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North Adams Tiny House Builders See Growth in Affordable, Custom Housing

B&B was started by Hoosac Valley High classmates Chris St. Cyr, Mitch Bresett and Jason Koperniak in old garage off Old Columbia Street in Adams but relocated to the city earlier this year when the space at the Windsor Mill fit their needs. They'd planned to employ up to 30 but now have more than 40, including marketing manager Katie Jackson.

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PHS Student Starts Charity For Children Fighting Cancer

About two years ago Madison Quinn was browsing through Instagram when she found photos of Abel. Abel was a young boy in California fighting cancer. The photos she saw touched her and she reached out to his mother asking what he likes because she wanted to send him a get well present. It was Batman. Quinn went to the store and bought a Batman figurine and mailed it out to California. Abel took the wings off of Batman and took it with him for every single chemo treatment, and his mother sent ph

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Pittsfield Fire Welcomes New Recruits And Honors Promotions

Everyone goes home. That's the mantra for the Pittsfield firefighters when they go out on a call. They look to their fellow jakes and expect a high level of professionalism and skill to be right by their side.

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'Heart & Sass' Central to North Adams' Vibrant Renaissance

North Adams, the city with "sass," was honored on Thursday night for "Putting the Berkshires on the Map." The city's recognition by 1Berkshire puts it with Berkshire luminaries as Solid Sound Festival, Jacob's Pillow, the Clark Art Institute, Hotel on North, Berkshire Health Systems and Tanglewood for enhancing the image of the Berkshires.

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Bernard, Moulton Move Forward to General Election for Mayor

Thomas Bernard and Robert Moulton Jr. took top votes in Tuesday's preliminary election for mayor.

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Pittsfield Police Investigate Reports of Man Trying to Grab Women Off Street

The suspect is said to dark-skinned, standing about 6-foot-tall, with short hair and accent described as possibly Jamaican or African. The individual was seen operating, or as a passenger of, an older tan or silver Toyota Camry (or similar vehicle).

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Cheshire Making Plans to Celebrate 225th Founding Anniversary

With the town's 225 anniversary around the corner, the Selectmen are seeking community input for possible festivities. The town will celebrate its bicenquasquigenary this coming March and already a group of citizens is forming to plan multiple events.

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North Adams Mayoral Hopefuls Meet at Chamber, MCLA Forum

Three of the four mayoral candidates running in the preliminary election on Tuesday offered their positions on questions ranging from economic development to the opioid crisis at a forum Thursday held in the renovated Weave Shed at Greylock Works.

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Pittsfield Cuts Ribbon On Trash Cans For Tyler Street

There were no places for pedestrians to dispose of rubbish. Through the city's budget, new trash cans featuring the city's logo will be placed along Tyler Street. City staff is responsible for emptying them.

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Pittsfield Councilor Wants to Reduce Accidents on East Housatonic

So far this year there have been 23 accidents on East Housatonic Street and Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers wants the City Council to do something to reduce those numbers. And then she found out the City Council already did. Twice.

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New Strength And Conditioning Gym Opens on Elm Street

Joseph Jennings used to push him in the weight room and with his fitness training. And he kept getting injured. "I was training so much that I found myself getting injured, getting sick, I was unable to recover. A few years ago, I dislocated my shoulder and broke my leg in the same year. A big part of my rehab was training with the kettlebells to regain my strength," Jennings said.

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Tuesday Election to Narrow Down North Adams Mayoral Candidates

Polls open for voters in North Adams at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, and close at 7 p.m. All five wards will be voting at St. Elizabeth's Parish Center this year. The City Council voted earlier this year to move the Ward 4 polling location to the parish center, where the other four wards have been for a number of years.

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Williamstown Selectmen Seek 'Data' on Legalized Pot Impact

The Board of Selectmen wants to go west for information about how to deal with the advent of legalized recreational marijuana. On Monday, the board revisited the question of what kinds of local fees to attach to the sale of pot if and when a purveyor opens shop in the town next year.

