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Cheshire Selectmen Tired of Adams' Influence Over School Budget

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The Selectmen said they have had enough of Adams influencing the regional school district and will hold a meeting with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education without them.

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Mount Greylock Counselor, Lanesborough School Committee Member Draws Fire Over Facebook Post

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A Mount Greylock Regional School guidance counselor and member of the Lanesborough Elementary School Committee said on Wednesday that he regretted a "crude joke" on social media that led to condemnation by alumni of the high school.

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Lanesborough to Walmart: Come Build Here

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If Pittsfield doesn't want Walmart, Lanesborough will take it. The Board of Selectmen have asked Town Manager Paul Sieloff to reach out to Walmart officials and ask if they'd consider building the supercenter on the Berkshire Mall property instead of in Pittsfield.

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Pittsfield Residents Oppose School Budget Cuts at Public Hearing

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Ava Mungin is who children come to when they need help. When they are hungry, they go to Mungin. When they are sick, they come to Mungin. When they want to get off drugs, they come to Mungin.

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Adams Takes Action Against Duke's Sand and Gravel

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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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Pittsfield Parks Commission Endorses Dog Park at Burbank Park

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Burbank Park has been identified as the best location for a dog park. The Parks Commission agreed and endorse the recommendation from a study group to use between one and two acres of land for the park. The dog park is eyed to be fenced in with separate sections for large and small dogs. The parks are areas in which pet owners can let their pups off leash, which isn't currently allowed in city parks.

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North Adams Fire Battles Eagle Street Blaze

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A Victorian on Eagle Street sustained extensive damage after its second floor caught fire on Saturday night.

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Tapestry's Syringe Access Program Holding Open House

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Tapestry's new syringe access program opened in February on West Main Street. The office is holding an open house for the community from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday to answer questions and show how the program works.

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Adams May Create Volunteer Cemetery Restoration Group

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The Cemetery Commission may try to create a volunteer group to help clean up Maple Street Cemetery and stand fallen stones. The Cemetery Commission visited both Maple Street and Bellevue cemeteries Thursday to survey the conditions of the Harrington and Plunkett mausoleums but were more concerned about the downed stones at Maple Street.

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Objection Halts Pittsfield Council Debate About Walmart

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Charter objection! For just the third time since the new charter went into place, a debate was halted on the City Council floor because of the rarely invoked charter objection. The objection halts debate and pushes a vote off until another meeting. It is included in the new charter the city adopted in 2013.

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Cheshire Makes Final Moves to Keep Elementary School Open

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The town will vote to make an emergency amendment to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District agreement that may allow it to alone fund Cheshire Elementary School for a year. Resident Jeremy McLain told the Selectmen on Tuesday that his group has a petition with more than 250 signatures asking the town's state representatives to find emergency funds to keep to school open. However, the Selectmen are putting an article on the annual town meeting just in case the state does not come through.

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Large Public Hearing Turnout Opposes Eversource Rate Increase

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There were a lot of numbers being thrown around Monday night at the public hearing for Eversource's proposed electrical rate increase. Seventy-three is the number of teachers the city is already planning to lay off while $6.1 million is the salary of Eversource CEO James J Judge. The figure of $708,336 is how much the mayor says the proposed Eversource rate increase would add to the city budget. The electric company shut off power to 10,903 homes in 2015. One dollar and 30 cents per credit w

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New Gallery Drawn by North Adams' Air of Contemporary Art

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A new art gallery in downtown North Adams is the result of the city's unique relationship with contemporary art as a lure to artists from other places. Gravity Gallery co-owners Lynn Richardson and Paul McMullan first became acquainted with the city in 2012 when both artists displayed work in Downstreet Art.

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BHS Doctor Honored As 2017 Community Clinician of the Year

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Board-certified in adult psychiatry, Dr. Smothers is the medical director of Acute Care Services of Berkshire Health Systems and The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, a community-based, non-profit agency providing care for children, adolescents, adults and families who suffer from chronic mental illness, substance use disorder, and behavioral health disorders.

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North Adams Reaching ADA Compliance Under DOJ Agreement

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The city reached the agreement in 2012 with the federal agency under Project Civic Access, the department's initiative to ensure compliance of the ADA that prompts the DOJ to survey state and local government facilities, services and programs nationwide. The audit occurred the year before, sparked by a complaint related to the Police Station.

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Safety Officials Keeping Eye On Potential Pipeline Protests

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Public safety officials are preparing for the worst case scenario when it comes to protests surrounding the Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently granted Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. approval to move ahead with a natural gas pipeline expansion through Otis State Forest. The ruling was issued last week approving the Connecticut expansion, which includes tree cutting and installation of the pipeline through four miles of pipeline through the Otis State

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North Adams' Budget Up 1 Percent; Taxes Likely to Rise 4 Percent

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The Finance Committee will take its first review of the mayor's $40 million budget proposal next Thursday. The draft spending plan for fiscal 2018 is up $474,449, or about 1 percent, at $39,929,132.

