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North Adams Council OKs Selling Pownal Land, Rejects Salt Yard Offer

The City Council on Tuesday approved an initial step toward the sale of some 218 acres in Vermont that was part of the Broad Brook watershed. But it rejected unanimously an offer for the city's salt yard.

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Cheshire to Meet With State Over Dam Removal

The Selectmen will hold a meeting with the Division of Ecological Resources and the Water Department before making a ruling on the Kitchen Brook Dam. Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that a representative from DER is willing to meet with the town and better explain the possible state-funded removal of the defunct dam.

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Massie Seeks to Bring Long-term Solutions in Bid for Governor

Sustainability is a word Robert Massie said he hasn't heard the current governor say. And that is becoming a focal point for the Somerville author and activist, as he launches a campaign for the 2018 gubernatorial election. Massie, a Democrat, says he's running to bring a heightened focus to long-term and progressive solutions to current issues.

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Q&A: Blackmer Takes Her Turn at Williamstown Candidates Forum

Lisa Blackmer hopes to bring strong values and an open mind to the 1st Berkshire seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

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Pittsfield Councilors Reject Putting Marijuana Ban on Ballot

City officials say the vote on recreational marijuana was already taken and it doesn't need to go before voters again. The City Council's Ordinance and Rules Committee fielded a petition from local Attorney William Barry requesting a ban on recreational marijuana establishments.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Touts Experience, Ideas

Setti Warren wants to bring his brand of management — budgets based on outcomes and consensus building — to Beacon Hill to fix the state's economic woes. The Newton mayor is one of three running for the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Adams-Cheshire Ready For First Day of School

Despite a slight shake up in the administrative team, Adams Cheshire Regional School District is ready for the new school year to begin, say officials. Peter Bachli's departure this week to lead Morris Elementary School in Lenox has caused some more shifting around as the school district consolidates its grades from three schools to two.

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Q&A: Barrett Takes Questions at Williamstown Candidates' Forum

John Barrett III, former mayor of North Adams, put his experience front and center in a recent forum sponsored by the Williamstown Democratic Party Committee.

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BArT Students Look Skyward on First Day of School

It's not every day an astronomical event coincides with the first day of school. But for Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School students, Monday's partial eclipse was a chance to view something special together before dismissal.

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Pittsfield Warns Of Aggressive Foxes

The Health Department is telling homeowners to be on the lookout for aggressive foxes. The Health Department said a resident was bitten by a fox in the area of Wahconah Street, specifically near Dower Square, over the weekend. That fox was captured but health officials are asking residents to use caution.

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Berkshires Beat: Jacob's Pillow Opens New Studio Building

The Pillow's 85th Anniversary Festival Finale, on Aug. 26, will be the first event in the brand new space, which marks the first major on-site construction project at the Pillow since 1992.

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Clarksburg School Committee Plans Outreach Campaign

The Clarksburg School Committee plans to make a month-long push to get the word out about the proposed $19 million addition/renovation project ahead of a Sept. 27 special town meeting.

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Community Reflects On Nick Cave Exhibit At Mass MoCA

Youth Alive accompanied by musicians and members of the Berkshire Jewish Community performed a musical tribute to artist Nick Cave’s exhibit "Until" at Mass MoCA. "Commit to disrupting hate," Dennis Powell, President of the Berkshire Chapter of the NAACP said during opening remarks before the "Until: Unity" performance at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Thursday.

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Susan B. Anthony Reunion BBQ Kicks Off Centennial Celebrations

Susan B. Anthony's efforts to secure women the vote will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 26, with a cookout and presentation on the Town Common from 2 to 5. The Susan B. Anthony Family Reunion BBQ kicks off celebrations that will lead up to the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020. The event is free and the Adams Centennial Suffrage Committee will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers.

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Dalton Designated As An 'Appalachian Trail Community'

Those hiking the Appalachian Trail will know they'll be welcomed with open arms when they stop in town. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has designed Dalton an Appalachian Trail Community, just the third town in the Berkshires to receive that designation. Great Barrington and North Adams are the other two in the Berkshires with such designation.

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Pittsfield Rallies Against Hate, Racism

Hundreds of local residents joined at Park Square on Saturday in protest of hate and racism. Organized by the activist's group Indivisible Pittsfield, demonstrators carried signs, broke into protest songs, and waved to passing vehicles. The event was organized in the wake of a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., which attracted white supremacist and members of the Ku Klux Klan, and ultimately ended in violence.

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Berkshire Athenaeum Honors Youth Short Story Contest Winners

As a child, Jana Laiz didn't like to read. She loved to write but she didn't like to read, despite her mother's attempts to get her to do so. And then one day, a librarian helped her find the perfect book. She devoured it and went back for more. And then her writing improved. She read more. Her writing improved. The more she read, the better her writing became.

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North Adams Finds Buyer for Salt Yard; Sale of Pownal Land Resurfaces

Mayor Richard Alcombright will ask the City Council to accept a bid of $50,000 on the 2.55 acre property, well below its appraised value of $125,000.

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Adams Officials Questions Cable Company

and attempted to quell some concerns from town officials and residents Wednesday, however, it was made clear: residents are not happy with the service.

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Cheshire To Make Decision On Dam Removal

The town will make a decision on whether or not to use state funds to remove the Kitchen Brook Dam. Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the state Division of Ecological Restoration is ready to begin the process of removing the dam but needs direction from the town.

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Pittsfield Wrapping Up Summer Recreation Programs, Looks to Fall

The Parks Department is looking for another program for the fall now that the NFL stopped the Punt, Pass, and Kick program. The program had been sponsored by the National Football League since 1961 and was a youth football competition. In the spring the NFL affiliate USA Football voted to end the program during its annual summit. Instead, the NFL is launching a flag football program in schools, ending its sanctioning Punt, Pass, and Kick program.

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NBCC Distributes Nearly 300 Backpacks Filled With School Supplies

The crowd lined up at the door to the former Sleepy's couldn't wait to get inside and start picking out — school supplies. Thursday was the fourth year of the Backpacked to Success back to school program hosted by The Family Place and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

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Veterans Rucking Across The State For Suicide Awareness

On average 20 veterans a day commit suicide. "Veterans are about 6 percent of the population but they are 20 percent of the suicide rate right now. That is something we as a community, we as veterans, we as active service members, can all work on to help those veterans as they transition back into this very strange life," said Darren Bean, the president of the Warrior Thunder Foundation, a non-profit organization who focus on helping veterans from even getting to that point.

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