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Cheshire Losing Out on Free Garage

The town may not be getting the garage at the former Bushika gravel pit on Route 8. Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that solar array developer Kirt Mayland may sell the garage on the property to a local buyer instead of giving it to the town.

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Axt, Patel Lead Team to LYBA/WYBA Final

Mickle Electric played its way into Wednesday's title game of the Lanesborough/Williamstown Youth Basketball Association league.

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North Adams Girls Win Youth Basketball Tourney

The North Adams girls last weekend won the CYC third- and fourth-grade travel basketball tournament.

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Think About Sending Financial Valentines to Loved Ones

Instead, use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to determine how you can make gifts with long-lasting impact to your circle of loved ones.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 10-16

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Bay State Winter Games Return to Berkshires This Weekend

Kevin Cummings knows how quickly a good idea can snowball. The executive director of the Bay State Games is excited to see games offer two new events when it returned to the Berkshires for its 31st seaso

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Pittsfield Looking at Repairs on Unaccepted Streets

The city has some 25 miles of roadways in which it is limited in what services the city can provide. Commissioner of Public Services David Turocy brought the issue of unaccepted streets to the City Council Tuesday night. Turocy says one-eighth of the city's streets are unaccepted and therefore he is restricted in how he can maintain them.

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North Adams Council OKs Long-Term Lease With Child Care of the Berkshires

The City Council on Tuesday approved a 25-year lease with Child Care of the Berkshires that will allow the nonprofit to apply for nearly a $1 million in grants. "We have really ambitious plans for the building," Anne Nemetz-Carlson, president and CEO of the agency, told the council on Tuesday. "We're a vibrant community place and we'd like to have a long-term lease."

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Big Dance Turns Mass MoCA Tour Into Multisensual Peformance

The latest dance performance to appear at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art won't take place on a stage, but that's not the only way it parts from tradition. Big Dance Theater's "This Page Left Intentionally Blank" will wind its movement through the museum itself, taking the idea of a guided tour and using that to create new ideas not only about dance and performance, but about museums as well.

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USDA Conservation Stewardship Program Accepting Applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has $150 million in funding available for agricultural producers across the country through the Conservation Stewardship Program, a federal conservation program that helps farmers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands.

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Grant Opens Workforce Training Opportunities in North Adams, Pittsfield

The state has now allocated $138,000 to the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board to train workers to fill some 127 vacant jobs. According to BCREB Executive Director Heather Boulger, some 66 workers in the region can apply for an array of free classes taught by teachers at Taconic High School and McCann Technical School.

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North Adams Librarian to Retire After 30 Years

Longtime library employee Robin Martin intends to retire in early May, and library officials say they'll feel her absence keenly. Not only are they losing an experienced employee of 30 years, but her departure as adult reference services librarian may lead to a cascade of staffing issues.

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Lanesborough Neighbors Negotiating Compromise in Fowl Complaint

Kara Zaks is working on a compromise with her neighbor Clark Gable over the chickens, ducks, and roosters she raises on her property. The two live next to each other on Narragansett Avenue and Zaks has some 80 ducks, chickens, and roosters. She raises them for food, eggs, to sell for extra income, and for a passion to protect endangered species.

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Williams Outlines Solution to Parking Issue During Construction

Williams College and its contractor believe they have a solution to the problem of workers parking in a downtown parking lot during construction projects. The practice frustrated downtown merchants during last summer's renovation of the college's Spring Street tavern. A looming five-year project to build a new science center near the village business district has raised serious concerns among business owners.

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BRPC Trying To Get Ahead On OPEB Liabilities

BRPC is trying to get ahead on its "other postemployment benefits." In 2009, Massachusetts passed a law requiring government agencies to disclose the liability. OPEB consists mostly of health insurance for future retirees and the focus of most agencies is to start a trust fund, which will eventually be used to pay those benefits — pulling that annual expense from the operating budget.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Chinese New Year Banquet, Food Events

Monday, Feb. 8, is the beginning of the 15-day Chinese Spring Festival or Chinese New Year when food offers symbolic help for health, prosperity and overall good fortune in the coming year. I arranged to have a banquet with friends at Panda House in Lenox on Chinese New Year's Eve. We planned a number of seafood dishes including two kinds of whole fish because seafood is auspicious, whole fish symbolize completeness and shellfish are opulent.

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Price Chopper in North Adams to Close

The Price Chopper on State Road is expected to close by the end of the month. Employees were informed Monday morning that the 40-year-old supermarket would close.

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J Star Gymnasts Earn Medals at Manhattan Classic

The J Star gymnasts brought home an assortment of medals from the Manhattan Classic, their biggest competition yet. Last Week 12 J Star athletes, ages 7 to 12, traveled to New York City and competed against other gymnasts from across the country.

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Software Gets North Adams Tweens Thinking About Careers

What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a question children often hear as early as preschool, as they don plastic doctor's equipment or pretend to race cars or fly to the moon, but it's not a serious question often until the second half of high school.

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Adams Board of Health Mulls Improper Demolition

The Board of Health is mulling how to handle the unpermitted demolition of two structures on Cook Street last December. The contractors hired by the town neglected to properly permit the demolition and bait the building for rodents or check for toxic materials.

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Williams Women's Basketball Earns Comeback Win over Conn College

The Williams College women's basketball team on Sunday defeated the nationally ranked Connecticut College.

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Williamstown ZBA OKs Williams Science Center

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday night granted a special permit for Williams College's science quad expansion. The board declined a request from two residents to allow more time for review of 500 pages of supporting material presented with the request.

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MCLA Women, Men Lose at Salem State

The MCLA women's basketball gave up a late run, while the men were doomed by a slow start on Saturday afternoon.

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Williams Men's, Women's Hockey Win

Williams' men's and women's hockey teams both won while its wrestlers went 2-1 in dual meets on Saturday.

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Williams Lego Challenge 'Bridges' Math, MLK, Charity

Last year it was a sturdy Star Destroyer, this year it was a fragile bridge across the massive fireplace in the Paresky Center. The building of the Lego Bridge on Jan. 18 was one of the focal points of the Williams College Winter Study course "The Mathematics of Lego Bricks," taught by associate math professor Steven Miller. The course often includes a time challenge.