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Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Extension Opening Celebration In May

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The town will hold a ceremony on May 12 to mark the official opening of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Extension. Although many have been using the 1.2 mile extension from Hoosac St. to Lime St, former selectman Arthur "Skip" Harington came before the board of selectmen Wednesday and asked permission to hold an opening ceremony May 12 at 2:00 at the Adams Station.

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North Adams Votes to Accept Properties, Funds From Housing Program

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The City Council on Tuesday night accepted a transfer of assets held by Housing Opportunities Inc., an agreement that ends years of negotiations. The board of the 30-year-old nonprofit has been trying to dissolve for at least five years. It is comprised of the same board as the North Adams Housing Authority and the staff of the authority has been managing the properties.

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Pittsfield Junior Bowlers Earn Spots in National Tourney

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Four bowlers from the Pittsfield Junior League have qualified for July's Junior Gold Tournament in Cleveland.

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Crane Operator Killed in Vermont Construction Accident

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David Sprague, 59, of Windham, Maine, was working at a construction site on Putnam Road, off Route 8, when he drove his crane under a series of high tension power lines at about 11:00 a.m.

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Pittsfield Police Arrest Man After Chase On Pomeroy Avenue

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Another gun was seized after a police pursuit on Wednesday. Police say at about 5:37 a.m. officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Pomeroy Avenue, near Herberg Middle school. The driver, Adam Masefield, 30, of Pittsfield allegedly fled from officers.

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Haas Foundation Grants 10K For Manufacturing Scholarships at Taconic

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Taconic High School manufacturing students will now have an easier time pursuing careers thanks to the Gene Haas Foundation. The Haas Foundation is granting the program $10,000 to provide scholarships to graduates. The foundation was started by the owner of Haas Automation, a company which builds the manufacturing machines, with a $20 million donation.

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Eastern Mountain Sports at Berkshire Mall Slated For Closure

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Eastern Mountain Sports could be the next store to leave the Berkshire Mall. Eastern Outfitters is looking at closing 21 of 35 Bob's Stores and 27 of 51 Eastern Mountain Sports locations admits bankruptcy proceedings. The 4,226 retail space in the Berkshire Mall is one of those listed in the bankruptcy filings for closure.

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Adams Locks In New Electrical Rate

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The town has locked in an electrical use rate of .08668 cents per kilowatt hour for six months. The Selectmen on Wednesday agreed to continue with a municipal aggregation agreement that offers a rate lower than .09432 cents per kWh National Grid offers.

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Pittsfield School Committee Incumbents Take Out Nomination Papers

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All members of the current School Committee have taken out nomination papers. Joshua Cutler, Daniel Elias, Pamela Farron, Anthony Riello, Cynthia Taylor, and Katherine Yon have all taken out papers. Only one challenger has taken out papers, Craig Gaetani.

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Clarksburg Country Club Owner Denies Accusation of Waste Dumping

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The owner of the former North Adams Country Club is dismissing accusations that the property was used to dump contaminated waste. "I can't imagine why anybody would bring material in from somewhere else when we have 80 acres worth of material up there," Todd Driscoll told News10 on Thursday.

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Plunkett Students Learn STEM Skills In Explore! Program

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More than 60 C.T. Plunkett School students in Grades 3-5 were scattered throughout the school last week participating in STEM enrichment sessions. Teacher Laura Scholz said the children have been staying after school over the past month to partake in seven different hands-on activities using science, technology, engineering and math through the Explore program.

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North Adams' Model Railroad Museum Eyes Sons of Italy Property

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Thomas Kren's Extreme Model Railroad and Architectural Museum was planned to go into the long Building 4 at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. But since the initial press conference announcing the project nearly 15 months ago, the concept has grown beyond the tight confines of the existing historic park.

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Williamstown Selectmen: Pot Bylaw a 'Defensive Step'

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A divided and conflicted Board of Selectmen on Monday voted its recommendations on a 40-article warrant to be presented to next month's annual town meeting. The four selectmen in attendance made short work of most of the financial warrant articles, though a couple of the Community Preservation Act allocations generated some discussion.

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North Adams to Pursue Mass Historic Grant For Library

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The city has applied for a Massachusetts Historical Commission grant to make structural repairs to the library.

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Solid Waste District Uncertain How to Dispose of Refrigerators

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Refrigerators and propane tanks can be a nuisance to get rid of, even for the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District. After getting feedback from the Department of Environmental Protection, the regional organization unsure how to properly dispose of them.

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Clarksburg Seeking Write-In Candidates for Empty Posts

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That's the day of the town election and five offices will have blank spaces next to them on the ballot. Three are on the Planning Board, and if there are no write-in candidates, that board effectively won't exist on May 24.

