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Adams-Cheshire District to Creating Plan to Increase Test Scores

Another year of subpar standardized test scores has administrators in the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District seeking ways to improve performance. "What we need to do is more parent outreach and work with students, teachers and administration because it is going to have to be a broad initiative if we want to be successful because we have to turn around what has been a steady trend for a long time," interim Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee on Monday.

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Considering New Processing Fees

The Licensing Board is looking to add on a processing fee for alcohol license holders who make changes mid-year. The fees would be tacked on to such transactions like changing of hours or changing of managers which are done outside of the annual renewal or up all of the annual renewal fees.

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Commission Listens to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The gathering was the first of eight listening sessions across the state by Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. The panel included Chevers and fellow Commissioner Ilene Mitchell, an assistant deputy court administrator for Probate and Family Court in Boston; Catherine Madden, project manager of the Opioid Task Force for the Office of the Attorney General, and Abigail Taylor, assistant attorney general for the Child and Youth Protection Unit for the AGO.

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Middle East Refugee Plan Outlined to Overflow Pittsfield Crowd

An overly packed library auditorium heard an overview of the organization looking to resettle 50 Syrian and Iraq refugees in the city's plans. But, did not field questions. The meeting only lasted an hour with more than 300 people, in standing room and overflowing into the back, with Jewish Family Services providing an overview of the program. The plan will bring the 15 or so Arab speaking families from the Middle East to Pittsfield and volunteers and the JFS will work closely with the famili

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Two Accidents, No Injuries in Southern Vermont

A local woman avoided injury when her Chrysler Town and Country crashed into a tree on Saturday morning shortly before 11. Karen Wheeler, 57, of Readsboro was southbound on Route 100 in her 2005 van when she experienced a mechanical malfunction with her steering wheel, according to State Trooper Lauren Ronan. The van left the highway near Lincoln Road, collided with a guardrail and then a tree.

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Berkshires Beat: Fall Foliage Week Has Arrived

Remember, the parade kicks off at 1 p.m. from the Ocean City Job Lot parking lot. All of this week's events can be found online.

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Unistress Volunteers Build Shelter For Dogs At Sonsini Shelter

There are some cool dogs at the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter thanks to local businesses. Some 30 Unistress employees were at the volunteer-run shelter building a shelter for the dogs to protect them from the elements. The project allows the dogs to be outside without overheating from the sun which beats down onto the kennels.

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End of Session Review: William 'Smitty' Pignatelli

State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli said despite a slow start to a short session, the Legislature was able to make some progress on big issues. "It was an interesting session. We have two-year legislative sessions and it was a slow start to the session mainly because of the change in leadership in the Senate and we had a lengthy dischord that is still going on about the rules and the joint rules of the Legisture. That slowed our process down a little bit," Pignatelli said.

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Annual Fall Run Fundraiser Returns For 35th Year

The rumble of engines echoed through Adams on Sunday morning as more than 1,000 motorcycles queued up at Bowe Field for the 60-mile Fall Run motorcycle ride.

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Q&A: Pownal Woman Conquers Appalachian Trail After Detour

Hannah Cochran is a hiker through and through, but she is not a "thru-hiker," not technically, at least not in her opinion. Others would differ with the Pownal, Vt., resident and Mount Greylock Regional School graduate.

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North Adams Recovery Event Hears Voices of Recovery, Pain

The goal of the annual recovery vigil has been to shine a light on a scourge that's affected families and communities across the nation: Addiction. "I have kept my demons at bay for 13 years and six months," said Rebecca Dodge, recalling her fall into drug abuse in the early 2000s. But many of her friends haven't been as successful, she told the gathering Noel Field Athletic Complex for the Voices of Recovery event on Saturday afternoon.

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Lanesborough's First New Firetruck in 20 Years Has Arrived

The Fire Department's first new truck in 20 years has arrived. On Friday the brand new 2016 Emergency-One Typhoon was delivered to headquarters and will serve as the new frontline vehicle for the volunteer Fire Department. The engine replaces a 29-year-old E-One, which will be sold. The town had stashed some of its free cash for the last three years aside to make a large downpayment and financed the remainder. The truck cost $475,500.

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Buddy Walk Unites Families — And Athletes, Too, This Year

That group included the girls soccer team from Westfield High, which had a game scheduled for 1 p.m. against Dalton's Wahconah Regional. Problem was, many of the girls on the Wahconah team are long-time Buddy Walkers, going back to their days as Craneville pupils.

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Adams to Test Memorial Building for Mold

The Selectmen tabled a request Wednesday from the Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School to use the former middle school building, which has seen limited use the past few years, because of concerns over mold.

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BRTA Considering New Loop Route for North Adams

he Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is considering a new loop in North County as a way to get its riders where they need to go in a faster and cost-neutral manner. The loop route would hit the Ocean State Job Lots plaza (turnaround), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Main Street, two stops at Mohawk Forest, Berkshire Medical Center North, and then the reverse.

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@theMarket: The Same Old Song

As I have written many times before, the unprecedented lack of any kind of fiscal stimulus out of Washington has resulted in the failure of the U.S. economy to gain any momentum. The Fed knows that and the market knows that. But we all choose to blame the Fed instead.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 23-29

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Pittsfield Police Union Kicking Off Fundraising Campaign

Residents should be aware that employees from the fundraising company, TCI America Inc, will be contacting businesses and residents soliciting for donations. At no time will any officers or members of the Pittsfield Police Department be contacting residents asking for donations.

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Adams' Fourth Annual Great Chair Auction Open For Bids

From comic and cartoon characters to paeans to nature, this year's Great Chair Auction offering up some fantastical seating for enjoying or just viewing. The annual fundraiser for Youth Center Inc. commenced after an official ribbon cutting Wednesday at the former Simmons Furniture Store on Park Street, now being transformed into work/live space by owners William and Francie Anne Riley.

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 19 - Sept. 22

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Village Ambulance Launches Fund Drive at Time of Critical Need

Because of changing trends in its industry, VAS is operating in the red and dipping into its reserves. It hopes the fund drive it kicks off this week will help make for a healthier bottom line. "I don't think a lot of people in town realize that we are not subsidized by any town organization or any other organization," explained Dr. Erwin Stuebner, the president of the board of directors.

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Traffic Commission Sets Rates on Pittsfield Switch to Metered Parking

Parking on North Street will cost $1 an hour as of Nov. 1, pending City Council approval, with the implementation of metered parking. For the downtown core, the rate for the areas of North, South and Depot streets will be $1 per hour. In a secondary zone, which is the municipal lots and garages, the fees will be 50 cents an hour. And in the future, the areas around Berkshire Medical Center will jump to $3 an hour.

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North Adams Windsor Lake Panel Looking at Marketing, Packages

The Windsor Lake Recreation Commission is hoping to come up with new marketing and camping packages that would attract visitors to what they feel is a hidden gem. "We should be looking at the entire Windsor Lake complex," said Commissioner Nancy Bullett.

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Adams Firefighters, Red Cross Install Free Smoke Detectors

Firefighters took to their trucks Tuesday evening not to put out a fire, but to hopefully prevent one by installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The Fire Department teamed up with the Red Cross to install free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in 12 homes this week through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

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The Independent Investor: The Impact of One Bad Apple

Over the last two weeks, thanks to Wells Fargo in the banking sector, and Mylan Labs in pharmaceuticals, Corporate America has once again reminded us of that business just can't be trusted. In the case of Wells Fargo, over 2 million fictitious customer accounts were opened over several years in order to meet sales goals.

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