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Cheshire's Sand Mill Road Bridge To Be Replaced By State

The state intends to replace the Sand Mill Road Bridge. Highway Superintendent Blair Crane told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation has slated it to be done in fiscal 2022.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 16-22

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

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Lanesborough Undecided On Appointing Emergency Management Director

Fire Chief Charlie Durfee says he's essentially been performing the role of emergency management director, but without the title. Now that Director Charles Garrity has resigned from the position, Durfee, who had been the alternative, moves into the job title on an interim basis. But the Board of Selectmen don't want to appoint him to the role.

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Adams & Cheshire School Bus Route 2017

Public schools in Adams and Cheshire open on Wednesday, Aug. 30

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North Adams Committee Recommends Resolution on Climate Accord

The request for a resolution was brought forth by Council President Benjamin Lamb on behalf of Vincent Melito, a resident and former councilor. Melito is also soliciting support from other communities in the Berkshires and the Clarksburg Select Board determined last week that any resolution should be put to a town meeting vote.

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Letter: Ways to Protest Safely

With hate groups marching in cities across the U.S., it's tempting to attend to show opposition. However, direct confrontation will only escalate tensions. Hate-mongers are always wrong. Let them be wrong a little farther away from you in order to de-escalate the cycle a bit.

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Williamstown Con Comm OKs Culvert Replacement

The Conservation Commission on Thursday OK'd Williams College's plan to replace the culvert that carries Christmas Brook under downtown, and the panel took its first look at the final plans for the new Williams Inn. The culvert replacement project will replace an existing, undersized pipe with a conduit that is at least 5 feet by 12 feet and hopefully eliminate the flooding that occurs during heavy rain events.

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SteepleCats' Whitney Named All-NECBL

North Adams SteepleCats pitcher Blake Whitney was honored Tuesday by the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

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Williamstown Weighs Timing of Vote on Retail Pot Ban

Now that the commonwealth has legislation in place to regulate the recreational marijuana industry, it is up to the Board of Selectmen whether it wants to ask town voters about banning production and sales of the drug in town.

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North Adams Planners OK Porches Inn Structure

The Planning Board on Monday gave final approval for the Porches Inn to construct a new building where its patrons can have breakfast. The inn, operating as Berkshire Hills Development Co. LLC, purchased four parcels along Veazie Street and plans to demolish two buildings on them to make room for the gathering center.

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Dalton Events to Mark Appalachian Trail Community Designation

The town of Dalton become the third Appalachian Trail Community in the state on Saturday with a celebration including hikes, music and a cookout.

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BArT Opens 14th Year of School With a View Skyward

A welcoming school-wide assembly on the Aug. 21 followed by an outdoor viewing of the solar eclipse by the entire school at 2:43 p.m.

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North Adams Downtown Celebration Set for Wednesday

Downtown Celebration is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, MountainOne, and the city of North Adams. This event is free and open to the public. In the case of inclement weather, there will be an announcement on Wednesday morning to use the rain date of Thursday, Aug. 17.

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Biz Briefs: Bennington Subaru Collects Blankets for SVMC

Representatives of Bennington Subaru also brought lunch boxes filled with art-making supplies for children who visit the center.

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Berkshires Beat: Naumkeag Celebrates New Greenhouse With Party

The evening featured the celebration of the construction of the new Naumkeag greenhouse complex in Fletcher Steele and Mabel Choate's historic and recently restored gardens as well as the launch of Naumkeag’s new flower fields.

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Greylock Thunder Softball Wins Tournament on Cape

The Greylock Thunder 14U softball team won a tournament on Cape Cod over the weekend.

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Entrepreneurs Make Pitches at Lever Demo Day

Networking is a big part of the mission of Lever, which "supports local economic development by creating and growing enterprises that leverage local assets, including the talents of young people from our region's colleges," according to its website.

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Adams ZBA Approves Duke's Gravel Pit Appeal

The Zoning Board of Appeals last week granted John Duquette, owner of Duke's Sand & Gravel, an administrative appeal of the building inspector's citations against his operations. During a near three hour and at times combative meeting on Tuesday, the ZBA voted 3-1 to grant Duquette his appeal that will lift the cease-and-desist order in a portion of his pit and not mandate any remediation.

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Hundreds Rally in Williamstown to Stand With Charlottesville

Within 24 hours of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., more than 300 area residents circled Field Park to protest the actions of white supremacists. The gathering swiftly organized by Greylock Together was one of nearly 800 known rallies across the nation, including one at Park Square in Pittsfield by the Four Freedoms Coalition.

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BCAC Opens Doors, Builds Collaboration

When it comes to addressing poverty, BCAC knows it can't solve it alone. Berkshire Community Action Council is the county's federally designed anti-poverty agency and provides an array of programming to help low income individuals. But, it isn't able to provide every single need some one has to get out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. So, they've reached out to the organizations who can fill those gaps.

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Education Task Force Takes in Reaction to Countywide District

Nearly a month after acting on the data accumulated in Phase 2 of the task force's multiyear study of the county's education system, the members at Saturday's meeting remained firm in their commitment that a single school district provides the best long-term option for providing educational opportunity and fiscal stability in a time of rising costs and declining populations county wide.

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North Adams Photography Shop Marking 40 Years of Business

TGL PhotoWorks is marking just over nine years in the city, and 40 years in business —decades that have seen its operations transition from film to digital.

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Pittsfield Puts Out Bid For Street Markings

The city has put out the bid for line painting. The city was late getting the bid out this year, leaving crosswalks unpainted as school quickly approaches. Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell and Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi both voiced outrage at a recent council meeting that the work hadn't been done.

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Berkshire South Regional Community Center to Celebrate Legacy of Founder

This will be an evening to share, reminisce and revel in the success of the man who created the organization that the community has come to rely on. Receiving this honor on his behalf will be his wife, Lola Jaffe.