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Body Found on Mount Greylock Identified as Great Barrington Man

The body discovered Monday afternoon on Mount Greylock has been identified as Kurt Kruger of Great Barrington. Kruger's death is not considered suspicious, according to a statement from the Berkshire district attorney's office.

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Adams Dance School Competes In Disney World

Dancecapade School of Dance was one of 10 dance schools in the world that recently competed in the first Walt Disney World Dance Competition. The school brought home four bronze medals and the girls also performed in the Magic Kingdom parade.

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Mass MoCA Architects Propose Redevelopment of Windsor Mill

Simeon Bruner of Cambridge Development Corp., and principal of Bruner /Cott Architects, has offered $465,000 for the historic mill with the pledge to invest a minimum of $400,000 on facade and capital improvements within the next three years.

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North Adams Police Make Arrests in 2 Stabbing Incidents

The city has seen two stabbings within one week and police have made arrests in both cases.

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BMC, Nurses Return to Bargaining as Strike Hangs Over Head

In the middle of a strike authorization vote and the union filing charges against the hospital with the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Nursing Association and Berkshire Medical Center return to the bargaining table Thursday in hopes to come to an agreement on a new contract.

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School Officials: Plunkett Name Won't Disappear From Hoosac Elementary

The official name of the elementary school may have changed, but the markers designating it as C.T. Plunkett School will remain in place. School officials say they have no intention of erasing Plunkett's history from the school. Rather, the name was changed to Hoosac Valley Elementary as a way to unify the regional school district with the closure of Cheshire School.

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North Adams ZBA Approves Special Permit for Porches Project

Porches Inn was given a special permit and waivers that will allow it to begin process for a new building on Veazie Street. Attorney Jeffrey Grandchamp of Grinnell Partners LLC, representing the inn, said two of the structures 10 and 18-20 Veazie would be demolished to make way for a standalone building largely for use as a breakfast or gathering location.

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Unpaid Bills Are Starting to Pile Up For Berkshire Mall

The Berkshire Mall bills are piling up. The mall owner, Kohan Retail Investment Group, under Berkshire Mail Realty Holdings, not only owes close to a half million in taxes to the town and to the Baker Hill Road District $230,000 for the road district and $209,000 to the town.

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Adams Hi-Jinx Night Postponed to August

Hi-Jinx Night has been cancelled for Monday because of the threat of thunderstorms. It has been rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Williamstown Planning Board OKs Inn Project; Zoning Board Next

Williams College's plans for a new Williams Inn on Spring Street cleared one regulatory hurdle on Tuesday and face another test on Thursday at Town Hall. The Planning Board on Tuesday gave its blessing to the 64-room inn, which the college hopes to have online by the spring of 2019.

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Berkshire County Education Task Force's Single-District Solution Surprises Its Chair

The chairman of the Berkshire County Education Task Force says he was as surprised as anyone when the group voted to recommend a single school district for the county's 30 towns and two cities. But John Hockridge is convinced that the proposal makes sense for students and taxpayers alike.

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Adams Conservation Commission Wants Vehicles Off Glen Trails

The Conservation Commissioned is concerned with motorized vehicles on the developing Greylock Glen trail network. The commission had only good things to say about the new trail system currently under development by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, however, it noted that all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes have been damaging the trails.

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Moulton Making Second Run for North Adams Mayor

The mayoral race is beginning to get crowded with the appearance of a fourth candidate in Robert M. Moulton Jr. The city councilor pulled papers last Friday for a second run at the corner office.

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Cariddi's Top Legislative Aide Seeks to Fill Out Rep's Term

Kevin Towle knew that the Monday right after Gailanne Cariddi had died, she'd want her staff reporting to work. And they did. The top legislative aide for the late Cariddi pulled the staff together, hung a white board and listed every piece of legislation, local projects, and budget priorities on it and the group began planning for the next steps. For days, Towle reported to work and looked at that white board with fear that everything the staff has worked on for the last year would all be fo

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Adams Gets CDBG Funding for Visitors Center Parking Lot

Adams has received $800,000 in 2017 Community Development Block Grant funds to reconfigure the parking lot at the Adams Visitors Center. Adams was one of 58 towns and cities receiving $30.5 million in CDBG funds announced on Thursday. Also receiving grants are Becket, Buckland and North Adams.

