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Williamstown Marijuana Retailer to Open Wednesday
Earlier this month, the pot purveyor announced that it had received its final license from the commonwealth's Cannabis Control Commission.

Adams Closes 2019 Town Meeting Warrant
The Selectmen also voted to approve the town ballot and a sample ballot can be found on the town's website.

Moresi & Associates Expands, Looks to New Ventures
The local developer hadn't planned on moving offices, or buying a 100,000-square-foot historic mill, or being engaged in a half-dozen (at least) different ventures ranging from restaurants to college housing. Rather than a straight line, Moresi and his company have taken a circuitous path, shifting and adapting as the economy has changed and opportunities arose.

Pittsfield CPA Recommends Dozen Projects to Fund
The Community Preservation Act Committee is recommending close to $600,000 for a dozen projects. The group entered this year's process with $613,000 to spend but just slightly more than $1 million worth of requests for 14 different projects. In order to allow for some funds to roll over into next year, City Planner CJ Hoss suggested keeping the approvals under $600,000.

Clarksburg/Stamford School Merger Committee Reviews Draft Study
A full presentation of the findings will be made in Clarksburg on May 15 at 6:30 p.m.; the committee and stakeholders will meet with PCG representatives next week for a four-hour workshop to go through the findings and prepare for the May meeting.

Historic Lanesborough Elm Tree Receives Maintenance, Inspection
Towering more than an estimated 107 feet tall with a wide spanning canopy, King Elmer is in the running for the biggest American Elm tree in the state. On Monday, Race Mountain Tree Service arborists were climbing high into the Summer Street tree for some ongoing maintenance to let it grow. The company was going both trimming to remove dead branches and assessing the health of the tree to allow it to continue to grow.

Stop & Shop Strike Ends With Tentative Agreement
The strike lasted 11 days before a breakthrough in talks occurred late Easter Sunday. Membership will still have to vote on the contract for the protest to officially end.

New Williamstown Police Station on Target for July Opening
For those unfortunate enough to be "guests" of the Williamstown Police Department, the cells will be accessed through an interior door that opens into the department's new sally port. Starting in July, officers will be able to drive into the building into the port -- like a garage -- close the exterior door and escort detainees into the holding area.

McCann Recognized for Female Student Participation in AP Computer Science
Only 490 schools out some 18,000 worldwide earned the award for AP Computer Science Principles. Kratz said he didn't realize how ahead of the curve McCann was.

Money Sought For Study on Possible Pittsfield Broadband Network
Municipal broadband systems have been taking hold in Western Massachusetts recently. The community-owned internet service is eyed to bolster speeds and decrease pricing in areas that are underserved by the utility companies.

Interest Slowly Building In Pittsfield Municipal Election
It is still early but interest in the municipal election is slowly building. Only incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer has announced a campaign for re-election so far but three others have taken out nomination papers, indicating a possible challenge. Former Pittsfield Police Officer Karen Kalinwosky, Rusty Anchor owner Scott Graves, and resident Craig Gaetani have also pull papers.

Restaurateur Switches Up Career With Dave's Package Store
The longtime owner of Desperados decided he wanted to get out of the restaurant business and after selling his restaurant over a year ago came upon another opportunity.

Springside Park Cleanup Going Strong 30 Years Later
At 9 a.m. the rain was pouring down heavily. And despite that, some 30 people volunteered their time to go into Springside Park and clean up litter and debris left behind. The annual park cleanup has hit a milestone with this being its 30th year. The effort is all volunteer and organized by the Friends of Springside Park.

Ground-Breaking Geneticist Speaking at Williams 230th Commencement
Mary-Claire King, an award-winning geneticist at the University of Washington who first discovered the breast and ovarian cancer gene, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 230th commencement exercises on Sunday, June 2.

State Officials Issue Reminder About Intoxicate Driving Ahead of 4/20
The first "4/20" day with open recreational marijuana dispensaries has prompted a warning from the state Cannabis Control Commission to relax, take it easy, man. April 20, 4/20, has become somewhat of a holiday among marijuana users and in states that legalized recreational use prior, rallies and events were held to commemorate the day. Locally, three recreational shops have opened and are planning specials and entertainment.