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North Adams Library Mulls Restoration of Landmark Cupola

The city may be known for its soaring steeples, but it also has an underused feature whose views easily rival those of its neighboring spires. The Blackinton Mansion's two-story cupola offers an expansive panorama of the city's downtown and its circling mountain range. It's a sight that few have seen in the 120 years since the private residence became the North Adams Public Library.

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Adams Transfer Station to Open in November

Tony Mazzucco, a new club member, outlined the extended services the town plans to add to the East Road Recycling Center and said it will make the center more equitable and sustainable.

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 11 - Sept. 14

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Democratic Candidates for State House Discuss Issues in Lanesborough

The four candidates on the ballot in the Oct. 10 Democratic primary discussed their platforms and qualifications to represent the 1st Berkshire District on Beacon Hill in a 90-minute forum hosted by the town's Democratic Committee and moderated by state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru.

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Church Seeks Help Making Kits to Aid Hurricane Victims

The New Hope United Methodist Church is assembling "flood buckets," a 5-gallon bucket of items that people whose homes have been ravaged by flooding can use to aid their cleanup efforts.

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Adams-Cheshire Opens School Year With Smooth Transition

Adams-Cheshire Regional School District administration reported that the school year started successfully. Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee on Monday that the transition to a two-school district was a success and that the school year so far is running smoothly.

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Education Task Force Keeps Focus on Creating Opportunities for Students

The Berkshire County Education Task Force on Saturday pressed forward less than 48 hours after one school district voted to step back from its participation in the effort.

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Pittsfield Man Shot On Linden Street

A 24-year-old man was shot on Linden Street early Thursday morning. Police say ShotSpotter notified officers of gunfire on upper Linden Street. Responding officers did not find anything but we diverted to Berkshire Medical Center for a report of a victim with a gunshot wound.

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Connell Calls For Commission to Oversee Water/Wastewater

Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell wants a commission to oversee the water and wastewater operations. Connell said years ago there was one but it was halted under former city Commissioner of Public Utilities William Forestell. Now the city is facing what could be up to $150 million worth of capital upgrades to the two treatment centers and Connell wants that commission back in place to make sure everything is done right.

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Healey Told Resources Lacking to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Northern Berkshire has been knitting together a wide array of agencies and organizations to combat an opioid epidemic that's devastated communities. Its leaders, including Mayor Richard Alcombright, have played a prominent role in working groups both regionally and statewide addressing addiction and recovery.

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Williams Inn Project's Approval Pushed Back a Week

The Conservation Commission on Thursday heard feedback from the town's consulting engineer on Williams College's application to build a new Williams Inn and decided to continue the hearing on the project for at least one more week.

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Cheshire Selectmen OK Purchase of New Loader

The town will use $196,500 from Chapter 90 funds to purchase a new loader for the Highway Department. The Selectmen unanimously voted Tuesday to purchase a John Deere and trade in the 14-year-old machine.

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Engineer Drawing Up Bellevue Garage Plans

The town has hired engineers to draw up multiple plans for a possible new or extended maintenance garage at Bellevue Cemetery.

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SBA Honors Red Apple Butchers And Yummy Treasures

It was about 10 years ago when Beth Carpenter wanted to get rid of some excess jewelry making supplies.

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North Adams Mayor Candidates Fined for Missing Filing Deadline

Robert R. Moulton Jr. and Peter Oleskiewicz failed to file campaign reports with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance by the Sept. 11 filing date. Each was being fined $25 a day until their report is filed. This is a personal fine and committee funds may not be used.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Regionalization Plan

The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday echoed the school committees at its feeder elementary schools by endorsing a plan to fully regionalize the district while maintaining local control of the elementary schools in Lanesborough and Williamstown.

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Neal Talks Politics With Residents at Town Hall Meeting

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal faced somewhat of a tough crowd at Berkshire Community College Friday night as resident pressed him to move further left on his stances on climate change, health care, and the Israeli Anti-Boycott Act. The Springfield Congressman held a town hall meeting at the college where he quickly touched on his stance on a number of issues facing the nation. Then he held a lengthy question and answer session, where he faced sharp criticism of many of his stances.

