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Two Named to SVHC Foundation's Northshire Regional Advisory Board

Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation's Northshire Regional Advisory Board has welcomed two new members: Julie Citron and Carol Patterson.

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Theater Review: Love Versus Broadway at the Barrington Stage

In song, dance and frequently hilarious performances, love and Broadway are the heart of their conflicts in the world premiere comedic musical "The Royal Family of Broadway" at Barrington Stage Company. While not always perfect, the production is huge, dazzling and great fun.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 15-21

June's 3rd Thursday celebrates health and fitness with the 9th running of the Green Mile Road Race, plus Tamarack Hollow Nature Preserve; Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness; and Berkshire Salsa. Berkshire Concert Choir will be performing at The Lichtenstein, and the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone welcomes the U.S. debut of Scottish company Janis Claxton Dance with POP-UP Duets (fragments of love).

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Strike Averted: Hospital, Nurses Union Reach Agreement

The nurses union and the hospital have tentatively settled on a contract, averting what would have been the second strike. Bargaining for three consecutive days and stretching late into the night, Berkshire Medical Center and the local Massachusetts Nurses Union chapter settled on a five-year deal. That agreement needs to be ratified by a vote of the full 800 members.

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Mount Greylock Regional Restores April Break to School Calendar

The Transition Committee opted against the superintendent's recommendation to shorten the April vacation. Superintendent Kimberly Grady proposed a school calendar which replaced the vacation with two long weekends. Grady was worried that extra snow days could put the district in a position where it wouldn't have the required 185 days of school.

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State No Longer Interested In Cheshire Dam

Town Administrator Mark Webber presented a letter from DER to the Selectmen on Tuesday that stated although DER is not opposed to working with the town in the future, the removal of the decommissioned dam on West Mountain Road is no longer a state priority.

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Spitzer Center, Armory Work to Begin This Summer

The city is using Community Development Block Grant funding for fiscal 2017 to do the first phase of improvements at the senior center and the last phase, No. 12 to be exact, on the Armory on Ashland Street.

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'Ocean's 8': What's Bad for the Gander is Bad for the Goose

With these parameters for pardons of the motion picture variety long in place, I scoured my brain to find what great accomplishment or rationale gives Sandra Bullock's Debbie Ocean and her seven accomplices the right to heist a $150 million necklace at the Met Gala.

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Colegrove Kindergarten Educator Named Kelley Teacher of the Year

The Kelley Award is given annually to the educator who most exemplifies the ideal teacher through dedication, teaching skills and understanding of children. Kelley was a longtime educator in the public schools, retiring as the principal of both the former Haskins and Johnson schools.

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Donna Todd Rivers Hired as 'Berkshire Workforce Czar'

There are agencies, companies, and organizations throughout the county focused on workforce development. Each of them has their own set of offerings to job seekers and employers. Donna Todd Rivers is now eyed to become the person who knows them all and gets them all on the same page. Rivers has been hired as Berkshire County Regional Employment Board's Berkshire recruiter - or as state Sen. Adam Hinds has dubbed it, the "workforce czar." The position was created through state funding and is

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Adams Secondary Reservoir Officially Out of Service

Earlier in the meeting, Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Romaniak went over a few reports of rat issues in town. He said they seem to be focused in the Howland Avenue and Commercial Street areas.

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Cheshire Town Administrator Planning to Retire Next Year

The Selectmen plan to hire a part-time town administrator to replace Webber but increased the salary to attract a candidate who would work more than the one day that he does.

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North Adams Happenings: June 13-19

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

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Letter: Mount Greylock Educators Want Current Contracts Honored

Educators from what will be a unified Mount Greylock Regional School District are demanding that the transition committee handling contract negotiations honor existing agreements until a new contract is settled, as well as establish a more realistic time frame for negotiating a regional agreement.

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Popular Music Scene Awakens in the Berkshires

You can look forward to this column as a tip sheet about upcoming shows. I won't review them; I will preview them, and I'll try to persuade you to attend a concert or show that is either in your musical comfort zone or that expands your musical horizons.

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Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon

My goal, as your musical guide, will be to assist you in choosing venues to visit and performances to attend. Each week there will be "something to suit every taste," as the saying goes, but I will try, from mid-June through Labor Day, to highlight exceptional offerings that may pique your interest.

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Father's Day: Lessons About Money Can Be Priceless Gifts to Children

Father's Day is almost upon us. If you're a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course. But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children such as some valuable financial lessons.

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Adams Receives Paving Bids

The two bids opened on Thursday were: a base bid of $707,088.46 from J.H. Maxymillian and a base bid of $994,323.80 from Lane Construction.

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Pittsfield OKs $159M Budget Appropriation; $10M In Capital Projects

The City Council is reviewing the mayor's proposed $167.6 million spending plan. The budget reflects a $2.8 million, or 1.8 percent, increase from the current year. The city's appropriation will be $159.9. The proposed operating budget is requested to be $148,465,621, which is $3.4 million more than last year, and the enterprise account budgets are eyed to be $11,531,024, which is a $154,529 increase. Those account for the $159,996,645 the City Council needs to appropriate.

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Local Children and Family Organizations Honor 'Reunification Day'

Families are separated because of varied circumstances. In some cases, parents are struggling with addiction and aren't fit to care for their kids. With others, it is poverty or trouble with the law. It is never a good day for parents when a court issues an order for their children to be removed. But sometimes it is needed whether the parent recognizes it at the time or not, say officials.

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North Adams Council OKs $41 Million Budget for Fiscal 2019

The bottom line was actually $827 lower than the figure initially provided to the council as a final number, reflecting two errors ($815 in public safety and $12 in FICA) that were caught by Councilor Marie T. Harpin's sharp eyes prior to Tuesday. (The budget will be posted to the city's website once the corrections are finalized.)