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Memorial Day Events 2018

All events are on Monday, May 28, unless otherwise noted.

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North Adams Airs Concerns About Charter Spectrum

Charter Spectrum representatives were lambasted by city officials and residents who aired some of their grievances with cable service and support. Around 50 residents filed into the American Legion Post 125 Monday to ask questions, give testimony and bluntly complain to four spectrum representatives Brandon Roberts, George Doin, Anna Lucey and John Fogarty during a two-hour public hearing.

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day

Holiday closures for Memorial Day

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Northern Berkshire EMS Debuts at Ambulance Service's 40th Anniversary

The new logo centers the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial and its beacon on a mountainous terrain with an orange and gold maple leaf behind. The EMS division has a heartbeat, the van transport service a winding road.

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Pittsfield Budget Review Day 3: Police, Fire Approved Easily

The City Council is reviewing the mayor's proposed $167.6 million spending plan. The budget reflects a $2.8 million, or 1.8 percent, increase from the current year. The city's appropriation will be $159.9. The proposed operating budget is requested to be $148,465,621, which is $3.4 million more than last year, and the enterprise account budgets are eyed to be $11,531,024, which is a $154,529 increase. Those account for the $159,996,645 the City Council needs to appropriate.

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North Berkshire School Union Has Three Finalists for Superintendent Post

The superintendent search committee selected Vermont's Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union Superintendent William Bazyk, Florida's Abbot Memorial School Principal Heidi Dugal and North Adams' Brayton Elementary School Principal John Franzoni from among five candidates interviewed last week.

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Breaking: Adams Man Accused in Terror Plot Pleads Guilty, Agrees to 20-Year Sentence

Alexander Ciccolo, 25, admitted to supporting ISIS, planning a terror attack at an unnamed college campus outside Massachusetts, illegally possessing firearms and assaulting a nurse at the Franklin County Jail on the first night of his incarceration during a 50-minute hearing before Judge Mark G. Mastroianni.

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Shire City Herbals Completes $1.4 Million Expansion Project

Shire City Herbals has completed a $1.4 million project to build their own commercial kitchen and warehouse space. In two weeks, the makers of Fire Cider will start operating out of 15 Commercial St., where the company purchased the former Protech building and embarked on a massive renovation of the interior.

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Adams Selectmen Honor Thunderbolt Skiers For Mountain Rescues

The Board of Selectmen recognized the Thunderbolt Ski Runners on Wednesday for aiding and greatly expediting two rescues on Mount Greylock this winter. The selectmen awarded Thunderbolt Ski Runners Josh Chittenden, Steve Sauve, David Childs and Rich Adamczyk certificates to thank them for helping in two daring rescues on the mountain in March.

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Pittsfield Councilors Told Trash Hauler Started Enforcement On Its Own

The mayor says the city's trash hauler went rouge by halting trash pickup in some cases and placing violation stickers on bins and bag throughout the city. Recently, Republic Services, the city's trash hauler, began what city hall is calling "soft enforcement" of the city's current trash ordinances. The workers started placing violation stickers on resident's trash bins if they did not comply with the standards and in some cases refused to collect trash or recycling because of the non-complia

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Hinds Pitches Aid For Rural Schools; Transportation In State Budget

As state Sen. Adam Hinds enters the budget debate, he's placed a priority on rural schools. In January, the Department of Secondary and Elementary Schools released a report on the financial struggles of small rural schools and he's looking to give a little extra help.

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Pilot Killed When Plane Crashes in Woodford, Vt.

State Police identified Ramsey Sampson Ah-Nee, 31, of Manchester, Conn., as the pilot and sole occupant of the 1975 Piper PA-34-200T. Ah-Nee was an experienced pilot with more than five years of aviation experience, according to State Police.

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Music & Art Come Together This Summer With Painted Pianos

Dirty, dusty and out of tune, these castoffs found new partners as local artists tramped through the empty Memorial School last Tuesday to select the perfect piano for their endeavors.

