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Designer Selection Next Step in Clarksburg School Project

The School Building Committee is anticipating voting on a school project next spring. But first it has to get a design team on board. Some 27 companies have indicated interest in the school district's request for services, said Brian Laroche of Potomac Capital Advisors, the school district's owner's project manager.

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Williamstown Con Comm Seeks Specifics on Spruces Plantings

The Conservation Commission on Thursday evening reiterated its request for a detailed list of the plants that a local nonprofit hopes to put on town-owned land on Sept. 1. And the commissioners expressed some dismay about having to ask twice.

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Baker Highlights Craft Industry With Trip to Berkshire Mountain Distillers

Twelve years ago Chris Weld had grown tired of his work in emergency rooms. So, he moved back to Massachusetts and bought an apple farm. With all of the products he needed right on sight, Weld started to distill. He makes whiskeys, gins, vodkas and other spirits. In 2007, he turned it into a business - Berkshire Mountain Disillers. The company began to grow and two years ago he opened a tasting room and store along with a new distillery. He now employees eight people and ships his products t

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North Adams Airport May Try New Management Style

The Airport Commission may look at a new management model that could possibly generate revenue and sustain staff. Commissioner Trevor Gilman said Tuesday that with all of the improvements to Harriman & West, it may be beneficial for the city to work out a one-time lease agreement of the public ramp space to Teamflys, which provides various aviation-related services at the airport.

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End of Session Review: Benjamin Downing

State Sen. Benjamin Downing is happy with the state's new energy bill but feels it doesn't go far enough. Just before the July 31 end of the formal legislative session, the state passed an omnibus energy bill which increases hydro-electricity, off-shore wind, and raises the net metering cap for solar, among the many provisions. Downing headed the state's Telecommunication, Utilities, and Energy Committee and spent a lot of time during the two-year session on it. He filed a bill which was

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Williamstown's Highland Woods Fully Functional

After a five-month delay caused by a sprinkler system failure, the Highland Woods senior housing project is now fully operational. Elton Ogden of Berkshire Housing Development Corporation on Monday gave the Board of Selectmen an update on the 40-unit apartment at the end of Southworth Street, adjacent to Proprietor's Field.

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Doll Makers Donate Two 'Babies' to Williamstown Nursing Home

You see, Jenna and Angie are dolls, the extremely realistic hand-crafted creations of Kathi George and Julie Crosier. George and Crosier are sisters who create lifelike dolls for their company, Until Forever Nursery. The two donated the dolls to Williamstown Commons.

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North Adams Councilors to Tour Public Services Buildings

City councilors will be touring the city's public service structures as the administration lays out the reasoning to spend some $1.5 million to consolidate everything at the former anodizing plant at Hodges Cross Road. The City Council on Tuesday was presented with a purchase-and-sales agreement of $995,000 with 59 Hodges Cross Road LLC for the structure and its 30-some acres. Another half-million would go toward further updating and transforming the 85,000 square foot building to hold the se

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St. Francis' Church Being Razed

Demolition began in earnest on Wednesday months after the deteriorating steeple on St. Francis' Church was removed. A building connecting the 150-year-old church to the rectory on Union Street was razed late last week in preparation for the removal of the church proper. Interior work on hazardous waste abatement had been completed some weeks ago.

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Clark Art Institute to Host Oct. 1 5K

The inaugural Trailblazer Run will be held at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 a.m.

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Centennial Hikes Across Massachusetts Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Park Service

The National Park Service was established by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916 and today manages more than 400 natural, historical, and cultural properties throughout the United States and its territories. Additionally, in 1916, the State of Massachusetts, whose park system dates back to 1893, established Harold Parker State Forest and Myles Standish State Forest. Centennial celebrations for both forests were held earlier this year.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 24-30

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BFAIR Successfully Completes QUEST Audit

In an effort to maintain compliance and continue to provide the highest standard of quality care, BFAIR regularly undergoes auditing by accrediting and licensing bodies (ie. QUEST and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

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Lanesborough School Officials Look To Shorten Bus Ride Times

Bus routes can't be that much more efficient, but school officials are looking at small ways to reduce the time students spend traveling to and from school. Elementary School Principal Martin McEvoy said on Tuesday that he traveled the three bus routes with a staff member from DuFour Bus Co. and found no one way to truly reduce the time students spend. Instead, he's looking to see if there could be more common bus stops, instead of always bringing students to their doors.

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DownStreet Art: Aug. 25

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Post-Tanglewood, Area Chamber Concerts Blossom

Looking ahead, you'll find a variety of concerts presented in churches, chapels, small auditoriums, halls and the like throughout the region. Even Tanglewood's acoustically superb Ozawa Hall is really too big for a string quartet or piano trio to be heard to best advantage; 300 seats – or even smaller - is better.

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Investors Can Learn Much from Workers

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. And there's a lot to celebrate, because our workers have accomplished great things and, in the process, demonstrated a variety of impressive character traits – many of which also can be useful to investors.

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State Senate Candidates Focus On Economics In 5th Debate

As director of the Pittsfield Community Connection Adam Hinds reeled in a $5 million grant to fight crime an violence in the city. Over the next 10 years the grant will supplement salaries to put at-risk youth in jobs, provide job training, get them counseling, and employed outreach workers who had been in gangs or jail and can show the youth that that lifestyle doesn't work. The crime numbers overlapped with the three most impoverished census blocks and targeted those areas.

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Weeds in Cheshire Reservoir Cause Fire Hazard

Fire Chief Thomas Francesconi said because of the current weed issue in Cheshire lake, the fire trucks are unable to effectively pump water from the lake. Francesconi came before the selectmen Tuesday and said the town fire trucks are unable to pump water from the lake to serve houses on Hutchinson Lane, Lanesboro Road and the coves because of recent tape grass activity that has clogged the boat lunch and the fire trucks’ pumps.

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Williamstown Adopts Resolution on Opioid Addiction Services

The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved a resolution calling on Berkshire Health Systems and state officials to better serve North County residents suffering from opioid addiction.

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North Adams Council Tosses Parking Ordinance

The City Council on Tuesday rejected a plan to put meters in the Central Street parking lot. The vote was unanimous; Councilor Ronald Boucher was absent. The ordinance, which would have made the Center Street parking fees the same as other spaces, had already been published and passed to a second reading on a vote of 7-2 two weeks.

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Whitman's Rallies to Win Torchia League Title

Whitman's Crystal Clean Tuesday won the Pat Torchia Softball League Championship.

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North Adams Downtown Hosts Motorama This Weekend

The 6th annual Motorama will roar back into the city on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 9 to 3. Main, Holden and Eagle streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic as downtown North Adams fills with cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors and more. Anything with a motor is welcome.

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Q&A With MCLA President James Birge

Originally called the North Adams Normal School, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was founded to train public school teachers. True to that heritage, today's MCLA faculty members take seriously their role as educators. That is the message the college's 12th president received when he arrived on campus earlier this year.

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Whitman's Comes Back to Even Torchia League Title Series

Whitman's Crystal Clean Monday evened the best-of-three Pat Torchia Softball League championship series at one win apiece.