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Williamstown Veterans Home to Cease Current Operation

A big driver in the decision is an institutional change in focus at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which in recent years has placed more emphasis on placing homeless vets into permanent housing, rather than using the temporary, transitional beds at “Grant Per Diem” homes like Turner House.

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Longtime Pittsfield Umpire, Coach Honored With Hebert Award

The award was created to honor those who have made positive impacts to the city's open spaces and recreation. Hebert was a long-time Parks and Recreation director and volunteer. Mitchell's efforts in taking care of the park on a volunteer basis, keeping an eye out, and his role and longtime dedication to recreation earned him the honor.

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Cangelosi Pitches Bulldogs to Win in State Tourney Opener

The Lanesborough Bulldogs Friday won their opener in the Cal Ripken Baseball state tournament while South Berkshire dropped a decision in extra innings.

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Berkshire Carousel Opens to Much Fanfare

For more than a decade, hundreds of volunteers have put hours and hours of effort into handcarving and painting the 33-piece ride. Each horse and carriage features images of people from the community, as well as areas and scenery of the county, and other unique designs. It's the only handcrafted carousel to be built in Massachusetts in the last century.

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Three Local Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award

The Silver Award is the highest award available for achievement to a Cadette Girl Scout, grade six through eight. Girls work alone, or together in small groups, to identify an issue/problem that they would like to work towards improving.

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Red Sox Foundation Wins North Adams Minors

Red Sox Foundation recently defeated Little's Pharmacy for a North Adams Little League title.

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Retired Physician Joins CHP Board

As medical director for the Bureau of Primary Health Care, she led the National Health Service Corps in working to bring medical, dental and nursing staff to underserved communities.

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BFAIR Names New Director of Program Operations for Day Services

In her new role, she will be responsible for the supervision of the Day Habilitation Program, Homecare Services, Vocational Services and other ancillary services.

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Jacob's Pillow Taps New Director of Marketing and Communications

Young will oversee the 16-person marketing department (including seasonal staff and interns) at Jacob’s Pillow and manage staff in the successful implementation of their strategic and financial goals.

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Financial Adviseor Receives 'TNT' Client Development Award

Only 504 of the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisors received the award.

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Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds Names First Assistant Register

As first assistant register of deeds, Moran is responsible for operations of the office as well as assisting the register with various duties and projects. She will be supervising the staff of four clerks with a strong focus on customer service.

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day

Independence Day will be celebrated Monday, July 4. It is a federal holiday.

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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks

Festivities marking the nation's 240th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Monday, July 4, unless otherwise noted.

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The Independent Investor: Clicks vs Bricks — Who Will Win the Retail War?

Have you noticed that you are buying more products via the internet? Do you find yourself showroom shopping when you do make the trip to that department store or mall? It is happening to all of us and as it does, the traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are feeling the loss.

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Frame All Edges Celtics in Giorgi League

Frame All/Preite Oil and Dagnoli/Troiano & Sons Building earned Thursday victories in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.

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Pittsfield's Closest City Commercial Values Jump With Walmart Super Center

As the proposed Walmart Supercenter debate begins to unfold, the developer's claims of increased tax revenue reflects what happened in North Adams. In 2013, the company closed the store it had been occupying for since 1993 and moved down the road to a former gravel bed. The gravel bed had been assessed at $1,613,800 and the redevelopment upped the value to $10,694,900, according to Ross Vivori, chairman of the North Adams Board of Assessors.

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Flood House Open to Displaced Louison House Residents

Residents displaced by the recent fire at Louison House in Adams will be able to stay in Flood House. The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners approved Thursday a temporary emergency lease agreement with the shelter's operator, Family Life Support Center Inc., to house the families and individuals left homeless after last weekend's fire.

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DownStreet Art Building Community, Business in 8th Year

DownStreet Art opened for its eighth year on Thursday, ushering in a summer of exhibitions and events in the city's downtown and four monthly downtown openings. As in the past, empty spaces are being filled with pop-up galleries and studios. But what's new is a targeted approach to help some of these initiatives endure beyond the summer and activities to bring the community and artists closer together.

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Terrorism Charges Leveled Against Ciccolo

Alexander Ciccolo, held by federal authorities since his arrest last July 4, was indicted Thursday in connection with a plot to engage in terrorist activity inspired by and in the name of ISIL. Ciccolo, a resident of Adams at the time of his arrest, was indicted on one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of attempting to use of weapons of mass destruction.

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'Independence Day: Resurgence': Oh No, Not Again

Skipping my usual diatribe and head-scratching inquiry as to why folks would want to see a film about our threatened extermination in the first place, the good news is, if you endure the cartoonish depictions of this second coming, a third is currently in the works.

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Bird, Racette Lead Drury to Giorgi League Win

Drury and Pete's Gun Shop earned Wednesday wins in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.

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Berkshire Art Museum Opens With CAC Retrospective

Before Mass MoCA, before DownStreet Art, the Contemporary Artists Center was a converging point for the creative. The Beaver Mill center hosted a plethora of artists — from the established to the up-and-coming, from the home-grown to the international. Now selected works from nine of those artists will be on display at the Berkshire Art Museum in "Berkshire Artists of the Contemporary Artists Center 1990-1999" as part of the DownStreet Art season that kicks off Thursday evening.

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Cheshire Selectman May Change Health Insurance Options For Officials

The Selectmen agreed Tuesday that it may be beneficial to eliminate future elected officials' health insurance to save money. The issue arose during discussions over the salary review the town is currently undergoing.

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