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The White Stuff Is Coming! The White Stuff Is Coming!

One week before Thanksgiving, the first Winter Storm Watch of the season is upon us from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon.

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North Berkshire Waste District Transfer Stations Pass Inspection

Transfer stations in the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District have passed their inspections with flying colors.

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Community TV Stations: Proposed FCC Rule Could Gut Funding

Local public access stations fear that a potential new Federal Communications Commission rule will allow cable companies to obliterate their operating funds. Public, educational, and government access (PEG) stations are mostly funded through franchise fees cable subscribers pay in their monthly bill. Communities negotiate those fees, typically every 10 years.

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Williamstown Planning Board Debates Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw

The Planning Board last spring withdrew a more ambitious proposal to liberalize the town's housing bylaw in the face of vocal opposition. In the summer, it decided that the ADUs were one area where the town could make incremental changes to allow a little more housing flexibility.

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Harrington Announces First Assistant, Transition Team Chair

Andrea Harrington has started to build her team. On Wednesday, the district attorney-elect announced Karen Bell as her first assistant district attorney. Bell is currently an assistant district attorney in Hampden County with some 20 years of experience. She's said to have worked in the appellate division, the district court, grand jury, and the superior court divisions.

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Signs of the Season: Christmas Trees Have Arrived at Carr

Carr Hardware received its annual delivery of trees on Wednesday afternoon that manager Don Disbrow said typically come from upstate New York or Vermont near the Canadian border.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 14-20

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

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North Adams Council Approves Public Safety Roof Replacement

The City Council took a deep breath on Tuesday and voted to borrow $351,000 to put a new roof on the deteriorating 63-year-old structure on American Legion Drive.

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Pittsfield Council Approves Tax Rate Cut

Tax cuts make for more agreeable City Council meetings. The council easily approved a plan to lower property taxes across the board - both on the average bill and on the rate.

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Cheshire Selectman Threatens to Resign Over Town Administrator Candidate

The withdrawal of a favored town administrator candidate and the threatened resignation of one of the two remaining selectmen if he was hired has town officials wondering how to move forward.

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Cop On Top Returns to Pittsfield On Dec. 1

Cop on Top will return to Walmart on Dec. 1. In a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, law enforcement officers from throughout the county will be camp out on the roof Wal-mart. The officers will stay there until the goal of $55,000 is reached.

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Adams Cemetery Garage Project to Got Out to Bid Next Year

Commissioner Bruce Shepley read a letter from interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan at Thursday's meeting stating that architecture firm EDM is working on construction documents and public bidding materials and hope to go out to bid no later than the end of January 2019.

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Michigan Company Looking to Buy Beacon Cinema

A Michigan company is looking to buy the Beacon Cinema. Insight Management Consulting has made an offer to purchase the building and the business from owner Richard Stanley. Stanley had redeveloped the North Street building to the theater in 2008, becoming an anchor to the city's future vision of revitalizing North Street when it opened its doors in 2009.

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National Grid Using Sound Cannon in North Adams to Disperse Crows

National Grid will be using a sound-emitting propane cannon to dislodge a murder of crows that's been roosting around its Brown Street facility.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears MCAS Reports

Lanesborough Elementary School is the only one of the three Mount Greylock Regional School District schools that met its targets in the state evaluations released this fall.

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Berkshires Beat: Vessels for Change Returns to Aid Immigrant Center

For a $100 donation to the Berkshire Immigrant Center, donors receive a one-of-a-kind handmade mug, locally brewed beer, and a celebration.

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Lanesborough Couple's Efforts to Keep Family Farm Continues

About a month ago Kristen Tool returned home to find a for sale sign in the yard. Tool and her husband Chris Wheeler are more than a year and a half into an effort to keep the Olsen Farm. Wheeler's great-grandfather had established the farm in 1938 and it was passed down to future generations.

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Drury High Senior Present With Superintendent's Award

Alicandri's motivation, eagerness to accept challenges and high academic standards were recognized on Wednesday when she was presented the Certificate of Academic Excellence. She and her family attended the presentation.

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Cheshire to Make Final Approval of Board Increase Documents

The initiative began in 2015 with a citizens petition that looked to expand the board. The process was delayed because the increase could not simply sail through with a citizens petition. After understanding that they had to solicit the state legislature to make the change, the town restarted the process.

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Pittsfield, North Adams Observe Veterans Days

Sunday was also the centennial of the armistice for World War 1. Tyer read a special proclamation to honor the anniversary and later bells were tolled to recognize it.

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Berkshire County Remembrances on World War I Centennial

Massachusetts honored her sons and daughters in 1933 with the dedication of the Mount Greylock War Memorial Tower on the state's highest peak in Adams. The 93-foot tall monument was recognized this year as one of 100 national monuments by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.

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Adams Great War Veteran Made Sure Others Not Forgotten

Like many in Adams, Carpenter was a young mill worker in the Renfrew Mills before being deployed on July 1917. After training, the group landed in France in October where the war was well underway.

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'I must take my chances:' Letters Home Tell Tale of Williamstown WWI Veteran

But for whatever reason, Brown's Nov. 24, 1918, letter from France to his family in Williamstown had different, darker tone than what came before.

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Adams Keeps Memory of World War I Front and Center

Of the numerous monuments, honor rolls and other memorials, eight are dedicated to World War I. The largest monument, the Mount Greylock War Memorial, looms above the town from the state's highest peak.

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'I Wonder If I Will Ever See Pittsfield Again': WWI Letters From Lt. Tremblay

In 1917, the United States entered the war. He felt it was his duty to return to war and he entered the Army. Because of his experience, he was quickly sent to the front line. And the 6 foot 1 inch, 205 pounds, Tremblay wasn't afraid of a good fight.

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