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Buddy Walk Unites Families — And Athletes,...

That group included the girls soccer team from Westfield High, which had a game scheduled for 1 p.m. against Dalton's Wahconah Regional. Problem was, many of the girls on the Wahconah team are long-time Buddy Walkers, going back to their days as Craneville pupils. click for more

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Adams to Test Memorial Building for Mold

The Selectmen tabled a request Wednesday from the Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School to use the former middle school building, which has seen limited use the past few years, because of concerns over mold. click for more

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BRTA Considering New Loop Route for North Adams

he Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is considering a new loop in North County as a way to get its riders where they need to go in a faster and cost-neutral manner. The loop route would hit the Ocean State Job Lots plaza (turnaround), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Main Street, two... click for more

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Pittsfield Police Union Kicking Off Fundraising...

Residents should be aware that employees from the fundraising company, TCI America Inc, will be contacting businesses and residents soliciting for donations. At no time will any officers or members of the Pittsfield Police Department be contacting residents asking for donations. click for more

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Adams' Fourth Annual Great Chair Auction Open For...

From comic and cartoon characters to paeans to nature, this year's Great Chair Auction offering up some fantastical seating for enjoying or just viewing. The annual fundraiser for Youth Center Inc. commenced after an official ribbon cutting Wednesday at the former Simmons Furniture Store on... click for more

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Village Ambulance Launches Fund Drive at Time of...

Because of changing trends in its industry, VAS is operating in the red and dipping into its reserves. It hopes the fund drive it kicks off this week will help make for a healthier bottom line. "I don't think a lot of people in town realize that we are not subsidized by any town organization or... click for more

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Traffic Commission Sets Rates on Pittsfield Switch...

Parking on North Street will cost $1 an hour as of Nov. 1, pending City Council approval, with the implementation of metered parking. For the downtown core, the rate for the areas of North, South and Depot streets will be $1 per hour. In a secondary zone, which is the municipal lots and garages,... click for more

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North Adams Windsor Lake Panel Looking at...

The Windsor Lake Recreation Commission is hoping to come up with new marketing and camping packages that would attract visitors to what they feel is a hidden gem. "We should be looking at the entire Windsor Lake complex," said Commissioner Nancy Bullett. click for more

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Adams Firefighters, Red Cross Install Free Smoke...

Firefighters took to their trucks Tuesday evening not to put out a fire, but to hopefully prevent one by installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The Fire Department teamed up with the Red Cross to install free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in 12 homes this week through the Red Cross... click for more


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The Independent Investor: The Impact of One Bad...

Over the last two weeks, thanks to Wells Fargo in the banking sector, and Mylan Labs in pharmaceuticals, Corporate America has once again reminded us of that business just can't be trusted. In the case of Wells Fargo, over 2 million fictitious customer accounts were opened over several years in order to meet sales goals.

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North Adams Airport to Replace Fence

The Airport Commission will seek city funds to repair a downed fence. Airport Manager Bill Greenwald told the commission Tuesday that a portion of the northern fence is in bad shape and partially knocked down.

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Passenger Airlifted to Albany After Vermont Crash

A single-vehicle accident seriously injured a passenger early Thursday morning on Tunnel Street, a mile north of Bosley Hill Road. It took more than an hour for the Readsboro Fire Department to extricate the passenger of a 2007 Dodge Durango that crashed into a tree at about 2 a.m. The passenger's identity was being withheld pending notification of family.

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North Adams Public Library Book Sale This Weekend

The North Adams Public Library's annual book sale returns this weekend with nearly 6,000 titles to select from. Member of the Library Friends Judy Noel said the book sale has been an annual event for some time now but it is in its seventh year at the St. Elizabeth's Parish Center.

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Pittsfield to Welcome Syrian Refugees

Some people can't go home. They are in fear for their lives and all they want to is be productive and happy. They come from war-torn countries or area wrecked by natural disasters. They come running from prosecution because of their religious or personal believes. They come wanting life, liberty, and happiness and they hope to find that in the city of Pittsfield.

