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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018

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North Adams Man Killed in MassPike Work-Site Accident

State police from the Westfield barracks are investigating the accident that occurred at about 2:30 p.m.

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Lanesborough Couple's Efforts to Keep Family Farm Continues

About a month ago Kristen Tool returned home to find a for sale sign in the yard. Tool and her husband Chris Wheeler are more than a year and a half into an effort to keep the Olsen Farm. Wheeler's great-grandfather had established the farm in 1938 and it was passed down to future generations.

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Michigan Company Looking to Buy Beacon Cinema

A Michigan company is looking to buy the Beacon Cinema. Insight Management Consulting has made an offer to purchase the building and the business from owner Richard Stanley. Stanley had redeveloped the North Street building to the theater in 2008, becoming an anchor to the city's future vision of revitalizing North Street when it opened its doors in 2009.

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Long-Closed Gas Station to Reopen in North Adams' West End

The former Getty station at 330 State Road is being reopened as a Valero station and its convenience store will have some upgrades.

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Four Residents Displaced Following Pittsfield Fire

Four people are displaced after a fire tore through the rear of the South Church Street home. Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said at 12:24 firefighters responded to the call at 7 South Church Street. One of the occupants, who was the only one home at the time, living in the two-family home heard the smoke alarm and then found a fire on the rear porch. He then escaped the building through the front stairway.

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The White Stuff Is Coming! The White Stuff Is Coming!

One week before Thanksgiving, the first Winter Storm Watch of the season is upon us from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon.

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National Grid Using Sound Cannon in North Adams to Disperse Crows

National Grid will be using a sound-emitting propane cannon to dislodge a murder of crows that's been roosting around its Brown Street facility.

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Drury High Senior Present With Superintendent's Award

Alicandri's motivation, eagerness to accept challenges and high academic standards were recognized on Wednesday when she was presented the Certificate of Academic Excellence. She and her family attended the presentation.

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Pittsfield, North Adams Observe Veterans Days

Sunday was also the centennial of the armistice for World War 1. Tyer read a special proclamation to honor the anniversary and later bells were tolled to recognize it.

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North Adams Council Approves Public Safety Roof Replacement

The City Council took a deep breath on Tuesday and voted to borrow $351,000 to put a new roof on the deteriorating 63-year-old structure on American Legion Drive.

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Harrington Announces First Assistant, Transition Team Chair

Andrea Harrington has started to build her team. On Wednesday, the district attorney-elect announced Karen Bell as her first assistant district attorney. Bell is currently an assistant district attorney in Hampden County with some 20 years of experience. She's said to have worked in the appellate division, the district court, grand jury, and the superior court divisions.

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ConCom Denies Permit For Pontoosuc Lake Country Club Solar Array

Emotion isn't often shown during Conservation Commission meetings, a board known for its technicality and dullness. But Michele Rivers-Murphy could barely hold it in Thursday night, sitting the City Council Chambers because as the snow fell outside, Rivers-Murphy and what seemed like the entire Ridge Avenue neighborhood were yet again fighting a 6.5 megawatt solar project proposed for the Pontoosuc Lake Country Club and at the end of the night, the Conservation Commission unanimously sided wi

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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears MCAS Reports

Lanesborough Elementary School is the only one of the three Mount Greylock Regional School District schools that met its targets in the state evaluations released this fall.

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Adams Emergency Road Repairs Almost Complete

Interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan told the Selectmen on Wednesday that she expected J.H. Maxymillian Inc. to have completed work on the washouts on Glen Street and East Road by week's end.

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Pittsfield Council Approves Tax Rate Cut

Tax cuts make for more agreeable City Council meetings. The council easily approved a plan to lower property taxes across the board - both on the average bill and on the rate.

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Cop On Top Returns to Pittsfield On Dec. 1

Cop on Top will return to Walmart on Dec. 1. In a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, law enforcement officers from throughout the county will be camp out on the roof Wal-mart. The officers will stay there until the goal of $55,000 is reached.

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Cheshire to Make Final Approval of Board Increase Documents

The initiative began in 2015 with a citizens petition that looked to expand the board. The process was delayed because the increase could not simply sail through with a citizens petition. After understanding that they had to solicit the state legislature to make the change, the town restarted the process.

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Signs of the Season: Christmas Trees Have Arrived at Carr

Carr Hardware received its annual delivery of trees on Wednesday afternoon that manager Don Disbrow said typically come from upstate New York or Vermont near the Canadian border.

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Adams Cemetery Garage Project to Got Out to Bid Next Year

Commissioner Bruce Shepley read a letter from interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan at Thursday's meeting stating that architecture firm EDM is working on construction documents and public bidding materials and hope to go out to bid no later than the end of January 2019.

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Community TV Stations: Proposed FCC Rule Could Gut Funding

Local public access stations fear that a potential new Federal Communications Commission rule will allow cable companies to obliterate their operating funds. Public, educational, and government access (PEG) stations are mostly funded through franchise fees cable subscribers pay in their monthly bill. Communities negotiate those fees, typically every 10 years.

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Williamstown Planning Board Debates Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw

The Planning Board last spring withdrew a more ambitious proposal to liberalize the town's housing bylaw in the face of vocal opposition. In the summer, it decided that the ADUs were one area where the town could make incremental changes to allow a little more housing flexibility.

