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Q&A: Powna Woman Conquers Appalachian Trail After Detour

Hannah Cochran is a hiker through and through, but she is not a "thru-hiker," not technically, at least not in her opinion. Others would differ with the Pownal, Vt., resident and Mount Greylock Regional School graduate.

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North Adams Recovery Event Hears Voices of Recovery, Pain

The goal of the annual recovery vigil has been to shine a light on a scourge that's affected families and communities across the nation: Addiction. "I have kept my demons at bay for 13 years and six months," said Rebecca Dodge, recalling her fall into drug abuse in the early 2000s. But many of her friends haven't been as successful, she told the gathering Noel Field Athletic Complex for the Voices of Recovery event on Saturday afternoon.

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Lanesborough's First New Firetruck in 20 Years Has Arrived

The Fire Department's first new truck in 20 years has arrived. On Friday the brand new 2016 Emergency-One Typhoon was delivered to headquarters and will serve as the new frontline vehicle for the volunteer Fire Department. The engine replaces a 29-year-old E-One, which will be sold. The town had stashed some of its free cash for the last three years aside to make a large downpayment and financed the remainder. The truck cost $475,500.

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Buddy Walk Unites Families - And Athletes, Too, This Year

That group included the girls soccer team from Westfield High, which had a game scheduled for 1 p.m. against Dalton's Wahconah Regional. Problem was, many of the girls on the Wahconah team are long-time Buddy Walkers, going back to their days as Craneville pupils.

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Adams to Test Memorial Building for Mold

The Selectmen tabled a request Wednesday from the Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School to use the former middle school building, which has seen limited use the past few years, because of concerns over mold.

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BRTA Considering New Loop Route for North Adams

he Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is considering a new loop in North County as a way to get its riders where they need to go in a faster and cost-neutral manner. The loop route would hit the Ocean State Job Lots plaza (turnaround), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Main Street, two stops at Mohawk Forest, Berkshire Medical Center North, and then the reverse.

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@theMarket: The Same Old Song

As I have written many times before, the unprecedented lack of any kind of fiscal stimulus out of Washington has resulted in the failure of the U.S. economy to gain any momentum. The Fed knows that and the market knows that. But we all choose to blame the Fed instead.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 23-29

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Pittsfield Police Union Kicking Off Fundraising Campaign

Residents should be aware that employees from the fundraising company, TCI America Inc, will be contacting businesses and residents soliciting for donations. At no time will any officers or members of the Pittsfield Police Department be contacting residents asking for donations.

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Adams' Fourth Annual Great Chair Auction Open For Bids

From comic and cartoon characters to paeans to nature, this year's Great Chair Auction offering up some fantastical seating for enjoying or just viewing. The annual fundraiser for Youth Center Inc. commenced after an official ribbon cutting Wednesday at the former Simmons Furniture Store on Park Street, now being transformed into work/live space by owners William and Francie Anne Riley.

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 19 - Sept. 22

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Village Ambulance Launches Fund Drive at Time of Critical Need

Because of changing trends in its industry, VAS is operating in the red and dipping into its reserves. It hopes the fund drive it kicks off this week will help make for a healthier bottom line. "I don't think a lot of people in town realize that we are not subsidized by any town organization or any other organization," explained Dr. Erwin Stuebner, the president of the board of directors.

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Traffic Commission Sets Rates on Pittsfield Switch to Metered Parking

Parking on North Street will cost $1 an hour as of Nov. 1, pending City Council approval, with the implementation of metered parking. For the downtown core, the rate for the areas of North, South and Depot streets will be $1 per hour. In a secondary zone, which is the municipal lots and garages, the fees will be 50 cents an hour. And in the future, the areas around Berkshire Medical Center will jump to $3 an hour.

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North Adams Windsor Lake Panel Looking at Marketing, Packages

The Windsor Lake Recreation Commission is hoping to come up with new marketing and camping packages that would attract visitors to what they feel is a hidden gem. "We should be looking at the entire Windsor Lake complex," said Commissioner Nancy Bullett.

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Adams Firefighters, Red Cross Install Free Smoke Detectors

Firefighters took to their trucks Tuesday evening not to put out a fire, but to hopefully prevent one by installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The Fire Department teamed up with the Red Cross to install free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in 12 homes this week through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

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The Independent Investor: The Impact of One Bad Apple

Over the last two weeks, thanks to Wells Fargo in the banking sector, and Mylan Labs in pharmaceuticals, Corporate America has once again reminded us of that business just can't be trusted. In the case of Wells Fargo, over 2 million fictitious customer accounts were opened over several years in order to meet sales goals.

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North Adams Airport to Replace Fence

The Airport Commission will seek city funds to repair a downed fence. Airport Manager Bill Greenwald told the commission Tuesday that a portion of the northern fence is in bad shape and partially knocked down.

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Passenger Airlifted to Albany After Vermont Crash

A single-vehicle accident seriously injured a passenger early Thursday morning on Tunnel Street, a mile north of Bosley Hill Road. It took more than an hour for the Readsboro Fire Department to extricate the passenger of a 2007 Dodge Durango that crashed into a tree at about 2 a.m. The passenger's identity was being withheld pending notification of family.

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North Adams Public Library Book Sale This Weekend

The North Adams Public Library's annual book sale returns this weekend with nearly 6,000 titles to select from. Member of the Library Friends Judy Noel said the book sale has been an annual event for some time now but it is in its seventh year at the St. Elizabeth's Parish Center.

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Pittsfield to Welcome Syrian Refugees

Some people can't go home. They are in fear for their lives and all they want to is be productive and happy. They come from war-torn countries or area wrecked by natural disasters. They come running from prosecution because of their religious or personal believes. They come wanting life, liberty, and happiness and they hope to find that in the city of Pittsfield.

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Adams Sets Flat Tax Rate

The town's residential property tax will stay flat and the commercial tax rate will decrease $1.40 per $1,000 valuation. The Selectmen approved an 112 percent shift for commercial rates on Wednesday night that would keep the residential tax rate near $21.39 per $1,000 valuation and lower the commercial tax to $24.60. This is about a 5.38 percent decrease.

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Williamstown Public Safety Group Finds No Option to Combine Police, Fire Facilities

If the Public Safety Building Study Committee has its way, it may not be the Public Safety Building Study Committee much longer. The panel Tuesday decided to ask the Board of Selectmen to give the committee a new focus: developing a plan for a new police station.

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Event-filled Weekend Tested Regional Emergency Managers

This past weekend provided an opportunity for emergency management officials to work countywide. With a plethora of events bringing thousands of people the Berkshires, the three Regional Emergency Planning Committees pre-planned responses and allocation of resources should there be a mass casualty incident.

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Crane Currency Building $100M Banknote Printing Facility in Malta

Crane Currency is planning a new $100 million banknote printing facility and customer experience center in the country of Malta. The company expects to initially hire approximately 200 new employees. The 140,000 square-foot facility is expected to be completed in early 2018.

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AG: No Open Meeting Law Violation by Williamstown Planning Board

The attorney general's office determined there is no evidence of an Open Meeting Law violation by members of the Planning Board with respect to its deliberations on the Waubeeka Golf Links zoning bylaw earlier this year.

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