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Village Ambulance Launches Fund Drive at Time of Critical Need

Because of changing trends in its industry, VAS is operating in the red and dipping into its reserves. It hopes the fund drive it kicks off this week will help make for a healthier bottom line. "I don't think a lot of people in town realize that we are not subsidized by any town organization or any other organization," explained Dr. Erwin Stuebner, the president of the board of directors.

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Traffic Commission Sets Rates on Pittsfield Switch to Metered Parking

Parking on North Street will cost $1 an hour as of Nov. 1, pending City Council approval, with the implementation of metered parking. For the downtown core, the rate for the areas of North, South and Depot streets will be $1 per hour. In a secondary zone, which is the municipal lots and garages, the fees will be 50 cents an hour. And in the future, the areas around Berkshire Medical Center will jump to $3 an hour.

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North Adams Windsor Lake Panel Looking at Marketing, Packages

The Windsor Lake Recreation Commission is hoping to come up with new marketing and camping packages that would attract visitors to what they feel is a hidden gem. "We should be looking at the entire Windsor Lake complex," said Commissioner Nancy Bullett.

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Adams Firefighters, Red Cross Install Free Smoke Detectors

Firefighters took to their trucks Tuesday evening not to put out a fire, but to hopefully prevent one by installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The Fire Department teamed up with the Red Cross to install free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in 12 homes this week through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

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'Bridget Jones's Baby': Sweet, Cute and Crawls

I'm not so sure this is the right message to send to young viewers, but with the fertilization of an egg, Bridget Jones goes from disconsolate, self-described old maid to highly sought after mother of the heir to one of these suddenly very competitive suitors. These guys have cash. Each has his own way of fluttering his feathers in the hope of convincing her lady fair that he'd be the ideal consort.

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North Adams Airport to Replace Fence

The Airport Commission will seek city funds to repair a downed fence. Airport Manager Bill Greenwald told the commission Tuesday that a portion of the northern fence is in bad shape and partially knocked down.

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North Adams Public Library Book Sale This Weekend

The North Adams Public Library's annual book sale returns this weekend with nearly 6,000 titles to select from. Member of the Library Friends Judy Noel said the book sale has been an annual event for some time now but it is in its seventh year at the St. Elizabeth's Parish Center.

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Pittsfield to Welcome Syrian Refugees

Some people can't go home. They are in fear for their lives and all they want to is be productive and happy. They come from war-torn countries or area wrecked by natural disasters. They come running from prosecution because of their religious or personal believes. They come wanting life, liberty, and happiness and they hope to find that in the city of Pittsfield.

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Adams Sets Flat Tax Rate

The town's residential property tax will stay flat and the commercial tax rate will decrease $1.40 per $1,000 valuation. The Selectmen approved an 112 percent shift for commercial rates on Wednesday night that would keep the residential tax rate near $21.39 per $1,000 valuation and lower the commercial tax to $24.60. This is about a 5.38 percent decrease.

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Williamstown Public Safety Group Finds No Option to Combine Police, Fire Facilities

If the Public Safety Building Study Committee has its way, it may not be the Public Safety Building Study Committee much longer. The panel Tuesday decided to ask the Board of Selectmen to give the committee a new focus: developing a plan for a new police station.

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Event-filled Weekend Tested Regional Emergency Managers

This past weekend provided an opportunity for emergency management officials to work countywide. With a plethora of events bringing thousands of people the Berkshires, the three Regional Emergency Planning Committees pre-planned responses and allocation of resources should there be a mass casualty incident.

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Crane Currency Building $100M Banknote Printing Facility in Malta

Crane Currency is planning a new $100 million banknote printing facility and customer experience center in the country of Malta. The company expects to initially hire approximately 200 new employees. The 140,000 square-foot facility is expected to be completed in early 2018.

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BCC, Springfield College Sign Articulation Agreement For Exercise Science

Jeffrey Moulton was approaching graduation and he wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his life. He sat with his advisers multiple times and they urged him to continue his education. He applied and was accepted to Springfield College and there he found the same level of support and "family atmosphere" he had at Berkshire Community College. Moulton graduated BCC with a degree in physical fitness and entered Springfield College's applied exercise science program. Fresh off of getting his Bache

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HospiceCare in The Berkshires Hosts Nurse Recruitment Fairs

Information will be available on careers for registered nurses. HospiceCare will offer on-site interviews and applications as well as tours of the facility.

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AG: No Open Meeting Law Violation by Williamstown Planning Board

The attorney general's office determined there is no evidence of an Open Meeting Law violation by members of the Planning Board with respect to its deliberations on the Waubeeka Golf Links zoning bylaw earlier this year.

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Southern Vermont College Joins Community Organizations on Hydroelectric Contract

Upon completion in March 2017, the capacity of the site will be restricted to 500kW in order to qualify for the Vermont Group Net Metering program.

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Vote for Smart Investment Moves

Consequently, no one can claim, with any certainty, that one candidate is going to be "better for the markets" than another one.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 21-27

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Berkshire Works Job Fair Connects Job Seekers With Open Positions

Hundreds of people looking to advance their careers or get into the workforce browsed through an array of available jobs at the Berkshire Works annual job fair Wednesday. The annual event had such a demand for employers to showcase their opportunities that Stephanie Hambelton, business service representative for Berkshire Works, said there was a wait list. The Crowne Plaza's space restricted the number of vendors to 66 and there were still employers looking to participate.

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Marijuana Dispensary Planned For Former KFC Receives First Approval

The Community Development Board has signed off on the plans to turn the former KFC on East Street into a medical marijuana dispensary. The board approved the site plan by Happy Valley Compassion Center Tuesday night and the company now needs approvals from the Zoning Board of Appeals and a license from the Department of Public Health.

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North Adams' Recovery Rally Focusing on Family, Hope

Grown from a walk and vigil based on a national event, this annual rally will include both those things but also provide space for information booths, speakers, music, food vendors and children's activities. The theme is "Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery" to acknowledge "that we all have a story to tell and a role to play to support recovery."

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Williamstown Zoning Board Approves Cable Mills Special Permits

The Zoning Board of Appeals last week approved special permits that will keep the Cable Mills housing project on track to add 14 more housing units. Phase 1 of the Water Street project the renovation of the existing mill building was completed in the spring and is nearly fully occupied, the developer told the ZBA at its Thursday meeting.

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Cheshire Town Hall Accepted Into Register Of Historic Places

Town Hall has been accepted into the National Register of Historic Places, which will allow the town to apply for historical restoration grants.

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Williams Volleyball Team Tops MCLA

Ally Ostrow had nine kills Tuesday to lead the Williams College volleyball team to victory.

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St. Stans to Host Color Run Fundraiser

St. Stanislaus Kostka School will host a "My School Color Run" this weekend to raise funds for the parochial school. Principal Linda Reardon said the color run is not your standard race or really a race at all, but a chance for the community to get together for a 5k fun run in which participants will be blasted with color.