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Biz Briefs: 'Farm to Fork' Bike Ride Coming to Berkshires

The ride course, with options for all abilities ranging from 10 to 100 miles, will include gourmet aid stations at several Berkshire County farms where cyclists will sample chef-prepared food made from each farm’s ingredients.

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Berkshires Beat: OLLI Opens Spring Classes

There is no educational requirement for joining OLLI, just a love of learning for the sake of learning. The classes have no tests, no grades and no required homework.

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Williamstown Planners Seek Public Input on Housing Bylaws

The Planning Board has opened a months-long effort to gather public feedback about potentially changing zoning bylaws to open up options for new housing.The Planning Board has opened a months-long effort to gather public feedback about potentially changing zoning bylaws to open up options for new housing. Working with a grant from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, the board has created a website to collect public comments and plans at least two public events to solicit input — the first

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Cheshire to Pursue Blight Removal Grant

The Selectmen have agreed to apply for a District Local Technical Assistance through the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to identify processes and possible funding to remove dilapidated homes. Town Administrator Mark Webber recommended to the board last week that they team up with Hinsdale and through BRPC apply for a grant that will provide guidance to remove blight in the community.

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Bruins Bag Banner With OT Win in Kittredge Tourney

The Berkshire Bruins' Bantam team came from behind to defeat Avon, Conn., in overtime on Sunday night at the Boys & Girls Club.

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North Adams Third-Graders Get Free Swimming Lessons

All North Adams third-graders will be provided free swim lessons through a donation from All Saints Episcopal Church and the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA. According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1 through 14.

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BCC Enters Home Stretch Of Renovation Project

The state's oldest community college is starting to look more like the newest. Berkshire Community College is wrapping up renovations to two academic buildings. The $30 million renovations have been underway since the spring of 2015. The renovated Melville Hall was opened on June 1 and construction workers are putting the final touches and equipment is being moved into Hawthorne Hall in anticipation for an opening later this month.

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Lanesborough Neighbors Opposing Day Care On Residential Street

Should a day care operate in a residential neighborhood? That is a question facing officials in Lanesborough as a day care opened in a Sunrise Street home and the neighbors are worried about the impacts it will have on the neighborhood. Those opposing the day care say it is operating as a business and needs to be treated as such - and therefore isn't allowed by zoning laws.

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Pittsfield Council Questions Snow Plowing Operation

Cars on the road, sidewalks being plowed in, and speeding are all continual concerns for the City Council when it comes to the city's management of snow storms. The council called on Commissioner of Public Services David Turocy Tuesday to discuss the snow plowing procedures. Turocy outlined the process and answered questions regarding issues relating to the efforts to clean up the roads during a storm.

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'La La Land': On the One Hand, and Then on the Other

The curious idea to have Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling play the sort of aspiring showbiz kids Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell portrayed in vehicles like "42nd Street" (1933) won me over despite the film's unrealistic plotting and a minor litany of incongruities.

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Announces Three New Members to its Board of Trustees

"These individuals have unique skills and experiences and will make tremendous contributions to our Board of Trustees," said Tommy Harmon, the board chair. "I am delighted to welcome them and eager to see what we can accomplish together."

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Acitivities Planned for King Day of Service on Monday

Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday will feature events and volunteer efforts across the county. In North Adams, the Martin Luther King Day Committee welcomes volunteers for its 24th annual Day of Service and celebratory lunch.

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Flying Cloud Institute Appoints New Executive Director

Rundle will step into her new role on January 16. As planned, Jane Burke and her husband, Larry Burke will both step off the Board of Directors in February. Burke will continue to work with Flying Cloud Institute as a consultant and an educator in its various programs.

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Berkshire Design Staffer Receives Architectural License

Bartini has more than 14 years of experience in the architectural profession and her expertise encompasses design and project administration for residential and commercial architectural design projects.

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Berkshire Bank Appoints New SVP Regional Operations Leader

Cimino brings more than 20 years of industry experience, the last six of which have been dedicated to her role of director of marketing and sales for First Choice Bank.

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William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty Welcomes Lenox Agent

After running her own brokerage firm for almost 10 years, Scalise will join William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, where she will offer market exposure with a vast global reach and consistent advertising in venues such as The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

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SVMC Celebrates Second Anniversary of Pulmonary Rehabilitation with Expanded Availability

For the program's two-year history, patients started and ended their eight-week class together. Starting this month, patients will be able to begin at any time there is an opening, rather than wait for the next session to begin.

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Hears Good News, Prepares for Worst

The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Tuesday approved a series of potential cost reductions that officials hope never to implement. By a unanimous vote, the panel OK'd the recommendations of its value engineering working group, which was charged with evaluating design elements that could be modified or eliminated if bids on the project come in over budget.

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Clarksburg School Building Committee See Initial Plans

The School Building Committee got its first look at plans for a new or renovated school — and the cost gave members pause. The initial project estimates range from $12 million to $24 million on the high side; most put the town's cost at about $8.75 million to $12 million.

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Small Business Revolution Spending 2 Days in North Adams

The Small Business Revolution is a movement spearheaded by Deluxe Corp. to highlight the challenges and opportunities of small towns and local businesses across the nation. For the second year, it's picking one small town to highlight. North Adams made the semifinals along with seven other communities for a visit by the team and Amanda Brinkman, Deluxe's ‎chief brand and communications officer.

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Clarksburg Board OKs Police Officers Swapping Positions

Sgt. Peter Wheeler asked to be demoted to patrol officer, and Sherry Burdick was promoted in his place. "Officer Wheeler had made the request as he has future endeavors that he is pursuing and he would like to assist in the transition of the sergeant," said Police Chief Michael Williams in presenting the request.

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Adams-Cheshire District Faces $500K Budget Gap For 2018

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is looking at a $370,000 gap going into fiscal 2018, with the likelihood of adding another $130,000 on top of that because of required hirings. Interim Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee on Monday that he feels there isn't much that can be cut without reducing services.

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Pittsfield Awarded 73K To Continue Youth Mentoring Programs

The city was awarded $73,000 dollars to continue its young violence prevention programming. On Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the next round of Charles E. Shannon Grant funding, of which $73,000 will be coming to help continue to Pittsfield Community Connection.