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Momentum Growing Locally Behind Outdoor Recreation Economy

The Berkshires recently hosted a meeting with the Legislature's Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. 1Berkshire Director of Marketing Lindsey Schmid stood up before the group and began to tell the story about the importance of tourism in the Berkshires. But she didn't start with Tanglewood. Nor did she start with the Clark or MassMoCA. She started with mountain biking, hiking, and snowshoeing.

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Tree Lightings & Holiday Events 2017

Roundup of tree lightings and other holiday events in the Berkshires.

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Adams Woman Charged With Stealing Four Cars in One Day

Cheshire Police arrested an Adams woman Friday night who allegedly stole four cars — including a Lexus and BMW — in one day between Adams and Lenox.

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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017

This is the season of holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.

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Lanesborough Restaurant, Neighbor Take Dispute to Selectmen

The Board of Selectmen are hoping for a peaceful resolution to an ugly neighbor dispute between a local business and its residential neighbor. The Selectmen have fielded complaints from Stephen Ciepiela regarding Matt Reilly's. Ciepiela lives next door and says the restaurant is blaring music until late at night. He says he can hear it clear inside his home at 11 p.m. at night with the windows closed.

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Changes To Curbside Trash Pick Up On City Council Agenda

A proposal to overhaul the curbside trash pickup system is heading to the City Council. Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a request to move to a toter system, with which residents will be provided a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes allow for Republic Services to use trucks with automated arms.

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Williamstown & Lanesborough Approve School Regionalization

Within minutes of each other — and several miles apart — voters at the special town meetings in Lanesborough and Williamstown easily passed motions to create one regionalized school district for its children in kindergarten through Grade 12.

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North Adams Council Accepts Land for Bike Path

The city is planning to piggyback the 1-mile section in North Adams informally named for the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, a longtime bike path proponent, onto the 2.5-mile route in Williamstown to tap into soon-to-expire federal scenic byway money.

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Adams Plans To Restore Cook Street Mill

The town will try to salvage the Cook Street grain elevator and remediate the area in hopes of turning it into a park. Director of Community Development Donna Cesan asked the Selectmen to endorse a grant application to secure up to $200,000 in Brownfield funds from the Environmental Protection Agency to remediate the former Hoosac Valley Coal and Grain Property.

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North Adams Redevelopment Authority Agrees Reduce Restaurant Rent

A financially shaky Redevelopment Authority has agreed to reduce the rent for the Freight Yard Pub to keep funds flowing to manage its debt. The restaurant had began witholding rent this past spring until the authority addressed what it claimed were poor conditions in Western Gateway Heritage State Park.

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Pittsfield Man Pleads Not Guilty To 2016 Murder

A city man is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder. James Cromartie, 31, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on the single count of murder. Judge John Agostini ordered that he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.

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Lanesborough, Williamstown Voters Face School Regionalization Question Tuesday

At contemporaneous town meetings in each community, residents will be asked whether to consolidate the three schools of the Tri-District into a single, expanded Mount Greylock Regional School District. If they do so, the current practice of electing a separate school committee for each elementary school will be a thing of the past, and the budgets for both preK-6 schools will be incorporated into a single spending plan that voters will be asked to approve each spring at Annual Town Meeting.

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Waterstone Will Continue to Pursue Pittsfield Project

Waterstone fully intends to move forward with a development at the William Stanley Business Park. The company has spent five years and hundreds of thousands of dollars designing the project, which had been aimed at bringing a Walmart Supercenter to the site 16.5-acre site known as the teens.

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No One Injured in North Adams Head-On Collision

A head-on collision on Thursday closed a section of Massachusetts Avenue for close to an hour. No one was hurt in the noontime accident but both vehicles had to be towed from scene.

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Hoosac Valley Elementary Finding Success

Hoosac Valley Elementary School Principal Michele Colvin says despite all the changes in the district, the elementary school is unifying and thriving. Colvin said the school had to reinvent itself and even created a new mascot, the "Lil’ 'Canes," and a new motto, Together Everyone Achieves More or TEAM.

