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End of Session Review: Paul Mark

The state passed an economic development bill, which Rep. Paul Mark says will benefit his district particularly with bridge repairs and allocation for the MassWorks program. Mark said the bill includes $50 million for bridge repairs, which is a fund small towns previously didn't have access to. His district of 16 towns spreading throughout the hill towns features many rural areas with a tax bases that couldn't afford to foot the bill for bridges.

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Motorama 2016 Fills Downtown North Adams With Classic Cars

Well more than 400 cars and other engine-equipped items packed into the city's downtown on Sunday for the 6th annual Motorama. The blue skies were a far cry from torrential rains that hit the city five years ago to the day when Tropical Storm Irene roared through. Instead, hundreds of people wandered along Main Street and Monument Square, and through the Steeple City Plaza admiring the shiny automobiles.

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North Adams Barber Still Cutting Hair After 60 Years

Gus' Barbershop has been a North Adams fixture for decades. Generations of locals and out-of-towners have stopped in to get a trim and experience the authentic barbershop experience. "I love cutting hair, and I am good at it. I have been doing it all my life," Jammalo said. "I like people so much. I can afford to retire but I like people coming in to talk and I love being barber. "I am not quitting until I get sick or die."

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Warren Delivers Economic Policy Presentation To Hundreds At BCC

When U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's father couldn't work, her mother took a job working minimum wage to pay the mortgage and put food on the table. "We were one of those families that were always hanging onto our place pretty much by our fingernails," Warren said. "It was a minimum wage job so she could pay the mortgage and put food on the table. She saved our family."

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Coffee Liberation Front Patrons Donate to Animals

Alison and Christopher Cuff, owners of Coffee Liberation Front, believe in two things: good coffee and happy animals. And as the Park Street cafe has fast become a popular spot for coffee and salads, it's also making an impact on animals' lives through the kindness of patrons.

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McCann Tech Opening Day 2016

The high school will open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, for Grades 9 through 12 .

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Pittsfield Police Hosting Community Police Academy

The academy provides an opportunity for individuals to learn more about how police officers work, as well as gain a better understanding of department operations by familiarizing residents with our community-policing philosophy, internal policies, and the guiding principles of law and ethical conduct governing the delivery of police services within our community.

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Adams Conservation Commission Approve Gas Main Improvements

The Conservation Commission approved Berkshire Gas' request to make improvements to a Commercial Street gas main. Travis McCarthy, representing Berkshire Gas, asked the commission Thursday to approve a notice of intent to make improvements to a bridge-mounted gas main on Commercial Street.

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The Independent Investor: The More You Look, The More You Lose

How many times a day, week, month or year do you check your tax-deferred savings account? Did you know that the more you look, the higher your chances of losing money? For most of us, once a year is more than enough.

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North Adams Schools Set Opening Day 2016

Elementary students in Grades K-7 will begin school on Friday, Sept. 2. The first three days of school will be early dismissal days.

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CodeRED Emergency Notification Service Launched in Great Barrington

The majority of notifications will be emergency alerts, such as a missing child or senior, a water issue, accident, or road closure. General notifications, such as town meetings, will occasionally be disseminated.

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Couple Meets at Cardiac Rehab Center, Weds

The couple fell in love. Their wedding was Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Hoosick Falls. A reception was held at the Mount Anthony Country Club.

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Berkshires Beat: Adams Alert Hose Brings Home Awards

The department is well known for wearing their Prince Albert- style buff and white uniforms. This rare uniform style has been preserved by the company as a memorial to its predecessors and is worn proudly with distinction by the alerts today.

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Glow Ball Mini Golf Fundraiser For Special Olympics Planned For Sept.

A new fundraiser for the Special Olympics is teeing off next month. Market 32 and Baker's Golf have teamed up to put on a special glow ball night with the benefits going to the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which will supply Special Olympic athletes from Berkshire County with equipment, uniforms, and transportation to the games.

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Designer Selection Next Step in Clarksburg School Project

The School Building Committee is anticipating voting on a school project next spring. But first it has to get a design team on board. Some 27 companies have indicated interest in the school district's request for services, said Brian Laroche of Potomac Capital Advisors, the school district's owner's project manager.

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Williamstown Con Comm Seeks Specifics on Spruces Plantings

The Conservation Commission on Thursday evening reiterated its request for a detailed list of the plants that a local nonprofit hopes to put on town-owned land on Sept. 1. And the commissioners expressed some dismay about having to ask twice.

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Baker Highlights Craft Industry With Trip to Berkshire Mountain Distillers

Twelve years ago Chris Weld had grown tired of his work in emergency rooms. So, he moved back to Massachusetts and bought an apple farm. With all of the products he needed right on sight, Weld started to distill. He makes whiskeys, gins, vodkas and other spirits. In 2007, he turned it into a business - Berkshire Mountain Disillers. The company began to grow and two years ago he opened a tasting room and store along with a new distillery. He now employees eight people and ships his products t

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North Adams Airport May Try New Management Style

The Airport Commission may look at a new management model that could possibly generate revenue and sustain staff. Commissioner Trevor Gilman said Tuesday that with all of the improvements to Harriman & West, it may be beneficial for the city to work out a one-time lease agreement of the public ramp space to Teamflys, which provides various aviation-related services at the airport.

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Passenger Killed When Sedan Flips in Lenox Downtown

An elderly woman from the state of Florida was killed Wednesday afternoon after the car she was riding in collided three other vehicles, traveled through the Walker and Main street intersection and flipped over to land on the lawn of Adams Community Bank.

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End of Session Review: Benjamin Downing

State Sen. Benjamin Downing is happy with the state's new energy bill but feels it doesn't go far enough. Just before the July 31 end of the formal legislative session, the state passed an omnibus energy bill which increases hydro-electricity, off-shore wind, and raises the net metering cap for solar, among the many provisions. Downing headed the state's Telecommunication, Utilities, and Energy Committee and spent a lot of time during the two-year session on it. He filed a bill which was

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Williamstown's Highland Woods Fully Functional

After a five-month delay caused by a sprinkler system failure, the Highland Woods senior housing project is now fully operational. Elton Ogden of Berkshire Housing Development Corporation on Monday gave the Board of Selectmen an update on the 40-unit apartment at the end of Southworth Street, adjacent to Proprietor's Field.

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Doll Makers Donate Two 'Babies' to Williamstown Nursing Home

You see, Jenna and Angie are dolls, the extremely realistic hand-crafted creations of Kathi George and Julie Crosier. George and Crosier are sisters who create lifelike dolls for their company, Until Forever Nursery. The two donated the dolls to Williamstown Commons.

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North Adams Councilors to Tour Public Services Buildings

City councilors will be touring the city's public service structures as the administration lays out the reasoning to spend some $1.5 million to consolidate everything at the former anodizing plant at Hodges Cross Road. The City Council on Tuesday was presented with a purchase-and-sales agreement of $995,000 with 59 Hodges Cross Road LLC for the structure and its 30-some acres. Another half-million would go toward further updating and transforming the 85,000 square foot building to hold the se

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