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BCC Suspends Nursing Program For One Year

The decision is another blow — hopefully a short-term one — to nursing education in the region following the impending closure of Southern Vermont College. The associate's degree program will go on hiatus for first-year students in 2019 to address lingering issues and begin re-enrollment of new students in fall 2020.

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B&B Micro Manufacturing Plans Move to Adams

The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday approved a seven-year tax-financing agreement that will help smooth the tiny house manufacturer's expansion.

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Restaurateur Switches Up Career With Dave's Package Store

The longtime owner of Desperados decided he wanted to get out of the restaurant business and after selling his restaurant over a year ago came upon another opportunity.

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Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Paving to Begin Next Year

Amer Raza, a design engineer with MassDOT, told the commission last week that the repaving project is slated to begin in earnest next year.

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College Notes: April & May 2019

Grace Ellrodt of Lenox, a junior at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, recently presented the results of her environmental studies capstone project titled "Insulating Window Insert Interventions in Energy Injustice: Incentives, Barriers, & Strategies."

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Lanesborough Selectmen Vote Down Police Station Feasibility Study

At about 7:30 Tuesday night Chairman of the three-member Board of Selectmen John Goerlach asked for a motion. And there was silence. The board had just spent an hour and a half critiquing a request for qualifications to find a firm to conduct a needs assessment and feasibility study for a Police Station. It included looking at potential renovations to the current station, building new on a parcel near Laston Field, or renovations to building on the existing Vacation Village property.

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MCLA Picks Winners of Third Entrepreneurship Challenge

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students Nicholas Strezynski and Owen Fitzgerald came up with towel that includes a denim strop designed to extend the life of disposable razors.

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Youth Center Inc. Moving to Former Cheshire School

Members of the Youth Center attended an informal selectmen's meeting Tuesday to sign a lease agreement for eight classrooms in the new section of the former elementary school.

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'After': Of Good Girls and Bad Boys

You know the stereotype. He is the ubiquitously tattooed bad boy on the outside, yet capable of quoting from "Wuthering Heights" or "The Great Gatsby." But perhaps so could Hannibal Lecter.

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Fall Foliage Parade Will Celebrate 'Wizard of Oz'

The 64th annual parade, sponsored by 1Berkshire, will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the cinematic classic "The Wizard of Oz."

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Pittsfield Council Asked To Contribute More Toward Clapp Park Project

After bids came in too high twice, the City Council is being asked to up the city's contribution toward the renovation of Clapp Park. The city had received a $400,000 state grant to undertake a massive restoration of the West Housatonic Street park. That was matched by city funds for bathrooms, the community preservation act funding, $180,000 donation from the Rotary Club, and a $5,000 donation from Carr Hardware.

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New Williamstown Police Station on Target for July Opening

For those unfortunate enough to be "guests" of the Williamstown Police Department, the cells will be accessed through an interior door that opens into the department's new sally port. Starting in July, officers will be able to drive into the building into the port -- like a garage -- close the exterior door and escort detainees into the holding area.

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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Urged to Think Green

Elena Traister, professor of environmental studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, got the ball rolling by reminding the audience of the importance of those "three Rs" - but also of their pitfalls.

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Clarksburg Board Nixes Request for Full-Time Police Officer

Police Chief Michael Williams had pitched the idea back in February as the town was beginning to prepare for next year's budget. Another officer at night, Williams said, would provide a more consistent back up for investigations and emergencies and take up some of the administrative duties so he could do more policing.

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Moresi & Associates Expands, Looks to New Ventures

The local developer hadn't planned on moving offices, or buying a 100,000-square-foot historic mill, or being engaged in a half-dozen (at least) different ventures ranging from restaurants to college housing. Rather than a straight line, Moresi and his company have taken a circuitous path, shifting and adapting as the economy has changed and opportunities arose.

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Cheshire Selectmen, Finance Committee Review FY 2020 Budget

The Finance Committee had no real requests for deductions and, if anything, advocated for increases and more future planning.