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MCLA Welcomes Seven New Faculty Members

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently welcomed seven new, full-time faculty members to five departments on campus, including five assistant professors and two instructors.

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Great Barrington Police Presents Medals of Valor

The Great Barrington Police Department on Tuesday recognized several officers and other first responders for their bravery and commitment to public safety.

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Adams Wastewater Plant Getting Clogged Up With 'Flushables'

So-called flushable wipes are continuing to clog up and damage the town's wastewater treatment plant and cost taxpayers money.

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Pittsfield Opens Employee Wellness Center

The city's employee wellness center is now open. The city has transformed the former Information Technologies Department space in the basement of city hall into the hub of the city's employee wellness program.

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'Walk a Mile In Her Shoes' Main 3rd Thursday Attraction

The event steps off at the main stage at Persip Park at the corner of Columbus Avenue and North Street. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and following opening remarks, the walk starts at 6 p.m.

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Berkshires Beat: CATA Artists on Display at Pittsfield Guido's

The curated exhibit includes a variety of stylistic expression and techniques in water-based media, such as watercolor, tempera and ink, and feature both abstract and representational work.

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Sfakianaki Helps MCLA Tennis Earn League Win

The MCLA women's tennis team defeated Green Mountain on Saturday.

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'The Good Catholic': It's a Matter of Faith

Filmmaker Paul Shoulberg's "The Good Catholic" is a convenient, pocket-sized edition of ruminations just right for the soul in search of a quick philosophical challenge.

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Clarksburg School Project Goes to Vote Next Week

The division in town over the proposed $19 million Clarksburg School project could be summed by a couple of neighbors. One worries about how the project would drain the town's taxpayers and limit its ability to address its aging infrastructure. The other sees the town's most desireable asset being revamped with state picking up more than half the cost.

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Williamstown Fire District Sets Date for Special Meeting on Land Purchase

The Williamstown Prudential Committee on Wednesday set Oct. 24 as the date for a special Fire District meeting to decide whether to purchase a 3.7-acre parcel on Main Street.

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Adams PAL Youth Basketball League to Hold Organizational Meeting

The Adams PAL Youth Basketball league will hold an organizational meeting for the upcoming season on Monday, Sept. 18.

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The Independent Investor: The Price Tag of Disaster

Over the past four weeks, just two hurricanes have cost the country upwards of $300 billion. This has easily surpassed the 2005 hurricane cost of $200 billion, which included Katrina, Wilma and Rita combined. The cumulative cost of weather continues to escalate and with good reason.

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Clark Art Celebration Honors Contemporary Artist

The events coincide with the Clark's special exhibit "No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts" (on view through Sept. 24) and "As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings (on view through Oct. 9).

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Greylock Thunder Softball on a Roll

The Greylock Thunder travel softball team won twice over the weekend in Delmar, N.Y.

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Introduces Co-op Cash for Class Program

To participate in the program, schools must register online. They can then download a customizable flyer to share with parents and students encouraging them to enroll.

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@theMarket: NK Missile Dud on Wall Street

The North Korean boy who cried wolf is alive and well, but seems to have less and less impact on financial markets. Kim Jong Un's minions launched another missile over Japan on Thursday night and the markets simply yawned.

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Surgeon Joins Urology Professional Services of BMC

Dr. Yared is accepting new patients in need of Urology care and is teamed with doctors Kevin Killeen, David Noyes, Paul Silverstein and Stephen St. Clair at Urology Professional Services of BMC.

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Letter: Voting for Mayor, City Council More Important Than for President

Let me highlight just a few reasons why voting in the mayor and city council elections are important to you:

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Clark Art Hosting Second Annual Trail Run

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown will host its second annual Stone Hill Trailblazer 5K on Saturday, Oct. 14.

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Cheshire Still Has No Answers On Greylock Road Status

Town Clerk Christine Emerson told the Selectmen on Tuesday that even after going back as far as the 1920s in the town's records, she could find no information on whether or not Greylock Road is a town road.

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