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Central Berkshire Habitat Honors Volunteerism at Annual Meeting

To understand what Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity means for Bonnie Hayden, one must understand where she was when she first got involved. "We came from a big mess," Hayden said.

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Cheshire Had Looked at Joining Northern Berkshire School Union

Town officials reached out to the Northern Berkshire School Union 43 about possibly joining its superintendency union this past June. However, the town was told it would have to leave the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District before going any further.

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Adams Investigating Operations at Former Curtis Paper

Chairman John Duval said both the health and building inspector will visit the property after hearing complaints Wednesday from residents who demanded town action on alleged zoning and board of health violations at the 115 Howland Ave. mill.

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Williamstown Finance Endorses Police Station, School Regionalization

The Finance Committee voted unanimously to support the plan of local school officials to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District and the proposed purchase of a Simonds Road property for a new police station questions likely to be posed to the town at a special town meeting on Nov. 14.

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Pittsfield Establishes Community Preservation Act Budget

The Community Preservation Committee expects a $420,000 budget in the fiscal year 2018. The Community Preservation Act was accepted by voters in November and city officials have been establishing the process since then. The act calls for a surcharge on the tax bills of 1 percent, with the first $100,000 value being exempted. That money goes into a fund, which is controlled by a locally created Community Preservation Committee, to use on affordable housing, parks and open space, historic prese

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Work Group Discusses Stigma Associated With Heroin Use

Terms like junky, addict, drug abuser, clean versus dirty, carry a negative connotation when it comes to the opioid epidemic. And that stigma makes it even more challenging to address the nationwide problem, according to Jennifer Michaels, medical director of the Brien Center.

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The Independent Investor: Taketh Care of Your Workers and They Will Taketh Care of You

As unemployment declines, wages rise, and good workers become critical to your bottom line, you might want to consider that happy employees are critical to on-going productivity and talent retention. It has been shown over and over again that the better the corporate culture, the more a company will earn.

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BHS Gifts North Adams Airport Building

With state approval, the Airport Commission officially accepted the former family medicine building as a gift from Berkshire Health Systems to use as the new administrative building.

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Clarksburg Sets Saturday Town Meeting for School Project Revote

The Select Board on Wednesday night set the date for the special town meeting, which was prompted by a citizens' petition that garnered nearly 300 signatures after the first vote failed to reach two-thirds passage by one vote.

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Pittsfield Finance Director: Parking Meters Should Bring In $160K

The parking meters are taking in between $16,000 and $17,000 a month, according to Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood. The city implemented paid parking downtown at the start of this year and has become quite a debated issue in the city. The intent of the parking plan was to create a revenue stream to fund repairs to the McKay Street garage. The plan dates back to 2013 when it was developed by the consultants Nelson Nygaard.

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BRPC Launching Search For New Executive Director

BRPC's search for a new director will begin in earnest next month. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Nathaniel Karns is planning to retire in early 2018. A search committee has been formed to find who will become the agency's third executive director. Karns said he wants to retire no earlier than January 1 and no later than September 1, 2018, but is "pretty flexible" with what that date will be.

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MassWildlife Offers Tips for Aggressive Turkeys

Wild turkeys live in a variety of habitats in Massachusetts, including suburban and urban areas. They roost in large trees at night to avoid predators and you may see turkeys roosting on on railings, roofs, or vehicles in residential areas. Wild turkeys live in flocks organized by pecking order.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 18-25

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

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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017

This is the season of holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2017

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours and/or events on Halloween.

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Adams Board of Health to Inspect Debris at Curtis Paper Mill

The Board of Health will inspect reported debris left at the former Curtis Paper Mill. The board heard last week from resident and Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District Program Coordinator Linda Cernik, who had concerns over the growing amount debris at the Howland Avenue mill.

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Mount Greylock Asks Towns to Put Regional Expansion to Vote

The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday decided to ask voters to approve the region's expansion to include Williamstown's and Lanesborough's elementary schools. But there may be one more School Committee meeting to approve the final regional agreement language voters will see at Nov. 14 special town meetings in each community.

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Who Withdrew?: MNA Mixes Up Labor Board Complaints

The Massachusetts Nursing Association has withdrawn one of the multiple unfair labor practice charges it filed against Berkshire Medical Center. In July, the registered nurses' union filed a charge against a new absentee policy the hospital's administration had established. The claim was that there was a modification to the contract because the new policy was not negotiated. The union said the hospital broadened the circumstances around absences for discipline.

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Education Task Force Panel Answers Questions at NBCC Forum

The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population. The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.

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Clarksburg School OKs 'Blizzard Bags' to Case of Snow Days

School officials are preparing for another snowy winter with "blizzard bags" to keep students on track. The School Committee on Oct. 5 approved a pilot program that would send predetermined school work home with children so up to five school snow days could be treated as instructional days.

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Pittsfield Arraigns Second Suspect in Jones Shooting Death

Josaiah T. Bynum, 19, had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf for single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, illegal possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun, and of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.

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Pittsfield Man Arrested For 2016 Murder

A city man was arrested Monday night for the alleged murder of James Dominguez III last January. The District Attorney's office said James Cromartie, 31, of Pittsfield was arrested on a murder warrant Monday night. On Tuesday, Cromartie had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of murder in Berkshire Superior Court.

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Taconic Contruction: 58 Percent Complete; Focused On Enclosing Building

Construction managers expect to complete $4 million worth of construction per month to keep on schedule with the building of the new Taconic High School.

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