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Lanesborough Selectmen Ask Town Manager To Remove Salary Increases

The Selectmen have asked Town Manager Paul Sieloff to back out all salary increases in his preliminary budget. Sieloff walked the board through parts of his preliminary budget Monday night. The Selectmen asked him to take out all 2 percent increases for nonunion employees.

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Berkshire Delegation Gets Committee Assignments

State House leaders have released committee assignments for this session, with the Berkshire delegation picking up two chairmanships in the House and one in the Senate.

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Polito Announces South County Bridge Funding, Tours Pittsfield

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito toured the downtown Thursday afternoon before announcing grant funding for two Southwestern Massachusetts bridges. Polito had spent the morning signing a Community Compact agreement with Lanesborough and Windsor. She later joined Mayor Linda Tyer for a brief private meeting at city hall. She left the offices and proceeded to the Onota Building with the mayor, City Council President Peter Marchetti 1Berkshire CEO Jonathan Butler, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. President Jesse C

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Downtown Pittsfield Gives Council Annual Report

Dropping the speed limit on North Street to 25 miles-per-hour may not seem like a big deal on its own. But, that is just one of many initiatives Downtown Pittsfield Inc. has taken on to improve the downtown. The speed reduction was approved by the City Council Tuesday night in an effort to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety. But Tuesday was also the same night Downtown Pittsfield Inc. provided an annual report, outlining its initiatives.

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Polito Signs Community Compacts With Lanesborough, Windsor

For small towns it is difficult to bring in special expertise so the state is stepping in to help. Lanesborough wants to focus more on economic development and that long-range planning is significantly helped along by a professional economic development planner. In Windsor, town officials want to secure long-term financial stability but doesn't have the professional expertise and time to craft a careful long-term plan.

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School Assessment Hike Draws Concern at Williamstown Town Hall

The town is projecting a 5.5 percent tax increase attributable entirely to its two largest cost centers: Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional High School. Town Manager Jason Hoch in separate meetings Wednesday presented a fiscal 2018 budget overview to the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee.

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Greylock Glen Resort Outdoor Center Receives 13 Design Bids

Adams, the designated developer of the Greylock Glen, has received 13 proposals from architectural firms interested in designing the "Greylock Glen Resort Outdoor Center." "It's an excellent response," Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco said. "It is for the design of the outdoor center so you'd expect many bidders but 13 gives us a great number of design options and price ranges to choose from."

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Williamstown to Propose Engineering Study to Look at Broadband

Voters likely will be asked at May's annual town meeting to fund an engineering study to look options for providing broadband Internet access in the town. Board of Selectmen Chairman Andrew Hogeland presented his colleagues on Monday with the report of an ad hoc working group that spent the last year on "a conceptual analysis on costs, benefits, and options for deciding whether [the] town should pursue generally available broadband access."

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Pittsfield's Paintbox Public Art Program Returns

Last year the seemingly ordinary utility boxes throughout the downtown was transformed into colorful and vibrant pieces of art. Now, it is time to do some more. The Artscape Committee announced the return of the paintbox program, which is an art competition with eight winners decorating the utility boxes on North Street. The project takes the boring, gray utility boxes and turns them into public art.

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North Adams May Seek Funds For Library Repair

The mayor told the library trustees last week that the city is aware of the public library's maintenance needs. Mayor Richard Alcombright and Building Inspector William Meranti attended the trustees meeting last Wednesday to quell concerns about deferred building maintenance.

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North Adams Planners OK Tiny House Builder

The Planning Board approved permits for a tiny house manufacturer that is moving into the Windsor Mill. B&B Precision Builders has been operating out of the former Berkshire Gas building on Old Columbia St. in Adams and is expected to move into a large section of the city-owned mill in the coming months.

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Pittsfield Adds Eight Firefighters

The Fire Department is now fully staffed with the help of a $1.1 million federal grant. On Tuesday the City Council confirmed the appointments of eight new firefighters. The hiring gives the department the full complement of close to 90 firefighters and was only possible because of a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant to the tune of $1,112,864.

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Letter: Adams-Cheshire at a Cross Road

Nearly 50 years ago, the two communities came together to form one regional school district. That district has endured changes in the demographics of the community, changes in the national and state economies, and changes within the education system itself. And yet, through all of this change, Adams and Cheshire have always rallied around the schools. Change has, as it so often does, bred adaption and innovation.

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Father Daughter Dance Set in North Adams

Tickets are $10 and are only available in advance at Persnickety Toys in North Adams, Val's in Adams and Where'd You Get That?! in Williamstown.

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North Adams Hosts Winterfest Celebration for 20th Year

This family-friendly, day-long, event wraps up at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink with free skate rentals and rink access from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Pittsfield Schools Decreasing Number of Suspensions

The School Department is taking a fresh look at discipline and so far that has led to 155 fewer days of out of school suspension. Superintendent Jason McCandless presented the numbers to the School Committee on Wednesday. With a bolstering of the number of school adjustment councilors and registered behavior technicians, the district has been implementing new practices to improve behavior - that includes the creation of a restorative justice program but also rethinking the way principals hand

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SVMC Gastroenterology Uses New Technology for Better Imaging and Diagnostics

A duodenoscope and endoscopic ultrasound device now give SVMC physicians access to extensive internal views and observation capabilities that lead to better diagnostics and treatment.

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What's Smarter: Paying Off Debts or Investing?

Your decisions could make a real difference in your ability to achieve your important financial goals.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 15-21

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Lanesborough-Williamstown Superintendent: Districts 'Not Dysfunctional'

The interim superintendent of the Lanesborough-Williamstown public schools sought Tuesday evening to allay concerns about the stability of the central administration. Kim Grady said that despite the appearance of uncertainty at the top of the administration, the Tri-District is on solid ground.

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Drive-Through Doughnut Shop Eyed For Pittsfield's Dalton Avenue

A presumed Dunkin Donuts is now eyeing the Royal Cleaners property on Dalton Avenue for a drive-through restaurant. But, the City Council has ordered the company to pay for a third party to review the proposal for stormwater and traffic issues.

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Cheshire Not Confident School Will Be Chosen to Stay Open

The Selectmen at Tuesday's meeting said they do not have high hopes that the School Committee will choose to keep the school open because the majority of the members are from Adams. Selectman Robert Ciskowski said losing the school would be a huge hit to the town and would upset much of the planning they had set down for the future.

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North Adams Approves 'Safe & Inclusive' Resolution

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution declaring North Adams a safe and inclusive community. The vote was greeted with applause by a crowded City Council chamber.

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North Adams Pushing For Votes as Deadline Looms

The post on the Small Business Revolution's Facebook page appeared about 3 p.m. showing North Adams as moving up from third to second place among the five finalists. Then it inexplicably disappeared, leaving the latest update on Tuesday with the city still in third place as of 10 a.m.

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Colegrove Park Classes Write Valentines for First-Responders

Colegrove Park Elementary School children spent part of last week creating some big, colorful Valentine's Day cards. Not for their families or classmates but to show their appreciation for the city's first-responders.