image description

Cheshire Candidate Won't Call for Recount

Selectman candidate E. Richard Scholz was ready to call for a recount after a significant error in votes on a citizen's petition had him questioning the narrow margin in the selectman's race. Longtime incumbent Carol Francesconi had beaten Scholz by only 25 votes in Monday's election. But Scholz said he satisfied by the town clerk's explanation of the discrepancy on Tuesday night.

image description

Private Bennington, Vt., Wells Test Positive for PFOA

Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday released drinking water test results for perfluorooctanoic acid from a new area of testing south of the Bennington landfill.

image description

Community Meeting Planned in Wake of Pittsfield Shooting

Residents of South Pittsfield received a wake up call this weekend when a 17-year-old man was shot on Bartlett Avenue. The incident was a little too close for comfort for the area which hasn't seen the type of violent crime while other areas have. The City Councilors representing two South Pittsfield wards have set a meeting in hopes to bring residents together discuss safety.

image description

Congressman Neal Nominates Hoosac Valley Student to Annapolis

One of Hoosac Valley's graduates will be headed for the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis this summer. Jared Haley of Adams is the first Hurricane known to obtain an appointment to the academy. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal was on hand Tuesday morning to present his congressional nomination before Haley's family, teachers, and coaches.

image description

Letter: Milne Friends Thankful for Book Sale Support

Eight months of planning and sorting, countless donations of quality used books and thousands of volunteer hours added up to two successful days at the Friends of Milne Public Library Used Book Sale this month.

image description

Letter: Support Puddester & Kapiloff for Planning Board

This letter is in support of Susan Puddester and Chris Kapiloff for positions on the Williamstown Planning Board. As long-time residents of Williamstown experienced in town governance, we are very concerned about the future of our community. We are confronted with a declining population, and without growth in our tax base, it will be increasingly difficult to meet the financial needs of our schools and other critical municipal operations.

image description

Letter: Transparency Critical in Preschool Discussions

Seeing these two meetings unfold at the nearly the same time, (1 hour or so at the Planning Board, 45 minutes at School Committee meeting, and then back to Planning Board for another hour) I was struck by their similarities and their startling differences.

image description

Letter: Support Waubeeka Compromise & Sarah Gardner

I plan to vote for the Waubeeka petition at our Williamstown town meeting as amendments are worked out on the floor. It is the best way to actually preserve open space possibilities as well as perhaps "banking" the land for the future as climate change brings more challenges to food production. It certainly would not hurt to realize the revenue off of the planned proposal if it could find a responsible developer.

image description

Letter: Senate Candidate Strongly Against Pipeline

Why do I oppose both pipelines? For starters, they transport fracked gas. Fracked gas has wreaked havoc on the environment because of all the chemicals injected into the groundwater and can ruin a water supply. Pipelines can be dangerous. In Sandisfield in 1981, they had to evacuate large parts of Sandisfield due to a leak. And they leak methane, which traps 84 more times more heat than carbon dioxide, increasing global warming. This is not to mention the disruption of the ecosystem upon install

image description

Letter: Answers Needed on North Adams Health Department Backlog

The recent revelation that the City of North Adams has fallen behind in its responsibility to provide its citizens of the most basic legally required Health Inspections demands a community announcement as compelling as Mayor Alcombright announcing his recision of the Winter Parking Ban sent to all citizens.

image description

McCann Cutting Costs for Electrical & Solar Array Repairs

McCann Technical School will receive $10,000 in repairs to its small roof-mounted solar array with a net-metering contract that will cut electricity costs. The McCann School Committee voted Wednesday to enter into a 25-year solar net metering contract that should cut electricity costs by 25 percent.

image description

Pittsfield Mulls Residency Requirement For Boards and Commissions

If a city board or commission is making decisions for the community, should the members actually live in the city? That's the question in front of the City Council's Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee. The group met on Monday to discuss a proposal put forth by resident David Pill to implement a residency requirement for all boards and commissions.

