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Cheshire Finds New Use For Pipeline Funds

The recent suspension of Kinder Morgan's Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project is freeing up funds for the town's master plan. The Selectmen received a letter from the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission thanking them for being part of the working group the commission hosted that provided towns affected by the pipeline with counsel and legal representation.

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Berkshire Medical Center Gets OK to Expand Addiction Treatment

Berkshire Medical Center is taking the first steps in providing local comprehensive after-care for patients struggling with addiction. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has approved the proposal by BMC to create a new 30-bed unit to improve long-term recovery. The Clinical Stabilization Services center will be created on the first floor of the Edward A. Jones Memorial Building, which also contains the the McGee Recovery Center.

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MPO Short On Ready Projects to Spend $2.5 Million

The MPO isn't quite sure how to use up $2.5 million for road projects. The money was planned to be used for a renovation of the intersections near Berkshire Medical Center. However, the state Department of Transportation and city officials say there is no change the design will be ready in time for 2017. That delays the project to at least 2018 and leaves $2.5 million left to be programmed.

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VIM Berkshires Receives Grant from Medical Society Foundation

The grant will help to support the clinic’s Non-Opioid Pain Management Program, which uses acupuncture, massage, behavioral health and nutrition counseling to address chronic and episodic pain and prevent the use of opioids.

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Berkshire County Arc to Host 22nd Annual Golf Classic

All proceeds from the event will support individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and autism, as well as individuals with other disabilities ages 16 and above through Berkshire County Arc's Adult Family Care Program.

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Girls Inc. to Honor Ruth Blodgett at 26th Boraski Celebration Evening

Blodgett is the senior vice president of planning and development, and interim vice president of physician services at Berkshire Health Systems.

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Soldier On Creating Veterans Housing With Citzens Bank Support

Citizens Bank's Community Development Lending Group is providing $10 million in construction financing to Soldier On Inc. for the adaptive reuse of a former policy academy in Agawam into a 51-unit affordable housing development for military veterans.

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Can You Make Your Investments Less 'Taxing'?

Still, you may want to look for ways to reduce those taxes associated with your investments, leaving you more money available to meet your important goals, such as a comfortable retirement.

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Williamstown Selectmen Back Mohawk Trail Partnership

The Board of Selectmen on Monday agreed to support a drive to create a 21-community economic development and conservation project stretching from the Pioneer Valley across North Berkshire.

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Lanesborough Retirees Weigh in on Health Insurance Proposal

Retirees from the town say they were one of the first to agree to move to Medicare when few towns were doing that. They don't receive any additional reimbursement like other towns and at age 65, health insurance premiums jump by some 30 percent, according to Charles Ornaellas, a former member of the public employee committee. The move to the federal Medicare program saved the town by reducing its contributions toward health care because the federal government took over the majority of the cos

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Pittsfield Council Nearing End Of Vice Presidency Debate

It's been more than four months since a lengthy City Council debate about how to pick a vice president and still no resolution has been adopted. On Tuesday, the Council tabled a set City Council rule changes which include outlining that a vice president would be elected by the councilors during inauguration. That process triggered heated debate at the end of the year which included a charter objection and councilors petitioning for a special meeting. A temporary compromise was reached but the

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Cheshire to Decide Race for Selectman on Monday

E. Richard "Dick" Scholz is trying again for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, this time hoping to oust longtime incumbent Carol Francesconi

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Taconic Project Passes 90 Percent Design Phase

The 90 percent design drawings have been submitted to the MSBA but architect Carl Franceschi says the design work is much closer to 100 percent. "We are actually beyond 90 percent completion of the full document," Franceschi, of Drummey Rosane Anderson, said.

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SDA Youth Soccer Teams Post Three Wins

The Soccer Domain Academy's Under 10 Boys, U15 girls and U14 boys picked up victories on Sunday.

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Plunkett Student Support Center Deemed a Success

C.T. Plunkett Elementary pupils and teachers are benefiting from the newly implemented student support center. Principal Michelle Colvin introduced the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee on Monday to the team of Plunkett administrators and teachers who have created and implemented a program that allows disruptive students to leave the classroom, unwind, and learn better self-control.

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Bloomberg Releases Platform for 3rd District Representative

Candidate for state representative Michael Bloomberg released this weekend a platform focused on eight issues he'd like to tackle if elected. The platform was released in tandem with his website. While he highlighted eight areas of focus, he said his highest priorities will be on jobs, education, and public safety. The other focus areas are the opioid crisis, "smart" government, veterans services, environmental sustainability, and taxes.

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Malkas Offered Superintendent Post in North Adams

Barbara Malkas has been selected to lead the North Adams Public Schools. The School Committee made the unanimous decision on Monday night after about 45 minutes of discussion.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Spring Cleaning, Mushroom Cultivation

Volunteers will spend some hours helping to clean out the accessible raised beds, weed and prepare the herb garden, remove garden debris and lay out the 15 by 20 foot organic community garden plots in preparation for the garden opening the next day, Sunday, May 1.

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Countywide Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 30

Anyone with unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications should stop by to dispose of them safely.

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Colegrove Park Elementary School Wins Preservation Award

Colegrove Park Elementary School is now an award-winning project. The Massachusetts Historical Commission is presenting the renovation project with its annual Preservation Award at a ceremony set for May 19 at the state archives building.

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Williamstown Resident Joins Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees

Hunter, a Pittsfield native and Williamstown resident, brings a wealth of experience as a dedicated volunteer in the cultural community here in the Berkshires as well as her professional expertise in the field of education.

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Three Williams Students Named 2016 Goldwater Scholars

The students are among 252 recipients of the scholarship, which is awarded to college sophomores and juniors nationwide who excel in mathematics, science, or engineering.

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Critical Care Specialist Honored With Patient-Centered Award

They chose to honor Dr. Alsmaan, among the many fine physicians on staff at BMC, based on his actions as a role model and physician leader who demonstrates caring through quality interactions with others.

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'Money School' Workshops to be offered in Great Barrington, Pittsfield

The workshops cover topics like: rebuilding credit, accessing the benefits you deserve, building supports, getting by now, and building toward your financial future.