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Adams Officials Discuss Filling Vacant Selectman Seat

Town officials are considering whether to hold an election for the vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen. Town Clerk Haley Meczywor told the Selectmen last week that the Nov. 7 special election to fill the seat of the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi could be coupled with a town election.

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Adams Hi-Jinx Night Set for Monday Night

Rain or shine, Hi-Jinx Night returns to Park Street on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. The annual street fair expects more than 50 vendors along with live entertainment.

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Shire City Sessions Returns to Pittsfield on Monday

The Shire City Sessions are back. The weekly concert series takes place over the next three Mondays at the First Street Common. The concerts bring original live music to the Berkshires, and fills up what tends to be an uneventful night of the week. "There is a little bit of a hole in the cultural scene when it comes to original music," said Alan Bauman, who founded the concert series in 2015 to bring in national and regional music talent to tackle that issue.

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Zion Lutheran Church Opens 1892 Time Capsule

When the Zion Lutheran Church was built on First Street in 1892, the congregation placed a time capsule in the cornerstone. And it sat there for 125 years. Current Pastor Timothy Weisman knew there was one somewhere in the building's structure, but wasn't sure where. Seven months ago, the church embarked on a $1.2 million renovation and the mason dug around the northwest corner of the building and found it. The time capsule was placed there on July 13, 1892.

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Unpaid Bills Are Starting to Pile Up For Berkshire Mall

The Berkshire Mall bills are piling up. The mall owner, Kohan Retail Investment Group, under Berkshire Mail Realty Holdings, not only owes close to a half million in taxes to the town and to the Baker Hill Road District $230,000 for the road district and $209,000 to the town.

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Adams Gets CDBG Funding for Visitors Center Parking Lot

Adams has received $800,000 in 2017 Community Development Block Grant funds to reconfigure the parking lot at the Adams Visitors Center. Adams was one of 58 towns and cities receiving $30.5 million in CDBG funds announced on Thursday. Also receiving grants are Becket, Buckland and North Adams.

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Williamstown Planners Looking at Possible Bylaw Amendments

The board hopes to have at least one proposal ready to go in time for a prospective special town meeting in November to decide whether to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District to include Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary.

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MassDOT Secretary Praises Massive Road Reconstruction in Dalton

MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack says the massive $10.5 million reconstruction of East Housatonic Street is a perfect example of what the state wants to see. The project has been in the works for years and finally began construction March of 2016. It is on pace to be completed in October, with punch list items being completed in the spring.

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Pittsfield Man Fined For Illegal Asbestos Removal

DEP has fined a city man for illegally removing asbestos from a home on Circular Avenue. The Department of Environmental Protection fined Robert Clum $27,100 for removing the material from 65 Circular Avenue in August of last year. The work, removing and disposing of asbestos pipe insulation, potentially exposed the residents to asbestos fibers, DEP says. Clum does not have a contractor's license to the work nor did he notified the state regarding it.

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State Budget Includes $50K to Keep Preschool at Conte, Morningside

The School Department was close to closing all of its preschool classes at Morningside and Conte Community School, two schools that need it the most. But, between state legislators and the union, there will at least be a few. The state budget includes $50,000 to help fund those programs.

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Cheshire May Look At Recreational Marijuana Bylaw

The Selectmen are debating whether to begin the process of crafting a medical marijuana zoning bylaws. With the likelihood of the state adopting recreational marijuana regulations, Town Administrator Mark Webber asked the board on Tuesday if officials would be interested in creating a bylaw.

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Rubber Duck Derby Raises Funds for North County Family Center

The ducks in their jaunty sea caps were a fund raiser for Family Center of Northern Berkshire County, a program of Child Care of the Berkshires, to raise funds to pay for playgroups, family support, parent education and early literacy programs.

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Mass MoCA Architects Propose Redevelopment of Windsor Mill

Simeon Bruner of Cambridge Development Corp., and principal of Bruner /Cott Architects, has offered $465,000 for the historic mill with the pledge to invest a minimum of $400,000 on facade and capital improvements within the next three years.

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Mount Greylock 'Highpoint' of Club's Annual Convention

More than 200 members of the Highpointers Club will be hiking, biking, driving or otherwise finding their way to the top of Mount Greylock this weekend. The annual convention of the club gathers at the highest peak in a selected state. Massachusetts was chosen as this year's location, bringing club members to the 3,491-foot summit on the Mount Greylock State Reservation.

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BMC, Nurses Return to Bargaining as Strike Hangs Over Head

In the middle of a strike authorization vote and the union filing charges against the hospital with the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Nursing Association and Berkshire Medical Center return to the bargaining table Thursday in hopes to come to an agreement on a new contract.

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Cariddi's Top Legislative Aide Seeks to Fill Out Rep's Term

Kevin Towle knew that the Monday right after Gailanne Cariddi had died, she'd want her staff reporting to work. And they did. The top legislative aide for the late Cariddi pulled the staff together, hung a white board and listed every piece of legislation, local projects, and budget priorities on it and the group began planning for the next steps. For days, Towle reported to work and looked at that white board with fear that everything the staff has worked on for the last year would all be fo

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Williamstown Planning Board OKs Inn Project; Zoning Board Next

Williams College's plans for a new Williams Inn on Spring Street cleared one regulatory hurdle on Tuesday and face another test on Thursday at Town Hall. The Planning Board on Tuesday gave its blessing to the 64-room inn, which the college hopes to have online by the spring of 2019.

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Williamstown Road Work Scheduled on Sand Springs, Bridges Roads

The Town of Williamstown will be repaving Sand Springs Road and Bridges Road beginning Thursday.

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MCLA, BCC Agreement Bolsters Early Ed Degree Programs

Heather Thompson started going to college in 1998. And then found out she was expecting a child. She returned home to Berkshires and six months after giving birth, enrolled at Berkshire Community College.

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Cemetery Commission Seeks Engineer Study of Bellevue Garage

The town will use an engineering firm to gather cost estimates for expanding the Department of Public Works facility at Bellevue Cemetery. The Cemetery Commission was asked to use funds to either replace or add on to the existing garage and after a tour of the grounds Monday, commissioners agreed to start moving the project forward.

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Williams College to Shut Down Electricity Three Days This Summer

Williams College's campus will undergo a total blackout for three days this summer while the school installs two large generators.

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North Adams Happenings: July 19-25

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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