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North County Gives Back To Veterans

Local businesses and organizations are giving back to veterans this weekend. Union Street barber Gus Jammalo is offering free haircuts to any veteran this year.

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Developers Submit Plans For Pittsfield 'Walmart' Project

Waterstone Retail has filed its request for a special permit to build a 196,000 square-foot Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park. The developers signed a letter of intent to purchase the 16.5-acre parcel known as the "teens" at the intersection of Tyler Street Extension and Woodlawn Avenue.

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Festive Holiday Market Brings Artisans, Good Food, to Greylock Works

Some 60 vendors and artisans will be showing their wares in the spacious Weave Shed at Greylock Works on Saturday. But this isn't your typical farmer's market or craft bazaar.

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Running With The Law Returns For Third Year

Former North Adams Police Officer David Lemieux started the weekend running program with now-retired Brayton Elementary school teacher James Holmes in 2015. Lemieux and Holmes, both avid runners, wanted to create a program that encouraged healthy habits and positive interactions with police officers.

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North Adams Armory Dedication Memorializes City's Fallen Son DeMarsico

A few hundred people braved Saturday's bitter cold for the dedication of a plaque and stone in his honor at the North Adams Armory Center. DeMarsico's life was cut short in 2012 during a patrol in Afghanistan. He was walking point along the road, searching for improvised explosive devices.

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Adams Selectmen Say Goodbye to Mazzucco

Tony Mazzucco attended his final Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday and was met with applause for his service to the town. The town administrator has taken the post of general manager of Norwood and is leaving to move closer to where he grew up.

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Mediator Helping Cheshire, Adams Officials With Communication

Selectmen Chairman Robert Ciskowski told his colleagues on Tuesday that the initial "Community Paradigm Working Group" meeting between several select, finance and school officials of the two towns was productive.

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Greylock Works Gets $1.72M in State Funds to Complete Parking Lot

Secretary Jay Ash last visited the former Cariddi Mill in May to hear about its potential; on Monday, he was back with a $1.72 million check from the state's MassWorks program to aid the project in completing its parking infrastructure.

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Clarksburg Town Officials Offer Override Option as 'Plan B'

Town officials are floating the idea of a Proposition 2 1/2 override to stash away funds for capital projects that would include repairs to the aging elementary school. Homeowners have been struggling with sticker shock over the controversial $19 million school project. While it's generally recognized the 50- to 40-year-old school building is in dire need of repair, the thought of shelling out $350,000 a year over the next 40 years has a lot of residents seeking a "Plan B."

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North Adams Council OKs Tax Rates for Fiscal 2018

The council approved the split tax rate that will see the residential rate rise about 4 percent, up from $17.67; the commercial rate will rise about 3 percent, from $38.54 to $39.85 per $1,000 valuation. A single family home assessed at $138,300 would see another $123 on the tax bill.

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Pittsfield Places Annual Christmas Tree in Park Square

The city's Christmas tree has arrived. City workers, with help from L.P. Adams, installed the 35-foot donated tree Thursday morning. Weighing just about one ton, the tree was donated by Broadway Street residents Teena Guenther and her husband Paul Askew.

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Williamstown Town Meeting OKs Police Station Land Purchase, Zoning Bylaws

Voters OK’d the $300,000 acquisition of .42 acres on Simonds Road (U.S. Route 7), including the building that used to be the Turner House for veterans. When the non-profit Turner House announced its plan to suspend operations, the town in October 2016 the site as a potential site to replace the crowded and inadequate home for the Williamstown Police Department at Town Hall.

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Williamstown Selectmen Recommend School Regionalization to Tuesday Town Meeting

The Board of Selectmen on Monday voted to recommend the town approve the expansion of the Mount Greylock Regional School District to include its two feeder elementary schools. In concurrent Tuesday special town meetings in Lanesborough and Williamstown, voters in the two towns will be asked to approve the current junior-senior high school district to include the elementary schools in each town.