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Career Fair Draws 150 Job Seekers to Taconic High School

Some 150 or so job seekers made their way to the newly built Taconic High School on Wednesday for 1Berkshire's annual career fair. The event drew some 73 different exhibitors to talk about jobs they have available, or services they offer job seekers. According to Ben Lamb, it is the most exhibitors the organization has had at the annual fair.

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Cutting Edge Fitness Celebrates Five Years

Aimee Sinopoli said it is always a challenge to own your own business but with over five years helping people along their fitness journey she still feels lucky.

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Stop & Shop Strike Ends With Tentative Agreement

The strike lasted 11 days before a breakthrough in talks occurred late Easter Sunday. Membership will still have to vote on the contract for the protest to officially end.

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Clarksburg Finance Committee Has Questions on School Budget

The Finance Committee and School Department are working through the budget for fiscal 2020 and trying to determine where some $94,000 in retirement insurance for should land.

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Pittsfield's Business Development Manager Discusses Challenges, Successes

In less than 24 hours, Coakley presented to two different city boards on his work over the last year or so. The business manager is tasked with helping to bring companies to the city and helping local ones grow.

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Biz Briefs: Couple Returns to Berkshires to Buy Catherine's Chocolates

Catherine's Chocolate owner Kathy Sinico is retiring after more than 40 years of hand crafting chocolates from the same location on Route 7 in Great Barrington. The chocolatier has been a pillar of the South Berkshires, well known for its homey atmosphere and the scent of chocolate. Patrons return year after year for life celebrations in which Catherine’s Chocolate are an essential tradition.

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Williamstown Planning Board to Look at Bylaws for Agriculture, Lighting

The Planning Board has begun the process of studying bylaw changes that potentially could make farms more financially viable in the town.

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Bellevue Cemetery Project Still on Track in Adams

The town will use more than $100,000 from the cemetery fund to overhaul the current structure at the cemetery in the town's south end. A smaller shed will also be purchased to accommodate cold storage.

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McCann Recognized for Female Student Participation in AP Computer Science

Only 490 schools out some 18,000 worldwide earned the award for AP Computer Science Principles. Kratz said he didn't realize how ahead of the curve McCann was.

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State Officials Issue Reminder About Intoxicate Driving Ahead of 4/20

The first "4/20" day with open recreational marijuana dispensaries has prompted a warning from the state Cannabis Control Commission to relax, take it easy, man. April 20, 4/20, has become somewhat of a holiday among marijuana users and in states that legalized recreational use prior, rallies and events were held to commemorate the day. Locally, three recreational shops have opened and are planning specials and entertainment.

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Ground-Breaking Geneticist Speaking at Williams 230th Commencement

Mary-Claire King, an award-winning geneticist at the University of Washington who first discovered the breast and ovarian cancer gene, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 230th commencement exercises on Sunday, June 2.

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North Adams Happenings: April 17-23

Brought to you by:the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Springside Park Cleanup Going Strong 30 Years Later

At 9 a.m. the rain was pouring down heavily. And despite that, some 30 people volunteered their time to go into Springside Park and clean up litter and debris left behind. The annual park cleanup has hit a milestone with this being its 30th year. The effort is all volunteer and organized by the Friends of Springside Park.

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New Police Advisory Committee Briefed on Public Records, Open Meeting

Even if the Police Advisory Committee recommends an officer receive discipline regarding an incident, they won't know the actual results. That's what Police Chief Michael Wynn told the group at their second meeting on Tuesday. The group will be tasked with reviewing internal affairs reports after the fact to provide some oversight of the department but it will only be privy to whether or not there was discipline issues, but not exactly what it entailed.

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Interest Slowly Building In Pittsfield Municipal Election

It is still early but interest in the municipal election is slowly building. Only incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer has announced a campaign for re-election so far but three others have taken out nomination papers, indicating a possible challenge. Former Pittsfield Police Officer Karen Kalinwosky, Rusty Anchor owner Scott Graves, and resident Craig Gaetani have also pull papers.

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MCLA Tennis Team Edges Lyndon State

Mohamed Mahrous won a third set tiebreak to lift the MCLA mixed tennis team to a hard fought 5-4 non conference win over Northern Vermont University-Lyndon Tuesday afternoon at the Zavattaro Athletics Complex.