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Pittsfield's Clapp Park Could Be Next To See Major Upgrades

Clapp Park could see a major upgrade in the coming years. The city has partnered with the Rotary Club and the Buddy Pellerin Field Committee on a state grant to complete a major park renovation.

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MCLA, BCC Agreement Bolsters Early Ed Degree Programs

Heather Thompson started going to college in 1998. And then found out she was expecting a child. She returned home to Berkshires and six months after giving birth, enrolled at Berkshire Community College.

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Cheshire May Look At Recreational Marijuana Bylaw

The Selectmen are debating whether to begin the process of crafting a medical marijuana zoning bylaws. With the likelihood of the state adopting recreational marijuana regulations, Town Administrator Mark Webber asked the board on Tuesday if officials would be interested in creating a bylaw.

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MassDOT Secretary Praises Massive Road Reconstruction in Dalton

MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack says the massive $10.5 million reconstruction of East Housatonic Street is a perfect example of what the state wants to see. The project has been in the works for years and finally began construction March of 2016. It is on pace to be completed in October, with punch list items being completed in the spring.

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North Adams Eagle Street Logo, Artist Commissions Sought

New signage, outdoor seating, public art, and the addition of a seasonal parklet are just some of the new additions that this grant, submitted through the NAMAzing Eagle Street Initiative (NESI), will help support.

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Cheshire Passes School District Budget by Comfortable Margin

Cheshire voters on Monday agreed to fund the regional school budget, ending months of mounting anxieties over the consequences of not having a school budget in place. The second time was the charm at Monday's special town meeting scheduled solely to vote on the town's $3.1 million assessment to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.

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Berkshire Force 14U Squad Finishes Second

The Berkshire Force 14U softball team lost in the final of the Coaches Classic Tournament in Greenfield on Sunday.

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Superior Court Briefs: July 17 - July 20

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Pittsfield Man Drowns At Vermont Marina

A Pittsfield, Mass. man apparently drowned Saturday at the Point Bay Marina.

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Proposed Renewable Energy Line to Run Through Cheshire

A proposed renewable energy utility line may pass through town adjacent to existing electricity lines. The project will be bid as part of the Massachusetts Clean Energy request for proposals that was created by the Clean Energy legislation that passed last July. The legislation forces energy companies to distribute specific amounts of energy from different renewable sources by 2022.

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Pignatelli Takes Over Cariddi's Chairmanship of Environment Committee

State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli will take over the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture for the late Rep. Gailanne Cariddi. Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo appointed Pignatelli to the seat which was previously chaired by his former Berkshire delegation colleague, Cariddi, who died earlier this year. The dean of the delegation will likely be removed from his current committees to focus solely on the chairmanship.

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Lanesborough FinCom Looks to State For Help With Retiree Health Care

With support from the last election, Finance Committee Chairman Ray Jones is now calling on the state legislature to allow the town to increase the percentage retirees pay for health insurance. Jones had requested a ballot question on the town election to "change the health insurance premium contribution rate for eligible town retirees from town's share 85 percent and retirees' share 15 percent to town's share 70 percent and retirees share 30 percent."

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Williamstown Conservation Commission Reviews Culvert Project

The Conservation Commission on Thursday began its review of plans for a larger culvert to carry the Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River. Williams College is proposing to replace the existing, undersized culvert with a precast box culvert that is at least 5 feet by 12 feet, the top of which will sit 5 to 7 feet below grade.

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Zion Lutheran Church Opens 1892 Time Capsule

When the Zion Lutheran Church was built on First Street in 1892, the congregation placed a time capsule in the cornerstone. And it sat there for 125 years. Current Pastor Timothy Weisman knew there was one somewhere in the building's structure, but wasn't sure where. Seven months ago, the church embarked on a $1.2 million renovation and the mason dug around the northwest corner of the building and found it. The time capsule was placed there on July 13, 1892.

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Supreme Court Upholds Veiovis Murder Conviction

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State Budget Includes $50K to Keep Preschool at Conte, Morningside

The School Department was close to closing all of its preschool classes at Morningside and Conte Community School, two schools that need it the most. But, between state legislators and the union, there will at least be a few. The state budget includes $50,000 to help fund those programs.