image description

Mount Greylock Retirees Address School Committee on Health Insurance

Several dozen current and retired employees of the Mount Greylock Regional School District attended last week's School Committee meeting to voice concerns that the district might unilaterally raise the percentage of health care costs borne by retirees.

image description

Francesconi Narrowly Keeps Selectman's Seat in Cheshire

Incumbent Carol Francesconi narrowly defeated opponent E. Richard Scholz for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen. The longtime incumbent and current chairwoman fended off Scholz by a slight margin of 25 votes.

image description

Cheshire Kindergartners Get Lesson on Voting

Monday's town election was a chance for some of its youngest citizens to learn about an important civic duty: Voting. The kindergarten classes of Robin Poirot and Heather Emerson walked through the rain from Cheshire Elementary School to the Senior Center to participate in a mock voting experience along with citizens of town.

image description

Nowak, Blanchard Returned to Adams Board of Selectmen

Joseph Nowak and Richard Blanchard were re-elected to the Board of Selectmen on Monday. The two incumbents were handed second three-year terms over Michael Ouellette, a former selectman.

image description

Letter: Moving Forward on Full Day Side-By-Side

The following are some thoughts on the recent Williamstown Elementary School Committee meeting on April 28. While I am on the High School committee, my comments are those of an individual.

image description

Williams Features Equal Justice Advocate at 227th Commencement

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 227th Commencement Exercise on Sunday, June 5. The day before, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and science journalist Elizabeth Kolbert will be the baccalaureate speaker. Both will receive honorary degrees at commencement, as will Sarah Bolton, current dean of the college at Williams and president-elect of The College of Wooster; author and illustrator Eric Carle; writer and commentator

image description

Downing to Give Keynote Address at 56th BCC Commencement

State Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 56th Commencement Exercises to be held June 3 at Tanglewood in Lenox. Downing was first elected in 2006 at the age of 24. During his decade of service, Downing, who recently announced that he will not seek a sixth term, has represented 52 communities of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District, the largest Senate district in the commonwealth.

image description

17-Year-Old Man Shot In Pittsfield

A 17-year-old man was shot Sunday on Bartlett Avenue. Police say the man was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment of the non-life threatening injuries around 9:58 p.m. The victim is declining to cooperate with investigating officers, police said.

image description

Pittsfield Airport Fence Revision Will Curb Deer Incursion

About three to five deer a day are among visitors to Pittsfield's municipal airport each day. It's a form of unwanted traffic the airport is looking to curtail, with the systematic repair or replacement of several significant sections of its perimeter fence

image description

Berkshires Beat: Save Stockbridge Bowl Campaign Nears Goal

The SBA has raised more than $2.4 million of the estimated $2.8 million cost to pay for Phase 2 of the Town of Stockbridge Lake Management Plan. The work will include dredging to remove silt that has built up over many decades, and to permit a significant winter drawdown to kill the roots of invasive non-native plants clogging many areas of the lake.

image description

Biz Briefs: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Wins TV Award

In the video, John, an auto detailer in Bennington, shares his emotional story about battling cancer with SVMC’s team. The video was part of a series of patient videos, all of which can be viewed at svhealthcare.org/stories.

image description

Advocates Continue to Push on Wiliamstown Preschool Program

Four members of the Williamstown School Committee on Thursday again explained their reasons for supporting a fiscal 2017 budget that includes a reduction to the school's popular preschool program. At a special meeting originally rescheduled from April 13, the committee members explained why they did not oppose the school administration's decision to eliminate the full-day option for Side-By-Side.

image description

Mount Greylock Decides to Reduce Building Debt Assessment in Year One

The Mount Greylock School Committee has decided to pay less on the school building project bond in the first year and forego savings that would not be realized until years down the road. The question of whether to more aggressively pay down the principal on a $30 million bond has been discussed since the school district's two member towns passed a debt exclusion for the project in March.

More Stories