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Adams Too Adopt Complete Streets Program

The Selectmen plan to adopt the state's Complete Streets program and focus possible funds on the southern Route 8 corridor. Director of Community Development Donna Cesan encouraged the board on Wednesday during a workshop meeting to adopt the state Department of Transportation’s program that awards qualifying communities funds to improve streets, sidewalks and intersections to better transportation for all travel modes.

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Charter Upgrading Internet, Cable in Lanesborough

On Aug. 2 high-definition cable access will be in most of Lanesborough and a week later, high-speed internet. In part of the merger with Time Warner Cable, Carter Communications is upgrading the systems in three Berkshire towns - Lanesborough, West Stockbridge, and Hinsdale. For weeks workers have been in various parts of the town replacing wiring and bringing the new digital signal to the majority of the homes.

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North Adams Council Endorses Cultural District Designation

The City Council on Tuesday endorsed the pursuit of a Cultural District designation for a large part of the downtown. The work on the application began some three years but languished during a change over in staffing. Now being spearheaded by Jennifer Crowell of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the city's Director of Community Events Suzy Helme, the unanimous approval of the resolution to the Massachusetts Cultural Council completes the application process.

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Williams, Town Partner to Build Solar Array on Capped Landfill

Under the terms of the agreement, Williams will invest approximately $6 million to complete construction of a 1.9-megawatt solar array on the capped town landfill on Simonds Road.

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Farmers Market Coupons Distribution for Eligible Lenox Seniors

Applicants must sign for the coupons, but proxy forms for those unable to attend are available at the Lenox COA office and are to be completed prior to July 28

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Berkshire Reps Proud to Be Part of Historic Moment

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier started Tuesday rounding up all of the Hillary Clinton delegates from Massachusetts. She had forms for all of them to cast their vote as a whip for the Clinton campaign at the Democratic National Convention. One delegate was arriving late because of a delayed flight and logistics needed to be worked out to make sure the vote was cast. Other delegates were in different parts of Philadelphia. She worked to get the voting forms into each delegates hand.

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Circus Animal Ban Heads to Pittsfield City Council

The City Council will be asked to decide whether or not to ban non-domesticated animals from being used for entertainment. A animal advocacy group Berkshire Voters for Animals has proposed a ban, aimed mostly at circuses. While there hasn't been a circus in the city since 2008, the advocates hope to make sure one never returns. The group had previously pushed for a ban in Dalton, where a circus is held annually, but voters there rejected the ban.

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Local Theater Group Brings the Arctic to the Berkshires

In a news release, Kickball describes "Passage" as "a dark comedy exploring themes of a changing climate, love and loss (that) integrates sea otters on razor scooters, a guru of ultimate enlightenment, dead sailors, marketing executives and questions of hubris and faith to reveal the cyclical nature of human history."

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Lanesborough's Overtures to Superintendent Irks School Committee

A letter sent from the town manager to the superintendent's office is adding to the disdain between the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee. Town Manager Paul Sieloff wrote a letter on behalf of the Board of Selectmen to Superintendent of Schools Douglas Dias looking to strike up a conversation about the future of the office. With the reconstruction of Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School the state's reimbursement does not fund building central offices so the district's admi

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Adams Approves Crosswalk Safety Light

The Selectmen unanimously approved a plethora of recommendations last week from the Traffic Commission that included the purchase of two solar-powered, lighted pedestrian crossing signs on the southernmost crosswalk on Commercial Street. Police Chief Richard Tarsa, a member of the commission, said the Commerical Street crosswalk has been problematic.

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Berkshire Reps: Unity Strong at Democratic Convention

Somewhat of a national conversation has broken out during the Democratic National Convention saying the party is divisive and split. But on the floor in Philadelphia, state Reps. Paul Mark and Tricia Farley-Bouvier aren't hearing that. Mark is attending the convention as a delegate for Bernie Sanders while Farley-Bouvier is serving as the Hillary Clinton campaign's Massachusetts whip. Both said the tone at the convention is one of unity backing Clinton and not filled with boos and negativity.

