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Pittsfield City Councilors Given Committee Assignments

Council President Peter Marchetti has handed out committee assignments to the City Council. The president is tasked with appointing the council's six subcommittees with five members each. Marchetti, Vice President John Krol, and Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Simonelli will serve on two committees each. The other councilors will serve on three and of those, all but the two newest councilors will have chairmanships.

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Clarksburg Welcomes Reserve Officers, Hears From Ed Task Force

Kevin Stant and Samantha Haines were confirmed by the Select Board as reserve patrol officers for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year. Chief Michael Williams introduced the officers, whom he said had completed the reserve intermittent officer training course. They also successfully passed the interview process and background check.

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Adams Police Welcome New Officer

The Selectmen appointed Officer Dakota Baker on Wednesday as a full-time patrol officer. "He has got a good head on his shoulders, and he takes a great pride in being a police officer," Police Chief Richard Tarsa told the board. "It is with great joy that I to welcome Dakota Baker to the ranks of the Adams Police Department."

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Clarksburg Hires New Treasurer/Tax Collector

The Select Board hired Ericka M. Oleson of the town of Florida on Wednesday as the new treasurer/tax collector. Oleson holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She has worked at Tarm Services Accounting & Business Solutions in North Adams for three years.

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Chambers Filled For Conyers' Appointment to Pittsfield Fire Department

It was standing room only in the City Council Chambers Tuesday night, filled with supporters of Frederick Conyers Jr. who was introduced as the newest firefighter. Conyers was one of five names the mayor sent along to the council for appointment - joined by Michael Anthony, Max LaCasse, Jarrett Robitaille and Jesse Underwood-Miller - but his stood out after recent controversy over his background.

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Williamstown Planners Snub McCallum on Community Preservation Post

A divided Planning Board on Tuesday night decided to keep its current representative on the Community Preservation Committee in that seat. Last month, a benign request from Planner Ann McCallum to take on the task led to an emotional exchange when she learned that Chris Winters did not want to give up the post.

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Subcommittee Appointment Latest Point of Contention at Mount Greylock

Despite assailing his committee chair on a number of fronts, Richard Cohen was quick to support her for a lifetime achievement award on Monday evening. It was that kind of night for the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.

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Adams Names Interim Library Director to Permanent Post

Holli Jayko has been named as the new library director for the Adams Free Library. Jayko, who has been the children's librarian for a number of years, has been filling in as interim director since the beginning of November, when Deborah Bruneau retired after more than 23 years of service.

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Governor Appoints Michael Case to DCR Regional Director Post

The governor has tapped Michael Case to head the western regional office of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Case took over the job on Feb. 1 and now oversees 39 parks from Mount Holyoke west, including Pittsfield State Forest, Mount Tom, and Mount Greylock. "I've been a Berkshires guy all my life. I'm an outdoors guy. I couldn't say no," Case said on Friday

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North Adams Partnership Announces New Director

“Valerie’s background in working with the Northern Berkshire community combined with her project management experience will help the Partnership grow economic opportunities in North Adams.” — John DeRosa

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Pittsfield Councilors Seeking Review of Airport Management

Three city councilors are asking for a review of airport management. Councilors Donna Todd Rivers, Christopher Connell, and Melissa Mazzeo filed a petition asking Mayor Linda Tyer to form a study group review options for airport management and perform a cost analysis.

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