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Williamstown Culvert Replacement Project Begins

Williams College on Tuesday began the long process of replacing the culvert that carries Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River.

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Williamstown Hardware Store Holds Grand Opening

William Aubuchon IV cut the ribbon on Aubuchon's Main Street store, which opened a few weeks ago but held its grand opening celebration until this Friday and Saturday. Afterward, Aubuchon said the move from a smaller location in the Colonial Plaza to the east on Main Street (Route 2) was necessary to serve the store's clientele.

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North Adams City Food Collection Benefits Friendship Center Pantry

The annual drive collects nonperishable foods from the North Adams Public Schools, City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Spitzer Center and the library.

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 13 - Nov. 15

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Pittsfield Celebrates Veterans Day

With temperatures in the teens Saturday morning, the city of Pittsfield honored veterans of all wars with a parade and ceremony. At 10 a.m. marchers and vehicles left City Hall and proceeded down North Street, onto South Street, and concluded at the Veterans Memorial on South Street.

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Clarksburg School Project Defeated in Record Turnout

The borrowing authorization required a two-thirds vote to pass, or 370 yes votes out of the 555 cast. The result was a flip of September's special town meeting vote that saw the project fail to capture two-thirds of the ballots by one vote.

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Berkshires Beat: Home Instead Kicks Off 'Be A Santa To A Senior' Program

Holiday shoppers are invited to support Be a Santa to a Senior by visiting a participating location where Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display from Nov. 10 to Dec. 29.

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Boino, UMass Home Thursday in NCAA Tourney

Several area alumni are competing with their teams in NCAA tournament play this week.

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Lanesborough to Join Mosquito Control Project

A mosquito control program will start in the spring following an affirmative vote at Tuesday's special town meeting. Lanesborough becomes the ninth town the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project will operate in. The state-backed agency focuses on reducing mosquito populations and monitoring for infectious disease outbreaks.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 15-21

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

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E3 Students Create Recipe Cards for Food Pantry

The students came to the church bearing a set of recipe cards, which they produced as part of their quarter-long service-learning project to address issues related to food insecurity. As an added treat, they prepared samples of some of their favorite recipes, like pasta salad and five-layer dip, for the food pantry clients to try out.

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Biz Briefs: Greylock Donates $100,000 to Elder Services for Elder Nutrition Program

Each visit provides not only a hot nutritious meal, but also vital social contact and a health and safety wellness check.

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Vermont Regulators Declare Centers for Living and Rehabilitation Deficiency Free

Last month, five surveyors from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living arrived unannounced for their yearly survey. They reviewed the facility for three days to check that the nursing home is meeting each of more than 300 standards covering every aspect of care, including administration, cleanliness, nursing care, activity programming, protection of resident rights and food service.

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How Can You Share Your Financial ‘Abundance’ With Your Family?

If you want to ensure your financial resources eventually are shared in the way you envision, you will need to follow a detailed action plan.

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Williams Women's Soccer Advances in NCAA; Football Tops Amherst in OT

The Williams College women's soccer team Saturday won its NCAA tournament opener.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 17-23

Celebrate the start of the holiday season and enjoy an alluring variety of appetizers and beverages at the Festival of Trees Preview Party. Guests are invited to dress to fit the theme or wear their holiday best. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Williams Women's Soccer Wins NCAA Tourney Second-Round Game

The Williams College women's soccer team advanced in the NCAA Division III tournament on Sunday.

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Moulton Game-Winner Lifts MCLA Women in Opener

The MCLA women's basketball team Wednesday won its season-opener.

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Williams Men's, Women's Basketball Open with Wins

Kyle Scadlock and Amanni Fernandez led their respective teams to victory in their season-openers on Friday night.

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MCLA Men's Basketball Falls in Season Opener

The MCLA men's basketball team fell to Western New England on Friday night.

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Williams Women's Soccer Advances to Sectional Final

The Williams College women's soccer team defeated Cal Lutheran Saturday in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.

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