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Work Begins on Capitol Theatre Marquee in Pittsfield

Restoration of the Capitol Theater marquee has begun. Larochelle Construction Co. Inc. has started the preliminary work on the historic marquee. The front entrance is roped off and the structure is being shored up and exterior parts are being removed to be sent out for refurbishment. The structural work will happen shortly after that.

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Porch Wraps Up, Phase 2 Exterior Work on Deck for Springside House

The renovation of the Springside House will continue this summer, some five years after efforts to bring the historic mansion back up to snuff began in earnest. Next up, he plan is to finish the exterior - complete with new clapboards, trim, windows, and soffits. The project will fully complete three years worth of exterior work and officials will then turn their eyes toward the interior.

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Pittsfield's Capitol Marquee Bids Come In High, Council Still Supportive

The bids to repair the Capitol Theatre marquee are higher than anticipated. But, the City Council feels it is worth it. "In my opinion, the marquee is a jewel," said Ward 7 City Councilor Anthony Simonelli.

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Dozen Pittsfield Projects Vie For Community Preservation Funds

A total of $823,026 was requested of the Community Preservation Act funds. But, the committee will only able to fund less than half of that. The committee will have somewhere between $370,000 and $390,000 for recreation and historic preservation projects.

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Historic Blackinton Cemetery Hoping for City Takeover

Brush and weeds are slowly being cleared from Blackinton Cemetery, uncovering graves lost to the overgrowth. For nearly a century, volunteers have kept up the private graveyard on Massachusetts Avenue but their numbers, and time, is running down.

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Williamstown Fin Comm Votes Recommendations on Town Meeting Articles

The Finance Committee on Wednesday recommended passage of all the fiscal warrants for May's Annual Town Meeting, but not until after it revisited a few of the arguments that punctuated budget season at Town Hall.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Panel OKs 8 Applicants

After an evening filled with votes, revotes, bargaining and multiple appeals from some applicants, the Community Preservation Committee on Tuesday finalized the recommendations for funding it will send to town meeting later this year. In the end, all eight of the applicants received positive recommendations from the eight-person committee, which has the responsibility of vetting proposals and crafting articles for the annual town meeting warrant.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Hears from Applicants

Harsh winter weather and warm summer days are on the minds of the Community Preservation Committee this year. Of the eight projects applying for Community Preservation Act funding for fiscal 2018, three share the common theme of preserving historic sites damaged by the annual freeze-thaw cycle.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Copes With Declining State Match

The Community Preservation Committee on Wednesday took its first look at the 2017 applicants for CPA funds and returned to the familiar ground of discussing how conservative the committee should be in allocating those funds.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Sees Seven Applicants

The total amount of money sought is about $19,500 above the CPC's stated target for distributions in the next fiscal year. The committee expects to have about $311,000 available from Community Preservation Act revenues, but it has decided to try to carry a $140,000 balance forward into the next fiscal year.

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New Ashford Celebrates Restoration of Historic Schoolhouse

The village came together on Saturday morning to celebrate the restoration of one of its oldest and most historic buildings, complete with a cadre of graduates who brought with them memories of a time before school buses and indoor plumbing, when discipline was a given.

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North Adams City Council Approves Funds Toward Church Repair

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to match a $50,000 state grant to begin emergency repairs to 140-year-old Notre Dame Church. The emergency preservation grant was awarded by Secretary of State William Galvin, as part of his oversight of the Massachusetts Historic Commission, will be matched with $50,000 from the city's stabilization fund. The stabilization fund has about $970,000 in it.

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Chinese Garden Unveiled at Naumkeag

Hundreds gathered at the annual Naumkeag Afternoon Garden Party on Saturday to celebrate the newly renovated Chinese Garden. Barbara Erickson, Trustees of Reservations president and CEO, welcomed honorary co-Chairs Yo-Yo Ma and his wife, Jill Hornor, and Naumkeag staff to celebrate the unveiling of newly-renovated Chinese Temple Garden and the 125th anniversary of the conservation group.

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