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Pittsfield Suns Return For Fifth Season On Thursday

The Suns rise again on Thursday. The Pittsfield Suns will return to Wahconah Park for its fifth season bringing the much of the same fan experience and then some. Last year the team ranked second in the league for attendance with an average of 1,654 people making it to the ballpark each game.

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@theMarket: Summertime, But Nothing Seems Easy

After a couple of days of hand wringing, traders are now going with the notion that if the Fed raises rates in June or July, it may actually be good for the economy. Don't put too much stock in that, however, because herd sentiment can turn quickly with one simple statement from the Fed.

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North Adams Airport Welcomes Drone Committee

The Airport Commission welcomed a steering committee to help inform residents about proper drone and unmanned aircraft use. Resident and hobbyist Stephen Roy came before the commission Wednesday and asked to form some sort of group that would work with the commission and the airport manager to better inform people about unmanned aircraft policy.

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Brayton School Holds First Memorial Day Celebration

If there was a simple message for the youngsters at Brayton Elementary School on Friday, it was this: Remembrance isn't just for Memorial Day. Marie McCarron's fourth-grade class this year took up the mantle from the former Sullivan School, which held a pre-Memorial Day celebration every year organized by Anna Saldo-Burke and her third-grade class. The entire school, veterans organizations, local officials and the Richard A. Ruether Post 152 American Legion color guard filled the auditoriu

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Conn. Woman Charged With Striking Pedestrians in Great Barrington

At about 10:49 a.m., two women, along with an 11-month-old baby girl who was in a stroller and a 3-year-old girl, were crossing in a crosswalk on Main Street at Railroad Street. At the same time, an 87-year-old woman from Canaan, Conn., who was southbound on Main Street, failed to yield and struck all four, said police.

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Berkshire Community College Students Inducted Into National Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

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United Way Funds MCLA Writing Camp Scholarships

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, June 6. The funding will pay for two scholarships for youth with limited financial means, who are residents of Northern Berkshire County.

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Trade Out Old Woodstove With Help from Massachusetts Program

Homeowners are eligible for a standard rebate if their old woodstove is currently operational, non-EPA certified, and located in a residential building AND the stove they plan to purchase is EPA-certified and meets Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program emissions requirements for new stoves.

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Wynn Presented with Jane Addams American Spirit Award

This award was initiated five years ago to recognize outstanding immigrant advocates in our community who embody the strong principles, moral integrity, and intense activism that Jane Addams stood for.

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Student Art to Hang in Berkshire Family and Probate Court

For those needing to go to Probate and Family Court, it can be a traumatic time. But local students are able to provide a little bit of comfort. For the better part of the year, 15 pieces of student art will hang throughout the halls and in the courtrooms at Berkshire Probate and Family Court.

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Earns 'A' for Patient Safety

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

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October Mountain Financial Advisors Appoints Managing Director

Formed earlier this year, October Mountain Financial Advisors is an alliance of Lee Bank and St. Germain Investment Management, based in Springfield.

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Residents Urge Attorney General to Appeal Pipeline Court Ruling

Environmental advocates want the Attorney General's office to appeal the decision handed down in May allowing Kinder Morgan's Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to start construction on the pipeline in the Otis State Forest. The group 350 Massachusetts sponsored a listening session with representatives of the office on Thursday to discuss a wide range of environmental and energy concerns. The intent of the two-hour session at the Ralph Froio Senior Center was for those staff members to hear the conce

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Preschool Issue Spills Over Into Mount Greylock School Committee

The politics of preschool officially graduated to high school on Tuesday night. The Side-By-Side special education program at Williamstown Elementary School became a topic for discussion at the monthly meeting of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee. The opening came when the Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District's Director of Pupil Personnel Services gave the committee a periodic updates on the special education program at Mount Greylock.

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North Adams Continues to Struggle With Overtime, Aging Workforce

"We've got some guys who are getting older ... but we have a committed staff," said Mayor Richard Alcombright. "But they have a lot of time ... all you need is three to call in sick." Seniority-driven sick and vacation time, along with employees out with injuries continues to take a toll on overtime. "We have an aging workforce and our average age is 45, 47," said Fire Director Stephen Meranti. Police Director Michael Cozzaglio said his department is preparing for rash of retirements in t

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Greylock Trail Races Set for June 19

The Western Mass Athletic Club’s Mount Greylock Trail Races will be held Sunday, June 19.

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Cheshire Selectmen Close Town Warrant

The Selectmen closed the warrant for town meeting on Tuesday after adding in two last-minute debt exclusion items. The annual town meeting is set for Tuesday, June 7, and will include requests for a new police cruiser and a Department of Public Works truck. The new cruiser is estimated at $40,000 while the DPW truck will run nearly $125,000.

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Pittsfield City Council Supports Verizon Workers

It isn't about pay raises. It's about the 31 people who work on Federal Street losing their jobs or being shipped out of the region. The local Verizon workers have been on strike without pay for six weeks and while national news has triggered a lot of public debate over unions, the bottom line is that 95 families in Berkshire County are at risk of having their jobs shipped overseas or out of the region.

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The Independent Investor: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Multi-Level Marketing

The legality of the MLM sector is largely based on a 1979 ruling on one company. There seems to be a lack of government legislation and oversight by state and Federal authorities, nor are they subject to the same rigorous regulations as a franchise might be. Given that many state anti-pyramid statutes are vague or weak, it could take many years and a lot of money to prove guilt.

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Adams-Cheshire Hires Interim Superintendent

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee has unanimously voted to hire Robert Putnam as its interim superintendent. The committee held a short meeting Wednesday to vote on hiring the former Central Berkshire Regional administrator.

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day

Holiday closures for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day Events 2016

All events are on Monday, May 30, unless otherwise noted.

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McCann Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

McCann Principal Justin Kratz said Dorwin is one of only four Massachusetts students to be named a Presidential Scholar this year, one of only 160 nationwide and only the third student in Berkshire County ever to receive the honor (according to the "unofficial official record-keeping" of local history buffs at McCann).

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