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Pittsfield Community Tennis Association Offers Summer Classes

The Pittsfield Community Tennis Association offers five weeks of classes starting June 27.

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Jamula Leads Adams Community Bank to Win

Adams Community Bank beat Countryside Landscaping in Cal Ripken Baseball action on Thursday.

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Pittsfield Police Offering Child Safety Seat Inspections

Police are offering to make sure child safety seats are properly installed. In conjunction with the Safe Kids Coalition, police will be conduction a "child safety seat checkpoint" at Berkshire Crossings on Sunday. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. officers, who have been trained as child safety seat technicians, will be available for any one who wishes to have their child safety seats inspected for sizing, fit, and installation.

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Mark Eyes Leadership Roles In Fourth House Term

In this last term state Rep. Paul Mark was appointed the vice chairman of both the house rules committee and the joint rules committee. That position doesn't get a lot of hype or publicity. But whomever has that role is appointed to no other committee because the work is so vitally important. It determines how bills move through the legislative process.

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Cheshire to Revamp Town Salary Structure

The Selectmen and the Advisory Board trudged through the fiscal 2017 budget this week and pledged to revamp the town's salary structure next year. They met with department heads Tuesday to review the draft budget that is 2.5 percent higher than this year's budget and currently reflects a $11,000 to $12,000 levy limit buffer.

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Local Student Raises Funds to Support Berkshire County Arc

The $908 raised will support Berkshire County Arc’s Autism Sensory Integration Program, which serves children with autism and other sensory processing disorders through structured therapeutic and recreational activities that improve their gross motor, fine motor and oral motor development.

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North Adams Happenings: May 18-24

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Bishop to View St. Francis' Church Demolition

Eagle Street was fully opened to pedestrian traffic on Thursday afternoon as another section of the steeple on St. Francis' Church was removed. Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will be in the city on Friday to review progress on the demolition and thank members of both the diocesan and city teams that have worked together responding to this emergency situation. The bishop will meet members of both teams starting at noon at the site of the demolition on Eagle Street.

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North Adams Cemetery Commission To Review Regulations

The Cemetery Commission is looking to revamp the city's outdated and often contradictory cemetery regulations. Commissioner Roger Eurbin said last week that he has asked the city solicitor to review the rules and regulations, which he felt were littered with contradictions. "They don't agree," he said. "One says one thing and the other says something else."

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Hinds Tours Local Businesses, Stumps On Economic Development

Seth Nash initially scoffed at the idea of paying a consultant to come in and look at his business operations to find more efficiencies. The owner of Blue Q, which occupies most of a large warehouse on West Housatonic Street, was presented with the idea of hiring a lean consultant, a business process eyed to eliminate wasted time, space, and capacity. He said no because of the cost. His wife, however, is a grant writer and - with his approval - submitted an application to the state. Blue Q wa

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Adams Town Warrant Approved

The Selectmen on Wednesday approved the warrant for the annual town meeting in June. Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco presented the complete warrant, which contains an article asking town meeting to allocate $130,000 to replace the C.T. Plunkett School boiler room roof. The number was originally $100,000, but after consulting with roofers, the town administrator found that would not be enough.

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Williamstown Honors Greene, Turnbull at Town Meeting

The League of Women Voters bestowed on Debra Turnbull its Outstanding Town Employee Award. A town committee recognized Carolyn Greene with the inaugural Scarborough Salomon Flynt Community Service Award.

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Pittsfield Board Weighs Historic Demolitions

Three more antiquated residential properties in the city will soon be demolished, along with a well-known business that thrived throughout most of the 20th century. Having reviewed hundreds of such demolition requests on aging buildings over the past decade, the Historical Commission is ready to revise the ordinance language under which it performs its primary function.

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Williams College Honors Pittsfield Police Chief

The Williams College Regional Association of Berkshire County awarded alum and Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn with its first regional Purple with Purpose Award. The presentation to Wynn, class of 1993, was made at the Williams College Faculty House. The award is given to nominated alumni who have made a substantial impact in their communities.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Farmers Markets Opening

Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! Thursday dining, cooking demo, wine pairing series at Chez Nous Bistro, 150 Main St. in Lee, 413 243-6397, is ending its run until the end of October and it is going out with a bang! This last evening, chef-owners Franck Tessier and Rachel Portnoy are taking their guests on a culinary journey to New Caledonia, a French outpost in the South Pacific.

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Mt. Greylock Students Win Fourth in First Envirothon Appearance

The team — eight high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors — met every Sunday afternoon preparing for the competition. Some weeks they were in the classroom giving or listening to presentations on water, soil, forestry, or wildlife. Other times, they were in the field studying anything from the trees at Hopkins Forest to the health of the stream at the base of Spring Street.

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Fairview Commons Hosts Dementia Education Series for Caregivers

Subjects include effective communication strategies, understanding and responding to dementia-related behaviors, and healthy living for your brain and body.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Executive Director Leaving

McGovern has accepted a new position as executive director of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County in Aberdeen, Md.

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Gitterman Homers in Cal Ripken League Win

The Williamstown Police defeated Adams Community Bank in four innings on Tuesday.

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A 529 Plan Can Help with Those College Bills

A college education is a good investment – college graduates earn, on average, $1 million more over their lifetimes than high school graduates, according to a study by Georgetown University.

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Airport Study Group Debates Depth Of Research Charge

How in-depth should the citizen study group assembled to do a cost-benefit analysis of the airport go? That question was hotly debated Monday night when the group met. The group was formed after three city councilors petitioned the mayor for the group. The intent of the councilors were to look at all options of management and operations to stop the $100,000 or so each year the city spends to supplement the budget

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Polito Signs Community Compacts With Pittsfield, Hinsdale, Cheshire, Williamstown

The city is facing some significant financial challenges in the next few years and the state is helping to overcome the hurdles. On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito signed a community compact agreement with the city which will give the city $25,000 to work with the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management to develop long-range financial planning.

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Williamstown Voters Pass Waubeeka Hotel Bylaw

Voters on Tuesday approved a zoning bylaw that creates an overlay district that would allow the creation of a hotel on the Waubeeka Golf Links property.