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Pittsfield Health Director Concerned With Plastic Bag-Ban Enforcement

The petition, filed by the Green Commission and local attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo, is before the City Council now. It would place a ban on certain single-use plastic bags mostly the plastic bags used for groceries at the supermarket. But the enforcement of that falls on the Board of Health, which says it wouldn't be able to do regular inspections.

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McCann Robotics Team Going to State Competition

The McCann Technical School students have been busy the past few weeks perfecting their champion robot "Bucket O' Bolts."

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Williams Men's Basketball Advances in League Tourney

The Williams College men's basketball team defeated Trinity on Saturday in the quarter-finals of the NESCAC tournament.

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MCLA Men Win, Women Lose on Senior Day

The MCLA men's basketball team Saturday clinched the third seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

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Winter Carnival Draws Families to Springside Park

Snow problem. There wasn't any. But that didn't stop the Springside Conversancy from hosting a winter carnival to bring families out to the park. A few dozen families found their way to Springside Park Saturday afternoon for a series of games and competition.

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Lanesborough Selectmen Discuss Safety of Youth Football

As more and more information is learned about brain injuries and football, Selectman Robert Ericson is questioning whether the town should change the sport for the town's youth. "The CTE, degenerative brain disease, is happening more and more. It is a direct result of a game where kids, especially young children, get banged around a lot. Is there a way we can make football a little safer for our children?" Ericson questioned. "Is it time that we, as adults, start to look at the safety and lon

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Berkshire Bank Hires New Wealth Adviser

Beginning her banking career in the Berkshires 26 years ago, 16 of those spent previously at Berkshire Bank, Haas has returned to the Wealth Management Team.

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SVMC Nurse to Speak at American Association of Heart Failure Nurses Meeting

Thuermer will be a co-speaker during the research session. She will share her experiences developing and executing nursing research.

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The Mount Welcomes the 2018 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence

The three finalists were selected from a pool of more than 130 applications and will be "in-residence" for two weeks in March. Their residencies will culminate with a public event, Writers in the House, free and open to the public on March 20 at 4 p.m.

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Wahconah Student presented with S.A.Y. It Proud Award

School adjustment counselor Donna Therrien nominated Richards for her outstanding involvement in community and school activities.

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New General Manager Appointed at Orchards Hotel

LaFleche was welcomed to Hay Creek Hotels as the director of sales for Orchards Hotel in 2013. After increasing revenue during her three-year tenure in that position, she was promoted to assistant general manager, while maintaining her role in sales.

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Two Certified Nurse-Midwives, New OB-GYN Join CHP

With certified nurse-midwives now in place in the Great Barrington practice, CHP and Fairview Hospital can offer women the CNM option for pre-natal, maternity and other women's health care for adult patients of all ages. Barrington OB-GYN has been without a certified nurse-midwife since 2014 when its CNM retired.

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WinterFest Set for Saturday in North Adams

Due to expected warmer weather and rain this week, Sunday's activities at Windsor Lake have been cancelled for this year's event.

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Snowfall Predictions: Saturday Night Snow

But alas, a winter storm is moving into the Northeast on Saturday night, bringing with the potential of 3 to 6 inches of snow in Berkshire County, according to AccuWeather, which is putting the probability of snow at around 50 percent.

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Williamstown Zoning Board Demands Verizon Go to Conservation Commission

After 90 minutes of testimony in a public hearing continued from December, the ZBA voted unanimously to require the petitioner to make a formal request to the Con Comm, which has jurisdiction over the park, located across the Taconic Trail (Route 2) from site where Verizon seeks special permits to erect a 100-foot monopole tower.

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BRPC to Choose New Executive Director Next Week

A search committee conducted its interviews for the three finalists for the position on Thursday and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will pick Nathaniel Karns' successor next week. Karns is retiring from the job after 23 years. He was just the second executive director since the commission was formed in 1967.

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Adams Finance Committee Approve Warrant, Reserve Fund Transfer

The committee went through and approved eight warrant articles Thursday for special town meeting, many that will put the town in line with Municipal Modernization Act

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BART Boys Basketball Rallies, Falls Short in League Title Game

The BART Charter basketball team dropped a one-point decision in Thursday's league championship game at the North Adams Armory.

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Clarksburg Opens Bids for Gleason Street Culvert Repair

Town officials on Wednesday opened six bids for repairs to a 200-foot culvert that has failed near Gleason Street.

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'Peter Rabbit': Hop to It!

Judging by the alternate cheering and jeering in reflection of this animated adventure yarn that at its heart is a morality tale, I was gladdened by the apparently uncorrupted devotion to truth and ethics. It gave me hope for the future they might demand.

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Guest Column: Quit Smoking to Celebrate American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking is a leading cause of heart disease.

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Pittsfield Approves Cost of Living Adjustment For Management

The City Council approved providing a total of $40,000 worth of raises, or 1.5 percent increases for those two classes of employees, for both the current fiscal year and the last.

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Adams to Apply For Grant Funds For Memorial Building

After a public hearing Wednesday when Community Development Director Donna Cesan outlined the up to $550,000 grant, the Selectmen voted to go all in on the former school building this application cycle.

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Williamstown Planning Board Weighs Proposal for New Zoning Districts

The bylaw is the outcome of a year-long Planning Board study undertaken with a grant from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership that included community outreach sessions and sought to find ways to address the "missing middle" of housing options between detached single-family homes and large apartment complexes.