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Italian Community Pushes Back On Renaming Of Columbus Day

Local Italian groups feel insulted that the School Committee would erase Christopher Columbus from the school calendar. A number of members from such groups as the Italian American Club and the Sons of Italy pleaded with the City Council Tuesday night, asking them to urge the School Committee to reconsider renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.

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Efforts to Create Rural Transportation Options Turn to Private Sector

Groups looking to create a transportation management authority will soon turn their eye towards getting private sector involvement. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Transportation Program Planner Clete Kus said the plans are aimed to improve transportation in the rural area. In briefing the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Kus said the idea is to create a membership-based organization aimed to shuttle people in the rural areas, helping them get to jobs.

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Harrington Kicks Off Campaign For District Attorney

Andrea Harrington says the "status quo" in the district attorney's office is not working for Berkshire County. "It is time to have a district attorney with integrity and who is accountable to this community," Harrington said.

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Pittsfield's Business Development Manager Hitting The Ground Running

If you want to talk business in Pittsfield, Michael Coakley is the guy you want to talk to. Coakley was hired at the start of this year as the city's first-ever business development manager. His job is to find those companies looking to expand or move and get them to visit sites in Pittsfield.

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Mildred Elley Graduates Ready To Achieve

More than 100 students became Mildred Elley alumni after crossing the Barrington Stage during Thursday's graduation ceremony. First to address the graduates was Pittsfield Campus President Annette Jeffes, who asked the graduates to reflect on their time at Mildred Elley.

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Pittsfield Briefs: Trash Hauling Contract Extended, Parking Meters Moving

The mayor has signed a five-year agreement with Republic Services, circumventing the City Council's wishes to have the contract go to bid. The new contract had already been basically agreed to before the City Council urged the mayor to put the contract to bid. Nonetheless, city councilors were surprised to learn on Tuesday that the agreement had been signed after advocating for the contract to be publicly bid.

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Six Qualify to Regional from Pittsfield Pitch, Hit and Run Competition

Baseball in the Berkshires held the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition at Belanger field on May 12.

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North Adams Airport Commission Delays Hangar Decision

The Airport Commission voted Tuesday, May 15, to grant Alex Kelly permission to use office space in the city's hangar until June 30. But it delayed a vote to allow permanent use of space in the recently renovated hangar to solicit more information from potential occupants.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Celebrates Spirit of Caring and Celebration

With more than 150 guests in attendance to celebrate, Dr. James Birge, president of MCLA, opened the program with a welcome before the awards ceremony. Jason Dohaney, board president, thanked all in attendance and the sponsors for attending the inaugural event, which will raise funds for the community.

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Adams ZBA Reschedules Cumberland Farms Hearing

The Zoning Board of Appeals continued their public hearing with Cumberland Farms to next month but still heard from some concerned residents. After receiving a letter from Cumberland Farms asking to reschedule their public hearing, the Zoning Board of Appeals voted Monday to move the hearing to June 7 and used the rest of the meeting to answer some questions from the near 20 residents that attended the meeting.

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North Adams Housing Authority Receiving Capital Fund Increase

Executive Director Jennifer Hohn announced in a press release Thursday that the award will increase $236,679 from last year and will allow the expediting of some needed improvements.

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Williamstown Fire District Holds Annual Meeting Tuesday

The fire district will ask voters on Tuesday to fund a study of the districtís current and future needs. Included on the warrant for the annual district meeting is an article requesting permission to spend up to $25,000 for the study.

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Adams Selectmen Review Subcommittee & Liaison Assignments

The veteran board members stuck mostly with their current assignments but took the opportunity to give away some assignments to new member James Bush.

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Calendar Finally Taking Shape for Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools

With the inclusion of five potential snow days, the calendar would stretch to June 25, the same date when school is ending next month after a year that saw the district's three schools close for six snow days.

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Adams Youth Summer Basketball League Sets Registration Dates

The Adams Summer Basketball league for players aged kindergarten through 12th grade will hold registrations starting May 26.

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Local Collegians Making their Marks in Spring Post-Season

Numerous area high school alumni are competing well into to the post-season for their college teams this spring.

