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Williamstown Zoning Board OKs Former School's Conversion to 'Live/Work' Rentals

The Zoning Board of Appeals last week issued three special permits sought by Williamstown resident Ben Greenfield to renovate the school, which was opened in 1931 and closed in 1982. That year, the ZBA approved the former school building's use by a music publishing company.

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Cheryl Mirer Hired as New Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Executive Director

Cheryl Mirer remembers driving from Otis to the city to go on art walks, volunteer with Berkshire Creative, or sell crafts at the Handmade Holiday Festival. And those memories seemed to come back a lot in the last year or so, when she was searching for a way to get back here from Potsdam, N.Y. Mirer had moved there in 2013 and was working in the development office at Clarkson University while her husband managed a co-operative food market.

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The Independent Investor: Why Stocks Continue to Climb

But before you give credit, make sure you know where and who to give credit to. Don't look to the world's elected leaders as the cause, despite their claims. Quite the contrary, most elected officials worldwide did nothing. Some, like those in the U.S., actually prolonged the crisis by cutting government spending, despite the pleas of our central bankers to do more, not less, in an effort to save the country.

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Happy Thanksgiving to All Our Readers

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Missing Pittsfield Plane Crashed in Vermont

The pilot was identified late Thursday afternoon as Norman Baker, 89, of Windsor. State Police said Baker was an experienced pilot who had been flying since he was 13.

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Hoosac Valley Kindergarten: How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

From Cheerio stuffing to proper time and temperature anywhere from 4 minutes to six days at at least 6 degrees these children offer a range of recipes for a Thanksgiving turkey. We do, however, caution that anyone following these recipes is doing so at their own risk.

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Tyer Officially Appoints Wynn As Pittsfield's Chief of Police

Mayor Linda Tyer is looking to remove the word "acting" from Police Chief Michael Wynn's title. The mayor is asking the City Council to as chief, a role he has been serving for a decade under an acting provision. Wynn had been promoted to administrative captain in 2007, essentially managing the department. In 2009, he was appointed "acting chief of police" and has served in that role since.

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Motorist Misses Hairpin Turn, Speeds Into Golden Eagle Parking Lot

A driver headed up the Mohawk Trail missed the Hairpin Turn completely on Wednesday and sped through the small parking lot at the Golden Eagle Restaurant and slammed into owner's pickup truck. The accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. and restaurant owner John Morris said it was the second time that day someone had missed the turn and ended up in his parking lot.

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Craneville Students Show Gratitude to Veterans

Freedom is not free. At Craneville Elementary School the freedom to wear hats in class cost the students $1.

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Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 24.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 22-28

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

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Price Chopper Donating Fort Mass Park to North Adams

Price Chopper is making a gift of one of the city's oldest historical sites: Fort Massachusetts. The park, which includes a chimney from the1930s replica and a plaque, sits in the northeast corner of the parking lot of the closed supermarket.

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Williamstown Record Store Owner Looking to Sell Business, Retire

March has sold plenty of LPs and compact discs in 40 years at Toonerville Trolley Records on Water Street, but his days at the location are coming to an end.

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Tyer Administration Submits Proposal To Overhaul Trash Pick Up

The City Council has begun a lengthy debate over changes proposed for the curbside trash pick up program. Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a plan to switch to a toter system, which is seen as a way to increase recycling, reduce costs to the city, and combat blight. The city would provide a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 95-gallon tote for recycling.

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Berkshire County Arc Recognizes Achievement at Annual Breakfast

Berkshire County Arc celebrated the efforts of clients like the Mozos and its employees on Friday morning and helped the Berkshire delegation get an idea of how critical the agency is in the lives of some of the county's most vulnerable.

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Two Pittsfield Firefighters Honored By Governor For Meritorious Conduct

Two city firefighters were honored by the governor for meritorious conduct. Lt. Michael D'Avella and Firefighter Robitaille were given awards for meritorious conduct on Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker, Public Safety Sec. Daniel Bennett, and Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey.

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Pittsfield Police Break Up Alleged Prostitution Ring

Police have broken up an alleged prostitution ring. Police arrested Randy Lambach, 45, of Becket, and Joseph VanWert, 65, of Pittsfield, on charges of human trafficking, knowingly permitting prostitution on the premises, and sexual conduct for a fee. They are currently being held without bail.

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Clarksburg School Building Committee Accepts School Project End

A subdued and sparse School Building Committee voted on Monday night to recommend no further votes be taken on the proposed school project. The $19 million renovation and addition project went down to defeat at a special town meeting on Saturday by a vote of 292-263. It was a record turnout of 555 that weighed on the largest public works project this town of less than 1,700 had ever considered.

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Elks Lodge Donates Gift Cards For North Berkshire Veterans

Sacco on Monday morning presented a stack of WalMart and Ocean State Job Lot gift cards to the Veterans Services Office in North Adams City Hall.

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McCann Technical Scores Level 1 on MCAS Tests

Principal Justin Kratz said McCann was a Level 1 district three years ago but because the vocational students typically perform well on the test, it was hard to maintain the percentage of growth critical to the state leveling formula.

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Cheshire's Windsor Road Washout Fixed, Road Reopened

Highway Superintendent Blair Crane said Windsor Road is officially open and issues that caused the washout have been remediated.

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Berkshire Food Project Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Hundreds were fed Monday evening at the Berkshire Food Project's Thanksgiving Dinner, part of its charge in making sure no one goes hungry this holiday season. The non-profit's new Executive Director Kim McMann said she feels this annual event is one that truly brings people together.

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Journalist, CNN Analyst Toobin Talks About the Current News Engagement

The last 10 months have been exhausting and invigorating for political and legal journalists, says CNN political analyst and legal writer Jeffrey Toobin. Toobin was the speaker at last week's annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture series at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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Slick Conditions Blamed for Town Truck's Slide Into Hotel Structure

The first snowfall of the season in Williamstown got the winter driving season going with a bang on Monday morning when a town vehicle collided with one of Town Hall's neighbors. No one was injured in the early morning low-speed collision of a town truck that appears to have slipped off the driveway that wraps around the municipal building, down a small incline and into a storage structure adjacent to the Northside Motel.

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Mount Greylock School Transition Committee Named

The three school committees who govern the Lanesborough and Williamstown school districts Wednesday named the transition committee that will lead the expanded Mount Greylock district through the November election.

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