Wednesday, Aug. 15

This event is free. In the case of inclement weather, an announcement will be made on Wednesday morning and the rain date will be Thursday, Aug. 16.

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End of Session Review 2018: Paul Mark

The state Legislature relax a bit in the early hours of Aug. 1 as the formal legislative session was ready to close. But, wait, wait. State Rep. Paul Mark had one more bill -- a land taking for the town of North Field intended to help local farmers.

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Jazz Camp to Be Hosted at Hoosac Valley

Berkshire County jazz students will get a week of face time with five professional New York City musicians that will culminate in a live performance at the Bounti-Fare.

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Habitat for Humanity Aims to Break Ground on...

Habitat for Humanity, which was chosen by the town's Affordable Housing Trust to build two single-family homes at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street, is looking for help from a local resident or business.

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End of Session Review 2018: John Barrett III

State Rep. John Barrett said he is in the mindset of at least making a little bit of progress at a time. That's why he is disappointed there couldn't be some consensus at the statehouse on education and health care. Neither of those bills ultimately passed the legislature and Barrett said he wished at least something could have been done on each topic and then continued next year.

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Smoking Materials Blamed for Fire at North Adams...

A fire was reported as being in the walls of the American Legion Drive structure shortly after 8 p.m. on Saturday. At least two dozen people were evacuated from the building and firefighters were quickly on the scene -- the fire station is across the street from the post.

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UNO Community Center Celebrates New Park

It was three years ago that the UNO Community Center opened in a former tavern on River Street. Purchased and renovated by Wadsworth — what he calls "impact investing" — the center provided the first permanent home for the neighborhood group founded by Davis in 1990.

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Driver Injured in Readsboro Motorcycle Accident

A New York man incurred minor injuries on Friday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle and it hit a retaining wall.

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