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Cheshire Seeks Grant Funds to Extend Wells Road Sidewalk

Highway Superintendent Blair Crane recommended to the Selectmen last week that the town apply for state Complete Streets funding to extend the sidewalk on Wells Road to Pine Valley Mobile Home Park.

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North Adams Historical Commission Wants Funds to Preserve Gatehouse

A priority is the 104-year-old Mount Williams gatehouse, the tower at the reservoir on Pattison Road.

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Democrats Open Pittsfield HQ For November's Election Push

With the primaries in the rearview, Democrats are gearing up for the final election push. Locally the party opened a North Street headquarters for the coordinated campaign.

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Barn Destroyed in Early Morning Fire in Adams

An early morning fire at Ziemba's farm on Walling Road destroyed a hay-filled barn complex.

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UPDATE: Suspected Pittsfield Arsonist Apprehended

Authorities say incendiary devices were used Saturday night to start fires in four separate locations in the city all at about the same time.

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Pittsfield Little League Looks to Spruce Up Deming Park

The Little League is looking to spruce up Deming Park. Greg Coscia has begun conversations with the city to make a number of improvements to the park. First, the league wants to make railings leading to the scorekeepers building permanent. Those were installed prior to the district tournament when stairs were replaced and repaired. Coscia hopes to put a taller fence behind it to make it more difficult for trespassers to get in.

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Housing, Economy Discussed In First Housing Summit

Housing on upper floors of downtown buildings was forbidden for years. Even if a developer wanted to build apartments or condominiums it couldn't. But a handful of years ago, the city changed that. It created a zoning overlay district to broaden the scope of what could be developed.

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Fall Foliage Leaf Hunt Clues for 2018

The annual Fall Foliage Leaf hunt, a traditional popular feature of Fall Foliage Festival Week, including three sets of GPS coordinates for geocaching fans, starts Saturday, Sept. 22.

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Cheshire Posts Town Administrator Position

Outgoing Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that his position has been posted in various media and an updated job description will be posted online.

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 17 - Sept. 18

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@theMarket: Record Highs and More to Come?

There's plenty of reasons to hope for the best, despite that wall of worry I mentioned in my previous column. The tariff tiff between Trump and the rest of the world is slowly becoming old news. More and more economists and trade experts are coming to the same conclusion that I did over a month ago. When you add up all the tariffs and counter-tariffs, the economic impact is equivalent to a hill of beans.

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Adams Faces More Than $1M In Storm Damage

The town was hit hard twice in less than a week on Sept. 12 and 18. Flooding was amplified by failed culverts and compromised drainage that could not handle the deluge. The town was twice forced to close areas of Lime, Davis, North Summer, and Charles streets.

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This Week in Williamstown: Sept. 21-27

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 21-27

South Mountain Concerts presents the Juilliard String Quartet for an evening of classics and a world premiere by Lembit Beecher - "One Hundred Years Grows Shorter Over Time" - written for the Quartet in honor of the 100th anniversary of South Mountain Concerts. 3 p.m. $40.

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Mount Greylock School Committee, Teachers Air Sides in Labor Dispute

The meeting began with public comments from 10 people, including a spokesman for the district's teachers union, with a common theme: Pay the teachers what they've been promised.

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Pittsfield Dedicates Adult Learning Center To William Stickney

In the latter part of William Stickney's career, he struggled to walk. Then Superintendent of Schools William Travis remembers seeing Stickney sitting on the stairs in the Mercer Building, using his arms to push himself up one stair at a time as he attempted to get to his office. That was Stickney's dedication to the belief that all adults deserved a second chance.

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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Draws Hundreds to Benefit Freeman Center

Elizabeth Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick welcomed all the walkers who came out during the event at Third Thursday, including elected officials, business leaders, residents from throughout the county and all those who demand change.

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The Independent Investor: Dogs and Their Cars

Seventy-seven percent of dog owners say the option of having pet-friendly features available would impact their decision on which vehicle to purchase the next time they are in the market to buy a car. That number increases to 89 percent for millennials.

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Marijuana Approved For Former KFC In Pittsfield

A lot has changed in two years. Nearly two years ago to the date the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a permit for a medical marijuana facility at the former Kentucky Fried Chicken on East Street because it was detrimental to the neighborhood. On Wednesday, the ZBA approved an even bigger recreational marijuana facility on the same location

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SBA Touts Small Business Success Stories of The Berkshires

The federal agency provides loans to small businesses to help them grown. Wendell Davis, the Region I New England administrator, said that capital component is what ultimately sinks many businesses as the owners just try to squeak by without putting in needed investment.

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North Adams Airport Receives Two Bids for Administration Building

Peter Enzien of Stantec Consulting Services, the airport's engineer, told the commission Tuesday that bids were opened Sept. 7 from DA Sullivan & Sons of Northampton and Burke Construction of Adams.

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Williamstown Considers Application for Non-Profits Seeking Town Funds

The three-page form was developed by a working group of the town's Finance Committee following discussions that arose last year after a request from the Sand Springs Recreation Center.

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Central Berkshire Habitat Condo Project Receives Permits

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity's Gordon Deming project is a go. The non-profit received the local permits needed on Tuesday for the six-unit, three-building condominium project. The project has been in the works for a decade when Berkshire Gas first donated the property on Deming Street and Executive Director Carolyn Valli believes it will be out to bid in March.

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Fall Foliage Festival Kicks Off Sept. 22

Detailed descriptions and information about events can be found online at explorenorthadams.com/city-events or links accompanying individual events.

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BerkshireWorks Marks National Employ Older Workers Week

In Berkshire County, 40 percent of the population is over the age of 50 and many are actively looking for employment opportunities both full and part time.

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