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Berkshire County Kids Place Honors Volunteers at Annual Gala

On Friday night, the country club's dining room was transformed into an "Evening in the Enchanted Forest" with woodsy decorations and twinkling lights to raise funds for the agency and honor volunteers who have helped its mission. Guests were welcomed by gala co-chairs Tim and Ana Suffish and thanked by board Chairwoman Rosemarie Phelps.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc Participates in BIAMA's Walk & Roll

Berkshire County Arc opened its first residential program for individuals with developmental disabilities in 1971, and, in 2002, the agency opened its first residential program for individuals with brain injuries.

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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017

This is the season of holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.

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Adams Allocates Funds To Fix CT Plunkett Roof

he Finance Committee approved a $33,000 reserve fund transfer that would square off the $198,000 needed to repair the CT Plunkett boiler room roof. After the Selectmen approved the reserve fund transfer Wednesday, the Finance Committee made their vote Thursday to add $33,000 to the funds already allocated for the project.

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Elizabeth and Arthur Larsen Honored With RSVP Volunteer of the Year Award

The annual Berkshire Athenaeum book sale doesn't just happen. There is a lot of work that goes into it. Elizabeth Sharon Larsen and Arthur Larsen are the ones who do much of that work. The two are part of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program and are stationed at the library.

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Housing Authority Anticipates Little Clean Up At Sun Cleaners

Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn reported that although the former Sun Cleaners property is still undergoing an environmental study, she does not anticipate an expensive cleanup. "The latest update I have is we just have two more days of drilling for the 21E," Hohn told the Housing Authority Committee Thursday. "I think considering what they have found so far, we donít have to worry about a lot of money for clean up."

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Reid Students Raise $1,500 For Red Cross Disaster Relief

It started as a simple homework assignment. Debra Guachione's 7th-grade students at Reid were asked to write an essay answering the question, "If you could change places with anyone in the world who would it be and why?"

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North Adams Receives New Ambulance

The North Adams Ambulance Service received its new ambulance Friday. "We are very excited; we are always excited when we get new ambulances," General Manager John Meaney Jr. said. "The crew will be excited about it and they are going through all of the new training."

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Berkshires Weigh In On Marijuana Regulations

Area residents want an equal shot at the economic boon that could come with the recreational marijuana industry. That means they don't want the licensing fees and requirements to be set a such a level that only big businesses from out of state can qualify. That means local farmers should be able to grow it outdoors and the plant isn't forced into an industrial warehouse. That means allowing social clubs, delivery services, and various business models. And that means not taxing too high that t

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Superior Court Briefs: October 12.

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iForum: Girl Scouts Already Doing Great Things in the Community

Never heard of a Bronze Award? You're not alone - and based on many social media posts and comments following the announcement of the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow girls into Boy Scouting, it's clear there are a lot of misconceptions about what Girl Scouting offers girls.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Fills Out Board of Directors

"Our board of directors consists of some of the smartest, philanthropic and most dedicated individuals in Northern Berkshire," said Northern Berkshire United Way President Jason Dohaney.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 13-19, 2017

Cultural Pittsfield and the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market join forces to host the Second-annual Harvest Festival at the First Street Common on Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Federal Grant Awarded To Bolster Local Arts Education

The U.S. Department of Education is helping to strengthen ties between area educators and cultural institutions. On Thursday, education leaders celebrated the reception of a $740,000 federal grant to support arts-integrated professional development for Berkshire County educators.

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Pittsfield Approves East Street Solar Array; Soldier On Plans Expansion

The Zoning Board of Appeals gave the green light for BVD Solar to build a commercial photovoltaic array on outer East Street. The company is planning to us about 20 acres of a 73-acre parcel near Winesap Road. More than 11 acres of vegetation will have to be cut and the array will generate 1.9 megawatts of electricity.

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BRPC Considering Expanding Role In Education Task Force

The Berkshire Education Task Force has asked BRPC to take an expanded role in helping school districts regionalize. The task force had already released its recommendation that eventually the county should have a single school district. That process will take years and have many challenging steps. The group has now asked the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to serve as the "backbone" to support any consolidation efforts county school district undertake.

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Framework Opens Its Door On North Street in Pittsfield

Framework is now open. On Thursday, Mayor Linda Tyer and staff from the Community Development office took a tour of the new co-working space on North Street.

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Cheshire May Not Be Able to Afford Reopening School

It would likely cost the town over $6 million to operate Cheshire Elementary School on their own, according to Town Administrator Mark Webber. On Tuesday, Webber told the Board of Selectmen that running the now-closed Cheshire Elementary school on their own may not be a possibility.

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North Adams Enters Agreement To Sell DPW Facility

The City Council voted to enter into a purchase and sale agreement with Cumberland Farms for the DPW facility. Mayor Richard Alcombright asked the Council to approve an agreement Wednesday between the city and Cumberland Farms that would start the process of a $575,000 purchase from the city - $475,000 above the appraised amount.

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Pittsfield Council Candidates Handle Questions At NAACP Forum

What type of approaches would you take to increase diversity in government and the schools?

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Clarksburg Officials Accept Citizens' Petition for School Project Revote

Supporters of the $19 million school project were accused of unethical conduct in garnering signatures for a second special town meeting to approve borrowing for the project. Another resident vowed to circulate her own petition for a third vote should this second one pass.

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Fall Children's Clothing Sale on Oct. 14

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas.

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Pittsfield Hires City's First Female Firefighter

Abigail Lemanski became the city's first woman firefighter Tuesday night. The City Council appointed Lemanski to the department. She comes after working seven years as a volunteer firefighter in Lenox and starts recruit academy Monday morning.

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