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MassWildlife Offers Tips for Aggressive Turkeys

Wild turkeys live in a variety of habitats in Massachusetts, including suburban and urban areas. They roost in large trees at night to avoid predators and you may see turkeys roosting on on railings, roofs, or vehicles in residential areas. Wild turkeys live in flocks organized by pecking order.

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How Big Was a T-Rex? Dalton Preschoolers Know!

The installation will be on view on the side-lawn of the Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., through Sunday, Oct. 22. The project was made possible with support from Hill Engineers, Architects & Planners.

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Put Lessons From 'Retirement Week' to Work

First of all, save early – and save often. Too many people put off saving for retirement until they are in their late 40s – and even their 50s. If you wait until you are in this age group, you can still do quite a bit to help build the resources you will need for retirement – but it will be more challenging than if you had begun saving and investing while you were in your 20s or early 30s.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 18-25

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

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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017

This is the season of holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2017

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours and/or events on Halloween.

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Adams Board of Health to Inspect Debris at Curtis Paper Mill

The Board of Health will inspect reported debris left at the former Curtis Paper Mill. The board heard last week from resident and Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District Program Coordinator Linda Cernik, who had concerns over the growing amount debris at the Howland Avenue mill.

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Mount Greylock Asks Towns to Put Regional Expansion to Vote

The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday decided to ask voters to approve the region's expansion to include Williamstown's and Lanesborough's elementary schools. But there may be one more School Committee meeting to approve the final regional agreement language voters will see at Nov. 14 special town meetings in each community.

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Who Withdrew?: MNA Mixes Up Labor Board Complaints

The Massachusetts Nursing Association has withdrawn one of the multiple unfair labor practice charges it filed against Berkshire Medical Center. In July, the registered nurses' union filed a charge against a new absentee policy the hospital's administration had established. The claim was that there was a modification to the contract because the new policy was not negotiated. The union said the hospital broadened the circumstances around absences for discipline.

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Education Task Force Panel Answers Questions at NBCC Forum

The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population. The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.

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Clarksburg School OKs 'Blizzard Bags' to Case of Snow Days

School officials are preparing for another snowy winter with "blizzard bags" to keep students on track. The School Committee on Oct. 5 approved a pilot program that would send predetermined school work home with children so up to five school snow days could be treated as instructional days.

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Letter: Artists, Community Support Berkshire Museum Plan

We are artists, small business owners, parents, and Berkshire community members, and we support the Berkshire Museum's bold plan and vibrant vision to bring the museum into the 21st century so it can continue to creatively serve all of us.

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School Officials Answer Regionalization Questions in Lanesborough

School officials behind the regionalization vote have been around town answering questions about it. But they still don't have a final draft of the proposal. The long talked about full regionalization of Williamstown Elementary School, Lanesborough Elementary School, and Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School goes to voters on Nov. 14. The move is seen as a natural progression after sharing administration for nearly a decade.

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Drury Class of 1957 Gifts Oil Painting to Commemorate Late Principal

The painting and a plaque noting Cirone's career will be installed above the elevator as you walk into the two-story lobby. The class was also offered tours of both the new and old Drury (Colegrove Park Elementary School) and were to celebrate their reunion at the Stamford (Vt.) Valley Golf Course.

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Adams-Cheshire Moving Away From 'Tracked Class' Model

Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee on Monday that the district has broken away from the idea of keeping classes homogeneous and now will now bring children of different capabilities together in Grades 4-7.

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MCLA Golfers Fifth at League Tournament

The MCLA golf team Monday wrapped up its NAC tournament at Berkshire Hills in Pittsfield.

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Biz Briefs: Outlets Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Visitors to the Lee Premium Outlets, as well as other Simon malls and outlets in New England, will notice the pink theme carried out at select Guest Services booths and staff will be honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donning pink accessories.

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Berkshire County Kids Place Honors Volunteers at Annual Gala

On Friday night, the country club's dining room was transformed into an "Evening in the Enchanted Forest" with woodsy decorations and twinkling lights to raise funds for the agency and honor volunteers who have helped its mission. Guests were welcomed by gala co-chairs Tim and Ana Suffish and thanked by board Chairwoman Rosemarie Phelps.

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

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Shire City Herbals Hires New Vice President of Business Development

Allardyce will oversee the strategic direction and revenue goals of the company's wholesale and direct to consumer sales channels.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc Participates in BIAMA's Walk & Roll

Berkshire County Arc opened its first residential program for individuals with developmental disabilities in 1971, and, in 2002, the agency opened its first residential program for individuals with brain injuries.

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Adams Allocates Funds To Fix CT Plunkett Roof

he Finance Committee approved a $33,000 reserve fund transfer that would square off the $198,000 needed to repair the CT Plunkett boiler room roof. After the Selectmen approved the reserve fund transfer Wednesday, the Finance Committee made their vote Thursday to add $33,000 to the funds already allocated for the project.

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Elizabeth and Arthur Larsen Honored With RSVP Volunteer of the Year Award

The annual Berkshire Athenaeum book sale doesn't just happen. There is a lot of work that goes into it. Elizabeth Sharon Larsen and Arthur Larsen are the ones who do much of that work. The two are part of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program and are stationed at the library.

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Housing Authority Anticipates Little Clean Up At Sun Cleaners

Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn reported that although the former Sun Cleaners property is still undergoing an environmental study, she does not anticipate an expensive cleanup. "The latest update I have is we just have two more days of drilling for the 21E," Hohn told the Housing Authority Committee Thursday. "I think considering what they have found so far, we don’t have to worry about a lot of money for clean up."