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PHS Looks to Add Four New AP Courses

The School Committee is looking to provide four new advanced placement courses at Pittsfield High School, bringing the total offerings up to 23. The school is looking to add AP Human Geography, AP Computer Science Principals, and two pilot programs AP Seminar and AP research. The School Committee is also looking to add the AP Computer Science Principals course to Taconic High School.

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 10 - Feb. 11

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Williams Provost Accepts President Position of Virginia College

Dudley will assume his duties on Jan. 1, 2017, succeeding Kenneth P. Ruscio, who announced in May 2015 his intention to step down from the presidency and who will remain in office until Dec. 31, 2016.

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Williamstown Library Receives $160,000 From Deceased Patron

Scanlan left the library $80,000 and left an additional $80,000 to the Friends of the Milne after his death in December 2014.

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Red Cross Offers Tips for Keeping Safe in Frigid Weather

As frigid temperatures move in and blanket the region this weekend, the Red Cross warns of dangers to pets and frozen pipes in homes.

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Williamstown School Budget Looks at Staff Reductions

Williamstown Elementary School is looking to cut three teachers to offset rising health insurance costs. Citing a 14 percent increase in health insurance cost and a need to make the district's budget more sustainable, School Superintendent Douglas Dias told the School Committee on Wednesday his preliminary fiscal 2017 budget includes a reduction of three teachers from current staffing levels.

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Lanesborough Sets Special Town Meeting For Feb. 23

The Board of Selectmen set the special town meeting for Tuesday, February 23 at 6 p.m. There will only be two articles, with one of them not having a vote. The first question authorizes the Board of Selectmen to acquire easements to move a project to replace the Narragansett Avenue bridge and the other is on the Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School project.

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New Committee Digging Into Pittsfield Airport Financials

Thomas Sakshaug will head the commission reviewing airport operations. Three city councilors requested a cost/benefit analysis for the airport, which has been operating in a deficit annually. A nine-member group met for the first time Thursday in hopes to submit a report in May. "We are not here to replace the Airport Commission or do anything the Airport Commission does," Sakshaug, who will serve as chairman said.

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Adams Seventh- and Eighth-Graders Win Tourney

The home team won the Adams Boys Basketball Tournament last weekend at Hoosac Valley High School.

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Williams Men's Hockey Tops Middlebury in OT

The Williams College men's hockey team Thursday rallied to beat Middlebury.

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Adams Suspends Summer Farmers Market

The Adams farmers market is folding after three summers at the Visitors Center. Town officials don't want to be responsible for running the summer operation anymore, but say they will provide support if a group wants to take it over.

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'Hail, Caesar!': I Come to Criticize, and Praise a Little, Too

While love has been a major theme of motion pictures since the medium's inception, Hollywood hath no greater love than that of itself.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Valentine's Delights

Pleasant & Main Café & General Store, pleasantandmain@gmail.com, 413-274-6303, 1063 Main St. in Housatonic, wanted me to know they take Valentine's Day seriously. Their Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14, breakfast and brunch will feature romantic specials. On Sunday, they will serve a romantic afternoon tea meal and their Valentine's Day dinner menu items are sensual.

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Williams Colleges Pledges $5M Endowment for New Mount Greylock School

Williams College announced on Thursday that it will create a $5 million endowment for the Mount Greylock Regional School District. The funding will go toward projects outside of the scope of work in the new construction and renovation project. The district has approved a $64.8 million renovation and the cost will be split between the two towns and the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

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Pittsfield School Officials Weigh Value of Hiring Grant Writer

With a decrease of nearly $1 million in grant funding coming to city schools this year, the School Committee is wondering if now is the time to consider hiring a grant writer. School administrators presented information about the array of grants — state, federal, and private — which help fund various programs inside the schools. Last year, the city reeled in some $7,774,500 from various sources. But this year that number is down to $6,804,161 - a total drop of $970,339.

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Grazie Italian Restaurant Opens in North Adams

David Moresi had a vision when he bought the Mulcare Block nearly two years ago: Restore his grandfather's tavern, the Mohawk, and open an Italian eatery. The Mohawk reopened last year, but the restaurant has taken a little longer and required just the right ingredient. Moresi found it in another North Adams native who had recently returned to the area with his growing family.

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Petition Puts Waubeeka Question to Williamstown Town Meeting

The voters of Williamstown will have a chance to decide whether an overlay district is created to accommodate a new hotel in South Williamstown. Michael Deep, the owner of Waubeeka Golf Links, has submitted an article for the annual town meeting warrant by citizen's petition after the town's Planning Board decided on a 3-2 vote not to generate a zoning bylaw amendment proposal.

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MacFarlane, Mountain One Win LYBA/WYBA Titles

The Lanesborough/Williamstown Youth Basketball Association fifth- and sixth-grade league titles were decided on Wednesday.

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North Adams Model Railroad Museum Heads for Phase 2

A proposed model railroad museum is moving into Phase 2 of planning with the approval of the Redevelopment Authority. The estimated $8.5 million museum is the brainchild of museum visionary Thomas Krens and would entail some 31,000 square feet of space on the north side of Western Gateway Heritage State Park, which is overseen by the authority.

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U.S. Attorney 'Pretty Confident' Decision Will Be Made on Ciccolo Charges

The Adams man suspected of plotting acts of terrorism from his Murray Street apartment could face additional charges as soon as March 23. Prosecutors and defense attorney David Hoose were back in U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson's courtroom on Wednesday for a status conference

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Stockbridge Police Chief Taking Townsend Job Offer

Police Chief Robert M. Eaton Jr. is leaving the town after two years for a position in northeastern Massachusetts. In an statement released on Wednesday, Eaton said he has been offered a similar post in Townsend in Middlesex County.

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Cheshire Losing Out on Free Garage

The town may not be getting the garage at the former Bushika gravel pit on Route 8. Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that solar array developer Kirt Mayland may sell the garage on the property to a local buyer instead of giving it to the town.

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Axt, Patel Lead Team to LYBA/WYBA Final

Mickle Electric played its way into Wednesday's title game of the Lanesborough/Williamstown Youth Basketball Association league.

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North Adams Girls Win Youth Basketball Tourney

The North Adams girls last weekend won the CYC third- and fourth-grade travel basketball tournament.

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