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Adams Sets Flat Tax Rate

The town's residential property tax will stay flat and the commercial tax rate will decrease $1.40 per $1,000 valuation. The Selectmen approved an 112 percent shift for commercial rates on Wednesday night that would keep the residential tax rate near $21.39 per $1,000 valuation and lower the commercial tax to $24.60. This is about a 5.38 percent decrease.

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Williamstown Public Safety Group Finds No Option...

If the Public Safety Building Study Committee has its way, it may not be the Public Safety Building Study Committee much longer. The panel Tuesday decided to ask the Board of Selectmen to give the committee a new focus: developing a plan for a new police station.

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Event-filled Weekend Tested Regional Emergency...

This past weekend provided an opportunity for emergency management officials to work countywide. With a plethora of events bringing thousands of people the Berkshires, the three Regional Emergency Planning Committees pre-planned responses and allocation of resources should there be a mass casualty incident.

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Crane Currency Building $100M Banknote Printing...

Crane Currency is planning a new $100 million banknote printing facility and customer experience center in the country of Malta. The company expects to initially hire approximately 200 new employees. The 140,000 square-foot facility is expected to be completed in early 2018.

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AG: No Open Meeting Law Violation by Williamstown...

The attorney general's office determined there is no evidence of an Open Meeting Law violation by members of the Planning Board with respect to its deliberations on the Waubeeka Golf Links zoning bylaw earlier this year.

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Young Man Living With Disability Awarded Reiter &...

Alex wrote about his diagnosis of fetal stroke, as well as his use of assistive technologies during his academic career. While doctors predicted he would never walk, talk or be in a mainstream classroom, he graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with high honors and devoted his time to tutoring and mentoring children with disabilities.

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Berkshire Works Job Fair Connects Job Seekers With...

Hundreds of people looking to advance their careers or get into the workforce browsed through an array of available jobs at the Berkshire Works annual job fair Wednesday. The annual event had such a demand for employers to showcase their opportunities that Stephanie Hambelton, business service representative for Berkshire Works, said there was a wait list. The Crowne Plaza's space restricted the number of vendors to 66 and there were still employers looking to participate.

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Marijuana Dispensary Planned For Former KFC...

The Community Development Board has signed off on the plans to turn the former KFC on East Street into a medical marijuana dispensary. The board approved the site plan by Happy Valley Compassion Center Tuesday night and the company now needs approvals from the Zoning Board of Appeals and a license from the Department of Public Health.

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North Adams' Recovery Rally Focusing on Family,...

Grown from a walk and vigil based on a national event, this annual rally will include both those things but also provide space for information booths, speakers, music, food vendors and children's activities. The theme is "Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery" to acknowledge "that we all have a story to tell and a role to play to support recovery."

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Williamstown Zoning Board Approves Cable Mills...

The Zoning Board of Appeals last week approved special permits that will keep the Cable Mills housing project on track to add 14 more housing units. Phase 1 of the Water Street project the renovation of the existing mill building was completed in the spring and is nearly fully occupied, the developer told the ZBA at its Thursday meeting.

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Cheshire Town Hall Accepted Into Register Of...

Town Hall has been accepted into the National Register of Historic Places, which will allow the town to apply for historical restoration grants.

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St. Stans to Host Color Run Fundraiser

St. Stanislaus Kostka School will host a "My School Color Run" this weekend to raise funds for the parochial school. Principal Linda Reardon said the color run is not your standard race or really a race at all, but a chance for the community to get together for a 5k fun run in which participants will be blasted with color.

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Kmart Closing in Great Barrington; Marshalls Eyed...

The Kmart department store, No. 9146, the only one left in Berkshire County, is slated to close by the end of the year.

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Residents Pepper Walmart Developer With Questions...

If Anton Melchionda, principal with Waterstone Retail, had a manufacturer looking to move to the teens complex of the William Stanley Business Park, he'd build the building. But, he challenged anyone and City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo to find it. "Based on the economics. It goes back to the dollars it needs because of the mess that was left here. You guys were left with a mess, a toxic mess from people that completely disregarded the community, packed up their bags, put a chain link fence, and

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