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Valhalla Eatery Opens Tuesday in Adams

Michael Kelly and Shane Doolan will bring food worthy of Odin to 85 Commercial St. with the new eatery Valhalla.

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Robbery of Greylock Credit Union Branch

The Greylock Federal Credit Union branch on Elm Street was robbed Wednesday morning. Police say at about 10:30 in the morning officers responded to the credit union for the robbery.

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Man Arrested After Berkshire Bank Robbery Monday Morning

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Sister's Near-Tragic Tumble Sparks Memories for North Adams Woman

Her sister Judith Ann had tumbled into the 100-foot gorge at the Cascades. The difficulty of her rescue and her near-miraculous recovery filled a page in the former North Adams Transcript and showed up in papers that included The New York Times.

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Tyer Shares Outdoor Recreation Vision With Environmental Chief

The natural resources and scenic beauty of the Berkshires has always been a draw for those who enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, and the like. But now officials are becoming a little more intentional about that. Both local and state officials are now looking closely at the economic benefit that comes with building an outdoor recreational economy.

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New Taconic Opens to Fanfare But Not Without Hiccups

The new Taconic High School opened on time, on budget, and with tremendous fanfare. But not everything is perfect. The building isn't 100 percent complete yet and traffic on Valentine Road has become very problematic. But, the doors are open and a ribbon cutting featuring state officials is scheduled for Oct. 19.

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Pittsfield Couple Expanding Gravesite Business

In her final days, Matthew Kudlate's grandmother mentioned that she regretted not getting to the cemetery to clean up the family plot. She was dying of cancer, one of five losses for Kudlate in recent years, and Kudlate and his cousin went the very next day to do it. And, that is when a new business idea set in.

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North Adams Council OKs Armory Funds, Refers Board Stipend

The City Council on Tuesday approved funds to complete exterior work on the Armory with little discussion but sent the issue of a stipend for the Retirement Board to the Finance Committee after nearly a half-hour of debate.

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Gentrification Pops Up As North Berkshire Coalition Forum Topic

The word is being thrown around North Adams circles as more property is being bought and developed by "outsiders." Two recent projects included the development of the former Cariddi Mill into Greylock Works and the former Redwood Motel property in the Tourists resort.

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Solar Array Planned For Pontoosuc Country Club

Ridge Avenue area neighbors feel blindsided by a plan to construct a 6.6-megawatt solar facility at the Pontoosuc Country Club. The Boston-based solar developer Nexamp is looking to take over 25 of the 131 acres on the course for a photovoltaic array. The planned array is located on the southern portion of the property - the Hancock Road side of the first handful of holes.

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Cheshire Selectman Resigns To Apply For Town Administrator

The Selectmen read the resignation letter Tuesday from St. John, who was elected to the board in 2017 after representing the town for several years on the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee.

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Pittsfield School Bus Involved in Minor Traffic Accident

The accident occurred at approximately 3:37 p.m. when a 2012 Honda Civic operated by Anthony Disanto of Westfield rear-ended a 2009 Nissan Versa, operated by Daniel Hammer of Pittsfield, which then struck the bus.

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Adams Zoning Board Grants Final Cumberland Farms Continuance

A fed-up Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously voted Tuesday to hold a final hearing with Cumberland Farms on Oct. 2 even though the gas station asked for a Dec. 11 extension.

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Mount Greylock Needs to Deal with Dirt Stockpile from Building Project

The committee kicked off its monthly meeting with a discussion about dirt, specifically, the large pile of earth to the south and west of the renovated school and how to dispose of it.

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Pittsfield Council Voices Support For Transgender Community

The City Council supports the transgender community. But, it stopped short of going on record supporting a ballot question to uphold laws prohibiting discrimination of transgender people in public places.

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Adams-Cheshire Reports Successful First Week of School

Adams-Cheshire Regional School District students went back to school Wednesday, Aug. 29, and Vosburgh told the School Committee on Monday that there was plenty of enthusiasm among the students.

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Pittsfield Continues Police Oversight Conversation

The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement lists eight essentials for a civilian police oversight board: independence, funding, access to critical information, rapport, authority, the ability to review police policies, community support, and transparency. Igor Greenwald says the mayor's plan for such a board doesn't do that.

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Seeks More Information on Permit Fees

At issue is up to $300,000 in fees that the school building project has incurred over the life of the addition/renovation at the middle-high school.

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McCann Honors Former School Committee Members

Mahar and O'Hearn, who both recently stepped down from the committee, were awarded plaques from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

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Adams Purchases Cold Storage Shed for Bellevue

The town plans to renovate the garage at Bellevue Cemetery and knock down a decrepit shed. This would leave the town with an updated garage but no cold storage.

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Adams Board of Health Wants to Better Emergency Communication

The Board of Health wants to establish a clearer communication protocol for local emergencies, such as the boil water order issued nearly three weeks ago.

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Dalton Teen Wins National Pageant Title

Alisa is 17 and from Dalton, Mass., where she is a senior at Wahconah Regional High School.

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Pittsfield Honors Little League Team's World Series Run

The city recognized the success of its Little League all-star team on Tuesday. The team loaded onto the city's ladder truck which was driven around the downtown with them on the back, with sirens blaring and hands waving, led by a police escort, another fire engine, and the fire chief. The trip ended at City Hall where Mayor Linda Tyer was waiting to greet them all.

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Pittsfield Finalizes Plans For Clapp Park Renovations

A final design for more than a half million dollars worth of improvements to Clapp Park was finalized Monday. The Parks Commission gave its stamp of approval on the design crafted by Berkshire Design Group. The design, however, isn't entirely what parks officials had been hoping for when first crafted.

