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Former Mayor Alcombright Rejoins MountainOne

Preceding his eight years as mayor of North Adams, Alcombright was employed at MountainOne for 36 years in roles of increasing responsibility. Originally beginning his banking career as a teller, he also served as mortgage officer, assistant treasurer, and, ultimately, as senior vice president of retail banking.

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SVHC Adds New Member to its Board of Trustees

With more than 20 years of health insurance leadership experience, O'Grady serves as executive vice president of commercial and Medicare business and chief marketing officer for Capital District Physicians' Health Plan.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 12-18

On Sunday, the Second Congregational Church will host Delivering the Dream: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. from 3-5 p.m.

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Pittsfield Bids Farewell to Veteran Police Officer

The highly decorated officer received numerous honors including the Terry Donnelly Police Officer of the Year in 1998 and received an Honorable Service Unit Citation for supporting the U.S. Secret Service when First Lady Michelle Obama visited the city in 2013.

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Clarksburg School Officials Vote to Continue Talks With Stamford

Superintendent Jon Lev was informed just hours before Thursday's meeting that $25,000 was available to pursue research on merging or aligning with Vermont's Stamford School.

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Williamstown Elementary Asks Parents of Preschoolers to Note Them on Census

The town this week mailed out the annual Street Listing Form. The data collected from that survey helps inform the elementary school about how many children to expect in each year's incoming kindergarten class.

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Pittsfield Health: Flu Has Rapidly Increased In Last Two Weeks

In just the last few weeks there has been a 44 percent increase in flu symptoms. Public health nurse Kayla Donnelly-Winters said this year there have been 32 total cases of influenza confirmed in Pittsfield since Oct. 1. That is compared to just 15 in the same period of time last year. But the numbers had jumped in the last few weeks.

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Clarksburg Readies Fee Schedule for Marijuana Locations

With the successful passage of a retail cannabis bylaw, town officials are now starting to look at a fee structure for all the licensing and inspections that will need to happen.

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Street Closures Set for Pittsfield Police Lt. Winston's Funeral

A large contingent of law enforcement officers, fire personnel, and emergency medical personnel from throughout Berkshire County and beyond will be in attendance to pay their respects. A marching and vehicle procession will take place to transport and accompany Winston from the funeral home to the church at 89 Briggs Ave.

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Adams to Post Town Administrator Job

Town Accountant Mary Beverly said the advertisements should be posted at the end of the week and that the advertising is being done in more places than in 2014.

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Labor Shortage May Force Change in Mount Greylock Building Schedule

But the district's owner's project manager said Tuesday night that a potential move-in delay may not push back the planned end date for construction on the middle-high school campus.

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MCLA Announces New Performing Arts Programs

Also in FPA, students may access minors in dance and music production. Already, a number of students who focus on theater and arts management have added the dance minor, according to Laura Standley, associate professor of theater.

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BCC Offers Variety of Courses at McCann Tech

Spring classes begin on January 22. Some of the courses being offered at McCann include a free course called "Money Management for Life," which will assist students in better understanding how to become financially independent.

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Adams Board of Health to See If Memorial Building Usable

The board last week reviewed an indoor air quality report conducted by the state Department of Public Health and, although the report said there is not a substantial mold issue in the building, members still had questions.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 10-16

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Du Bois 150th Festival Begins on Jan. 15 in Great Barrington

The festival kicks off on Monday, Jan. 15, with the Martin Luther King Day Interfaith Service from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on Main Street.

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How Can You Improve Your Financial Fitness This Year?

Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being but, at the same time, don't forget about your financial fitness. Specifically, what can you do to ensure your investment situation is in good shape?

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Tired of Trash Talk, Council Returns Toters to Tyer

After a year and a half and a dozen or so meetings later, the mayor's trash proposal is basically back where it started. The City Council returned the proposal to overhaul the garbage collection system back to Mayor Linda Tyer, asking for a revised plan. The proposal was crafted through the Resource Recovery Commission, which first met back to September of 2016, and after three lengthy meetings at the City Council, the councilors felt it was too flawed to be saved.

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New North Adams Council Approves Appointments, Donation

The meeting was brief with Bona, an eight-term councilor, presiding over his first session and Mayor Thomas Bernard presenting his first orders reappointments, a donation and a communique on the formation of an ad hoc working group on retail marijuana.

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Cheshire Needs Employee For School Maintenance

The building also caused issues this summer with the town taking over mowing duties. This has drawn Highway Department employees away from other responsibilities.

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Williamstown Officials Seek Public Comment on Marijuana

The board this winter is facing a couple of decision points concerning pot. The distinct but related questions are whether to support a proposal for a medical marijuana facility on Main Street and whether to propose a special town meeting to consider the question of a ban on recreational pot businesses.

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Lanesborough Considering Hiring EMTs to Work in Highway Dept.

Town Manager Paul Sieloff is suggesting the town hire EMTs to work in the highway department. The hope is that the town will then have two emergency medical technicians available during the days to answer calls for service. When they are not answering the calls, they will work on projects with the highway department. That would help curb a problem with the ambulance service's struggles to have volunteers available.

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Letter: Please Shovel Your Sidewalks

Other towns I've lived in fine landlords, business owners, and home owners for not keeping town sidewalks surrounding their buildings clear of snow and ice.

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Adams-Cheshire Closing Book on 40-Year-Old Sex Abuse Cases

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee read a prepared statement Monday stating that because no lawsuit has been filed against the district, the district has stopped its investigation.

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North Adams Planners Approve New 'Museum of Dog'

The largely private collection of 180 dog-inspired artworks will also include featured local artists in temporary exhibits.