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Tree Lightings & Holiday Events 2017

Roundup of tree lightings and other holiday events in the Berkshires.

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Williamstown Hardware Store Holds Grand Opening

William Aubuchon IV cut the ribbon on Aubuchon's Main Street store, which opened a few weeks ago but held its grand opening celebration until this Friday and Saturday. Afterward, Aubuchon said the move from a smaller location in the Colonial Plaza to the east on Main Street (Route 2) was necessary to serve the store's clientele.

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E3 Students Create Recipe Cards for Food Pantry

The students came to the church bearing a set of recipe cards, which they produced as part of their quarter-long service-learning project to address issues related to food insecurity. As an added treat, they prepared samples of some of their favorite recipes, like pasta salad and five-layer dip, for the food pantry clients to try out.

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MCLA Men's Basketball Falls in Season Opener

The MCLA men's basketball team fell to Western New England on Friday night.

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Williams Men's, Women's Basketball Open with Wins

Kyle Scadlock and Amanni Fernandez led their respective teams to victory in their season-openers on Friday night.

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Clarksburg Town Officials Offer Override Option as 'Plan B'

Town officials are floating the idea of a Proposition 2 1/2 override to stash away funds for capital projects that would include repairs to the aging elementary school. Homeowners have been struggling with sticker shock over the controversial $19 million school project. While it's generally recognized the 50- to 40-year-old school building is in dire need of repair, the thought of shelling out $350,000 a year over the next 40 years has a lot of residents seeking a "Plan B."

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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017

This is the season of holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 17-23

Celebrate the start of the holiday season and enjoy an alluring variety of appetizers and beverages at the Festival of Trees Preview Party. Guests are invited to dress to fit the theme or wear their holiday best. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Adams Selectmen Say Goodbye to Mazzucco

Tony Mazzucco attended his final Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday and was met with applause for his service to the town. The town administrator has taken the post of general manager of Norwood and is leaving to move closer to where he grew up.

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How Can You Share Your Financial ‘Abundance’ With Your Family?

If you want to ensure your financial resources eventually are shared in the way you envision, you will need to follow a detailed action plan.

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North Adams City Food Collection Benefits Friendship Center Pantry

The annual drive collects nonperishable foods from the North Adams Public Schools, City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Spitzer Center and the library.

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Mediator Helping Cheshire, Adams Officials With Communication

Selectmen Chairman Robert Ciskowski told his colleagues on Tuesday that the initial "Community Paradigm Working Group" meeting between several select, finance and school officials of the two towns was productive.

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Pittsfield Places Annual Christmas Tree in Park Square

The city's Christmas tree has arrived. City workers, with help from L.P. Adams, installed the 35-foot donated tree Thursday morning. Weighing just about one ton, the tree was donated by Broadway Street residents Teena Guenther and her husband Paul Askew.

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Lanesborough to Join Mosquito Control Project

A mosquito control program will start in the spring following an affirmative vote at Tuesday's special town meeting. Lanesborough becomes the ninth town the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project will operate in. The state-backed agency focuses on reducing mosquito populations and monitoring for infectious disease outbreaks.

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Boino, UMass Home Thursday in NCAA Tourney

Several area alumni are competing with their teams in NCAA tournament play this week.

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Williamstown Town Meeting OKs Police Station Land Purchase, Zoning Bylaws

Voters OK’d the $300,000 acquisition of .42 acres on Simonds Road (U.S. Route 7), including the building that used to be the Turner House for veterans. When the non-profit Turner House announced its plan to suspend operations, the town in October 2016 the site as a potential site to replace the crowded and inadequate home for the Williamstown Police Department at Town Hall.

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North Adams Council Accepts Land for Bike Path

The city is planning to piggyback the 1-mile section in North Adams informally named for the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, a longtime bike path proponent, onto the 2.5-mile route in Williamstown to tap into soon-to-expire federal scenic byway money.

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Moulton Game-Winner Lifts MCLA Women in Opener

The MCLA women's basketball team Wednesday won its season-opener.

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Vermont Regulators Declare Centers for Living and Rehabilitation Deficiency Free

Last month, five surveyors from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living arrived unannounced for their yearly survey. They reviewed the facility for three days to check that the nursing home is meeting each of more than 300 standards covering every aspect of care, including administration, cleanliness, nursing care, activity programming, protection of resident rights and food service.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 15-21

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

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Waterstone Will Continue to Pursue Pittsfield Project

Waterstone fully intends to move forward with a development at the William Stanley Business Park. The company has spent five years and hundreds of thousands of dollars designing the project, which had been aimed at bringing a Walmart Supercenter to the site 16.5-acre site known as the teens.

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Hoosac Valley Elementary Finding Success

Hoosac Valley Elementary School Principal Michele Colvin says despite all the changes in the district, the elementary school is unifying and thriving. Colvin said the school had to reinvent itself and even created a new mascot, the "Lil’ 'Canes," and a new motto, Together Everyone Achieves More or TEAM.

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Williamstown Culvert Replacement Project Begins

Williams College on Tuesday began the long process of replacing the culvert that carries Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River.

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North Adams Council OKs Tax Rates for Fiscal 2018

The council approved the split tax rate that will see the residential rate rise about 4 percent, up from $17.67; the commercial rate will rise about 3 percent, from $38.54 to $39.85 per $1,000 valuation. A single family home assessed at $138,300 would see another $123 on the tax bill.