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Contaminated Soil Adds to Cost of Taconic High Site Work

Getting rid of construction debris found in the soil at the site of the new Taconic high School will require construction managers to dip into contingency for the first time. John Benzinger of the consulting firm Skanska USA said three types of materials were found in the soil - contamination, construction debris, and unusable soils. He estimates more than a half million dollars will be needed to dispose and replace the materials found.

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Adams-Cheshire's New Leader Gives First Impressions

The school district's new leader said on Monday that his first impression since arriving has been a strong sense of pride. "There is a deep and abiding pride in the community," interim Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee. "A true sense of place and dedication to the towns and their institutions." Putnam was hired earlier this year as interim superintendent of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District. He started in his post on July 1.

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North Adams Panel Endorses Return of Center Street Parking Meters

The Public Safety Committee voted unanimously on Monday to recommend ordinance changes that will put parking meters back in the Center Street Parking Lot. The three members, however, sent a strong message during the discussion that the city should be looking at a parking plan for the entire downtown.

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Harrington Calls for Override of Governor's Vetoes

Democrat Andrea Harrington, candidate for state Senate, is urging the Legislature to restore funding that Gov. Charlie Baker recently cut from the state budget that had been approved by the House and Senate.

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Tops $2 Million in Summer Grants

The foundation distributed a total of $430,378 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves; $496,786 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors; and grants totaling over $1.1 million from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

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Truck Pulls Down Tree Limb on North Adams' Church Street

A tractor-trailer truck heading north on Church Street took down two tree limbs and cable wires when the tree became entangled with the cab's wind deflector.

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Berkshires Beat: Chesterwood Installation, Louison House Help

In part, the installation addresses Chesterwood’s history, said Remec. Chess, a “war game,” references Abraham Lincoln, the president, as well as Daniel Chester French’s iconic sculpture of the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln (1911-22) for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Adams-Cheshire Interim Superintendent Getting to Know Community

Robert Putnam, interim superintendent of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, wants to better communication between the towns and the school district. Putnam, hired in May to lead the district as it searched for a permanent replacement, introduced himself to town officials at last week's Board of Selectmen meeting.

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Artisan Consignment Gallery Opens on Eagle Street

A new business on Eagle Street will allow local artists and artisans to display and sell their goods. North Adams native Jennifer Beverly opened Eagle Street Artisans, a consignment style artisan gallery, at 27 Eagle St., the former Molly's Bakery building. The building more recently was the location of the Party Place and a very short-lived art supply store.

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Berkshire Reps Serve Important Roles at Democratic Convention

State Rep. Paul Mark remembers the first time he watched a Democratic National Convention in 1988. He watched the speeches and the celebration of the party and was fascinated. He's watched every one since and volunteered at the 2004 one in Boston. Now he'll serve an important role at one - he's a delegate. He's the only delegate from either party and either campaign from Berkshire County.

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Documentary Explores Good Life in the Berkshires

A documentary film examining what it takes for a life well-lived has focused on several Berkshires residents to illustrate its ideas. "A Small Good Thing" won best documentary at this year's Boston International Film Festival. Among director Pamela Tanner Boll's previous credits is as a producer on the Oscar-winning documentary "Born Into Brothels." "A Small Good Thing" has a screening at the New Marlborough Public Library on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

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Chinese Garden Unveiled at Naumkeag

Hundreds gathered at the annual Naumkeag Afternoon Garden Party on Saturday to celebrate the newly renovated Chinese Garden. Barbara Erickson, Trustees of Reservations president and CEO, welcomed honorary co-Chairs Yo-Yo Ma and his wife, Jill Hornor, and Naumkeag staff to celebrate the unveiling of newly-renovated Chinese Temple Garden and the 125th anniversary of the conservation group.

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@theMarket: Markets Need to Digest Recent Gains

Greed and fear make the world go round. While Donald Trump attempted to tap into the latter emotion in his acceptance speech this week, investors were mesmerized by the opposite emotion, at least where the stock market is concerned.

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Community Comes Together to Improve Russell Field

Corey Bishop, co-owner of Bishop West Real Estate, said after Atlantis Equipment donated and installed a backdrop fence on the softball field, he thought there was more to be done. "They bought the backdrop and I was standing out there while they were installing it," Bishop said. "I looked around and we had lights and a lit scoreboard but our buildings were deplorable. It was embarrassing."

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