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Dalton Designated As An 'Appalachian Trail Community'

Those hiking the Appalachian Trail will know they'll be welcomed with open arms when they stop in town. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has designed Dalton an Appalachian Trail Community, just the third town in the Berkshires to receive that designation. Great Barrington and North Adams are the other two in the Berkshires with such designation.

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Pittsfield Rallies Against Hate, Racism

Hundreds of local residents joined at Park Square on Saturday in protest of hate and racism. Organized by the activist's group Indivisible Pittsfield, demonstrators carried signs, broke into protest songs, and waved to passing vehicles. The event was organized in the wake of a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., which attracted white supremacist and members of the Ku Klux Klan, and ultimately ended in violence.

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Berkshire Athenaeum Honors Youth Short Story Contest Winners

As a child, Jana Laiz didn't like to read. She loved to write but she didn't like to read, despite her mother's attempts to get her to do so. And then one day, a librarian helped her find the perfect book. She devoured it and went back for more. And then her writing improved. She read more. Her writing improved. The more she read, the better her writing became.

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North Adams Finds Buyer for Salt Yard; Sale of Pownal Land Resurfaces

Mayor Richard Alcombright will ask the City Council to accept a bid of $50,000 on the 2.55 acre property, well below its appraised value of $125,000.

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Adams Officials Questions Cable Company

and attempted to quell some concerns from town officials and residents Wednesday, however, it was made clear: residents are not happy with the service.

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Cheshire To Make Decision On Dam Removal

The town will make a decision on whether or not to use state funds to remove the Kitchen Brook Dam. Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the state Division of Ecological Restoration is ready to begin the process of removing the dam but needs direction from the town.

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Pittsfield Wrapping Up Summer Recreation Programs, Looks to Fall

The Parks Department is looking for another program for the fall now that the NFL stopped the Punt, Pass, and Kick program. The program had been sponsored by the National Football League since 1961 and was a youth football competition. In the spring the NFL affiliate USA Football voted to end the program during its annual summit. Instead, the NFL is launching a flag football program in schools, ending its sanctioning Punt, Pass, and Kick program.

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NBCC Distributes Nearly 300 Backpacks Filled With School Supplies

The crowd lined up at the door to the former Sleepy's couldn't wait to get inside and start picking out school supplies. Thursday was the fourth year of the Backpacked to Success back to school program hosted by The Family Place and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

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Veterans Rucking Across The State For Suicide Awareness

On average 20 veterans a day commit suicide. "Veterans are about 6 percent of the population but they are 20 percent of the suicide rate right now. That is something we as a community, we as veterans, we as active service members, can all work on to help those veterans as they transition back into this very strange life," said Darren Bean, the president of the Warrior Thunder Foundation, a non-profit organization who focus on helping veterans from even getting to that point.

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Pittsfield Has Questions, But Optimistic About Educational Task Force Recommendation

City leaders still have an array of questions to ask of the Berkshire County Educational Task Forces' goal of a single district for the entire county. But, they remain optimistic that even asking those questions and having that conversation will lead to increased shared services.

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Eclipse Mill Pottery Exhibit Offers Art You Can Hold In Your Hand

The group exhibition at the Eclipse Mill curated by potters Gail and Phil Sellers and Arthur De Bow, gallery manager at MCLA Gallery 51, features more than two dozen artists who sculpt functional art out of clay.

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Clarksburg School Building Committee Learns Impact on Tax Rate

The Clarksburg School renovation and expansion is projected to add between $3.20 and $3.25 per $1,000 of valuation to the tax bill, but the town administrator said there are things that will mitigate that impact. The School Building Committee met Tuesday to discuss the financing of the project and its outreach efforts ahead of a Sept. 27 special town meeting and planned Oct. 10 vote on a debt exclusion to pay for the project.

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North Adams Man Accused of Stabbing Pizza Driver Arraigned

A North Adams man accused of stabbing a 50-year-old Domino's delivery driver and trying to rob him of money was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Berkshire Superior Court.

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'Better Block' Approaching The Build Stage For Tyler Street Project

It's time to build the better block. MassDevelopment had brought in Team Better Block to run an economic development exercise on Tyler Street. The plan is to completely revamp the section between Smith Street and Cortland Place, filling up the storefronts, improving mobility, slowing traffic, and sprucing the aesthetics.

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Crumbling of Slavery in Massachusetts Celebrated on 'Elizabeth Freeman Day'

On Sunday, Aug. 20, The Trustees of Reservations will host a day of activities to celebrate the story of Elizabeth Freeman at the Ashley House in Sheffield. Activities will include guided tours of the Ashley House and a performance by storyteller and actress Tammy Denease, with her dramatic re-telling of "Mumbet's Story."

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Pittsfield Man Injured After Firework Explodes In Hand

A city man was taken to the hospital after a large firework blew up in his hand. Police say at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday a 911 caller reported hearing "a loud bang and someone outside the residence yelling" on View Street. First responders found a 33-year-old man with severe injuries to his hand.

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North Adams Schools Set Opening Day 2017

Elementary and high school students in Grades K-8, and Drury students newly transferring from another school, will begin school on Thursday, Aug. 31.

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Cheshire's Sand Mill Road Bridge To Be Replaced By State

The state intends to replace the Sand Mill Road Bridge. Highway Superintendent Blair Crane told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation has slated it to be done in fiscal 2022.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 16-22

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Lanesborough Undecided On Appointing Emergency Management Director

Fire Chief Charlie Durfee says he's essentially been performing the role of emergency management director, but without the title. Now that Director Charles Garrity has resigned from the position, Durfee, who had been the alternative, moves into the job title on an interim basis. But the Board of Selectmen don't want to appoint him to the role.

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North Adams Committee Recommends Resolution on Climate Accord

The request for a resolution was brought forth by Council President Benjamin Lamb on behalf of Vincent Melito, a resident and former councilor. Melito is also soliciting support from other communities in the Berkshires and the Clarksburg Select Board determined last week that any resolution should be put to a town meeting vote.

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Williamstown Con Comm OKs Culvert Replacement

The Conservation Commission on Thursday OK'd Williams College's plan to replace the culvert that carries Christmas Brook under downtown, and the panel took its first look at the final plans for the new Williams Inn. The culvert replacement project will replace an existing, undersized pipe with a conduit that is at least 5 feet by 12 feet and hopefully eliminate the flooding that occurs during heavy rain events.

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