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Adams' Maple Grove Civic Club Turns 80

The club reconvened Sunday after its summer break and heard from member and local historian Eugene Michalenko, who gave a presentation on the club's history.

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Merlins Abide at Spruces Park

I heard a deliberate outcry from above, and looked up to behold some large hawk-like birds swiftly flying between the tall spruces that punctuate the grassy meadow like solemn sentinels.

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Marijuana Businesses Eyed For Former KFC — Again

The former Kentucky Fried Chicken on East Street is yet again eyed to be a marijuana facility. Just two years ago the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a permit for Happy Valley Compassion Center to operate a medical marijuana facility at the vacant restaurant. Now, Heka Health is proposing to use that and the neighboring Tailored Events properties for a recreational marijuana dispensary.

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North Adams Recognizes Child Cancer Month, Sandy Hook Promise

Mayor Thomas Bernard read two proclamations last week recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the city's participation in a weeklong program from the Sandy Hook Promise.

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State Officials Mark Boat Ramp Upgrades in Tyringham, Great Barrington

On the weekend, hundreds of boats take to Goose Pond. But in recent years, the boat access has been in poor condition. It was all gravel, was filled with holes, and when it rained, it all washed out. It was eroding away.

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Cumberland Farms Expects Spring Construction in North Adams

The project was awarded relief from the city's sign ordinance on Monday night and is expected to go before the City Council in October for approval of its underground fuel storage tanks. The company also plans to speak with the Traffic Commission about install a proposed crosswalk on Ashland Street near the Blackinton Street intersection.

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Adams Lassie League Taps New President

Greenbush brings years of experience along with a high level of excitement and commitment for the league, which also includes the Greylock Thunder Travel Softball League, and the players.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 12-18

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

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Greylock Staffer Graduates from CUNA Management School

The three-year program, consists of three, two-week summer terms at the University of Wisconsin, School of Business in Madison. Each yearly term requires participants to pass three exams, complete two projects, and make an oral presentation.

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North Adams Considering Consolidation of Recreation Boards

The parks commission oversees all the sports facilities and public parks in the city but not Windsor Lake or Historic Valley Campground. It also doesn't have much to do with the Armory or the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink.

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MCLA Welcomes 10 New Faculty Members

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently welcomed 10 new, full-time faculty members, including nine assistant professors and one instructor, to eight departments on campus.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Grown Sets 20th Annual Harvest Supper for Sept. 24

More than two dozen Berkshire Grown member chefs and local beverage producers will be on-hand. The chefs will be serving a wide selection of tastings - all featuring fresh ingredients from local farms.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 14-20

September's 3rd Thursday is the last of the season and it's the annual Walk a Mile fundraiser for the Elizabeth Freeman Center! The walk kicks off at 6 p.m. from the Persip Park Stage.

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Caccaviello Announces Write-In Campaign For District Attorney

The bell has been rung to start Round 2. Paul Caccaviello announced on Wednesday that he intends to run a write-in campaign for district attorney. The announcement comes two weeks after he lost the Democratic primary. Caccaviello released a statement confirming his intention to continue to seek the office of district attorney, however, was not available for further comment moments after releasing the statement.

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Clark Art Institute Names New Deputy Director

Smallwood is the deputy director and chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. He played a central leadership role in the organization’s recent $40 million expansion and has been a vital part of Mass MoCA's growth.

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NEPR Hires New Berkshire County Reporter

Cohen has been a freelance reporter with NEPR since 2012 and has produced an impressive body of reporting for the station including recent pieces on the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, local farming and school safety from the perspective of students and teachers.

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Cheshire's Fiscal 2019 Tax Rate Down 6 Percent

The Selectmen held the annual tax classification hearing Tuesday with the Board of Assessors and were pleasantly surprised to hear that new growth in town has sent the tax rate south with an almost 6 percent decrease.

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Community Health Programs Names New Chief Communications Officer

Strickler has worked for Berkshire region nonprofit and for-profit organizations, focusing on strategic planning and marketing, brand management, and external relations.

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'Juliet, Naked': Anatomy of a Triangle

Translation: It's a love story, but a hesitant one worried about all the baggage Cupid must drag over the finish line if the fabled musician and the modest docent are to sail off into the sunset. We have hope, but also allow for the possibility that reality will rear its devastating head.

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Biz Briefs: Three Local Businesses To Be Celebrated For Growth

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center will celebrate three local small businesses that have received free counseling from the MSBDC and successfully acquired SBA financing to grow their business.

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New Executive Director Joins Berkshire Grown

Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape; its mission is to "Keep farmers farming."

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Cancer Center Community Crusaders Raise Nearly $60K for Local Cancer Patients

Eight crews and more than 4,000 participants at the event contributed to the group's nearly $60K fundraising total for the year.

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Adams' Arianna Mazza Signs with Williams College Basketball Team

The Williams College women's basketball team became the ninth Eph team to draft a local child onto their roster through the Team Impact Program when they hosted a draft day signing party in the Al Shaw Basketball Offices on Tuesday.

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How Can Life Insurance Help You?

Life insurance can play a sizable role in your ability to achieve some important financial goals.

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Berkshire OB/GYN of BMC Continues to Expand With New Doctor

Dr. Gordon-Fogelson will be providing comprehensive OB/GYN services at Berkshire OB/GYN of BMC’s offices in Pittsfield and North Adams.

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Lemme, Mumford Top Individuals at Josh Billings Triathlon

Kent Lemme and Heather Mumford were the ironman and ironwoman champions Sunday at the 42nd Josh Billings Triathlon.

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