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Adams Visitors Center Parking Lot Eyed for Revamp

Community Development Director Donna Cesan said this year's Community Development Block Grant application reflects the strategic plan approved by the Selectmen in 2015 for community and downtown development. The maximum the town can apply for this year is $800,000 and the deadline is March 10. Adams should know by late summer if it is being awarded the money.

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Dissolving Adams-Cheshire May Not Be Financially Effective

The potential closure of an elementary school has had officials in Adams and Cheshire mulling the possibility of breaking up the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District. But the options for changing the 50-year-old agreement or dissolving it all appear cumbersome and financially ineffective.

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Pittsfield's Finance Director Reports Strong Revenue Figures

To date, the city is hitting its estimates for revenue. But, there are still some budget lines which are being continually monitored. Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood presented a report of the city's fiscal year 2017 to date. He said so far there are a few budget lines which look to go into deficit but revenues are trending upward.

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No Trial Date Set in 2015 Adams Terrorism Case

It likely will be at least mid-June before there is any talk of a trial date in the case of the United States vs. Alexander Ciccolo. On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson set June 20 for the next hearing in the case, which has dragged on for more than 18 months while the Adams man accused of federal terrorism offenses is held in a Rhode Island detention facility.

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North Adams Misses Out on Downtown Funding

Wednesday capped a monthslong effort by a local team headed by City Councilor Benjamin Lamb and Events Coordinator Suzy Helme that first nominated North Adams. The city joined seven other communities selected from 14,000 nominations as semifinalists last fall.

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Boston Seafood Defends Chowder Cook-off Title

The 2017 competitors were Boston Sea Foods, Bounti Fare, Gramercy Bistro, Grazie, The Hub, Mingos, MCLA Dining Services, North Adams Commons and Williamstown Commons.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 22-28

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

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Cheshire Concerned About Share of School District Costs

The Selectmen are wondering about cost sharing between Cheshire and Adams with the expected closing of an elementary school. Of major concern is the town's responsibility for repairs to C.T. Plunkett School in Adams if Cheshire School should close.

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Pittsfield's Newest Fire Truck Arrives

The city's replacement ladder truck arrived Friday, being the latest capital investment the city has made in the Fire Department. The 2014 Pierce Arrow XT chassis with 100-foot aluminum ladder was delivered Friday afternoon. The truck had served as a demonstrator model for Pierce, traveling from trade show to trade show without ever seeing a fire, and was sold the city for $780,000. The ladder is the new Truck 2, replacing a 1993 Spartan Darley aerial truck with a 75-foot ladder.

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Adams-Cheshire Struggling With School Closure Decision

Cheshire and Adams have long been tied together by history and familial bonds. For the last 50 years, that's been strengthened through a shared educational system. But dropping enrollment and the school district's struggle in the last years with ballooning budgets, has the two towns at odds over whose elementary school will close.

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State Officials Still Awaiting BMC Intersection Area Redesign

The project to re-do the intersections around Berkshire Medical Center has been pushed back yet again, as the design has not progressed enough. The $7.1 million project for the Berkshire Medical Center area has been ranked as a top priority by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission but the design is too far behind to go to bid in 2018. The project has been 11 years in the making, after a 2006 circulation study identified it as a focus for improving traffic in downtown Pittsfield.

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Clarksburg School Project Can Keep Original Well

The state Department of Environmental Protection says Clarksburg School can continue to use its original well as long as its meet specifications during any renovation. Officials have been unsure about the continued use of the well since an initial school survey done a decade ago.

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North Adams Looks at Shorter Bike Trail Project

Williamstown's route is fairly set and a much easier one than North Adams. It runs largely on level terrain along the Hoosic River on land owned by the town and Williams College for about 2.5 miles. The money for that is set. North Adams, however, is in a use it or lose it proposition. Money set aside for the trail from federal Scenic Byway funds and a patchwork of other programs is still there but will disappear.

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Cheshire Historical Commission Wants to Save Masonic Lodge

The Historical Commission is hoping the town can save the Masonic Lodge on Church Street. Commission member Diane Hitter said the upper floors where the Mason lodge was housed is like a museum.

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Town Officials Tour Adams-Cheshire Schools

With the district pondering the likelihood of closing one of the schools, their condition, size and maintenance costs are expected to influence the debate. The guided tours also provided a chance for administrators to lay out the class configurations that will be part of the conversation.

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Berkshires Beat: Bad Weather Doesn't Stop Lenox Robotics Team

At the end of the day, Team Enginuity finished in the final round, was awarded the PTC Design Award and was one of four teams selected for the state competition in March.

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Berkshire Scenic Releases Strong Ridership Numbers For Inaugural Year

In the first year the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum gave rides to 9,600 passengers on the Hoosac Valley Service. The 8-mile ride from North Adams to Renfrew and back kicked off in October of 2015 with a few pilot rides. It returned for a few more in December and then went full speed ahead in April of 2016. The 9,600 passengers who took the trip is more than the first year the organization ran scenic rides in Lenox, according to President Jay Green.

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Adams Selectman Wants to Look Into Splitting Adams-Cheshire District

Selectman John Duval is advocating for splitting the troubled regional district so both Adams and Cheshire can keep their elementary schools open.

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 20.

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BMC Rebuilt Surgical Residency Program Earns New Accreditation

"That was the year things changed radically around here. We had to regroup and rethink about surgical education. We had to develop a whole new process and whole new program," Dr. Michael DiSiena said.

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Adams Apartment House Destroyed in Blaze

At least a half-dozen people have lost everything after a fire ravaged a three-apartment home on Old Columbia Street early Saturday morning. Fire Chief Paul Goyette said some 45 firefighters from four towns battled the blaze for nearly five hours before it was finally extinguished.

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Pittsfield Officer to Carry Torch in Austria For Special Olympics World Games

The job of a police officer means dealing with people on their worst days, day after day. And it wears on the officers. Eight years ago Officer Darren Derby started getting involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising efforts for the Special Olympics. He's raised more than a half million dollars in support of those athletes. And he does it because he feels those athletes do more for him than he could ever do for them.

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Waste District Passes Budget, Welcomes New Program Coordinator

The 13-member Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District passed a fiscal 2018 budget that will see an increase of 4 percent in each town's assessment.

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 14 - Feb. 16

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Berkshire County Arc Hires Director of Marketing & Development

In this role she will oversee the marketing strategy, public relations and fundraising efforts for the agency.

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