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Lanesborough Approves Plan to Hire EMTs in Highway Department

The employees would do work with the Highway Department but if there is a call, the worker would leave the job and handle the call as an EMT.

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Williamstown Select Board Agrees to Not Oppose Medical Pot Dispensary

The proposal has been a main topic of conversation for the board for months, and last week it hosted a public forum to gauge community reaction to Joshua Silver's proposal.

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Neighbors Raise Objection to Three-House Plan for Cole Avenue Parcel

Habitat for Humanity in December discussed with the Affordable Housing Trust subdividing the parcel to create a third lot, a division that would be easier under the commonwealth's Chapter 40B provision, which gives relief from local zoning to subsidized housing projects.

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Pittsfield Crowne Plaza To Become Holiday Inn

The Crowne Plaza will transition into a Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. General Manager Charles Burnick said the licensing agreement with Intercontinental Hotels Group to operate as a Crowne Plaza expired and the decision was made to renovate the entire building to become a Holiday Inn. IHG operates both Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands.

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Berkshire County Democrats Meeting to Choose Delegates

This year's Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention will be held June 1-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, where thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide offices, including constitutional officers and gubernatorial candidates.

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Berkshires Beat: MCLA Recognized for 'Outstanding Energy and Environmental Efforts'

Over the past decade, MCLA's clean energy and sustainability initiatives resulted in a 19 percent reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of removing 232 cars from the road – despite a 14 percent growth in campus square footage.

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Steele-Knudslien Arraigned on Murder Charge in Superior Court

Mark S. Steele-Knudslien, 47, entered a plea of not guilty of one charge of murder in connection with the death of his wife, 42-year-old Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien.

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Bellevue Storage Facility More Expensive Than Anticipated

The Cemetery Commission finally received cost estimates for a possible storage facility at Bellevue Cemetery, however, all estimates are higher than the anticipated amount. Interim Town Administrator met with the commission Thursday with the EDM report in hand that outlined three possible building scenarios, however, all were well over the $100,000 former town administrator Tony Mazzucco said it would cost.

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North Adams Holding Public Hearing on Marijuana Ordinance

Mayor Thomas Bernard made the development of the ordinance a priority, creating the working group in his first weeks as mayor and informing the City Council he expected to have a draft presented to councilors in February.

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Adams Selectmen Approve Administrator Search Process

The Board of Selectmen approved the recommended town administrator search process that it hopes to have wrapped up by April. The Board of Selectmen’s personnel subcommittee brought forth its recommendations Wednesday and asked the full board to approve the process which could be completed within four to six months.

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Cheshire Pledges Money Toward Housing Rehab Grant

The town is looking at putting $60,000 toward improving the town's housing stock. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Planner William Sikula met with the Selectmen Tuesday to go over the town’s Community Development Block Grant allocation and asked if the town would be willing to put up $60,000 in an effort to reel in $600,000 in grant funding.

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Berkshire Groups Use Women's March Anniversary to Talk Next Steps

The fight to raise people up from poverty, provide economic equity, health care and education, and ensure safe and welcoming communities, has to start at the grassroots level and include the voices of those most affected. That was the takeaway from Saturday's forum sponsored by Indivisible Pittsfield.

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1Berkshire President Discusses Economic Development With BRPC

It would be difficult for a Berkshire town to recruit a large biotech company on its own. 1Berkshire President Jonathan Butler knows that because he was a town administration. Now his focus is on countywide efforts to build the Berkshire economy by heading the region's designated economic development agency and tourism council. What he would suggest to towns is to get all of the little things in place to seize an opportunity should it arise.

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McCann Junior To Compete Nationally in Office Competition

McCann Junior Justin Perry will compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist National Competition in Atlanta, Ga. this summer. Perry, a business tech student, will represent Massachusetts in June and compete against the best from each state in Microsoft Word.

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Berkshire Money Management Shows Off New Art, New Offices

Berkshire Money Management mixed the new with the old Friday night. The company opened the doors to its new offices in the historic Model Farm property on Main Street. The company purchased the former Crane and Co. Mansion for $1 million last February and spent much of 2017 renovating the interior to fit its needs.

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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 18

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 19-25

The Body, Mind & Health Expo is a FREE event that will feature information and demonstrations to improve your health and well-being.

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Adams Loses Out on Gas Station Property Next to School

Selectman Joseph Nowak shared his discontent about the recent purchase of the former O'Connell's gas station at the close of Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday. He wanted the town to purchase to the property to expand congested parking at Hoosac Valley Elementary School.

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$74 Million Wastewater Plant Upgrades Heads to City Council

The mayor is asking for the authority to borrow $74 million for a major upgrade of the city's wastewater treatment center. The expense has been a long time coming, starting with the city seeking to renew its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit in 2005. The Environmental Protection Agency oversees those permits in an effort to keep waterways clean and had issued a permit in 2008 requiring significantly higher standards of phosphorus, aluminum treatment, and nitrogen removal.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Decides to Post Superintendent Position

On a vote of 4-3, the committee decided not to offer the job to interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, who stepped into the post on short notice when the then-Tri-District abruptly parted ways with Douglas Dias at the start of the second year of his three-year contract.

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New 'Winter Carnival' Planned at Springside Park

A new version of the winter carnival is set for Springside Park. The Springside Conservancy is hosting an array of children's activities - from ice skating to sledding to snowshoeing - at the park on Feb. 17. from noon until 4 p.m. The goal is to get families back into the park for a few hours of winter outdoor recreation.

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The Independent Investor: Is Bitcoin Broken?

The question to ask is whether or not crypto currencies represent anything more than "animal spirits." In a global market where just about every other investment vehicle is gaining ground, why not Bitcoin? In other words is it simply part of the "greater fool theory" where you're buying Bitcoin simply to sell it at a higher price to someone else?

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Cheshire to Seek Interest in Reuse of School

The town formed a reuse committee after the regional School Committee voted last year to close the elementary school. The reuse committee does not intend to recommend selling the 62,000 square-foot building.

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Medical Marijuana Company Plans Recreational Sales in Pittsfield

Berkshire Roots is positioning itself to be a recreational marijuana dispensary when permits are issued later this year. Berkshire Roots is now finishing up a massive renovation of 501 Dalton Avenue, a commercial building which formerly housed Jay's Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey's Billiards, and the Salvation Army store. Those three previously vacated the building to make way for a medical marijuana dispensary and renovations are nearly complete.

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North Adams Airport Commission Down Two Members

With Gilman being removed late last year by former Mayor Richard Alcombright, this leaves only three members on the five-person commission.

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