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Clarksburg School Options Being Narrowed Down

The School Building Committee is leaning toward one of two new options developed in response to feedback at its last meeting, when the initial plans for a renovated Clarksburg School were proposed. Proposals E and F pick up on the concerns raised over the size of the primary wing and the need for a gym. The committee appeared heavily in favor of Option E, which included a rebuilt and expanded primary wing, a new kitchen and cafe, and a 4,000 square-foot gym, smaller than the 5,000 square-foot

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Lanesborough Considering Fines For Failing to Renew Business Certificate

The Board of Selectmen are considering a fine for businesses which do not keep up with its certificates. But, wants to get a better system to track that in place first. The Board of Selectmen have the ability to implement fines of up to $300 a month for a company which does not renew its certificate. An initial proposal was made to charge $200 a month, but Selectmen Henry "Hank" Sayers and Robert Ericson thought that may be too much.

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Housing Program Eyes Property Sales After North Adams Balks at Transfer

A years-long effort to transfer ownership of Housing Opportunities Inc. properties to the city of North Adams has hit a wall. Because of the city's delayed response and recent apprehension toward the transfer of all the parcels, the nonprofit board may sell the properties on its own.

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Berkshires Beat: Human Library at Williams Seeks 'Books'

A Human Library has "books" and "readers," all of whom are, as the name suggests, human. Each book volunteers to share a personal story about a topic related to stereotypes and discrimination.

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Memorial Building Eyed For Joint SPED Center

The Memorial Building is being eyed to possibly house a joint special education center in North County. Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco told the Selectmen on Wednesday that the Northern Berkshire Shared Services Initiative wants to create a joint special education facility, possibly in the longtime vacant middle school building.

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Dozens Help Central Berkshire Habitat For Humanity On MLK Day of Service

More than 25 volunteers came out in the early morning hours Monday to help Habitat for Humanity get a new home ready for a local family. Ellen Kennedy, president of Berkshire Community College, arrived at the 5 Hall Place home with more than a dozen students and area residents to help clean and prep walls, floors and ceilings for painting and move building materials in the back yard to make way for Spring cleanup.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Panel OKs 8 Applicants

After an evening filled with votes, revotes, bargaining and multiple appeals from some applicants, the Community Preservation Committee on Tuesday finalized the recommendations for funding it will send to town meeting later this year. In the end, all eight of the applicants received positive recommendations from the eight-person committee, which has the responsibility of vetting proposals and crafting articles for the annual town meeting warrant.

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Community Helps Boys & Girls Club Replace 40-year-old Zamboni

The Boys & Girl's Club has finally replaced its 40-year-old ice re-surfacer. The new Olympia was delivered on Friday to replace the Zamboni which was used since the rinks inception in the 1970s. A crane was contracted to lift the new piece of equipment up to the club's third story after a year-long process of fundraising and purchasing.

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North Adams Downtown Readying for Mass MoCA Opening

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's 135,000 square-foot-expansion is opening this May and local businesses are warned to be ready to capitalize on an expected surge in traffic. The museum got the keys back last week to Building 6, part of the $55 million expansion that will feature the long-term participation of six critically acclaimed artists: James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, Louise Bourgeois and Robert Rauschenberg Gunnar Schonbeck.

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Berkshire County Women Head to DC Women's March

Those interested in the march can also attend a free event the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield from 10 to 2 on Saturday hosted by WAM Theatre. The event is being held thanks to an anonymous donor covering the rental fee but Berkshire County keepsake magnet will be for sale for $5 to help cover other associated costs.

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Glider Activity Moved To South Side Of Airport

The Airport Commission has voted to move all glider and tow-plane activity to the south side of the runway. The commissioners unanimously voted on the issue Tuesday even though they had concerns about letting the tow plane operate in an area designated for ultralight aircraft.

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Final Steel Beam Placed On New Taconic High School Structure

The $120.8 million Taconic High School construction project hit another milestone Friday when workers placed the final steel beam on the structure. In a topping off ceremony, a construction tradition signifying the completion of the structure of the building, school and construction officials celebrated the milestone with a speaking program, signing of the beams, and of course, watching the workers place it.

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Williamstown Ambulance Service in Dire Straits, Seeks Town Funding

The town's ambulance service is in critical condition, officials told the Finance Committee on Wednesday. And if Village Ambulance does not receive town support, it likely will go out of business in the next six months, according to the president of its board of directors.

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Williamstown Zoning Board OKs Main Street Hotel Permits

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday voted 5-0 to approve special permits to allow a 95-room hotel at the former site of the Grand Union at 430 Main St. (Route 2). Petitioner Navin Shah and his development team were back at Town Hall for a continuation of the ZBA's Dec. 15 hearing on his application to allow a three-story, 53,000-square-foot hotel at the site.

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United Way, Habitat For Humanity Launch Free Tax Prep Program

It's coming up on tax time, a chance to catch up on bills, build a savings, or make investments. And there are community groups just waiting to help people with the filing. The Berkshire United Way and the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity have put together a pool of volunteers to help individuals and families file income tax with the IRS securely and for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

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Adams Selectmen Vote to Euthanize Dangerous Dog

The Board of Selectmen voted on Wednesday to euthanize a dog that has attacked and bitten people over the last several years. The board went back and forth on different ways to restrain resident Sandy Spring's dog, described as a pitbull mix, but after classifying the dog as a dangerous animal, four selectmen voted to put it down because they felt the owner was not complying with restrictions placed by police and animal control officer.

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Lanesborough Ambulance Presents Options For Stability

The Ambulance Squad has turned the call response around in the last three months and is looking to improve even more. The squad is ran through the Fire Department and on Tuesday fire and ambulance officials met with the Board of Selectmen to discuss long-term stability of the squad.

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North Adams BMC Adds Cardiac Rehabilitation to Medical Services

The program, hosted in the new Northern Berkshire Specialty Practices of BMC on the first floor of the main building, opens on Thursday offering North County residents easier access to rehabilitation services. The announcement was made Wednesday at an open house event to show off the new suites and reception area for the specialty practices that opened last fall.

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Pittsfield's Ladder Truck Has Returned To Service

The city's front-line ladder truck is back. Tower 1, which has been in Upstate New York for the last seven weeks or so has returned to service. When the truck had gone out for a routine maintenance, heavy corrosion was found underneath and it wouldn't pass a third-party inspection. It has been in the shop since.

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No Serious Injuries in Hoosac Valley Bus, Tractor-Trailer Accident

No major injuries were reported after emergency services responded to an accident involving a school bus and a tractor-trailer truck on Route 116 on Wednesday morning "Essentially it was what it was but it could have been a lot worse," Police Chief Richard Tarsa said. "It had the potential to be much worse than it was."

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Applauds Staff's Efforts

The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee last week took a break from talking about the district's future to recognize how its present staff is working diligently to help move the project forward. Robert Ericson, a Lanesborough selectman and former member of the School Committee who serves on the SBC's facilities working group, told his colleagues that he did not think people realized how much work Jesse Wirtes and the custodial crew do.

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Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest Theme: 'Trees are Terrific'

Fifth grade classes from both public and private schools across the commonwealth are encouraged to participate in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest by having the students create posters highlighting this year's theme, and then hosting a school poster contest. The winning poster from each school can then be submitted to the agency for review.

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2017 Pittsfield 4th of July Parade Theme Announced

The committee also has kicked off the fundraising drive for the 2017 parade. The committee is looking for corporate sponsors, small businesses and Berkshire County residents to help reach this year's goal of $85,000. Individual and corporate donation forms are also available on the website. Individuals may elect to donate online via Pay Pal.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 18-24

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