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Music & Art Come Together This Summer With Painted Pianos

Dirty, dusty and out of tune, these castoffs found new partners as local artists tramped through the empty Memorial School last Tuesday to select the perfect piano for their endeavors.

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Hinds Pitches Aid For Rural Schools; Transportation In State Budget

As state Sen. Adam Hinds enters the budget debate, he's placed a priority on rural schools. In January, the Department of Secondary and Elementary Schools released a report on the financial struggles of small rural schools and he's looking to give a little extra help.

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Adams Selectmen Honor Thunderbolt Skiers For Mountain Rescues

The Board of Selectmen recognized the Thunderbolt Ski Runners on Wednesday for aiding and greatly expediting two rescues on Mount Greylock this winter. The selectmen awarded Thunderbolt Ski Runners Josh Chittenden, Steve Sauve, David Childs and Rich Adamczyk certificates to thank them for helping in two daring rescues on the mountain in March.

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Mildred Elley Graduates Ready To Achieve

More than 100 students became Mildred Elley alumni after crossing the Barrington Stage during Thursday's graduation ceremony. First to address the graduates was Pittsfield Campus President Annette Jeffes, who asked the graduates to reflect on their time at Mildred Elley.

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Pittsfield Honors Police Officers Killed In The Line of Duty

On Friday morning, Hartford, Conn. Officer Jill Kidik regained consciousness, surrounded by friends and family. She will not become the 56th officer killed in the line of duty in the United States this year.

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North Adams Committee Lays Out City Clerk Transition Plan

The City Council Ad Hoc City Clerk Committee will recommend appointing the Assistant Clerk Deborah Pedercini as the new city clerk. The ad hoc committee met with City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau and Assistant City Clerk Deborah Pedercini Wednesday to go over the positions and a possible transition plan. The committee agreed to recommend promoting Pedercini and hiring a new assistant clerk.

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Hoosac Valley Elementary Students Give Police A Boost

Hoosac Valley Elementary School preschool students gifted "energy bags" to local police officers. A convoy of preschoolers made their way to the Adams Police Department to help give the officers a little boost Tuesday.

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Berkshire Blaze Seek A Field Of Their Own

The Berkshire Blaze girl's softball league are planning to turn one of the fields at Wahconah Park into their new home. The Parks Commission on Tuesday approved letting the league fix up the little league field along Park Street by eliminating the baseball pitching mound, creating a dirt infield, repositioning the benches, cleaning and painting the backstops, and flattening out the foul territory. Then, they'll use that at their home turf for tournaments and league play.

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Pittsfield Budget Review Day 2: Councilors Question Salaries

The City Council is reviewing the mayor's proposed $167.6 million spending plan. The budget reflects a $2.8 million, or 1.8 percent, increase from the current year. The city's appropriation will be $159.9. The proposed operating budget is requested to be $148,465,621, which is $3.4 million more than last year, and the enterprise account budgets are eyed to be $11,531,024, which is a $154,529 increase. Those account for the $159,996,645 the City Council needs to appropriate.

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Girls Inc. Awards Scholarship to 10 Young Women

The event recognizes the achievements of young women throughout Berkshire County and awarded scholarships through the Ruth P. Boraski Funds for Girls and on behalf of area community partners.

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A Suspicious Package Causes Evacuation Of North Adams Police Station

The Police Station was temporarily evacuated after a suspicious package was received in the mail. Police say at 11:02 a.m. on Thursday a resident brought a package into the station. The building was immediately evacuated, and emergency operations were implemented.

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The Independent Investor: Are Americans Saving Enough for Retirement?

If you simply read the headlines, you would assume that over half of Americans aged 55 and over, have no savings as they approach retirement. That's a dramatic statement, but is it true

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Cheshire Will Not Appeal Court's Solar Decision

The Board of Selectmen will not appeal the courtís decision to allow the installation of a solar array on East Harbor Road. After an executive session Tuesday, the selectmen agreed they will take no action on superior courtís decision to reverse a Planning Board decision to decline a special permit to a resident interested in using their land for solar array development in an agricultural retention zone near the intersection of Wells Road and East Harbor Road.

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Williamstown Elementary School Honors Library Volunteer, Patron

Peter Mehlin has been impacting childrenís lives as long as the current Williamstown Elementary School has been educating the townís youngsters. Now Mehlinís impact will be remembered for as long as there is a Williamstown Elementary School.

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District Attorney Candidates Meet Head To Head In First Debate

Paul Caccaviello had a domestic homicide case while working in the district attorney's office and he said he brought in behavioral experts to help teach and understand the issues of domestic abuse. He said he's taken steps to create a sub-unit to focus directly on domestic abuse cases and to understand the best ways to become proactive in domestic abuse cases to halt things from getting worse. And that's what he says he'll do if elected as the new district attorney this fall.

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North Adams Happenings: May 16-22

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Six Arrested During Two Concurrent Raids In Pittsfield

Six people, including three juveniles, were arrested during two concurrent raids by local authorities Wednesday morning. City police, the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, and the Berkshire County Special Response Team executed search warrants at 362 Columbus Avenue and 208 Linden Street at 10:20 a.m.

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Pittsfield Adopts Policy For Commercial Use of Parks

The Parks Commission will welcome commercial enterprises onto city property. But, only if it "enhances the park." The commission has been weighing the levels in which commercial enterprises can operate on parkland since January. Then, Todd Fiorentino was looking to open a coffee kiosk, Poseidon Coffee.

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North Adams Planners OK Distillery, More Norad Businesses

The former Excelsior Print mill on Roberts Drive has been filling up with tenants since being purchased by developer David Moresi last spring. On Monday, they gave the OK to a yarn dyer, a computer repair shop and Moresi's own business office.

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Ciccolo Federal Firearms Case Expected to End in Plea Deal

Alexander Ciccolo was scheduled to go to trial in June before Judge Mark G. Mastroianni on federal weapons charges from his arrest on July 4, 2015, in Adams.

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Rail Trail Extension To Pittsfield Passes 75 Percent Design Phase

The city has passed the 75 percent design milestone on the extension of the Ashulwilticook Rail Trail and is now starting the permitting process. "The bike path is on schedule and on budget. We are at the 75 percent design phase for the project, which is a required milestone in the process. We just recently saw a draft of a notice of intent for the wetland permit, which is required for the project," Parks and Open Spaces Manager Jim McGrath said.

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Williamstown Town Meeting Approves Spending on Pool, Police Station

Several residents, however, had questions and concerns about the new police station on Simonds Road, and town meeting voters heard from both the town manager and the chief of police before authorizing the $5 million bond by a voice vote. This vote also wasn't unanimous.

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