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SVMC Launches ExpressCare Service at Northshire Campus

The service will be available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Both SVMC Northshire and Northshire ExpressCare are located at 5957 Main Street, Route 7A, in Manchester Center.

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North Adams Wins Battle of 'Good Kids' in La Festa Opener

The La Festa Baseball Exchange got under way on Saturday night in North Adams.

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Shire City Sessions Returns to Pittsfield on Monday

The Shire City Sessions are back. The weekly concert series takes place over the next three Mondays at the First Street Common. The concerts bring original live music to the Berkshires, and fills up what tends to be an uneventful night of the week. "There is a little bit of a hole in the cultural scene when it comes to original music," said Alan Bauman, who founded the concert series in 2015 to bring in national and regional music talent to tackle that issue.

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Mount Greylock 'Highpoint' of Club's Annual Convention

More than 200 members of the Highpointers Club will be hiking, biking, driving or otherwise finding their way to the top of Mount Greylock this weekend. The annual convention of the club gathers at the highest peak in a selected state. Massachusetts was chosen as this year's location, bringing club members to the 3,491-foot summit on the Mount Greylock State Reservation.

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Adams Officials Discuss Filling Vacant Selectman Seat

Town officials are considering whether to hold an election for the vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen. Town Clerk Haley Meczywor told the Selectmen last week that the Nov. 7 special election to fill the seat of the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi could be coupled with a town election.

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Williamstown Planners Looking at Possible Bylaw Amendments

The board hopes to have at least one proposal ready to go in time for a prospective special town meeting in November to decide whether to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District to include Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary.

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Williams College to Shut Down Electricity Three Days This Summer

Williams College's campus will undergo a total blackout for three days this summer while the school installs two large generators.

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Rubber Duck Derby Raises Funds for North County Family Center

The ducks in their jaunty sea caps were a fund raiser for Family Center of Northern Berkshire County, a program of Child Care of the Berkshires, to raise funds to pay for playgroups, family support, parent education and early literacy programs.

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Cemetery Commission Seeks Engineer Study of Bellevue Garage

The town will use an engineering firm to gather cost estimates for expanding the Department of Public Works facility at Bellevue Cemetery. The Cemetery Commission was asked to use funds to either replace or add on to the existing garage and after a tour of the grounds Monday, commissioners agreed to start moving the project forward.

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Tanglewood and Sevenars: Classical Music Heaven

Both venues present wonderful music performed at magnificent venues in pristine, bucolic settings by marvelous performers

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Berkshire Country Day School Announces Teacher for New 2-Year-Old Program

Kreilkamp has more than 20 years of teaching experience, most recently for 10 years as the pre-kindergarten teacher at the Middletown Springs School in Vermont, where she developed several new programs.

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Berkshire Force 10U Wins Tournament

The Berkshire Force 10U softball team won the Grafton Invitational over the weekend.

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Bulldogs Win Western Mass State Tourney

The Lanesborough Bulldogs 11U Cal Ripken Baseball team won its state tournament in dramatic fashion on Monday.

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Lanesborough School Chair 'Re-Energized' By Task Force Vote

School Committee Chairwoman Regina DiLego participated in 32 meetings of the Berkshire County Educational Task Force over two years. And it was exhausting. But as the group voted last Saturday to recommend a single school district for all of Berkshire County, she's become "re-energized."

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BArT Enrolling New Students in Grades Six through 10

Previously, students new to BART could be admitted to grades six through nine. Now, however, students may be admitted into BArT to grade 10 as well.

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Berkshire Girls Lacrosse Squad Competes at Bay State Games

A team of Berkshire County girls competed last week in girls lacrosse at the Bay State Games.

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Pittsfield Man Fined For Illegal Asbestos Removal

DEP has fined a city man for illegally removing asbestos from a home on Circular Avenue. The Department of Environmental Protection fined Robert Clum $27,100 for removing the material from 65 Circular Avenue in August of last year. The work, removing and disposing of asbestos pipe insulation, potentially exposed the residents to asbestos fibers, DEP says. Clum does not have a contractor's license to the work nor did he notified the state regarding it.

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Biz Briefs: Bank Donation to SVMC Funds Child-Friendly Waiting Areas

Dubbed Kids Korner, the first two interactive play waiting areas will be developed at the pediatrics practice and on the Women's and Children's unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

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McCann Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

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