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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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North Adams Cemetery Volunteers Get Help for Heavy Lifting

A volunteer group has been doing some heavy lifting at Hill Side Cemetery for nearly three years. No more. A new tripod lift built by Deerfield Machine & Tool will aid members of Hill Side Restoration as they continue their work in resetting and repairing the hundreds of old gravestones in the historic cemetery.

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North Adams Seeks Emergency Preservation Funds for Notre Dame

It will take an estimated $200,000 to repair the brick buttresses that began failing this past winter when water infiltration and freezing began to eat away at the mortar, particularly in the southwest and southeast corners of the vacant building. Loose bricks were removed on the southwest corner by city workers and the parking area behind the East Main Street church were blocked off for safety.

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New Historic District Commission Wants a Say in St. Francis Property

Efforts begun nearly three years ago to save St. Francis of Assisi Church may have come to naught, but the new Local Historic District Commission is hoping to prevent anything unworthy from taking its place. "I started this effort three years ago to save St. Francis by creating a historic district to prevent it from being demolished," said Chairman Kurt Kolok. "Obviously, we're a little late for that."

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Patience Pays Off as Ribbon is Cut at Williamstown's Cable Mills

It took 14 years to turn a decrepit hulk of a mill into 61 luxury housing units. The project was halted by, among other things, the economic crisis of 2008 and sometimes seemed like a victim of bad luck. But it was a stroke of good luck that sparked the Cable Mills project.

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Hotel on North & Architect Honored with Preservation Awards

Hotel on North and its architect, Karen T. Hunt, are each being recognized by statewide organizations this spring for the project's preservation efforts. Hotel on North was the recipient of a 2016 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award in the category of Adaptive Reuse for the yearlong rehabilitation and restoration of the Burns Block and New Burns Block.

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Colegrove Park Elementary School Wins Preservation Award

Colegrove Park Elementary School is now an award-winning project. The Massachusetts Historical Commission is presenting the renovation project with its annual Preservation Award at a ceremony set for May 19 at the state archives building.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Rejects 3 Projects

The Community Preservation Committee has recommended that town meeting fund six projects to the tune of $154,421. The committee at its Feb. 23 meeting voted to send just six of nine active applications for Community Preservation Act funds to May's annual town meeting.

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