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BArT Charter Public School Teacher Honored

The commonwealth's nine state universities each honor annually one alumnus or alumna.

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McCann Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll

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Drury Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll

Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

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Berkshires Beat: Roots Rising Enters New Phase

Effective immediately, Roots Rising will become a program of Alchemy Initiative, with Berkshire Botanical Garden stepping aside as a program partner.

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College Notes: May 2018

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Brayton Pupils Encouraged to Remember Sacrifices

Guest speaker James Canavan, a Coast Guard and Navy veteran, reminded the assembly in the school's cafetorium that some 37,000 Massachusetts residents had given their lives over the years "so that we can do things like we're doing here today."

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Superior Court Briefs: May 11 - May 24

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Williamstown Fire District Passes All Articles

About 20 voters attended the brief meeting in the Williamstown Elementary School cafeteria, where district officials asked for approval of a $480,751 spending plan for fiscal 2019.

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Great Barrington, Berkshire Thunder Start Strong in BABL

The Great Barrington Millers and Berkshire Thunder are off to fast starts in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League this season.

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North Adams Happenings: May 23-29

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

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The Independent Investor: It Is No Longer Enough to Simply Manage Money

Most of us are in the investment game for the long haul. We are saving for retirement: a process involving decades of saving and planning. Chasing the firm or adviser that "beat the market" this year has turned out to be a disastrous approach to that concept.

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The Choice for Western Mass: Lead or Lose

But there are other issues and priorities, unique to Western Mass, which we must stand up for as real and present needs in our communities.

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Pittsfield Announces First 'Citizens Academy'

City government wants to engage residents more and will launch a 10-week "citizens academy" to bring more residents into the fold. The program is headed by the mayor's Executive Assistant Catherine Van Bramer. She said the program, starting in September, will bring a group of up to 20 citizens together for two-hour sessions to really get to know various aspects of government.

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Williams Appoints Directors of Financial Aid, Admission

Bianchi is currently the director of financial aid at Lafayette College and previously worked at Rhodes College and the College of Charleston. Lim currently serves as the deputy director of admission at Williams College, where she has been a member of the college's admission team since 2007.

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'Book Club': Can Be Judged From Its Cover

Now, you know full well that one-by-one, each of our damsels in fretfulness is destined to wind up in at least a better place, if not perfectly fulfilled, by the closing credits. Don't be angry with me. Giving away the conclusion of "Sleeping Beauty" or any other fable wouldn't draw your ire.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 25-31

Join the Pittsfield Suns for the 2nd annual Food Truck Feastival at Wahconah Park from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. This is a family-friendly event and admission is FREE. Enjoy tasty food trucks, craft vendors, live music, activities for kids, pony rides, cold beer and more!

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WCMA Names New Director

Franks, who will begin her appointment in mid-September, comes to WCMA with a passionate commitment to the role of the museum in higher education and the inspiration art can bring to all audiences.

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Williams Softball Splits First Two Games of NCAA Super Regional

Williams College junior Mackenzie Murphy threw a 2-hit shutout and senior Brenna Martinez hit a solo home run to account for game's only tally as the Williams College softball staved off elimination by edging M.I.T., 1-0, in Game 2 of the 2018 NCAA Div. III Tournament's Williamstown, Mass. Super Regional Friday on Cole Field.

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Williamstown Rotary Club Awards Paul Harris Fellowship

For many years, Sweeney has supported the Williamstown Rotary Club with his skills as a craftsman building items needed for club meetings and fundraisers.

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MIT Edges Williams Softball to End Ephs' Season in NCAA Super Regional

M.I.T. rallied from a three-run deficit to post a 7-5 victory over the Williams College softball team Sunday at Cole Field in the third and deciding game of a 2018 NCAA Div. III Super Regional.

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@theMarket: Nothing Memorable in the Markets this Week

While June and probably September rate hikes are still on the table, the Fed members appeared to be relaxed when it comes to their inflation targets. Inflation hit 2 percent in March, but the central bank does not appear to be overly concerned that it has reached that number. Some believe it won't remain there and will fall back in the months ahead.

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