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Advocates Continue to Push on Wiliamstown Preschool Program

Four members of the Williamstown School Committee on Thursday again explained their reasons for supporting a fiscal 2017 budget that includes a reduction to the school's popular preschool program. At a special meeting originally rescheduled from April 13, the committee members explained why they did not oppose the school administration's decision to eliminate the full-day option for Side-By-Side.

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Mount Greylock Decides to Reduce Building Debt Assessment in Year One

The Mount Greylock School Committee has decided to pay less on the school building project bond in the first year and forego savings that would not be realized until years down the road. The question of whether to more aggressively pay down the principal on a $30 million bond has been discussed since the school district's two member towns passed a debt exclusion for the project in March.

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Airport Study Group Continues To Pry Into Westwood Leases

PERC President Jay Anderson doesn't think the development of the Westwood Center would have happened without FAA approval. But, the only correspondence with the federal aviation agency is a letter disapproving of the leases. Now, a study group is worried that the city could ultimately be on the hook to pay the FAA back for some 30 years worth of leases.

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Barrett Contributing on Two Sports at Westfield State

Mount Greylock graduate Lucy Barrett went directly from basketball to lacrosse at Westfield State this spring.

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Long Timelines Not Uncommon in Domestic Terrorism Cases

It has been more than nine months since an Adams man was arrested and his Murray Street apartment was searched by the FBI. It has been nine months since the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that Alexander Ciccolo was charged with violating a federal weapons possession law and released a detention memo outlining the ISIS sympathies of the 23-year-old man who also went by the name Ali Al Amriki.

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Adams Head-On Collision Results in Fatality

A head-on collision early Saturday evening on North Summer Street sent at least three people to hospital and critically injured one.

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Williams Men's Lax Upsets Amherst in League Quarters

The Williams College men's lacrosse team Saturday advanced to the conference semifinals.

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MCLA Men's Tennis Falls in Conference Semis

The Colby-Sawyer men's tennis team beat MCLA on Saturday en route to winning a conference title.

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@theMarket: It May Be That Time Again

I warned readers in my column last week not to chase commodities. I repeat that warning now. Recall what happened to the Chinese stock market when regulators curbed speculation last year? Stocks fell 40 percent and took global markets down with them. Could that happen again in the commodities markets? Is the Pope Catholic?

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North Adams Pupils Help With Windsor Lake Trout Stocking

The city's entire fourth-grade class turned out for the fish stocking event, getting some information on the four types of trout Mass Wildlife raises in its four hatcheries and getting the chance to help with the annual event. The day was designed to promote outdoor recreation, and provide the children an opportunity to be involved in a conservation project. The Berkshire County League of Sportsmen's Clubs was also involved.

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New Adams Store Opens Up in Memory of Noah Brown

A new shop will be celebrating its opening this weekend, but its first day of business on Sunday will be bittersweet. Kayla Pierce and her fiance, John-Michael Bradbury, are opening up "Smalls" at 64 Summer St. for two reasons: to support local crafters and to keep her son's memory alive.

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BFAIR Meeting Shows How Far Services Have Come

Berkshire Family and Individual Resources on Friday recognized Doris Sartori and her family with BFAIR's inaugural Lifetime Advocacy Award at the non-profit's annual meeting. Weisenflue explained just how difficult a road Doris and her late husband Aldo faced when they became advocates for their three children, one of whom, Bobby, is a model employee at the North Adams Big Y through a program operated by BFAIR.

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Pittsfield Highlights Chestnut Seed Orchard to Celebrate Arbor Day

The American Chestnut tree was so woven into the fabric of early American life that it was referred to as a "cradle to grave" in when a child was born, he was placed in a Chestnut cradle and when he dies, in a Chestnut coffin. Between four to five billion of the trees crowded the Eastern United State's landscape and was used for construction and food for both humans and animals. It was economic for wood and nut harvesters. It was a fixture in the ecosystem for wild animals. Farmers used the n

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The Independent Investor: What Do Prince, You and a Will Have in Common?

Prince had no spouse or children but he does have several siblings and an estate valued at $300 million. There is also the supposed treasure trove of unreleased musical material, a sizable estate tax bill (if no estate planning was in place) and who knows what else. One thing is sure; there will be plenty of time, effort, controversy and expense necessary to resolve a settlement through probate court. All of which was unnecessary if Prince had lived long enough to read this column.

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True North Insurance Appoints Broker, Vice President

As an employee benefits specialist and Vice President, Drake will be responsible for developing new business relationships and providing strategic guidance to employers on their medical, dental, life and disability insurance plans and benefit administration solutions.

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Cheshire Elementary Makes Reading Easy As Pie

All the students and staff members gathered in the back yard of the school to see if the challenge had been met and if so, who the lucky pie throwers would be.

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North Adams Library Names DiLego as Assistant Director

DiLego was the unanimous choice based on her 20 years of experience at the library, her familiarity with library procedures, and the depth of her local history knowledge.

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MCLA Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law

With this agreement, signed Tuesday by MCLA President James F. Birge, WNEU Provost Linda Jones and WNEU School of Law Dean Eric Gouvin, qualified undergraduates at MCLA may substitute the first year at the law school for their senior year at MCLA. As a result, they may earn their bachelor’s degree and juris doctor degree in six years instead of the typical seven.

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Carr Hardware Joins Forces to Expand into Connecticut

This partnership will come in the form of Carr Hardware at Brightwood Center, located under one roof on Route 5 in neighboring Enfield, Conn.

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Montessori School Kicks Off $2.95 Million 'Go Beyond' Capital Campaign

Campaign is raising funds for a 7,300-square-foot expansion to the existing 9,000-square-foot building. Students, families, teachers and MSB board members attended the event.

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Williams College Alumna Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Her plan for graduate research at Oxford is to acquire expertise in education policy. Afterward, she plans to work in the Malaysian government or at a research institute or university doing policy research.

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MCLA Gallery 51 Seeks Camera Phone Photo Show Submissions

A collaborative group project of MCLA and Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, “Waiting” will include more than 1,000 photographs, which will be selected for exhibit in MCLA Gallery 51.

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Cal Ripken Opens Saturday in Williamstown

The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. from the Williamstown Elementary School, marches up Cole Avenue (where traffic will be stopped briefly) and ends at Bud Anderson field.

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