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Adams Selectmen Reorganize, Seek Volunteers for Anthony Days

During a brief meeting on Wednesday, the newly reorganized Board of Selectmen elected Jeffrey Snoonian as the new chairman and took care of some housekeeping issues. The board also ratified the popular townwide tag sale, which the town will take over now that the event committee has disbanded.

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Pittsfield Police Cruiser Involved in Collision

An on-duty police officer was involved in a motor vehicle accident Thursday evening at the intersection of First and Fenn streets.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Mother's Day

Even though this week is staying chilly, cloudy and showery, this Saturday, May 7, is the day a number of farmers' markets open or move outside for the season. The year-round Amenia, N. Y., market, Saturdays 10 to 2, is already outdoors. The Bennington, Vt., market, Saturdays, 10 to 1, will open. The Great Barrington farmers' market on Church St. will open, Saturdays 9 to 1, and will accept SNAP/EBT/food stamp cards. Otis farmer's market will be open Saturdays, 9 to 1.

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Second of Three Approvals Granted For Solar Project at Hancock Shaker

The Community Development Board on Tuesday gave the Okay for a new solar array at Hancock Shaker Village. Syncarpha Hancock III, a partnership between Renewable Energy Massachusetts, LLC and Syncarpha Capital, is developing the project in Pittsfield and in Hancock. The Conservation Commission had already approved the project and with the Community Development Board's approval of the site plan, only the Zoning Board of Appeals is left to issue a special permit.

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Letter: Support Puddester for Planning Board

Susan would bring no agenda with her to the Planning Board other than a desire to make the best decisions on behalf of all Williamstown residents. I wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy and recommend that you vote for her on May 10.

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Letter: Gardner Saddened by Failure to Reach Waubeeka Compromise

I was saddened that the Williamstown Planning Board, of which I am a member, could not reach consensus on the language for a commercial overlay district at Waubeeka Golf Links at the May 4 meeting.

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Pittsfield Residents Brainstorm Ways to Fight Crime Wave

A Pomeroy Avenue resident said he sees drug activity outside of his house often. He's called the police but nothing seems to happen, so he just stopped trying. "I don't call up because it is a waste of time. We have a lot of drug activity and we call and nothing came of it," he said.

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Preschool Program Dominates Williamstown School Committee Forum

It was clear from the get-go that the decision to cut a full-day option from the elementary school's special education preschool program was the chief topic of conversation. The town on Tuesday, May 10, will elect two people to serve on the five-member School Committee. There is one incumbent in the race, current committee Chairman Dan Caplinger.

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Canning Announces State Senate Candidacy on Republican Ticket

Christine Canning describes herself as a "pit bull with lipstick" who will go to Boston and fight for Berkshire County. The Lanesborough resident and educational consultant announced her candidacy for state Senate at the American Legion in Pittsfield Wednesday evening. Canning is running as a Republican and will take on the winner of the Democratic primary.

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Clarksburg Planners Recommend Wind, Telecommunication Bylaws

The Planning Board voted Wednesday to recommend some updates to the town's zoning bylaws to cover wind energy generation facilities and wireless telecommunications. Town meeting will take up the amendments on May 25. The board held a brief public hearing on Wednesday at the Senior Center attended by a handful of people. The several amendments were considered priorities as the board reviews the town's zoning, which has changed little since 1993. The board also voted to recommend a few chang

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Williamstown Planners Flip on Waubeeka Land 'Bonus' Issue

Less than a week after the Planning Board decided to pursue an amended Waubeeka Overlay District bylaw that did not require the owner to trade conserved land for additional building square footage, three members of the board did a 180 on Wednesday night. After a heated 90-minute discussion, the board voted 3-2 to send town meeting an amendment to the citizen's petition overlay bylaw that would force Wabeeka Golf Links' owner to set aside more than 100 acres for 60,000 square feet of developme

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Senate Candidate Hinds Opens Pittsfield Headquarters

Senate Candidate Adam Hinds opened a downtown office on Tuesday. Hinds is running against Andrea Harrington for the Democratic nomination for the Berkshire state Senate seat left vacant by Benjamin Downing, who opted not to run for re-election. Rindaldo Del Gallo has said he plans to run but has not yet jumped into the race. The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Executive Director Hinds held an open house at his new office on South Street - in the plaza at the Crown Plaza - which had

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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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Pittsfield Police: Reports Of Luring Attempts At Reid Proved False

Reports that some one had been trying to lure Reid Middle School students into a van in March have proved to be false. Police released a statement on Wednesday saying one of the alleged victims admitted the story was fake and no attempt had occurred and two other alleged victims made contradictory remarks.

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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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