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Cheshire Residents Concerned About Jenks Road Development

The Selectmen unanimously approved utility pole placement the week before on Jenks Road that would supply power to future homes however not without some pushback from residents.

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Clarksburg Town Election, Town Meeting Set

The town election is Tuesday, May 29, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Senior Center; the annual town meeting is Wednesday, May 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the elementary school. The Select Board will meet at the school at 6 p.m. to conduct business.

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Lanesborough Braves Rain to Observe Memorial Day

War is expensive. In the Civil War is cost the United States the lives of 500,000; in World War 1, 117,000; World War 2, 406,000; Korean War 54,000; Vietnam, 90,0000; the Persian Gulf, 1,948; and in the war on terror more than 7,000.

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Four Pittsfield Properties Set For Demolition

The properties were chosen by the city's "code enforcement team" consisting of the building inspectors and Fire, Health, and Engineering departments. The team meets monthly with representatives from Community Development, the city solicitor, and the Purchasing Department.

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Pittsfield School Committee to Reconsider Indigenous Peoples Day

The School Committee will reconsider its decision to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day after the Italian-American community voiced outrage at the decision. The School Committee in January voted to make the change on the school calendar. But, that brought out the ire of the Italian-American community who showed up in numbers at both this week's City Council meeting and School Committee meeting.

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day

Holiday closures for Memorial Day

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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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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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@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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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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Attorney Judith Knight Running for Berkshire District Attorney

Knight, a former assistant district attorney, has more than 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system prosecuting cases and defending individuals charged with crimes.

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Memorial Day Events 2018

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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