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1Berkshire Announces Winner of Esther Quinn Award

This annual award is given to a member of the Berkshire professional community who is involved in several volunteer efforts and continues to make the Berkshires a better place to live and work.

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Historic Lanesborough Elm Tree Receives Maintenance, Inspection

Towering more than an estimated 107 feet tall with a wide spanning canopy, King Elmer is in the running for the biggest American Elm tree in the state. On Monday, Race Mountain Tree Service arborists were climbing high into the Summer Street tree for some ongoing maintenance to let it grow. The company was going both trimming to remove dead branches and assessing the health of the tree to allow it to continue to grow.

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Money Sought For Study on Possible Pittsfield Broadband Network

Municipal broadband systems have been taking hold in Western Massachusetts recently. The community-owned internet service is eyed to bolster speeds and decrease pricing in areas that are underserved by the utility companies.

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Hosts Annual Humane Race

BHS Humane Heroes will volunteer at the event, hosting a canine snack station with homemade pupsicles and doggy ice cream. The Humane Hero program teaches children about animals and organizes group volunteer activities at the shelter and shelter events.

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Pittsfield CPA Recommends Dozen Projects to Fund

The Community Preservation Act Committee is recommending close to $600,000 for a dozen projects. The group entered this year's process with $613,000 to spend but just slightly more than $1 million worth of requests for 14 different projects. In order to allow for some funds to roll over into next year, City Planner CJ Hoss suggested keeping the approvals under $600,000.

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Letter: Pittsfield's Pickleball Service a Fault

The fact that the city of Pittsfield is prepared to disburse $350,000 in support of a project for just 151 citizens seems irresponsible enough. That there is no plan for maintenance when park maintenance in our city is already an issue shows a lack of planning and foresight.

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Dalton Preschool Presents Fourth Annual Spring Art Walk

Visitors can view the creativity of Dalton Preschool's 3- to -5 year-old student artists and read about the various educational processes involved in each of the featured projects.

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First-Responders Deal With Multi-Vehicle Accidents in Adams, North Adams

The first occurred about 4 p.m. in front of the McDonald's restaurant in Adams and involved three motor vehicles headed north on Commercial Street leading up to the light.

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MassWildlife Offers Tips for Dealing With Aggressive Turkeys

A woman in Cambridge was recently injured when a flock of turkeys began pecking at her legs; aggressive turkeys have also been reported and recorded in recent years in Foxboro and Brookline.

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Berkshire Money Management Adviser Becomes Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Tomkiewicz also be able to help retirees take advantage of opportunities as they move into the next — and arguably the most important — phase of their lives.

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The Independent Investor: The Cost of Rebuilding God's House

Sometimes a tragedy can bring people together. In the case of the devastating fire that swept Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, the world wept. But even before the fire was completely extinguished, the business community was already making plans to rebuild the 850-year-old edifice.

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Williams College Geosciences Professor Wins NSF Grant

The two-year grant totaling $79,585 will support Cohen's research about the co-evolution of life and environments throughout earth's history.

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Adams Closes 2019 Town Meeting Warrant

The Selectmen also voted to approve the town ballot and a sample ballot can be found on the town's website.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 19-25

Bob Heck Entertainment will host a Music Bingo Fundraiser at Berkshire Hills Country Club, with all proceeds benefiting the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade.

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Six Williams College Seniors Win Fellowships to Study at Cambridge and Oxford

The five seniors awarded the Herchel Smith Fellowship are Roxanne Corbeil, Mary Kate Guma, Erin Hanson, Elizabeth Hibbard, and Zachary Ottati. Drew Fishman was awarded the Donovan-Moody Fellowship.

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Longtime Nephrologist Honored with BMC Patient-Centered Award

Dr. Henry Rose, who has served kidney disease and dialysis patients at BMC for more than 30 years, was awarded the honor during a special breakfast ceremony on March 29, National Doctors Day.

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Williams College Professor Receives 2019 ACLS Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellowship

The highly competitive fellowship supports awardees "for their potential to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge."

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