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Williamstown Planning Board Candidates Participate in Forum

The two candidates in the only contested race on May 9's town election ballot made their case to the voters last week in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Incumbent Chris Winters is being challenged by newcomer Karen L. Shepard for his five-year seat on the Planning Board.

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Adams-Cheshire Weighs Emergency Amendment for Cheshire School

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee will seek legal counsel to see how and if Cheshire can amend the district agreement to allow the town to fund Cheshire Elementary School on its own for one year. Cheshire Selectwoman Carol Francesconi on Monday asked the committee if it was possible for the town to increase its assessment and bypass the district agreement that would mandate a proportional increase to Adams.

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Mount Greylock School Looking For Regionalization Vote This Fall

Full regionalization of the Mount Greylock School District is expected to go to a vote in the fall. Considerations of fully regionalize the district have been ongoing since 2013 and is eyed to bring efficiency to the administration of three schools. Currently, Williamstown Elementary, Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School, and Lanesborough Elementary are all separate entities sharing a superintendent. The move would bring both elementary schools into the district, creating a pre-K to

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North Adams Eyes Tax Title Sales For Tax Relief, Engineering

The city has a fairly good idea what the increase in its fiscal 2018 budget will be: 1.12 percent, largely driven by health insurance increases, pensions, the school budget and two new positions. But it doesn't yet know how much revenue will come in this year as it pursues some $2.6 million in liens, taxes and interest outstanding. The hope is to use some of those gains to offset taxes and prepare engineering for projects in anticipation of a debt drop-off in 2020.

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Cheshire Man Killed In Head-on Collision in Windsor

A Cheshire man was killed Monday afternoon in an head-on collision on the Windsor/Cummington line on Route 9. State police are withholding identification of the 31-year-old man pending family notification. He was inititially taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and then to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where he was pronounced dead.

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Compass Rose to Be Painted at North Adams Airport In May

The Ninety-Nines, an international women's pilot group, will be flying in next month to paint a rose compass on the tarmac of Harriman & West Airport. Airport Manager Bill Greenwald told the Airport Commission last week that volunteers with the Ninety-Nines group are set to start painting on Saturday, May 20.

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Race Kicks Off Spring

Scheduled for Saturday, April 29, in Williamstown, this year's 15th Humane Race promises a fun morning for people and their dogs with one small but exciting change: The run will be a timed race with the help of Berkshire Running Center.

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Substance Abuse Prevention Part 2: The Efforts

Through grant funding the District Attorney's Office is now training educators on a specific curriculum to prevent drug use. The office's Community Outreach and Education Program is now teacher Life Skills, a three-pronged approach to help students make better decisions when presented with drug use. The curriculum is eyed to be rolled out into all schools and help prevent students from going down the path of drug use.

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Adams Takes Action Against Duke's Sand and Gravel

Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco held an informational meeting for park and surrounding area residents Thursday to explain procedurally how the town will penalize John Duquette Jr., the owner of Duke's, who town officials say has broken town zoning bylaws by moving his operation into the buffer zone between the gravel pit and the mobile home park.

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Williamstown ZBA Continues Hearing on Lehovec Property Hotel

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday decided to continue its hearing on issuing special permits to allow a 77-room hotel at 562 Main St. At the end of a marathon meeting marked by repeated concerns from neighboring residents, the ZBA voted to hold a site visit before its May 18 meeting, at which it hopes to conclude its deliberations.

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Scholz Running Again Cheshire Select Board

E. Richard Scholz believes with his experience in business he is the right candidate to bring change to Cheshire. Scholz, who currently serves on the Advisory Board, has made two previous runs for selectman and heads his own telecommunications consulting firm. He has 20-plus years' experience in project management and consulting experience within the telecommunications industry.

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Pittsfield Council To Hold Hearing On Capital Improvement Plan

The city is looking to spend some $23.5 million on capital projects next year. Mayor Linda Tyer has submitted a capital budget of $9.1 million for city projects and $14.4 million for water and sewer. The debt incurred from the $9.1 million would be paid for through the city's annual budget while the $14.4 million would come from the enterprise accounts. A public hearing is scheduled for the City Council meeting on Tuesday.

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Substance Abuse Prevention Part 1: The Data

Prevention is just one aspect of tackling the opioid problem in the county. So far signs show local efforts are working, but that local effort still have a lot of work ahead of them. Over the last 10 years data collected from the Berkshire United Way is showing a decreasing percentage of county students using alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco products. However, compared to the national average, Berkshire students are still using those substances at a greater frequency than national averages.

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St. John To Make Run For Cheshire Select Board

Edmund St. John IV is running for selectman to advocate for Cheshire and help move the town forward. He said he decided to run because he wanted to be able to do more for the town he has lived in since the age of 10.

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New Gallery Drawn by North Adams' Air of Contemporary Art

A new art gallery in downtown North Adams is the result of the city's unique relationship with contemporary art as a lure to artists from other places. Gravity Gallery co-owners Lynn Richardson and Paul McMullan first became acquainted with the city in 2012 when both artists displayed work in Downstreet Art.

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MCLA Makes It Official With Inauguration of President Birge

James F. "Jamie" Birge hadn't intended to become a college president. After interviewing dozens of presidents of colleges large and small, private and public, for his dissertation in leadership studies, he came away with the impression it was too difficult, too demanding and fraught with financial pressures.

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Husband's Ex-Girlfriend Charged in Case of Missing Clarksburg Woman

The husband of missing Clarksburg woman Joanne Ringer is the "sole suspect" in her disappearance, say authorities. Ringer went missing on March 2; her husband, Charles "Chad" Reidy, was found dead on April 7 in the couple's garage.

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Lanesborough to Walmart: Come Build Here

If Pittsfield doesn't want Walmart, Lanesborough will take it. The Board of Selectmen have asked Town Manager Paul Sieloff to reach out to Walmart officials and ask if they'd consider building the supercenter on the Berkshire Mall property instead of in Pittsfield.

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Clarksburg Seeking Write-In Candidates for Empty Posts

That's the day of the town election and five offices will have blank spaces next to them on the ballot. Three are on the Planning Board, and if there are no write-in candidates, that board effectively won't exist on May 24.

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Cheshire Wants to Brighten Up DPW Garage

The town will consider installing LED lights in the Town Garage to help save money and actually light up the facility. Newly hired Director Blair Crane said the situation is grimmer than just having efficient lighting and out of the building's 32 fixtures, only 20 operate correctly.

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The Independent Investor: Should College Be Free?

Criticism of the program largely centers on the cost. Higher education has gotten so expensive through the years that some form of government assistance already picks up the tab for half of the nation's education costs through a maze of loans, credits and whatnot. It appears that government has recognized that "pricing out" education for a growing portion of the population might not be such a good idea.

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Clarksburg Country Club Owner Denies Accusation of Waste Dumping

The owner of the former North Adams Country Club is dismissing accusations that the property was used to dump contaminated waste. "I can't imagine why anybody would bring material in from somewhere else when we have 80 acres worth of material up there," Todd Driscoll told News10 on Thursday.

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United Way Program to Provide Kindergarteners With Supplies

Every child entering kindergarten next year will have a backpack full of supplies. Berkshire Bank employees will be filling 1,200 backpacks with books, supplies, reading lists, and informational fliers as part of the Berkshire United Way's day of caring.

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Few Candidates Take Out Papers For Lanesborough Election

There is little doing this election season so far. Only five candidates for office took out nomination papers as of Wednesday afternoon, four of which are incumbents.

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