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SteepleCats' Whitney Honored as League's Top Starting Pitcher

The New England Collegiate Baseball League Thursday passed out its season-ending honors.

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Pittsfield Has Questions, But Optimistic About Educational Task Force Recommendation

City leaders still have an array of questions to ask of the Berkshire County Educational Task Forces' goal of a single district for the entire county. But, they remain optimistic that even asking those questions and having that conversation will lead to increased shared services.

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Eclipse Mill Pottery Exhibit Offers Art You Can Hold In Your Hand

The group exhibition at the Eclipse Mill curated by potters Gail and Phil Sellers and Arthur De Bow, gallery manager at MCLA Gallery 51, features more than two dozen artists who sculpt functional art out of clay.

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Clarksburg School Building Committee Learns Impact on Tax Rate

The Clarksburg School renovation and expansion is projected to add between $3.20 and $3.25 per $1,000 of valuation to the tax bill, but the town administrator said there are things that will mitigate that impact. The School Building Committee met Tuesday to discuss the financing of the project and its outreach efforts ahead of a Sept. 27 special town meeting and planned Oct. 10 vote on a debt exclusion to pay for the project.

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OT Thriller Decides Wednesday Summer Lacrosse League

The Dalton-based team defeated defending champion ODB on Wednesday in the Berkshire Summer Lacrosse League.

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'The Dark Tower': Fighting Horror with Horror

The film is clearly about the war between good and evil, albeit related only coincidentally to the nightmarish battle between those forces now commanding our national stage. Whereas our real fight waits for afeared and hesitant patriots to awaken, the movie provides a quick fix of honesty and justice.

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'Better Block' Approaching The Build Stage For Tyler Street Project

It's time to build the better block. MassDevelopment had brought in Team Better Block to run an economic development exercise on Tyler Street. The plan is to completely revamp the section between Smith Street and Cortland Place, filling up the storefronts, improving mobility, slowing traffic, and sprucing the aesthetics.

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Crumbling of Slavery in Massachusetts Celebrated on 'Elizabeth Freeman Day'

On Sunday, Aug. 20, The Trustees of Reservations will host a day of activities to celebrate the story of Elizabeth Freeman at the Ashley House in Sheffield. Activities will include guided tours of the Ashley House and a performance by storyteller and actress Tammy Denease, with her dramatic re-telling of "Mumbet's Story."

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Wins Two Regional Marketing Awards

SVHC received a Silver Lamplighter Award for Digital Strategy, including the integration of website, social media, and e-newsletter content. In the category for Community Relations Events, the health system's Jump Rope Challenge was also honored with a Silver Lamplighter Award.

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BArT School 2017-2018 Bus Routes

Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School begins the school year on Monday, Aug. 21.

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North Adams Schools Set Opening Day 2017

Elementary and high school students in Grades K-8, and Drury students newly transferring from another school, will begin school on Thursday, Aug. 31.

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Enjoy Great Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain, Tannery Pond

Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a prelude to the fall array of area classical offerings on the horizon mostly chamber music - at Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., into September, and at South Mountain Concerts, in Pittsfield, in September and continuing into October.

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Review: 'Company' Hits A Home Run at Barringston Stage

"Company" premiered in April of 1970, and while it's not quite as relevant today as it was back then when marriage was more de rigueur it still resonates with its humor and irony. Practically the whole show is built on irony.

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Stay Calm on the Investment 'Roller Coaster'

Actual roller coasters provide people with thrills. But as an investor, how can you stay calm on the "roller coaster" of the financial markets?

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Cheshire's Sand Mill Road Bridge To Be Replaced By State

The state intends to replace the Sand Mill Road Bridge. Highway Superintendent Blair Crane told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation has slated it to be done in fiscal 2022.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 16-22

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

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Lanesborough Undecided On Appointing Emergency Management Director

Fire Chief Charlie Durfee says he's essentially been performing the role of emergency management director, but without the title. Now that Director Charles Garrity has resigned from the position, Durfee, who had been the alternative, moves into the job title on an interim basis. But the Board of Selectmen don't want to appoint him to the role.

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Adams & Cheshire School Bus Route 2017

Public schools in Adams and Cheshire open on Wednesday, Aug. 30

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North Adams Committee Recommends Resolution on Climate Accord

The request for a resolution was brought forth by Council President Benjamin Lamb on behalf of Vincent Melito, a resident and former councilor. Melito is also soliciting support from other communities in the Berkshires and the Clarksburg Select Board determined last week that any resolution should be put to a town meeting vote.

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Letter: Ways to Protest Safely

With hate groups marching in cities across the U.S., it's tempting to attend to show opposition. However, direct confrontation will only escalate tensions. Hate-mongers are always wrong. Let them be wrong a little farther away from you in order to de-escalate the cycle a bit.

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Williamstown Con Comm OKs Culvert Replacement

The Conservation Commission on Thursday OK'd Williams College's plan to replace the culvert that carries Christmas Brook under downtown, and the panel took its first look at the final plans for the new Williams Inn. The culvert replacement project will replace an existing, undersized pipe with a conduit that is at least 5 feet by 12 feet and hopefully eliminate the flooding that occurs during heavy rain events.

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SteepleCats' Whitney Named All-NECBL

North Adams SteepleCats pitcher Blake Whitney was honored Tuesday by the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

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Williamstown Weighs Timing of Vote on Retail Pot Ban

Now that the commonwealth has legislation in place to regulate the recreational marijuana industry, it is up to the Board of Selectmen whether it wants to ask town voters about banning production and sales of the drug in town.

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North Adams Planners OK Porches Inn Structure

The Planning Board on Monday gave final approval for the Porches Inn to construct a new building where its patrons can have breakfast. The inn, operating as Berkshire Hills Development Co. LLC, purchased four parcels along Veazie Street and plans to demolish two buildings on them to make room for the gathering center.