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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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Williams Brings 'BioEyes' Back To Lanesborough Elementary

It starts with a question: what do baby Zebrafish look like? Then observation, noting what adult Zebrafish look like and how they act Then a hypothesis, an educated guess on what the babies will look like. And finally, an experiment, breed the fish and see.

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Berkshire Planning Receives DLTA Funding To Help Towns With Projects

BRPC finally got its local assistance funding and more than 25 towns have requested help. The funding for District Local Technical Local Assistance program was questionable over the last few months as the state pondered budget cuts to address shortages of revenue. The state provides $2.8 million to regional planning committees to help towns with an array of planning projects.

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Lanesborough Elementary to Keep Narcan Kit in Nurse's Office

Yes. This is the world we live in. The School Committee on Thursday approved having a Narcan kit in the nurses office just in case an adult in the school overdoses on heroin. The kit is being provided by the District Attorney's office and schools throughout Berkshire County are receiving kits.

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Neal: Democratic Party Needs a 'Reset'

The Democratic Party can't "sugarcoat" its disastrous results in November, says U.S. Rep. Richard Neal. And the pain lies deeper than the loss of the presidency and failure to make inroads in the Republican-controlled Congress.

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Neal Visits Hoosac Valley, Says Will Attend Inauguration

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says he will attend Friday's presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump. The Springfield Democrat and staunch Hillary Clinton supporter told students at Hoosac Valley High School on Tuesday morning that while disappointed with the results of the election, he felt it important to be at the transition of power.

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Civil Rights Leader John Lewis Speaking at MCLA Commencement

This year's keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, a leader of the Civil Rights Movement who, as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was one of the "Big Six" leaders of groups to organize the 1963 March on Washington. Lewis will receive an honorary doctor of public service.

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North Adams Library Trustees To Address Building Issues

The library trustees plan to meet with the city administration to go over some maintenance concerns. Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees Wednesday that the city is now completely in charge of addressing structural issues with the library.

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Cariddi Updates Maple Grove Civic Club Legislative Goals

State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi updated the Maple Grove Civic Club on some of the work she has done in 2016 and what she plans to advocate for in 2017. At the club's monthly meeting Sunday at the PNA, the North Adams Democrat spoke of her goals for the upcoming year and fielded some of the membership's question.

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