Clarksburg Finance Committee Has Questions on School Budget
The Finance Committee and School Department are working through the budget for fiscal 2020 and trying to determine where some $94,000 in retirement insurance for should land.

Ashland Street Initiative to Beautify Corridor From MCLA to Main Street
The roadway doesn't have quite the same historical cachet as Eagle Street but it is an important connector between downtown North Adams and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Paving to Begin Next Year
Amer Raza, a design engineer with MassDOT, told the commission last week that the repaving project is slated to begin in earnest next year.

Pittsfield Council Asked To Contribute More Toward Clapp Park Project
After bids came in too high twice, the City Council is being asked to up the city's contribution toward the renovation of Clapp Park. The city had received a $400,000 state grant to undertake a massive restoration of the West Housatonic Street park. That was matched by city funds for bathrooms, the community preservation act funding, $180,000 donation from the Rotary Club, and a $5,000 donation from Carr Hardware.

Cheshire Selectmen, Finance Committee Review FY 2020 Budget
The Finance Committee had no real requests for deductions and, if anything, advocated for increases and more future planning.

Fall Foliage Parade Will Celebrate 'Wizard of Oz'
The 64th annual parade, sponsored by 1Berkshire, will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the cinematic classic "The Wizard of Oz."

'After': Of Good Girls and Bad Boys
You know the stereotype. He is the ubiquitously tattooed bad boy on the outside, yet capable of quoting from "Wuthering Heights" or "The Great Gatsby." But perhaps so could Hannibal Lecter.

MassWildlife Offers Tips for Dealing With Aggressive Turkeys
A woman in Cambridge was recently injured when a flock of turkeys began pecking at her legs; aggressive turkeys have also been reported and recorded in recent years in Foxboro and Brookline.

B&B Micro Manufacturing Plans Move to Adams
The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday approved a seven-year tax-financing agreement that will help smooth the tiny house manufacturer's expansion.

MCLA Picks Winners of Third Entrepreneurship Challenge
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students Nicholas Strezynski and Owen Fitzgerald came up with towel that includes a denim strop designed to extend the life of disposable razors.

New Police Advisory Committee Briefed on Public Records, Open Meeting
Even if the Police Advisory Committee recommends an officer receive discipline regarding an incident, they won't know the actual results. That's what Police Chief Michael Wynn told the group at their second meeting on Tuesday. The group will be tasked with reviewing internal affairs reports after the fact to provide some oversight of the department but it will only be privy to whether or not there was discipline issues, but not exactly what it entailed.

Career Fair Draws 150 Job Seekers to Taconic High School
Some 150 or so job seekers made their way to the newly built Taconic High School on Wednesday for 1Berkshire's annual career fair. The event drew some 73 different exhibitors to talk about jobs they have available, or services they offer job seekers. According to Ben Lamb, it is the most exhibitors the organization has had at the annual fair.

BCC Suspends Nursing Program For One Year
The decision is another blow — hopefully a short-term one — to nursing education in the region following the impending closure of Southern Vermont College. The associate's degree program will go on hiatus for first-year students in 2019 to address lingering issues and begin re-enrollment of new students in fall 2020.   1 Comment

Lanesborough Selectmen Vote Down Police Station Feasibility Study
At about 7:30 Tuesday night Chairman of the three-member Board of Selectmen John Goerlach asked for a motion. And there was silence. The board had just spent an hour and a half critiquing a request for qualifications to find a firm to conduct a needs assessment and feasibility study for a Police Station. It included looking at potential renovations to the current station, building new on a parcel near Laston Field, or renovations to building on the existing Vacation Village property.

Youth Center Inc. Moving to Former Cheshire School
Members of the Youth Center attended an informal selectmen's meeting Tuesday to sign a lease agreement for eight classrooms in the new section of the former elementary school.

Bellevue Cemetery Project Still on Track in Adams
The town will use more than $100,000 from the cemetery fund to overhaul the current structure at the cemetery in the town's south end. A smaller shed will also be purchased to accommodate cold storage.

