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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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Stephentown Man Sentenced To 30 Years in Jail For Drug Operation

A Stephentown, N.Y. man was sentenced to 30 years in jail on drugs charges, the investigation into which included 14 Berkshire County residents being indicted, including former City Councilor Paul Capitiano.

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SABIC Leaves 'Bittersweet' Parting Gift To United Way

By the end of the year SABIC may be gone. But not forgotten. Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp.'s Innovative Plastics is leaving a legacy of philanthropy and community engagement behind with a parting gift of a $1 million endowment for the Berkshire United Way. The company has made major impacts in the city of Pittsfield over the years with donation to the Berkshire United Way, employees serving on boards and commissions, and volunteer efforts on a number of projects.

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Williams Science Camp Serves Youngsters, Collegians

Learning went both ways at Williams College's Summer Science Lab this month. "One of my interns said this morning, 'The kids were my teachers this week as well,' " lab director Stephen Bechtel said last week.

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Adams Movies Under the Stars Starts Friday

The town's Movies Under the Stars will return for the summer this Friday at the Visitors Center. Police Officer Gregory Charon, who also organizes Dana Labbee Summer Basketball, said that Movies Under the Stars will kick off this Friday with "Zootopia" at 7:30 p.m.

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Pittsfield Celebrates 10 Years of Third Thursday

The city has had its ups and downs over the last decade but one thing has remained constant - Third Thursday. Put on by the city's Office of Cultural Development, the street fair is held monthly throughout the summer is still going strong. At July's event, the organizers celebrated the 10 year anniversary.

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Pokemon Go Players Asked Not to Block Cheshire Fire Station

The Cheshire Fire Department is asking players not to hang around the station after players have been found blocking doors with their vehicles. "We have had numerous incidents lately where we have gone to our station to respond to an emergency call and have found vehicles parked in front of our apparatus bay doors," the department posted on its Facebook page on Thursday.

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Pittsfield Police Still Investigating Hit And Run Accident On Columbus Avenue

Police are investigating a hit and run accident in which the driver of an allegedly stolen vehicle fled on foot. Police say 25-year-old Kelly McAllister was traveling east on Columbus Avenue and had the right of way at the intersection of Dewey Avenue when another vehicle ran the stop sign at Dewey and crashed into McAllister on Friday, July 15. McAllister's Jeep rolled over and the operator of the other vehicle fled on foot.

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Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Endorses Farley-Bouvier

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus announced its endorsement of state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier for re-election.

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Olver Endorses Adam Hinds for State Senate Seat

Democratic state Senate candidate Adam Hinds has picked up the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver.

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The Independent Investor: Candidates & the Economy

As the GOP political convention winds down and the Democrat convention gears up, we continue to hear a steady stream of economic "one liners" from the candidates. We all know that fixing the economy is one of the major issues of this campaign but so far the candidates are long on words and short on specifics.

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Adams to Pursue Medical Marijuana Bylaw

Weed is weighing heavy on the minds of some town officials. Although the Selectmen unanimously voted Wednesday to request the Planning Board to draft a medical marijuana zoning bylaw, some members were hesitant to start the process. Selectman Joseph Nowak was not among them. He has been urging his colleagues to pursue a bylaw that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary.

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BRPC Hears Update To 'Last Mile' Broadband Plan

Finishing out the so-called "last mile" of broadband connectivity will take a flexible approach, giving towns an array of options to connect, according to Massachusetts Technology Collaborative implementation liaison Bill Ennen. Ennen was appointed to the role which serves as an middle man between the state's Massachusetts Broadband Initiative and individual towns in June at the same time former Pittsfield state Rep. Peter Larkin was appointed to chair the MBI board. The two are now heading t

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North Adams Housing Authority Dedicates New Patio

The North Adams Housing Authority opened its new patio on Wednesday with a brief dedication and a cookout. Named for longtime Housing Authority director William M. Boland, the fenced in area off the main lobby offers a benches and umbrella tables for residents who'd like to dine al fresco or just watch the world go by.

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New Report Highlights Pittsfield Renewable Energy Push, Urges More To Follow Lead

A new report being released in two weeks will highlight the city's efforts toward energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center will release the report in two weeks which aims to urged municipalities to boost their efforts in moving toward more renewable energies and urging the state to pass aggressive energy policies to move the entire state to 100 percent renewable.

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North Adams Cemetery Volunteers Get Help for Heavy Lifting

A volunteer group has been doing some heavy lifting at Hill Side Cemetery for nearly three years. No more. A new tripod lift built by Deerfield Machine & Tool will aid members of Hill Side Restoration as they continue their work in resetting and repairing the hundreds of old gravestones in the historic cemetery.

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Adams Looks at Columbarium For Cemetery

The Cemetery Commission is looking at the possibility of installing a columbarium for its cemeteries. Cemetery Commissioner Bruce Shepley told the commission last Thursday that he would like to explore the possibility of installing a columbarium, a facility that houses cremated remains.

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