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State Budget Includes $50K to Keep Preschool at Conte, Morningside

The School Department was close to closing all of its preschool classes at Morningside and Conte Community School, two schools that need it the most. But, between state legislators and the union, there will at least be a few. The state budget includes $50,000 to help fund those programs.

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Cheshire May Look At Recreational Marijuana Bylaw

The Selectmen are debating whether to begin the process of crafting a medical marijuana zoning bylaws. With the likelihood of the state adopting recreational marijuana regulations, Town Administrator Mark Webber asked the board on Tuesday if officials would be interested in creating a bylaw.

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'Cats Explode for 14 Runs on Record-Setting Night

North Adams SteepleCats pitcher Blake Whitney Thursday broke the franchise record for strikeouts in a season.

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North Adams Soccer Club Holding Registration for Fall

The North Adams Soccer Club youth soccer program is accepting registrations for the fall season.

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Rubber Duck Derby Raises Funds for North County Family Center

The ducks in their jaunty sea caps were a fund raiser for Family Center of Northern Berkshire County, a program of Child Care of the Berkshires, to raise funds to pay for playgroups, family support, parent education and early literacy programs.

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Pittsfield National League Edged in Sectional Tourney, Home on Friday

The Pittsfield National League Little League Thursday dropped into the losers bracket of the double-elimination sectional tournament.

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Avoiding the Top Six Hiking Injuries

For a carefree hiking experience, hike with friends or on trails you know well and with daylight to spare. Also take precautions to prevent the most common hiking-related injuries.

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Mass MoCA Architects Propose Redevelopment of Windsor Mill

Simeon Bruner of Cambridge Development Corp., and principal of Bruner /Cott Architects, has offered $465,000 for the historic mill with the pledge to invest a minimum of $400,000 on facade and capital improvements within the next three years.

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Mount Greylock 'Highpoint' of Club's Annual Convention

More than 200 members of the Highpointers Club will be hiking, biking, driving or otherwise finding their way to the top of Mount Greylock this weekend. The annual convention of the club gathers at the highest peak in a selected state. Massachusetts was chosen as this year's location, bringing club members to the 3,491-foot summit on the Mount Greylock State Reservation.

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Cariddi's Top Legislative Aide Seeks to Fill Out Rep's Term

Kevin Towle knew that the Monday right after Gailanne Cariddi had died, she'd want her staff reporting to work. And they did. The top legislative aide for the late Cariddi pulled the staff together, hung a white board and listed every piece of legislation, local projects, and budget priorities on it and the group began planning for the next steps. For days, Towle reported to work and looked at that white board with fear that everything the staff has worked on for the last year would all be fo

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Williamstown Planning Board OKs Inn Project; Zoning Board Next

Williams College's plans for a new Williams Inn on Spring Street cleared one regulatory hurdle on Tuesday and face another test on Thursday at Town Hall. The Planning Board on Tuesday gave its blessing to the 64-room inn, which the college hopes to have online by the spring of 2019.

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Coughlan's Double-Double Helps Lift Team to Giorgi League Win

Frank Field Contracting and Pete's Gun Shop earned wins on Wednesday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.

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Cages at the Mill Offers Three-Day Softball Camp

A three-day camp in North Adams will help softball players ages 10 to 15 develop their skills.

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Pittsfield Nationals Rally for Win Over Westfield

The Pittsfield National League Little League opened its sectional tournament with a win at Clapp Park on Wednesday.

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Williamstown Road Work Scheduled on Sand Springs, Bridges Roads

The Town of Williamstown will be repaving Sand Springs Road and Bridges Road beginning Thursday.

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MCLA, BCC Agreement Bolsters Early Ed Degree Programs

Heather Thompson started going to college in 1998. And then found out she was expecting a child. She returned home to Berkshires and six months after giving birth, enrolled at Berkshire Community College.

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Cemetery Commission Seeks Engineer Study of Bellevue Garage

The town will use an engineering firm to gather cost estimates for expanding the Department of Public Works facility at Bellevue Cemetery. The Cemetery Commission was asked to use funds to either replace or add on to the existing garage and after a tour of the grounds Monday, commissioners agreed to start moving the project forward.

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Williams College to Shut Down Electricity Three Days This Summer

Williams College's campus will undergo a total blackout for three days this summer while the school installs two large generators.

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North Adams Happenings: July 19-25

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

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Tanglewood and Sevenars: Classical Music Heaven

Both venues present wonderful music performed at magnificent venues in pristine, bucolic settings by marvelous performers

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SVMC Launches ExpressCare Service at Northshire Campus

The service will be available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Both SVMC Northshire and Northshire ExpressCare are located at 5957 Main Street, Route 7A, in Manchester Center.

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Match Short- and Long-Term Goals With the Right Investments

As an investor, then, one of your biggest challenges will be to match your short- and long-term goals with the appropriate investment vehicles. How should you proceed?

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Pittsfield's Clapp Park Could Be Next To See Major Upgrades

Clapp Park could see a major upgrade in the coming years. The city has partnered with the Rotary Club and the Buddy Pellerin Field Committee on a state grant to complete a major park renovation.

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Proposed Renewable Energy Line to Run Through Cheshire

A proposed renewable energy utility line may pass through town adjacent to existing electricity lines. The project will be bid as part of the Massachusetts Clean Energy request for proposals that was created by the Clean Energy legislation that passed last July. The legislation forces energy companies to distribute specific amounts of energy from different renewable sources by 2022.