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Pittsfield YMCA Planning $5 Million Renovation Project

The YMCA is planning a $6.5 million renovation project to its downtown building. The plan is to overhaul the interior of the building and restore large windows on the front and side facades. The organization believes it will increase the amount of space while preserving the architectural landscape.

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North Adams Airport Administrative Building Work Ahead of Schedule

Peter Enzien of Stantec Consulting Services, the airport's engineer, told the Airport Commission on Tuesday that since the building’s move earlier this year, the contractor has been steadily working on the interior and exterior of the building.

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Pittsfield's Columbus Avenue Garage Set to Be Torn Down

The Columbus Avenue parking garage will be torn down at the end of this month. After years of pushing for state funding to build a new garage on the site to no available, the city is moving forward with demolishing the garage and making a surface lot. The work is expected to start on March 25 and vehicles are directed to park in the Depot Street lot instead.

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Local Authorities Chase Suspects Across North County

A high-speed chase and manhunt throughout the county tied up local law enforcement for hours on Tuesday. Authorities have not commented on the issue but according to the scanner reports, State and local police were chasing two men in a black pickup truck with Florida plates southbound on Route 8 from North Adams shortly after 1 in the afternoon. The men evaded authorities all the way to West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, where they then ditched the truck.

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Berkshire Beat: Herberg Team Wins 20th Annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge

The competition involved 16 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 130 students ages 8 to 14 using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of hypothetical missions that focused on space-themed missions – such as growing food in space, fighting muscle atrophy in orbit, and collecting samples – on a table-top "playing field."

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Pittsfield CPA Committees Gets $1 Million Worth of Requests

Nine entities are looking for more than $1 million from the Community Preservation Act to fund an array of projects. But, the city only has about $613,000 to dole out. The Community Preservation Committee will spend the next month or so decided which projects to fund and at how much.

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Three Will Vie For Adams Selectmen Seats.

Incumbents Joseph Nowak and Richard Blanchard will look to defend their seats from former Selectman Donald Sommer.

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North Adams Library Trustees Have Funding Concerns

Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees Wednesday that she recently attended budget meetings with Mayor Thomas Bernard and is still receiving pushback from the city in meeting Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners funding standards.

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Berkshire DA: Propane Tanks Used to Set Fire in Sheffield Murder-Suicide

The District Attorney's office is investigating the fire that left a family of five dead as a murder-suicide. First responders were called to 1343 Home Road shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday morning to a structure fire. After it was extinguished, investigators found Justine Wilbur dead and later found the bodies of Luke Karpinski and the family's three children, 7-year-old twins Alex and Zoe and Marek, age 3.

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North Adams Students Getting Two Weeks at Christmas

The School Committee earlier this month approved a 2019-20 calendar that schedules a holiday vacation that runs from Dec. 23, 2019, to Jan. 3, 2020.

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Solid Waste District Considers New Materials Recovery Contract

She said the district would have to commit by December and would be charged a fee if it pulls out of the contract early. If they leave again they will not be able to reenter.

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for March

The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Plainfield and Alford for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Amends Budget to Preserve Music Instruction

After hearing from several teachers at the elementary and high school level who argued against the cut, the six members of the seven-person panel in attendance voted unanimously to restore about $6,000 to the $22.4 million gross operating budget for the three-school, PreK-12 district.

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Youth Voices Lead Coalition Forum

Seven youths from the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Youth Leadership Program led the Coalition's monthly form on March 12. Representing all four North County high schools, the teens talked to the adults about why adults don't always listen to the point of view of teenagers - and how that can change.

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Idea Pitched For THC-infused Chocolate Manufacturing at Mall

A Brooklyn chocolatier is considering purchasing one of the mall's anchor stores to manufacturer marijuana-infused chocolate products. Lev Kelman and Lori Denman pitched the concept to the Board of Selectmen Monday night. Kelman said he's been in talks with mall ownership to either lease a large space like the vacant J.C. Penny location or lease a smaller space, in the former Garden Grill space.

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One Contested Race, So Far, on Williamstown Election Ballot

The town has one contested election and one elected office in search of a candidate with 11 days left to file paper for May's election.

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Six-year-old Twins Among Those Who Died In Pittsfield Fire

Six-year-old twins were among the three killed in a fire early Saturday morning. The District Attorney's Office says Austin Grezlak, 25, and twins Kasper and Sylas Stone died when their home in Lake Onota Village burned.

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Q&A: Doctor with Pro Football Pedigree Treating Sports Injuries in Bennington

Sustain a sports injury in and around Bennington, and you might discover that your doctor has more than years of medical training to bring to your recovery plan. She just might be a former professional football player, too.

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Authorities Investigating Lake Onota Village Fire That Killed Three

Authorities are investigating a fire Saturday morning that left three people dead.

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Clarksburg Residents Want Action on Speeding, Potholes

Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher agreed Middle Road is "very challenging," adding that "as soon as the weather gets halfway decent here, we're going to be able to address some of those holes."

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BCC Remembers Beloved Dean, Charlie Kaminski

Thomas Tyning described his late friend Charles Kaminski as a "six-foot-two Paddington bear," with a cavernous voice that seemed to emanate from the depths of his heart and yet the kind of quality that put people at ease." Kaminski - known as Chuck to some, Charlie to others - loved nature, cooking, and music. He never seemed stressed and was loved by many from across the state.

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Nomination Papers Available for Clarksburg Election

Nominations are open for elective office in Clarksburg. The annual town election will be held on Tuesday, May 28.

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Southfield Fire Destroys One Building, Damages Second

An early morning fire Friday in Southfield damaged one building and destroyed another on Norfolk Road early Friday morning.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 15-21

Known across the globe as "the ultimate-feel good show," The Choir of Man offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy.

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