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Cheshire Planning Board Approves Dollar General Plans

Dollar General was cleared for a new store after more than two years of vocal opposition and a change of location. The Planning Board on Monday approved the discount chain store's request for special permits for signage, the building application and a site plan that included minor changes.

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Tries to Find Compromise Between Eatery, Neighbors

The Licensing Board is giving a West Housatonic Street restaurant a shot at having live music, despite pleas from the neighbors. Owner Mickey Soldato requested an entertainment license to have acoustic musicians perform on the outdoor patio a couple nights a week. Soldato says the hope is to grow the business, including with later evening patrons, by providing more. However, those who live on Gale Avenue have been there before and it was a nuisance.

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Williams College, Chamber Discuss Downtown Parking with Selectmen

Williams College and the Chamber of Commerce believe they have solutions in place to avoid a repeat of last summer's parking woes on Spring Street, and they're asking downtown merchants to be part of the answer. In 2015, parking inventory in the Village Business District was squeezed by construction vehicles related to the college's renovation of the Log pub on Spring Street.

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Rose Leads Babe Ruth Team to City Playoff Win

A to Z Lettering won Game 1 of Pittsfield's Babe Ruth City Championship on Monday evening.

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Drury Class of 1973 Golf Tourney Raises Funds for Education

This past sunny Saturday, 10 teams were preparing to play at Stamford Valley Golf Course in the 8th annual Drury High School Alumni Golf Tournament. The annual tourney grew out of a class reunion nearly a decade ago that has since raised thousands of dollars to help the North Adams, Mass., high school. The event is sponsored by the Drury class of 1973, said Nancy Bullett, a founder and organizer, and includes alumni from 1965 to 1978.

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SEIU Local 888 Endorses Farley-Bouvier for Re-election

The Service Employee Employees International Union Local 888 has endorsed Tricia Farley-Bouvier's re-election as state representative for the 3rd District. SEIU represents 2 million workers in the health care, public and property services. Farley-Bouvier, a Democrat, was first elected to the House in a special election in 2011 and represents all but one precinct in Pittsfield.

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Del Gallo Challenges Democratic Candidates to Spending Limits

The following is an open letter from Rinaldo Del Gallo III, candidate for the Democratic nomination for state Senate: During the first week of April, I sent my fellow candidates an email asking them to agree to voluntary spending limits. Many progressives I have spoken to feel it is an excellent idea. I herein resubmit an open letter on the subject of spending limits, debates, and columns in local papers. This offer, previously submitted in early April, I offer for 10 days after publication

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Williams College Elects 39 Seniors to Phi Beta Kappa

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is granted to the top five percent of the Williams class at the end of their junior year; 28 students were elected. At the end of their senior year, students in the 12.5 percent of the class, excluding those already elected, were eligible for election; 39 students were elected.

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Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Lists Graduates, Award Recipients

Among the 40 adult students earning a high school equivalency, 36 achieved their goal by successfully passing the HiSET exam and another four completed the Adult Diploma program.

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Berkshire County Arc Awards Scholarships to Five Local High School Seniors

Funds for the scholarships were raised through Berkshire County Arc's Annual Golf Classic and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group.

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Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires Launched

The mission of the NPC is to facilitate growth for charitable organizations through shared resources, affordable products and services, and creative collaborations.

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Berkshire Country Day School Celebrates Awards, Graduation

Fourteen students graduated from BCD.

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North Adams Native Returns to Join Pittsfield Law Firm

Holmes is a native of North Adams and has returned home after living in Boston for nine years. She has returned to be closer to family and re-establish roots for the future. She is looking forward to getting involved again in the community where she grew up.

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Deans List

According to Dr. Frances Feinerman, vice president for Academic Affairs, to be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

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MCLA Professor Joins WGBH, NASA in STEM Education Effort

Over the next five years, the education team at Boston public media producer WGBH will receive approximately $10 million from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop new STEM instructional models and digital media tools.

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Biz Briefs: Technical Training Program Students Receive Certificate of Completion

Each student received a Certificate of Completion from Berkshire Community College as well as a MACWIC Level 1 credential that verifies mastery of basic manufacturing skills such as math, blueprint reading, metrology, safety and work readiness.

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Pittsfield's Woodlawn Bridge Reopens After 10 Years

Finally. The Woodlawn Avenue Bridge is finally opened after being closed for a decade. City, state and Pittsffield Economic Development Agency officials commemorated the re-opening of the north to south connection between the Morningside Neighborhood and East Street. The bridge used to be own by General Electric and was closed in 2006 and was demolished in 2012.

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Berkshires Beat: A New Place For a Walk in the Woods

The trail is open to hikers and bikers and traverses SVHCs Bennington Campus.

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Carrier, Severs Lead Teams to Victory in Giorgi League

Lawrence Carrier and Travis Severs each scored 30 points on Sunday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.

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North Adams Auto Shop Adds Tire Sales & Service

A local auto repair shop is hoping to ease the need caused by the recent closure of Mr. Tire. T&M Auto is now offering tire service along with repairs, maintenance, body work and sales.

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North Adams SteepleCats Win Third Straight

The North Adams SteepleCats defeated the Vermont Mountaineers on Sunday at Joe Wolfe Field.

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Lanesborough Bulldogs Shut Out Pittsfield Nationals

Panayiotis Constantopoulos homered in an 11-hit attack for the Lanesborough Bulldogs on Sunday.

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Jezouit Pitches Cages to Shutout Win

Josh Jezouit threw a complete game three-hitter, and Jesse DiLego went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Cages Baseball Club to victory on Saturday.

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North Adams Artist Finds Expression in Ancient Paper Craft

The technique of paper quilling isn't a common one in the contemporary art world, but North Adams resident Lisa Nilsson embraced the antediluvian medium and elevated even beyond her contemporaries to her inventive and intricate and almost obsessive images that stretch the form to its limits. Quilling is a hundreds-of-years-old paper craft that involves rolling strips of colored paper into formations to create images with a three-dimensional quality.

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SteepleCats Win Second in a Row

The North Adams SteepleCats beat Sanford, Maine, on Saturday night.