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Twenty Williams Students, Alumni Awarded Fulbright Grants

Six of the honorees will receive one-year grants to study or conduct research in their academic fields, and 14 will receive English Teaching Assistantships for teaching abroad. English Teaching Assistants help local students increase their English language skills and their knowledge of the United States.

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SVHC Foundation Appoints Senior Gifts Officer

Keller was associate director of leadership giving at Bennington College since 2009. In her new role, she will support the SVHC Foundation in its mission to raise funds for SVHC.

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Norman Rockwell Museum Names Chief Educator

Berle will officially join the museum on September 1, 2018, assuming a newly created senior-level position to lead the museumís education vision at a pivotal time of growth. In this position, she will build on the strengths of the museumís robust education program currently led by Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett and Digital Learning Director Rich Bradway.

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BCC Hires new Community Outreach Counselor for Enrollment Services

Ruiz Leůn, who lives in North Adams, previously worked at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she was the advancement communications and engagement associate.

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Cheshire Will Not Appeal Court's Solar Decision

The Board of Selectmen will not appeal the courtís decision to allow the installation of a solar array on East Harbor Road. After an executive session Tuesday, the selectmen agreed they will take no action on superior courtís decision to reverse a Planning Board decision to decline a special permit to a resident interested in using their land for solar array development in an agricultural retention zone near the intersection of Wells Road and East Harbor Road.

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Purple Valley Aquatics Hosts Long Course Meet

Purple Valley Aquatics hosted its second home meet of the long course season last weekend at Williams College.

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Williamstown Elementary School Honors Library Volunteer, Patron

Peter Mehlin has been impacting childrenís lives as long as the current Williamstown Elementary School has been educating the townís youngsters. Now Mehlinís impact will be remembered for as long as there is a Williamstown Elementary School.

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District Attorney Candidates Meet Head To Head In First Debate

Paul Caccaviello had a domestic homicide case while working in the district attorney's office and he said he brought in behavioral experts to help teach and understand the issues of domestic abuse. He said he's taken steps to create a sub-unit to focus directly on domestic abuse cases and to understand the best ways to become proactive in domestic abuse cases to halt things from getting worse. And that's what he says he'll do if elected as the new district attorney this fall.

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North Adams Happenings: May 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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How Can You Meet Your Short-Term Goals?

In short, when investing for long-term goals, you're seeking significant growth and, in doing so, you'll have to accept some degree of investment risk. But when you're after short-term goals, the formula is somewhat different: You don't need maximum growth potential as much as you need to be reasonably confident that a certain amount of money will be there for you at a certain time.

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Pittsfield Adopts Policy For Commercial Use of Parks

The Parks Commission will welcome commercial enterprises onto city property. But, only if it "enhances the park." The commission has been weighing the levels in which commercial enterprises can operate on parkland since January. Then, Todd Fiorentino was looking to open a coffee kiosk, Poseidon Coffee.

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North Adams Planners OK Distillery, More Norad Businesses

The former Excelsior Print mill on Roberts Drive has been filling up with tenants since being purchased by developer David Moresi last spring. On Monday, they gave the OK to a yarn dyer, a computer repair shop and Moresi's own business office.

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Ciccolo Federal Firearms Case Expected to End in Plea Deal

Alexander Ciccolo was scheduled to go to trial in June before Judge Mark G. Mastroianni on federal weapons charges from his arrest on July 4, 2015, in Adams.

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Rail Trail Extension To Pittsfield Passes 75 Percent Design Phase

The city has passed the 75 percent design milestone on the extension of the Ashulwilticook Rail Trail and is now starting the permitting process. "The bike path is on schedule and on budget. We are at the 75 percent design phase for the project, which is a required milestone in the process. We just recently saw a draft of a notice of intent for the wetland permit, which is required for the project," Parks and Open Spaces Manager Jim McGrath said.

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Williamstown Town Meeting Approves Spending on Pool, Police Station

Several residents, however, had questions and concerns about the new police station on Simonds Road, and town meeting voters heard from both the town manager and the chief of police before authorizing the $5 million bond by a voice vote. This vote also wasn't unanimous.

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New Ashford Town Meeting OKs School Budget

On consecutive paper ballot votes, town meeting voted by a 35-31 margin to keep the school line item in the town budget at the level recommended by the School Committee and, by a 13-vote margin, approved the total $870,054.61 spending plan.

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Cumberland Farms Seeks to Build on Commercial Street

The proposed development will utilize three parcels: 5 Elm St. and 89 and 95 Commercial St. Cumberland Farms intends to remove the service center as well as two two-story buildings on the parcels.

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Southern Vermont College Holds 91st Commencement

An honorary degree of humane letters was awarded to Nicholas T. Pinchuk, chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Inc. and formerly president of global refrigeration operations for Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

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CHP Names New Physician to Great Barrington Health Center Medical Team

Dr. Nelson, a Lenox resident, has practiced family medicine since 2005 in Pittsfield, and has served as director of medical education at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge. She has also served as medical director for The Nutrition Center in Pittsfield.

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CHP Holding Children's Attic Clothing, Toy Sale

This now once-a-year huge event, held under big tents at the CHP Route 7 campus at 444 Stockbridge Road, features clothing, toys, games and more.

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Adams' Bellevue Cemetery Still Has Storage Needs

Currently, there is a white shed at Bellevue that serves this purpose but is on the verge of falling down. Shepley added that the shed is not secure and has recently been broken in to.

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Williamstown Town Meeting to Try 'Consent Agenda' to Add Efficiency

For the first time Tuesday, Moderator Adam Filson will ask the town to pass as many as 16 articles via a "consent agenda," which will allow a number of actions ó mostly monetary in nature ó to be passed on a single vote, rather than having to go through each item article by article.

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Marijuana Greenhouses Eyed For Lanesborough's Gray Raven Farm

A developer is looking to build 18 greenhouses on Gray Raven Farm for marijuana cultivators to lease. Rob Wolf, a managing member of New England Agriculture Technologies, presented a plan to the Board of Selectmen on Monday to build the greenhouses up to state regulations for cannabis cultivation, surround them with a solar field, and then lease the spaces to commercial growers.

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Clarksburg Sees Reduction in Proposed Fiscal 2019 Budget

The spending proposal for fiscal 2019 is $4,210,846. That's down from $4,327,247 this year, or a $116,401 difference. Based on projected revenues, next year's budget should be $600 to the good.