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North Adams' Newly Elected Councilors Attend MMA Workshops

Several councilors-elect from North Adams joined other newly elected councilors and aldermen from across the state at a training conference held by the Massachusetts Municipal Councillors Association, a member group of Massachusetts Municipal Association, on Dec. 2 at Framingham State University's Warren Conference Center in Ashland.

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Adams Arts Group Win State Award

The Adams Arts Advisory Board's efforts to create an economic economy will be recognized next week at the Massachusetts Municipal Association's annual meeting. The town of Adams will be presented the Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award at the Hynes Convention Center.

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Governor Signs Legislation Updating Obsolete Municipal Regulations

Legislation signed at the State House on Tuesday eliminates or updates a raft of outdated and obsolete municipal regulations. Filed by the Baker administration last December, the 125-page bill found strong support from state and local officials, the Massachusetts Municipal Association and Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers. Gov. Charlie Baker, with a host of local elected and administrative officials behind him on the Grand Staircase at the State House, noted he'd gotten some

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North Adams' Blackmer Elected to Top Post in Mass Municipal Association

North Adams City Councilor Lisa Blackmer will lead the Massachusetts Municipal Association this year, the first city resident to do so. She's also the first from Western Massachusetts to hold the office of president in more than two decades. Blackmer is hoping that through her leadership, she'll be able to ensure that Western Mass communities will have a strong voice in Boston. "I think it puts us back on the map, I think people will start realizing, 'oh yeah, Massachusetts exists west of

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