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Berkshires Beat: Bad Weather Doesn't Stop Lenox Robotics Team

At the end of the day, Team Enginuity finished in the final round, was awarded the PTC Design Award and was one of four teams selected for the state competition in March.

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Berkshire Scenic Releases Strong Ridership Numbers For Inaugural Year

In the first year the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum gave rides to 9,600 passengers on the Hoosac Valley Service. The 8-mile ride from North Adams to Renfrew and back kicked off in October of 2015 with a few pilot rides. It returned for a few more in December and then went full speed ahead in April of 2016. The 9,600 passengers who took the trip is more than the first year the organization ran scenic rides in Lenox, according to President Jay Green.

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Adams Selectman Wants to Look Into Splitting Adams-Cheshire District

Selectman John Duval is advocating for splitting the troubled regional district so both Adams and Cheshire can keep their elementary schools open.

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 20.

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BMC Rebuilt Surgical Residency Program Earns New Accreditation

"That was the year things changed radically around here. We had to regroup and rethink about surgical education. We had to develop a whole new process and whole new program," Dr. Michael DiSiena said.

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Adams Apartment House Destroyed in Blaze

At least a half-dozen people have lost everything after a fire ravaged a three-apartment home on Old Columbia Street early Saturday morning. Fire Chief Paul Goyette said some 45 firefighters from four towns battled the blaze for nearly five hours before it was finally extinguished.

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Pittsfield Officer to Carry Torch in Austria For Special Olympics World Games

The job of a police officer means dealing with people on their worst days, day after day. And it wears on the officers. Eight years ago Officer Darren Derby started getting involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising efforts for the Special Olympics. He's raised more than a half million dollars in support of those athletes. And he does it because he feels those athletes do more for him than he could ever do for them.

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Waste District Passes Budget, Welcomes New Program Coordinator

The 13-member Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District passed a fiscal 2018 budget that will see an increase of 4 percent in each town's assessment.

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 14 - Feb. 16

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Berkshire County Arc Hires Director of Marketing & Development

In this role she will oversee the marketing strategy, public relations and fundraising efforts for the agency.

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Mount Greylock Hires Architect to Look at Options for Capital Endowment

The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has decided to hire a Greenfield architect to help develop a plan to spend a $5 million capital endowment. The school district received the gift from Williams College last year to help cover improvements not included in the $65 million addition/renovation project at the junior/senior high school.

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North Adams Will Know Small Business Voting Results Next Week

It's all over but the counting for five communities hoping to become this year's Small Business Revolution - Main Street winner. The city's weeklong push to collect as many votes as possible toward the $500,000 economic development boost ended at midnight on Thursday.

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Lanesborough Selectmen Ask Town Manager To Remove Salary Increases

The Selectmen have asked Town Manager Paul Sieloff to back out all salary increases in his preliminary budget. Sieloff walked the board through parts of his preliminary budget Monday night. The Selectmen asked him to take out all 2 percent increases for nonunion employees.

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Berkshire Delegation Gets Committee Assignments

State House leaders have released committee assignments for this session, with the Berkshire delegation picking up two chairmanships in the House and one in the Senate.

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Polito Announces South County Bridge Funding, Tours Pittsfield

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito toured the downtown Thursday afternoon before announcing grant funding for two Southwestern Massachusetts bridges. Polito had spent the morning signing a Community Compact agreement with Lanesborough and Windsor. She later joined Mayor Linda Tyer for a brief private meeting at city hall. She left the offices and proceeded to the Onota Building with the mayor, City Council President Peter Marchetti 1Berkshire CEO Jonathan Butler, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. President Jesse C

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Downtown Pittsfield Gives Council Annual Report

Dropping the speed limit on North Street to 25 miles-per-hour may not seem like a big deal on its own. But, that is just one of many initiatives Downtown Pittsfield Inc. has taken on to improve the downtown. The speed reduction was approved by the City Council Tuesday night in an effort to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety. But Tuesday was also the same night Downtown Pittsfield Inc. provided an annual report, outlining its initiatives.

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Pittsfield Police Officer Cleared in Shooting

A Pittsfield Police officer who discharged his weapon in the course of his duties, injuring the suspect in a motor vehicle pursuit, has been cleared of any charges.

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Polito Signs Community Compacts With Lanesborough, Windsor

For small towns it is difficult to bring in special expertise so the state is stepping in to help. Lanesborough wants to focus more on economic development and that long-range planning is significantly helped along by a professional economic development planner. In Windsor, town officials want to secure long-term financial stability but doesn't have the professional expertise and time to craft a careful long-term plan.

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School Assessment Hike Draws Concern at Williamstown Town Hall

The town is projecting a 5.5 percent tax increase attributable entirely to its two largest cost centers: Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional High School. Town Manager Jason Hoch in separate meetings Wednesday presented a fiscal 2018 budget overview to the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee.

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Greylock Glen Resort Outdoor Center Receives 13 Design Bids

Adams, the designated developer of the Greylock Glen, has received 13 proposals from architectural firms interested in designing the "Greylock Glen Resort Outdoor Center." "It's an excellent response," Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco said. "It is for the design of the outdoor center so you'd expect many bidders but 13 gives us a great number of design options and price ranges to choose from."

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Williamstown to Propose Engineering Study to Look at Broadband

Voters likely will be asked at May's annual town meeting to fund an engineering study to look options for providing broadband Internet access in the town. Board of Selectmen Chairman Andrew Hogeland presented his colleagues on Monday with the report of an ad hoc working group that spent the last year on "a conceptual analysis on costs, benefits, and options for deciding whether [the] town should pursue generally available broadband access."

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Pittsfield's Paintbox Public Art Program Returns

Last year the seemingly ordinary utility boxes throughout the downtown was transformed into colorful and vibrant pieces of art. Now, it is time to do some more. The Artscape Committee announced the return of the paintbox program, which is an art competition with eight winners decorating the utility boxes on North Street. The project takes the boring, gray utility boxes and turns them into public art.

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North Adams May Seek Funds For Library Repair

The mayor told the library trustees last week that the city is aware of the public library's maintenance needs. Mayor Richard Alcombright and Building Inspector William Meranti attended the trustees meeting last Wednesday to quell concerns about deferred building maintenance.

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Pittsfield Adds Eight Firefighters

The Fire Department is now fully staffed with the help of a $1.1 million federal grant. On Tuesday the City Council confirmed the appointments of eight new firefighters. The hiring gives the department the full complement of close to 90 firefighters and was only possible because of a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant to the tune of $1,112,864.

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