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North Adams, Clarksburg Among Newest Green Communities

North Adams has received a Green Communities Grant of $194,580 that will help it save that and more in energy costs every year. The city was one of five communities presented with certificates, big checks and signage proclaiming them the newest members of the state's Green Communities program by Judson and Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.

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Mount Greylock Counselor, Lanesborough School Committee Member Draws Fire Over Facebook Post

A Mount Greylock Regional School guidance counselor and member of the Lanesborough Elementary School Committee said on Wednesday that he regretted a "crude joke" on social media that led to condemnation by alumni of the high school.

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Lanesborough Selectmen Approve 1.5 Percent Raises to Employees

The Board of Selectmen approved giving non-union employees a 1.5 percent raise, which is a compromise with the town manager. The Selectmen had previously asked Town Manager Paul Sieloff to remove 2 percent raises for those town hall employees from the upcoming budget. Sieloff agreed but said he'd be asking the Selectmen once again to put them back later in the process. Later in the process came Monday night and the Selectmen ultimately agreed on 1.5 percent.

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Be An 'Environmentally Friendly' Investor

And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the environmental movement.

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Pittsfield Parks Commission Endorses Dog Park at Burbank Park

Burbank Park has been identified as the best location for a dog park. The Parks Commission agreed and endorse the recommendation from a study group to use between one and two acres of land for the park. The dog park is eyed to be fenced in with separate sections for large and small dogs. The parks are areas in which pet owners can let their pups off leash, which isn't currently allowed in city parks.

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Cheshire Makes Final Moves to Keep Elementary School Open

The town will vote to make an emergency amendment to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District agreement that may allow it to alone fund Cheshire Elementary School for a year. Resident Jeremy McLain told the Selectmen on Tuesday that his group has a petition with more than 250 signatures asking the town's state representatives to find emergency funds to keep to school open. However, the Selectmen are putting an article on the annual town meeting just in case the state does not come through.

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North Adams' Model Railroad Museum Eyes Sons of Italy Property

Thomas Kren's Extreme Model Railroad and Architectural Museum was planned to go into the long Building 4 at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. But since the initial press conference announcing the project nearly 15 months ago, the concept has grown beyond the tight confines of the existing historic park.

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Pittsfield Junior Bowlers Earn Spots in National Tourney

Four bowlers from the Pittsfield Junior League have qualified for July's Junior Gold Tournament in Cleveland.

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McCann Tech Gets $15,000 From Haas Foundation for Scholarships

Scholarships, tools, recertification programs. Those are some of the ideas being taken up for a $15,000 grant made to McCann Technical School's machine technology program by the Gene Haas Foundation. This is the second Haas grant to a local school; last week, Taconic High School's manufacturing program received $10,000 toward scholarships.

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Solid Waste District Uncertain How to Dispose of Refrigerators

Refrigerators and propane tanks can be a nuisance to get rid of, even for the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District. After getting feedback from the Department of Environmental Protection, the regional organization unsure how to properly dispose of them.

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Community Involvement Discussed at Coalition Forum

At the April forum on Friday, the focus was not on those jobs, or what those people do from "9 to 5," but rather, on what they do from 5 to 9 p.m. when they are not working.

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Adams Bag Share Challenge Hits Half Way Point

A steady flow of children and parents partook in the initiative to create reusable grocery bags out of recycled materials. With a plastic bag ban in effect, multiple groups have signed on to the challenge to help make a bag for each resident.

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Rabasco Leads County Contingent at Boston Marathon

Eleven Berkshire County residents clocked times at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

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Letter: Support Pollinator Resolution

Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate, as emphasized by Williams College Biology Department Chair Joan Edwards, who spoke at the town's recent Agricultural Commission meeting. Sharing this concern, a number of other communities launched Western MA Pollinator Networks six months ago to expand pollinator safe habitat through education, tours, and collaboration.

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Bushey Running for Adams Board of Selectmen

Political newcomer Elizabeth Bushey wants to bring balance to the Board of Selectmen and bring all voices to the table. Bushey, who is originally from a Sunderland, Vt., and has a background in human services, said she decided to run because she wanted to make a difference.

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Berkshire Bank Donates $10K to Soldier On

Soldier On scored a goal with an assist from the Berkshire Bank Foundation. Berkshire Bank passed over a $10,000 donation to the non-profit on Monday, a donation part of the foundation's eXciting assist program. For every assist tallied by the Boston Bruins between October 13, 2016 and December 7, 2016, $100 was donated to Soldier On.

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Holding Baby Shower for Kittens

Kitten season typically begins in May and winds down in October.

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World War 2 Veteran Shares His Story With Reid Students

It was like pins and needles. That's what Bill Weigle, a World War 2 pilot, told the Reid Middle School eighth-grade class of his flights during the war. He never knew when or if a German fighter would appear near him and shoot him down. "I did not come here to tell you I'm a hero because I'm not. But we were on pins and needles the whole time," Weigle said.

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Bishop Mitchell Rozanski: Easter Homily

Where just a few weeks ago a snow storm reminded us that winter does not give up easily, we now can behold buds on the trees, daffodils and forsythia blooming and enjoy the warmth that permeates the air. Spring does beckon us to new life!

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Cheshire Students Earn Right to Throw Pies at Principal

If the challenge of 1,500 books was met, the top 15 students would be able to throw a pie in Bachli's face at the school's "Book Blast Ceremony."

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Williamstown Conservation Commission Green Lights Water Street Project

Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation were in front of the commission for permitting on the road project, which is expected to go to bid this fall for construction in 2018 and '19.

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North Adams Dog-A-Thon Raises Over $1,000 for Eagle Street

After going over the universal signal for choking and strategically placing a barf bucket near the table, competitors Benjamin Lamb, Gege Wylde, Mike Walker, Annie Rodgers, Nathan Rodgers and Piper Jacobs, 8, loaded their plates.

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North Adams Skateboard Park Construction Under Way

The park will take shape next week where the Modern Liquors building used to be. Pieces of the $676,000 skate park, funded by a state Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grant and local match using Community Development Block Grant funds, will be put in place next Tuesday by crane.

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North Adams to Pursue Mass Historic Grant For Library

The city has applied for a Massachusetts Historical Commission grant to make structural repairs to the library.

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Pittsfield School Committee Incumbents Take Out Nomination Papers

All members of the current School Committee have taken out nomination papers. Joshua Cutler, Daniel Elias, Pamela Farron, Anthony Riello, Cynthia Taylor, and Katherine Yon have all taken out papers. Only one challenger has taken out papers, Craig Gaetani.