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Williams College Alumna Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Her plan for graduate research at Oxford is to acquire expertise in education policy. Afterward, she plans to work in the Malaysian government or at a research institute or university doing policy research.

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MCLA Gallery 51 Seeks Camera Phone Photo Show Submissions

A collaborative group project of MCLA and Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, “Waiting” will include more than 1,000 photographs, which will be selected for exhibit in MCLA Gallery 51.

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Cal Ripken Opens Saturday in Williamstown

The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. from the Williamstown Elementary School, marches up Cole Avenue (where traffic will be stopped briefly) and ends at Bud Anderson field.

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Financial Advisers Deliver Dreary News to Pittsfield Officials

The City Council and the School Committee on Thursday were shown just how bad a shape the city's finances are in. "There is no doubt that we have some legitimate challenges with our financial condition. I think tonight's presentation was meant to be an honest look at what those challenges are and set the framework for the need for all of us to work together in a variety of ways to address this issue," said Mayor Linda Tyer said. "There is no one single simply solution. While people wa

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Mount Greylock Tower Repairs Resume

Work on the Mount Greylock Memorial Tower has commenced again and should be completed by September. Mount Greylock State Reservation Supervisor Alec Gillman told the Mount Greylock Advisory Council on Thursday that construction started last week and a protective road was installed on the summit lawn so trucks and equipment to prevent damage. He added that scaffolding should be erected next week.

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Clarksburg Holocaust Program Remembers the Rescuers

Clarksburg School's Holocaust Studies program has in the past explored the roots of genocide, discrimination and prejudice, the failure of political will to protect individual rights, and the rise of Nazism. With the theme "Rescue and Remembrance," the 15 students told the stories of the saviors, including Miep Gies, Raoul Wallenberg, and Chiune Sugihara, who had risked their lives and careers to help Jews escape Nazi Germany's "Final Solution."

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Three Vying for Adams Board of Selectmen

With two selectmen seats up for election in Adams, incumbents Joseph Nowak and Richard Blanchard will attempt fend off former selectman Michael Oullette next week. The only race on the ballot is for the two selectmen seats. Polls will be open at the town garage from 7 to 7 on Monday, May 2.

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Lanesborough EMTs Forgoing Stipends to Save Ambulance Service

Town EMTS will no longer take the small stipend offered in order to help keep the ambulance service alive. The move cuts out some $22,000 from the enterprise budget and is being coupled with increased fees. The hope is to keep the ambulance service afloat for the year while officials look to find ways to keep it. The service struggled in the last year because of some $30,000 in unpaid bills owed to the ambulance and the inability to respond to all calls

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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.