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Hotel on North & Architect Honored with Preservation Awards

Hotel on North and its architect, Karen T. Hunt, are each being recognized by statewide organizations this spring for the project's preservation efforts. Hotel on North was the recipient of a 2016 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award in the category of Adaptive Reuse for the yearlong rehabilitation and restoration of the Burns Block and New Burns Block.

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SVMC Health Blog: Good News, Gone Bad

One day several years ago, a national news broadcast reporter covered a scientific study that revealed the beneficial components of chocolate. "It's good for your heart," she proclaimed. "Eat more chocolate."

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Mixture of Results for Soccer Doman Academy

The Soccer Domain Academy travel soccer season continued on Sunday.

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North Adams Seeking Public Input on Cultural District Application

The city of North Adams and Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, part of Massachusetts College Liberal Arts, will be hosting two public meetings regarding the application to designate the North Adams downtown area as a Cultural District.

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Baseball Exhibit to Go Up at Country Club of Pittsfield

Baseball in the Berkshires will be displayed at the Country Club of Pittsfield later this month.

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Help Your Mother Prepare for Retirement

Specifically, if your mother is still working but getting close to retirement, consider providing her with a gift that can help make her days as a retiree more pleasant.

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State Senator Downing Presented With Downing Award

Saturday mornings bright and early, the late District Attorney Gerard Downing would get dressed, head down to the Catholic Youth Center on Melville Street, descend the stairs to the mini gym and start working. His work had nothing to do with the district attorney's office. It had to do with teaching a group of five-year-olds how to dribble and shoot basketball. It was becoming a mentor and inspiration for the area youth.

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North Adams Happenings: May 4-10

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Pittsfield Public Safety Advisory Group Resurges

The Public Safety Advisory Committee is awaiting direction from the mayor as to what they're role will be. The committee was reserected resurrected in 2012 as the Police Advisory Committee and last year the City Council approved an amendment which expanded the purview for all of public safety. The group met in October and in November Linda Tyer won the mayoral election. Many on the committee had been supporters of former Mayor Daniel Bianchi, who appointed them, and resigned. The committee wa

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Hancock Town Meeting OKs School Budget, Rejects Land Deal

Town meeting Monday sided with the School Committee on the education budget and against the Board of Selectmen on that and two other issues. In a meeting that lasted nearly three hours and featured three secret ballot votes, the town voted to raise and appropriate $488,494 to cover town expenses and $1.4 million to cover school expenses.

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Cheshire Candidate Won't Call for Recount

Selectman candidate E. Richard Scholz was ready to call for a recount after a significant error in votes on a citizen's petition had him questioning the narrow margin in the selectman's race. Longtime incumbent Carol Francesconi had beaten Scholz by only 25 votes in Monday's election. But Scholz said he satisfied by the town clerk's explanation of the discrepancy on Tuesday night.

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Private Bennington, Vt., Wells Test Positive for PFOA

Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday released drinking water test results for perfluorooctanoic acid from a new area of testing south of the Bennington landfill.

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Community Meeting Planned in Wake of Pittsfield Shooting

Residents of South Pittsfield received a wake up call this weekend when a 17-year-old man was shot on Bartlett Avenue. The incident was a little too close for comfort for the area which hasn't seen the type of violent crime while other areas have. The City Councilors representing two South Pittsfield wards have set a meeting in hopes to bring residents together discuss safety.

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Congressman Neal Nominates Hoosac Valley Student to Annapolis

One of Hoosac Valley's graduates will be headed for the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis this summer. Jared Haley of Adams is the first Hurricane known to obtain an appointment to the academy. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal was on hand Tuesday morning to present his congressional nomination before Haley's family, teachers, and coaches.

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Letter: Milne Friends Thankful for Book Sale Support

Eight months of planning and sorting, countless donations of quality used books and thousands of volunteer hours added up to two successful days at the Friends of Milne Public Library Used Book Sale this month.

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Letter: Support Puddester & Kapiloff for Planning Board

This letter is in support of Susan Puddester and Chris Kapiloff for positions on the Williamstown Planning Board. As long-time residents of Williamstown experienced in town governance, we are very concerned about the future of our community. We are confronted with a declining population, and without growth in our tax base, it will be increasingly difficult to meet the financial needs of our schools and other critical municipal operations.

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Letter: Transparency Critical in Preschool Discussions

Seeing these two meetings unfold at the nearly the same time, (1 hour or so at the Planning Board, 45 minutes at School Committee meeting, and then back to Planning Board for another hour) I was struck by their similarities and their startling differences.

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Letter: Support Waubeeka Compromise & Sarah Gardner

I plan to vote for the Waubeeka petition at our Williamstown town meeting as amendments are worked out on the floor. It is the best way to actually preserve open space possibilities as well as perhaps "banking" the land for the future as climate change brings more challenges to food production. It certainly would not hurt to realize the revenue off of the planned proposal if it could find a responsible developer.

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Letter: Senate Candidate Strongly Against Pipeline

Why do I oppose both pipelines? For starters, they transport fracked gas. Fracked gas has wreaked havoc on the environment because of all the chemicals injected into the groundwater and can ruin a water supply. Pipelines can be dangerous. In Sandisfield in 1981, they had to evacuate large parts of Sandisfield due to a leak. And they leak methane, which traps 84 more times more heat than carbon dioxide, increasing global warming. This is not to mention the disruption of the ecosystem upon install

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Letter: Answers Needed on North Adams Health Department Backlog

The recent revelation that the City of North Adams has fallen behind in its responsibility to provide its citizens of the most basic legally required Health Inspections demands a community announcement as compelling as Mayor Alcombright announcing his recision of the Winter Parking Ban sent to all citizens.

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McCann Cutting Costs for Electrical & Solar Array Repairs

McCann Technical School will receive $10,000 in repairs to its small roof-mounted solar array with a net-metering contract that will cut electricity costs. The McCann School Committee voted Wednesday to enter into a 25-year solar net metering contract that should cut electricity costs by 25 percent.

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Pittsfield Mulls Residency Requirement For Boards and Commissions

If a city board or commission is making decisions for the community, should the members actually live in the city? That's the question in front of the City Council's Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee. The group met on Monday to discuss a proposal put forth by resident David Pill to implement a residency requirement for all boards and commissions.

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Mount Greylock Retirees Address School Committee on Health Insurance

Several dozen current and retired employees of the Mount Greylock Regional School District attended last week's School Committee meeting to voice concerns that the district might unilaterally raise the percentage of health care costs borne by retirees.

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Francesconi Narrowly Keeps Selectman's Seat in Cheshire

Incumbent Carol Francesconi narrowly defeated opponent E. Richard Scholz for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen. The longtime incumbent and current chairwoman fended off Scholz by a slight margin of 25 votes.

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Cheshire Kindergartners Get Lesson on Voting

Monday's town election was a chance for some of its youngest citizens to learn about an important civic duty: Voting. The kindergarten classes of Robin Poirot and Heather Emerson walked through the rain from Cheshire Elementary School to the Senior Center to participate in a mock voting experience along with citizens of town.