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Donna Todd Rivers Hired as 'Berkshire Workforce Czar'

There are agencies, companies, and organizations throughout the county focused on workforce development. Each of them has their own set of offerings to job seekers and employers. Donna Todd Rivers is now eyed to become the person who knows them all and gets them all on the same page. Rivers has been hired as Berkshire County Regional Employment Board's Berkshire recruiter - or as state Sen. Adam Hinds has dubbed it, the "workforce czar." The position was created through state funding and is

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Adams Secondary Reservoir Officially Out of Service

Earlier in the meeting, Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Romaniak went over a few reports of rat issues in town. He said they seem to be focused in the Howland Avenue and Commercial Street areas.

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Cheshire Town Administrator Planning to Retire Next Year

The Selectmen plan to hire a part-time town administrator to replace Webber but increased the salary to attract a candidate who would work more than the one day that he does.

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North Adams Happenings: June 13-19

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

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Letter: Mount Greylock Educators Want Current Contracts Honored

Educators from what will be a unified Mount Greylock Regional School District are demanding that the transition committee handling contract negotiations honor existing agreements until a new contract is settled, as well as establish a more realistic time frame for negotiating a regional agreement.

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Popular Music Scene Awakens in the Berkshires

You can look forward to this column as a tip sheet about upcoming shows. I won't review them; I will preview them, and I'll try to persuade you to attend a concert or show that is either in your musical comfort zone or that expands your musical horizons.

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Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon

My goal, as your musical guide, will be to assist you in choosing venues to visit and performances to attend. Each week there will be "something to suit every taste," as the saying goes, but I will try, from mid-June through Labor Day, to highlight exceptional offerings that may pique your interest.

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Father's Day: Lessons About Money Can Be Priceless Gifts to Children

Father's Day is almost upon us. If you're a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course. But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children such as some valuable financial lessons.

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Adams Receives Paving Bids

The two bids opened on Thursday were: a base bid of $707,088.46 from J.H. Maxymillian and a base bid of $994,323.80 from Lane Construction.

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Pittsfield OKs $159M Budget Appropriation; $10M In Capital Projects

The City Council is reviewing the mayor's proposed $167.6 million spending plan. The budget reflects a $2.8 million, or 1.8 percent, increase from the current year. The city's appropriation will be $159.9. The proposed operating budget is requested to be $148,465,621, which is $3.4 million more than last year, and the enterprise account budgets are eyed to be $11,531,024, which is a $154,529 increase. Those account for the $159,996,645 the City Council needs to appropriate.

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Local Children and Family Organizations Honor 'Reunification Day'

Families are separated because of varied circumstances. In some cases, parents are struggling with addiction and aren't fit to care for their kids. With others, it is poverty or trouble with the law. It is never a good day for parents when a court issues an order for their children to be removed. But sometimes it is needed whether the parent recognizes it at the time or not, say officials.

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North Adams Council OKs $41 Million Budget for Fiscal 2019

The bottom line was actually $827 lower than the figure initially provided to the council as a final number, reflecting two errors ($815 in public safety and $12 in FICA) that were caught by Councilor Marie T. Harpin's sharp eyes prior to Tuesday. (The budget will be posted to the city's website once the corrections are finalized.)

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Public Official Removed from Contentious Lanesborough Town Meeting

The committee that governs the recently expanded PreK-12 school district needed to make an amendment on the floor of the meeting to bring the town budget in line with the assessment made to the town. Lanesborough's Finance Committee had reduced the assessment by $112,000 in the budget it sent to the meeting.

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State Officials Launch Passenger Rail Expansion Efforts

Gov. Charlie Baker, surrounded by state and federal officials at Union Station, announced on Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation is soliciting requests for proposals for a consultant team to study the feasibility of east-west passenger rail service, the launch of a pilot for passenger rail service between Greenfield and Springfield, and one-seat service through Springfield to Hartford and New Haven, Conn.

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College Notes: June 2018

Student Emma Whittum of Williamstown, a junior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., studied in Spain during spring 2018 semester. The program she participated in is one of 100 study-abroad programs offered to undergraduates.

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North Adams Planners Approve Plans for Eagle Street Hotel

The vote to give Michael Gazal and Veso Buntic of Long Island, N.Y., operating as Eagle Street Holding LLC, a special permit for a change of use to convert the building into a contemporary 27-room hotel was unanimous, but it came with one contingency: that the hotel be responsible for preventing guests from double-parking while checking in.

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Selectmen to Skyline: Events Are Getting Out of Control

The Selectmen has a message for the Skyline Country Club: the parties are starting to get out of hand. Skyline owner Jim Mitus has been leasing the clubhouse to a local event organizers Mad Crew three or four nights a year for the last few years. During each of the last three events, however, police had to respond to an array of issues. Town officials had somewhat of an intervention on Monday as they asked Mitus to keep a closer eye on those parties.

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North Adams School Committee Approves FY2019 Budget

The School Committee on Monday approved a $17.7 million budget for fiscal 2019 that is up just under 2 percent from this year. The City Council is expected to approve the school budget Tuesday night as part of the city's overall spending plan for fiscal 2019.

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Cheshire Town Meeting Votes Down New Plow Truck

Most of the 17 town meeting articles flew by Monday night, however, the more than 100 voters pushed back on the proposal to buy a new highway truck that would require the town to borrow $230,000.

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Retiring Clarksburg Teachers Recognized Like Royalty

Mary Stred and Christina Duval have racked up enough years between them at Clarksburg Elementary School to qualify for a diamond jubilee. So the two retiring teachers were treated like royalty on Monday, complete with tiaras, a black limousine, throngs of admirers lining the roadway, and waves that would impress even the queen.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Realtors Host Battle of the Bartenders

All tips from the evening will support BIC and its current "10,000 Strong" campaign, honoring the 10,000+ foreign-born residents of the Berkshires during June's national Immigrant Heritage Month. Donations will ensure the center can continue meeting immigrants' most critical needs.