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Berkshire Tidbits: Gather-In Celebration, Farmers Markets

This Saturday, July 23, from noon to 7, the Berkshire branch of the NAACP, with the lead sponsorship of Greylock Federal Credit Union, hosts the free annual Gather-In Festival in Rev. Willard & Rosemary Durant Park, formerly Pitt Park, on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield.

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Hunt's Double-Double Leads Team to Giorgi League Win

Moresi & Associates/Mingo's and Frame All/Preite Oil each earned wins in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League on Wednesday.

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SteepleCats Split Pair in Holyoke

The North Adams SteepleCats won, 8-3, to split a double-header on the road on Wednesday.

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Adams to Pursue Medical Marijuana Bylaw

Weed is weighing heavy on the minds of some town officials. Although the Selectmen unanimously voted Wednesday to request the Planning Board to draft a medical marijuana zoning bylaw, some members were hesitant to start the process. Selectman Joseph Nowak was not among them. He has been urging his colleagues to pursue a bylaw that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary.

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BRPC Hears Update To 'Last Mile' Broadband Plan

Finishing out the so-called "last mile" of broadband connectivity will take a flexible approach, giving towns an array of options to connect, according to Massachusetts Technology Collaborative implementation liaison Bill Ennen. Ennen was appointed to the role which serves as an middle man between the state's Massachusetts Broadband Initiative and individual towns in June at the same time former Pittsfield state Rep. Peter Larkin was appointed to chair the MBI board. The two are now heading t

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North Adams Housing Authority Dedicates New Patio

The North Adams Housing Authority opened its new patio on Wednesday with a brief dedication and a cookout. Named for longtime Housing Authority director William M. Boland, the fenced in area off the main lobby offers a benches and umbrella tables for residents who'd like to dine al fresco or just watch the world go by.

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Pittsfield Powers Past Westfield in Little League Playoffs

The Pittsfield American League All-Stars opened the Section 1 playoffs with a 'mercy rule' win on Wednesday.

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New Report Highlights Pittsfield Renewable Energy Push, Urges More To Follow Lead

A new report being released in two weeks will highlight the city's efforts toward energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center will release the report in two weeks which aims to urged municipalities to boost their efforts in moving toward more renewable energies and urging the state to pass aggressive energy policies to move the entire state to 100 percent renewable.

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North Adams Cemetery Volunteers Get Help for Heavy Lifting

A volunteer group has been doing some heavy lifting at Hill Side Cemetery for nearly three years. No more. A new tripod lift built by Deerfield Machine & Tool will aid members of Hill Side Restoration as they continue their work in resetting and repairing the hundreds of old gravestones in the historic cemetery.

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Berkshire 11-Year-Olds Third at Cal Ripken Tourney

The Berkshire 11-and-under team finished third at the Western Massachusetts State Championship.

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Adams Looks at Columbarium For Cemetery

The Cemetery Commission is looking at the possibility of installing a columbarium for its cemeteries. Cemetery Commissioner Bruce Shepley told the commission last Thursday that he would like to explore the possibility of installing a columbarium, a facility that houses cremated remains.

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Great Music at Tanglewood, Manchester and Glimmerglass

And, if the offerings at Tanglewood arenít enough to pique your musical interest, there are also outstanding performances to be enjoyed at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont and the Glimmerglass Festival in historic Cooperstown, N.Y. All three venues present great music performed in bucolic settings by marvelous performers.

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North Adams Happenings: July 20-26

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Investing: A Marathon, Not a Sprint

In fact, if you were to compare investing to an Olympic sport, it would be much closer to a marathon than a sprint.

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Panel Discussion, Film Screening Sheds Light On Heroin Epidemic

Throughout Berkshire County 105 people went to the hospital after overdosing. That's on pace for more than 300 in a year. Last year there were 158, a sharp increase from the average of 40 to 60 in 2011 through 2013. There was 36 deaths in 2015 from overdose and so from in Pittsfield alone there have been nine. A total of 36 out of 800 babies born this year have been exposed to opioids while in utero.

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Williamstown Conservation Commission OKs Clark Solar Project

The Clark Art Institute has the go-ahead from the town to install a solar photovoltaic installation on its property. The museum's partner, Framingham-based Ameresco, Inc., was before the Conservation Commission last week to explain the project and get its approval to proceed without a Notice of Intent, which would have triggered a much more rigorous review.

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North Adams School Committee Welcomes Directors; Ratifies Contract

The city's new superintendent of schools is getting her team together for the start of the school year. Barbara Malkas, attending her first meeting of the School Committee since stepping into her new position earlier this month, presented the committee with two new hires in two new positions.

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Moultons Lead Moulton's to Victory

Moulton's Hearing Aids and Tony's Electric each picked up wins in Tuesday in the Women's Division of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.

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Soccer Domain Academy Successful in New York Tourney

The Soccer Domain Academy's youth travel squads brought back a tournament title from the 40th annual Hudson Invitational.

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Cheshire Continues Storm Clean Up

Public Works Director Peter LeFebvre said the DPW will be busy cleaning up after Monday's storm for some time. LeFebvre updated the Selectmen on Tuesday about the tree limbs, brush and damage caused by the storm that left most of the town without power.

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Barrington Stage Opens Headquarters on North Street

Barrington Stage Company is moving its headquarters into the newly opened Wolfson Theater Center at 122 North St. The 28,000-square-foot building will be the company's main headquarters and will house its administrative offices, which will all be under one roof for the first time since the company moved to Pittsfield.

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La Festa Baseball Exchange Returns Saturday

The 26th annual La Festa Baseball Exchange gets under way Saturday evening at Joe Wolfe Field.

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Frame All/Preite Posts OT Win

Frame All/Preite Oil and Moonlight Diner earned wins Monday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.

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Brien Center's Adult Day Health Program Provides Dignity, Respite

Three days a week, Jusino arrives at the center at 8:30 a.m. and enjoys coffee, tea and breakfast and companionship with other clients. That begins an active day that includes table activities, exercise, lunch, reading (the center has an audio book player) and special events like last week's "Christmas in July" party.

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PERC Presents 31-Page Document Supporting Westwood Lease Agreements

Clairmont essentially put a halt to an ongoing debate over land leases at the Westwood Business Park on Monday night when he delivered a 31-page packet of documents outlining the history and supporting the agreements as they exist to the Airport Study Group.