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Village Ambulance Service Lands New Director

With more than 30 years of experience in emergency medical services and a resume that included extensive experience in administration, Mike Witkowski was having a hard time finding his next professional challenge. And when he saw the advertisement posted looking for someone to lead Village Ambulance Service, he was not overly optimistic.

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Mount Greylock Advisory Council Seeks Summit-Cam Options

The Mount Greylock Advisory Council will look for creative ways to return the summit camera to the mountain. Mount Greylock Supervisor Alec Gillman told the Mount Greylock Advisory Council last week that because of funding challenges, the summit cam has not been operational for several months.

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North Adams Committee Recommends Keeping Winter Parking Ban

The Public Safety Committee is recommending no change in the winter parking ban despite pleas by two residents who have no place to park. Aleksandr Lisser of Veazie Street had requested through City Councilor Joshua Moran that the city revise its winter parking policies, saying the lack of parking at his home makes the regulation impossible to follow.

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Lanesborough FinCom Supports Greylock Project; Questions Mall's Tax Future

The Finance Committee is recommending voters approve the Mount Greylock Regional High School Project. In a 3-2 vote, the committee supported the part-renovation and part-new construction of the secondary school. The project is will cost $64.8 million with the town paying about a third of the district's $32.3 million share with the state funding the rest.

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Letter: Commuters Need to Slow Down

This is not the Autobahn, there is a speed limit. Leave earlier so you won't have to drive like an idiot and put other drivers at risk.

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Pignatelli Seeking Return To House; Not Running For Senate

None of the Berkshires' House of Representatives delegates are looking to move to the Senate. On Tuesday, 4th Berkshire District Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli said he will not seek the senate seat being left vacant by Sen. Benjamin Downing, who is not running for re-election. Pignatelli will instead seek another term in the House of Representatives.

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Clarksburg Pursuing Green Communities Status

The town is moving forward with policies that will allow it to become a state-designated Green Community. Among the first steps is instituting an anti-idling policy for vehicles, doing an in-depth energy analysis of town buildings and updating zoning bylaws.

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North Adams Fitness Center Offering Youth Boxing Program

Miner Combat's community outreach program will provide a new boxing experience for Northern Berkshire youth. Miner Fitness owners Caleb and Becky Miner will bring youth boxing to their USA-Certified Boxing Club facility at 69 Union St.

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Adams Puts Efforts Toward Greylock Glen

The Selectmen held a special workshop meeting Saturday morning with Director of Community Development Donna Cesan to discuss progress, next steps and new strategies for the long-awaited Greylock Glen project. As part of that, Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco is planning to shift some positions and use Community Development Block Grant funds to push the project along. Cesan said the proposed $40 million project is starting to really gain momentum.

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Berkshire Health Systems Opens Williamstown Walk-In Clinic

Since sick days are not scheduled and not all illnesses are emergencies, Berkshire Health Systems has opened its second walk-in care facility, this one in Williamstown. North County BHS Walk-In Care is for patients ages 2 and up who are not able to be seen by their primary-care physician but whose condition is not so urgent that they need to visit an emergency room.

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Williams Men's Basketball Wins Monday Matinee

Bobby Casey scored 16 points to lead the Williams men's basketball team to victory on Monday.

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Houghton Street Buildings Being Razed in North Adams

They lasted more than 170 years. But now the decrepit former mill houses on Houghton Street will soon be a memory. Berkshire County Construction on Monday began the demolition of the four two-family units, 198-214 Houghton St., near the bottom of Houghton Street. A fifth building, a former corner store at the intersection of Liberty and Houghton, will also be ripped down.

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Housatonic Boys Top Greylock

Derek Paris scored 22 points, but the Greylock boys basketball team lost to Housatonic over the weekend.

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Pittsfield Seeks Input on Public Conservation Properties

Four city conservation areas will be closely examined as part of a new three-month planning study looking at the nature of these properties and how they're utilized and impacted by residents. This research, conducted by students of the Conway School of Landscape Design, is separate to an upcoming update to the city's overall Open Space & Recreation Plan but will supplement that process, according to Parks, Open Spaces & Natural Resources Manager James McGrath.

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Adams Board Of Health Updating Tobacco Regulations

The Board of Health agreed to update all tobacco regulations during the process of increase the legal age of buying tobacco from 18 to 21. The Board of Health decided Tuesday at a workshop meeting that the tobacco age increase would not be a new regulation, but an amendment. However, while working with Tri-Town Health Department it may be a chance to make sure all of their tobacco regulations are up to date.

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MCLA Women Top Worcester State

The MCLA women's basketball team won, and the men lost in overtime on Saturday at the Amsler Center.

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Williams Men's Hockey Downs Conn College

The Williams men's hockey team defeated Connecticut College at Lansing Chapman Rink on Saturday.

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Williams Students Teach Biology in Elementary School Classes

This month, fourth-graders in Lanesborough and Williamstown have traded in four square for Punnett squares. Genetics is just one of the lessons being taught by the nationally-recognized science program BioEyes, which returned this winter to Williamstown Elementary School and made its first stop at Lanesborough Elementary.

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Pittsfield Councilors Weigh in on Snow and Ice Removal Plan

When the snow storms hit, Commissioner of Public Services David Turocy has a plan in place to keep the roads safe. "Public safety is really what is going to drive our decisions," Turocy said. "At the end of the day, public safety is No. 1 for us."

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Girl Scout Cookies On Sale Through March 6

The public has the next six weekends to secure their box of Thin Mints and the rest and their chance to launch a girl toward her goal as local troops run their "cookie booths" or "cookies in hand sales."

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America Legion Riders to Law Enforcement: Thank You!

The American Legion Riders hold two motorcycle runs every year to raise money to support veterans and have never had an accident. Part of the reason is because law enforcement in a number of towns are there to perform traffic control, allowing the bikers to get through an intersection safety in under a minute. On Friday morning, the riders had a simple message to those officers: Thank you.

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Lanesborough Elementary Earns State Commendation For MCAS Results

The elementary school was one of just 45 schools in the state to receive commendations from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The state's 2015 accountability data gave the school scores of 98 out of a 100 in closing proficiency gaps for all Lanesborough Elementary School students and a score of 100 for those with high needs. Both of those calculated scores are above the state's target of 75. The school is again ranked a Level 1 the highest the state ranks because

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Tyer Voices Support For Homegrown Businesses at Chamber Event

Anyone who has seen Petricca Industries transport concrete from its Cheshire Road location, through Park Square, and off to the Massachusetts turnpike can see the challenge. "They've now became one of the largest employers in the city of Pittsfield and it is a privileged that that homegrown business has had the success that its had," Mayor Linda Tyer said Thursday night. "Yet, it is still challenged in the way it is able to transport its product through out community."

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Cheshire Water Users Vote to Buy Truck for Superintendent

The town's water users are recommending the purchase of a new three-quarter ton pickup truck with a plow for the Water Department at a cost of nearly $35,000. The advisory vote took place Wednesday night after a lengthy and often heated conversation with the water commissioners. Those who attended the informational meeting at the Community Center overwhelmingly agreed to the purchase of a bigger truck with a plow.