It was a unique concept in 2011 when state and local officials posed the question: is it possible to connect the downtowns of North Adams and Adams though both a scenic rail service and a bike trail.
Seven years later the answer is yes. It most certainly is possible.
Williams and the Landers took over after Girard informed the Selectmen in February that he planned to lease the building. They stuck with the Adams Ale House name and held a soft opening in July to test the waters but since then have expanded their menu and offerings.
Real Eyes Gallery is the culmination of a long-held vision by Riley. The storefront windows that once were filled with dining room tables and couches that his mother sold now invite passersby in to peruse an eclectic mix of media.
Local superintendents knew there was a need for servicing students who have been placed in programs outside of their districts. They often required specialized education programs that could not be provided within the classroom. It was both a desire to serve this population locally — and to see cost-savings — that drove the collaboration.
Those from the Beacon recognize that role as being a community partner. So while the seats are an effort to keep up with the changing times, the Beacon isn't going to stay with the pricing trends. On Friday, Manager Lydia Shulman announced a reduction in many of the ticket prices.
Things just got a little brighter and a little groovier on Park Street with the opening Saturday of Bohemian Road at 57 Park St.
The small store is filled with what owner Randy Cormier describes as "clothing and gifts from around the globe ... and local."
William Aubuchon IV cut the ribbon on Aubuchon's Main Street store, which opened a few weeks ago but held its grand opening celebration until this Friday and Saturday.
Afterward, Aubuchon said the move from a smaller location in the Colonial Plaza to the east on Main Street (Route 2) was necessary to serve the store's clientele.
Director of Admissions Jennifer Bushika said 20 percent of Mildred Elley's student population comes from Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont and that opening up a satellite facility in North Adams will make it easier for current and potential students to connect with the Pittsfield school.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito assured local officials here that she's making sure small towns have access to funding for projects critical to their growth.
Polito was speaking at the completion of one of those projects — the million-dollar rehabilitation of Forest Street that was made possible by MassWorks funding specifically set aside for rural communities.
There were no places for pedestrians to dispose of rubbish. Through the city's budget, new trash cans featuring the city's logo will be placed along Tyler Street. City staff is responsible for emptying them.
Two years and $2.6 million later, the renovation of the Veterans War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock is complete.
State officials cut the ribbon on the project to completely restore the 84-year-old monument to those armed forces members who were killed in war. The tower was last renovated in 1973 after it was closed for 11 years, and then in the 90s more repairs were done.
The grand opening runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Noel Field Athletic Complex.
The event will feature professional BMX rider Jake Seeley, North County native, and raffle prizes from The Garden Skate & BMX shop of Pittsfield, VANS, and other sponsors.
Town officials, state representatives and those who played a critical role in the development of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail attended an official ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of its latest extension.
Cyclists rolled into the Adams station Friday afternoon from all directions to celebrate the official opening of the 1.2 mile extension of the rail trail that goes from Hoosac St to Lime St.
The town will hold a ceremony on May 12 to mark the official opening of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Extension.
Although many have been using the 1.2 mile extension from Hoosac St. to Lime St, former selectman Arthur "Skip" Harington came before the board of selectmen Wednesday and asked permission to hold an opening ceremony May 12 at 2:00 at the Adams Station.