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Traffic Commission Advises Parking Meter Removal for Bike Lane

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The Traffic Commission is recommending the removal of two metered parking spots on the north side of the Holiday Inn on American Legion Drive. The purpose is to develop a bike lane as part of the city's Complete Streets goals.

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Berkshire Bank Donates $10K to Soldier On

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Soldier On scored a goal with an assist from the Berkshire Bank Foundation. Berkshire Bank passed over a $10,000 donation to the non-profit on Monday, a donation part of the foundation's eXciting assist program. For every assist tallied by the Boston Bruins between October 13, 2016 and December 7, 2016, $100 was donated to Soldier On.

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Muraca Buys Nuclea Assets, Starts New Company

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Patrick Muraca is picking up where he left off with Nuclea Biotechnologies. The former CEO has started a new company and purchased the assets of the bankrupt Nuclea. NanoMolecular DX is now based out of Lee and is entering the commercial field with products developed under Nuclea, with many of the same investors, and some of the same employees.

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BMC Named Among Top 10 Hospitals in U.S. for Patient Safety

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Berkshire Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

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Letter: Support Pollinator Resolution

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Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate, as emphasized by Williams College Biology Department Chair Joan Edwards, who spoke at the town's recent Agricultural Commission meeting. Sharing this concern, a number of other communities launched Western MA Pollinator Networks six months ago to expand pollinator safe habitat through education, tours, and collaboration.

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Total Eclipse Preview Enthralls Williamstown Students

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Pasachoff and Williams sophomore Brendan Rosseau came to WES on April 4 to talk about the eclipse, which will only be at 70 percent strength here in Williamstown, meaning "it won't get very dark and you won't barely know what's happening," he said.

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BCC Phi Theta Kappa Scholars Honored at State House Ceremony

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Cheryl Bassett and Mary Mick were among a small group of scholars honored as the highest academic achievers of the community colleges system and were presented with medallions and certificates for being named to Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team.

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Rabasco Leads County Contingent at Boston Marathon

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Eleven Berkshire County residents clocked times at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

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Substance Abuse Prevention Part 1: The Data

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Prevention is just one aspect of tackling the opioid problem in the county. So far signs show local efforts are working, but that local effort still have a lot of work ahead of them. Over the last 10 years data collected from the Berkshire United Way is showing a decreasing percentage of county students using alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco products. However, compared to the national average, Berkshire students are still using those substances at a greater frequency than national averages.

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Scholz Running Again Cheshire Select Board

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E. Richard Scholz believes with his experience in business he is the right candidate to bring change to Cheshire. Scholz, who currently serves on the Advisory Board, has made two previous runs for selectman and heads his own telecommunications consulting firm. He has 20-plus years' experience in project management and consulting experience within the telecommunications industry.

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Police Dog, Handler Thank Karate Students for Funding Vest

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The vest, from Vested Interest In K-9s, is both bullet-proof and knife-proof to help protect Millie while she finds missing people, sniffs out drugs and tracks suspects on the run.

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Berkshire Athenaeum Honors Retired Director Ron Latham

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Libraries have changed a lot in 24 years. They have gone from having large card catalogs to find the book with the information the patron needs, later adding desktop computers, to now being able to check out wireless hotspot times, iPads, hands-on learning tools for children, a telescope, to a 3D printer. You can even eat and drink in one portion of the library. But, shhh! You still have to keep your voice down.

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Williamstown ZBA Continues Hearing on Lehovec Property Hotel

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The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday decided to continue its hearing on issuing special permits to allow a 77-room hotel at 562 Main St. At the end of a marathon meeting marked by repeated concerns from neighboring residents, the ZBA voted to hold a site visit before its May 18 meeting, at which it hopes to conclude its deliberations.

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Pittsfield Councilor Suggests Shrinking Size Of City Council

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In the 1960s and 1970 the city had close to 60,000 residents. That's now closer to 40,000. That's led Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell to toss out the idea of shrinking the size of the City Council. Connell filed a petition asking to start the process, whichever process that would be, to reduce two at large seats on the council. Financially, Connell says that could save the city some $50,000 and still provide adequate representation.

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Lanesborough Selectmen Approve 1.5 Percent Raises to Employees

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The Board of Selectmen approved giving non-union employees a 1.5 percent raise, which is a compromise with the town manager. The Selectmen had previously asked Town Manager Paul Sieloff to remove 2 percent raises for those town hall employees from the upcoming budget. Sieloff agreed but said he'd be asking the Selectmen once again to put them back later in the process. Later in the process came Monday night and the Selectmen ultimately agreed on 1.5 percent.

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Education Task Force Seeks Community Input, Aspirations

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Five "community aspiration" meetings are scheduled this month for parents, educators and community members to share expectations, aspirations, and concerns for the future of preK-12 public education in Berkshire County.

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