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LaFesta Legacy: North Adams Boy to Follow Father in Annual Baseball Exchange

Peter Greenbush cannot tell you the scores of his games in the LaFesta Baseball Exchange, and that’s not just because the games were played a quarter-century ago. “I honestly remember it like it was yesterday,” Greenbush said this week. “The field in Boston sits right on the bay there. It’s an unmistakable right field fence that’s 50 feet high. I remember the food they cooked for us, the parade they did for us.

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1Berkshire Announces 2018 Berkshire Trendsetter Finalists

The 1Berkshire Trendsetter Awards showcase Berkshire-based individuals and businesses who demonstrate excellence in several areas. Each year these winners are the highlight of the annual Celebrate the Berkshires event.

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Cheshire to Explore Fixing Pricey Road Grader

Crane asked the selectmen in March if they would consider purchasing a new grader, however, the board took pause because a new grader would likely cost over $325,000.

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Elizabeth Warren to Host 30th Town Hall in Great Barrington

The state's senior senator said she will take questions from the audience and discuss her work standing up for working families of Massachusetts against powerful corporate interests.

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Authorities Investigate Report of Shooting at Pittsfield Officer's House

Authorities are investigating a shooting incident at the home of a Pittsfield Police officer at 102 Cromwell Ave.

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North Adams Happenings: July 18-24

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

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Deadline Tuesday to File for Mount Greylock School Committee Election

Time is running out for anyone who wants to run for the newly constituted Mount Greylock Regional School District School Committee. Nomination papers must be returned to the town clerks in Williamstown and Lanesborough by Tuesday, July 24, at 5 p.m.

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Three More Marijuana Companies Seek Pittsfield Permits

Three more marijuana companies are working their way through the local permitting process. Temescal Wellness, Bloom Brothers, and David Graziani all received approvals from the Community Development Board Tuesday night - though the first was more of an update to a previously approved medical marijuana facility to become recreational and the third requires a secondary approval.

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World Series Trophy Draws Curious, 'Cats

The players on this year's North Adams SteepleCats are too young to really remember the frustration that preceded the Boston Red Sox' 2004 World Series Championship. But that did not stop them from being a little awestruck in the presence of history.

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North Adams Conservation Commission Sees Porches Plans

he Conservation Commission gave the Porches its blessing to go forward with an expansion. Charlie LaBatt, of Guntlow & Associates, went over the Porches’ plan to expand parking and green space on their campus as well as plans to remediate the former Sunshine Pools property across the street.

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Defense Seeks Dismissal In Assault Case Against Police Officer

The attorney representing a city police officer accused of assault and battery has taken aim at the witness's credibility. Officer Michael McHugh is accused of assaulting a 54-year-old man while off duty on the evening of July 4, 2016. The case is now eyed to go to trial in November but on Monday, Attorney Timothy Shugrue argued for the case to be dismissed saying the victim's account of the night is untrustworthy because he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and painkillers.

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Egremont School Takes Extra Safety Precautions As Police Respond To Nearby Incident

Egremont Elementary School took precautionary measures Tuesday morning as Police responded to a William Street home with a man threatening to do harm to himself. Police said at 9:40 p.m. officers were dispatched to the address and learned that there was a summer program happening at Egremont School. The school took additional safety measures while police managed the nearby situation.

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New Hope United Methodist Church Renovating State Street Structure

New Hope United Methodist Church have found a new home on State Street and want to open its doors to the community. Reverend Danial Randall said the new church, currently under renovation, at 192 State St. will not only be a place of worship but a center for community engagement and refuge.

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Williamstown Pollinator Campaign Celebrates Successful Educational Effort

Art and science came together in a unique way for Bridget Spann. One of the coordinators of the town’s Bee Friendly Williamstown campaign was at the Clark Art Institute in May when she had an epiphany.

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Mount Greylock Teachers File Complaints Over Contract

Teachers in the Lanesborough and Williamstown elementary schools and at Mount Greylock Regional School have filed a series of unfair labor practice complaints with the state Department of Labor Relations, according to a statement released on Monday.

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Candidate Gonzalez Promises To Keep Close Ties To Berkshires

As secretary of administration and finance in under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration, Jay Gonzalez took a number of trips to the Berkshires. Patrick, who owns a home in Richmond, used to hold cabinet meetings, bringing state secretaries from various parts of government together. Gonzalez doesn't see that same level of commitment from current Gov. Charlie Baker and the Needham Democrat says he'll make sure the Berkshires are a priority in Boston.

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Painted Pianos on Display Across Berkshire County

The live auction will take place on Sunday, Aug. 26. Until then, viewers can see (and in most cases, try out) the pianos at various venues around the county.

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Berkshires Beat: Adaptive Water Program to Hold Clinic at Camp Russell

This collaboration will provide the opportunity for these youth to take part in adaptive skiing which puts no limits on who can go into the water.

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Elementary School Science Camp Held at Williams College

As part of the weeklong day camp, campers were assigned each night to think about a phenomenon observed in class and develop a "story" that might explain it.

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Adams Board of Health May Enhance Signage at Transfer Station

Board of Health member David Rhoads told the rest of the board last week that he recently attended the Mass Recycling Center Workshop where he was updated on initiatives available to communities to help promote recycling.

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Adams Receives Town Hall Roof Bid

The aging roof has been on the town’s radar for some time now and $220,000 was actually allocated in fiscal 2018 to make various repairs to Town Hall.

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Adams Selectmen to Look Into Russell Field Project

During a short Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday, Selectman Joseph Nowak relayed some information from the Parks Commission and said the commissioners are not happy with the condition of the field.

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High Demand Shown For Pittsfield's Needle Exchange Program

The needle exchange program has collected more than 15,000 dirty needles in the first five months of this year. According to Berkshire Health Systems Director of Infection Prevention and Control Michael Perreault, that shows the need for the disease prevention program is there.

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North Adams Seeks Funding to Overhaul Brayton Park

The project in its entirety is slated to cost $455,000 and the city is requesting $318,500, or 70 percent of the project, from PARC. The remaining 30 percent ($136,500) will come for the next round of Community Development Block Grant funds.

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Save The Art Continues Opposition to Berkshire Museum Art Sale

Tom Patti considered it a compliment to have his art in the same building as Norman Rockwell and Alexander Calder. Patti had his work commissioned for the Berkshire Museum. He has pieces at the entrance, the foyer, and in three other locations. But now, Patti doesn't feel that the museum values local artists.

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