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Letter: North Adams Needs Resolution on Children's Artwork

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Berkshires Beat: Vessels for Change Returns to Aid Immigrant Center

For a $100 donation to the Berkshire Immigrant Center, donors receive a one-of-a-kind handmade mug, locally brewed beer, and a celebration.

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'I Wonder If I Will Ever See Pittsfield Again': WWI Letters From Lt. Tremblay

In 1917, the United States entered the war. He felt it was his duty to return to war and he entered the Army. Because of his experience, he was quickly sent to the front line. And the 6 foot 1 inch, 205 pounds, Tremblay wasn't afraid of a good fight.

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Williamstown Fire District Special Meeting to Look at Expanding Committee

A special district meeting is scheduled for Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at Williamstown Elementary School to consider a couple of changes to the districtís charter.

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North Berkshire Waste District Transfer Stations Pass Inspection

Transfer stations in the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District have passed their inspections with flying colors.

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Adams Fire District Given Extension on Well Upgrades

After the boil water order in August, the DEP mandated that the district install permanent injectors on all four of their wells which upped the price to $950,000.

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Berkshire County Remembrances on World War I Centennial

Massachusetts honored her sons and daughters in 1933 with the dedication of the Mount Greylock War Memorial Tower on the state's highest peak in Adams. The 93-foot tall monument was recognized this year as one of 100 national monuments by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.

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Adams Keeps Memory of World War I Front and Center

Of the numerous monuments, honor rolls and other memorials, eight are dedicated to World War I. The largest monument, the Mount Greylock War Memorial, looms above the town from the state's highest peak.

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Adams Great War Veteran Made Sure Others Not Forgotten

Like many in Adams, Carpenter was a young mill worker in the Renfrew Mills before being deployed on July 1917. After training, the group landed in France in October where the war was well underway.

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 6 - Nov. 15

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini in Superior Court in Pittsfield.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 14-20

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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BMC Expands Rehabilitation Care with Addition of Two Physicians

They will join Dr. Francis Bohdiewicz and Dr. Douglas Molin at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC.

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Pittsfield ConCom Says No Deal on Berkshire Flower Shop Plan

The Conservation Commission denied a proposal from Mazzeo's restaurant to use the Berkshire Flower Shop property instead of having it turned into conservation land. Then the city reached an agreement with the Gordon Rose family to conserve property located at 910 South Street back in 1997. The deal called for the land on the city's southern entryway to eventually be converted into conservation space.

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SVMC Nurse Named as a Vermont Business Magazine Rising Star

Cross has worked as the SVMC/Vermont Blueprint for Health Community Team Leader since February, where she is responsible for patient-centered medical homes, the women's health initiative, medication-assisted treatment programs, care coordination, and various population-health initiatives.

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'I must take my chances:' Letters Home Tell Tale of Williamstown WWI Veteran

But for whatever reason, Brown's Nov. 24, 1918, letter from France to his family in Williamstown had different, darker tone than what came before.

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WTBR Inching Closer To The Airwaves, New Studio Built

Since June 89.7 FM has been silent but it is expected to make a lot of noise soon. Because during that time, Pittsfield Community Television has built a new WTBR studio, established new policies and procedures, lining up new shows, and is now waiting just a few more things before the Brave FM returns after these messages.

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Berkshire Community College Hires, Promotes Staff

Berkshire Community College has announced a number of changes in personnel at the college.

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Springfield Women's Basketball Tops MCLA in Opener

Four Springfield College starters scored in double figures as the Pride women's basketball team opened up play with a 76-37 win over the MCLA Trailblazers in non conference action on Saturday.

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Great American Smokeout Set For Nov. 15

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, accounting for 29 percent of all cancer deaths. In fact, smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, HIV, guns and illegal drugs combined.

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Williams Women's Soccer Comes Back to Advance in NCAA Tournament

Sydney Jones scored in the 84th minute to give the Williams College women's soccer team a 2-1 win over Stevens Tech in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament on Sunday.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 16-22

Be among the first to see this year's chart-topping Festival of Trees, Often Heard, featuring more than 100 dazzling, decorated holiday trees, each depicting a popular song. Join your friends and neighbors to discover the song behind every tree, savor delicious appetizers and drinks, and enjoy exciting surprises.

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The Independent Investor: The Apple of Our Eyes

Go into just about any supermarket right now and what do you see? Bins and bins of gorgeous red, green, and golden apples. The harvest is overwhelming, but some apples are worth more than others.

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MCLA Women's Basketball Wins on Road

MCLA senior Courtney Pingelski scored 21 of her game best 23 points in the pivotal second half as the Trailblazers pulled away from host SUNY Cobleskill, 65-46, in women's basketball action on Wednesday.

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SVHC Foundation Welcomes Three Directors to its Leadership

"Each of these esteemed women is well known in her community and highly respected among her colleagues," said Leslie Keefe, SVHC's vice president of corporate development. "Their professional experiences and thoughtfulness will serve the foundation well in its mission to engage our community in support of our health system."

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Letter: Thanks Someone For Quitting Smoking This Thanksgiving

Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Massachusetts.

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

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New Doctor Joins SVMC Pownal Office

Rawle completed her residency in family medicine at the Stanford-O'Connor Hospital Residency Program in California. She attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York.

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Williams Women's Soccer Advances in NCAA Tourney

Brianna Binder scored in the 30th minute, and the Williams College women's soccer team went on to a 2-0 win over the University of New England on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

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