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'New Horizon' Reflective Hot-Air Balloon Visiting Berkshires

The 100-foot tall mirror hot-air balloon is the fourth installation in The Trustees of Reservations' "Art & the Landscape" series that was launched in 2016 to inspire new and expanded audiences at some of the organization's most scenic and highly visited gardens, historic houses, beaches, and public parks.

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South County Programs, State Park Fund Secured for FY2020

Funded at $43.1 billion, H. 4000 makes major investments in education, housing, substance use disorder services, health care, and other areas while projecting a more than $476 million deposit into the Stabilization Fund bringing the fund's balance to more than $3 billion to safeguard the future of vital programs and services.

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Berkshires Beat: Clinton Church Restoration Awarded $75,000

As part of the second class of Action Fund grantees, Clinton Church Restoration was awarded $75,000 to continue its efforts to restore and repurpose the historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington as an African American heritage site and cultural center.

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North Adams Happenings: July 24-30

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Holyoke Mayor Morse Challenges Neal In Congressional Race

They said he couldn't do. There is no way a 21-year-old, turning 22, could defeat an incumbent mayor with years of political experience. And there was no way the city of Holyoke was ever going to be as good as it had been.

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North Adams Housing Authority Still Waiting on Sun Cleaners

The board, which also serves as Housing Opportunities Inc. board, plans to transfer all the HOI assets to the city of North Adams and dissolve the 30-year-old program created to help first-time homeowners.

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Rejuvenated Clarksburg Golf Course Eyed for Off-Grid Living

The owner of the former North Adams Country Club confirmed his plans last week to renovate the clubhouse and recreate a nine-hole course.

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State FY2020 Budget Has Funding for Flyer, Rural Schools

A compromise state spending bill reached over the weekend contains good news for the Berkshires, particularly its rural school districts.

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Pittsfield Police Respond to Shooting, Robbery, Arson

Police had a busy Sunday morning as officers responded to an armed robbery, arson incident, and a shooting. Police say the night began at about 12:30 a.m. when a black man, described as being 5-feet-10-inches tall robbed Alltown at gunpoint. The man escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone with information regarding that incident is asked to contact Detective Glenn Civello at 413-448-9700 x538.

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Graves Looks to Make Pittsfield's Corner Office Business Friendly

By 2010, the old YMCA boathouse was just about to fall into the lake because it had fallen into such disrepair. Scott Graves then had an idea to save it. He'd take the property that wasn't one the tax rolls, renovate it and turn it into a private marina and club. Instead of the city ultimately having to demolish the building, it is back up and running and generating tax revenue.

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Campers From Camp Lenox Help Clean Up Pittsfield's West Side

More than two dozen teenagers from Camp Lenox spent Friday cleaning up the west side of Pittsfield. In partnership with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, the campers cleaned up Durant Park, Columbus Avenue, and opened up the staircase at the end of Francis Avenue that had become overgrown to help people in the neighborhood more easily get to Big Y and CVS.

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Rascal's Picked For Cigar Lounge And Humidor

John Sheerin introduced himself to the Board of Health last week to present his plans for the North Summer Street building that he hopes will be a destination for cigar enthusiasts.

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Adams Council on Aging Recognizes Volunteers

Council on Aging Director Erica Girgenti acknowledged her volunteers Wednesday at a Selectmen's meeting and noted that the over 70 volunteers have logged in over 4,000 hours of service.

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LaFesta Baseball Exchange Marks 29 Years

Romano, coordinator of the North End Athletic Association, noted this might be the 29th year of the exchange but it was really the 30th trip west. Lipa, Abuisi and others had asked about doing a Feast of St. Anthony, what has been a North End tradition for century now.

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North Adams Police Investigating Report of Firearms Discharged

The report of shots being fired was called into the police at 9:27 p.m. but no one who could implicated in the shooting was at the scene when police arrived. Wood did not say what evidence was found.

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Kavey Looks to Provide New Perspective in Pittsfield's Ward 5 Bid

When Patrick Kavey returned to his hometown he had trouble finding work. "I started applying to professional jobs. I had an interesting time finding either a job that would compensate me based on what you would see for an area of this size in the region or just finding specific jobs in general," Kavey said.

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New Food & Wellness Vision Planned for Historic Mausert Block

The owner of the Mausert Block is assuring the Selectmen that there's progress being made at the former Woolworth building across from Town Hall.

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North Adams Has 2 Candidates for Mayor, 15 for City Council

The deadline for nomination papers for the city election passed at 5 p.m. on Friday and so did any chance for a preliminary election.

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Media Gallery on Main Street Offers New Artworks, Local History,

Robert Giardini wants to get art on people's walls. That's one of the inspirations for his pop-up Media Gallery that opened during the season's first DownStreet Art event last month.

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Kavey Announces Run for Pittsfield's Ward 5

Patrick Kavey has formally announced his candidacy for election for the Ward 5 seat on The Pittsfield City Council.

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Excessive Heat, Humidity Forecast Through Sunday

Heat index values are expected to reach 95 to 100 degrees this afternoon. Heat index values could reach 107 to 112 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon for most of Massachusetts, with values between 96 and 102 locally in the Berkshires.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 12-18

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Mill Town Capital, the City of Pittsfield and local organizations, will present its first-ever free community event on the Pittsfield Common.

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Community Members Seek to Rescue Clarksburg Senior Center

Nearly two dozen people attended an emergency meeting organized by Lauren and Robert Norcross at the center on Thursday night to find ways to keep the 15-year-old building open and the Council on Aging functioning.

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North Adams Airport Hopes to Have Restaurant Operating Next Summer

The Airport Commission agreed Tuesday to form a subcommittee to flesh out what restrictions and preferences it wants to place in the RFP.

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Memorial Statue Unveiled at North Adams Library

The city native was memorialized on Thursday with the unveiling of a bronze statue of two children reading a book set by the East Main Street entrance of the North Adams Public Library where she began her long career as a librarian.

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