Clarksburg Board Nixes Request for Full-Time Police Officer
Police Chief Michael Williams had pitched the idea back in February as the town was beginning to prepare for next year's budget. Another officer at night, Williams said, would provide a more consistent back up for investigations and emergencies and take up some of the administrative duties so he could do more policing.

Williamstown Planning Board to Look at Bylaws for Agriculture, Lighting
The Planning Board has begun the process of studying bylaw changes that potentially could make farms more financially viable in the town.

Pittsfield's Business Development Manager Discusses Challenges, Successes
In less than 24 hours, Coakley presented to two different city boards on his work over the last year or so. The business manager is tasked with helping to bring companies to the city and helping local ones grow.

Cutting Edge Fitness Celebrates Five Years
Aimee Sinopoli said it is always a challenge to own your own business but with over five years helping people along their fitness journey she still feels lucky.

North Berkshire Coalition Forum Urged to Think Green
Elena Traister, professor of environmental studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, got the ball rolling by reminding the audience of the importance of those "three Rs" - but also of their pitfalls.

Wahconah & Mount Greylock to Match Wits on WGBY
The two teams, Wahconah Regional High School and Mount Greylock Regional School, will spar on "As Schools Match Wits," airing on WGBY public television Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m.

Windstorm Blows Through Berkshires
A severe storm system working its way along the East Coast blew through the Berkshires early Monday morning, taking down trees in several areas.

Mount Greylock Committee at Standstill on Multipurpose Building
The Mount Greylock School Committee for the second straight meeting failed to reach a decision on whether to accept the low bid to build a multipurpose building on the campus of the middle-high school.   3 Comments

McCandless Shrinks Pittsfield School Budget Request
Superintendent Jason McCandless is scaling back his budget request by about a half million dollars. McCandless said he had a meeting with Mayor Linda Tyer and Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood since revealing his initial request for a $3.4 million increase to the budget and the three agreed to a lesser number. Particularly, McCandless said the number of new positions, mostly new paraprofessionals, is being scaled back.

Lynda's Antique Clothing Reopens in New Park Street Space
Lynda Meyer had to make a sudden move this year — shifting her antique clothing store up one level and drastically and significantly cutting back her merchandise. It seemed a little daunting but Meyer was pleased at the outcome on Saturday as she celebrated her grand reopening at 41 Park St.

Pittsfield Councilor Reignites School Buildings Discussion
City Council President John Krol is pushing for the consolidation of the city's two high schools to be a top talking point in the upcoming election. Krol, who has said he is not seeking re-election, is pushing for the School Building Needs Commission to began looking at what to do with the city's school buildings. He also is glad to hear that school administrators are starting to take a closer look at the elementary schools.

Adams Fire District to Decide on Full-Time Fire Chief, Firefighter
The proposed fiscal 2020 budget of $2,177,361 is down 21 percent from this year's budget of $2,777,800 but it does include the additions of a full-time fire chief position and a single full-time firefighter position.

Cheshire May Build Hiking Shelter for Appalachian Trail
Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV told the Selectmen last week that he has met with community members to discuss locating a designated area for through-hikers in town.

Williamstown Author Pens Second Middle-Grade Novel
"Paulie Fink" tells the story of a seventh-grade girl named Caitlyn who unwillingly moves to a new home and new school in a small town in Vermont.

Waubeeka Golf Links Reopening Restaurant as Tavern on 7
The Tavern on 7 is opening at Waubeeka Golf Links and restaurant manager David Travisano wants everyone to feel welcome in the overhauled restaurant.

Step Up For Kids Event Raises Awareness For Child Abuse Prevention
The steps in front of City Hall on Friday were filled with 58 little pair of shoes, each one representing a child being abused in Berkshire County each month. The display was part of the 13th annual "Step Up For Kids," a presentation to rally support for efforts to combat child abuse. The annual event is put on each year by the Children's Trust to recognize child abuse prevention month in April.

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100 Days: An Interview With District Attorney Andrea Harrington
It's been 100 days since the changing of the guard in the district attorney's office. Andrea Harrington defeated incumbent Paul Caccaviello in November with a message of reform and change. To a large crowd at the Berkshire Museum, she took the oath of office on Jan. 2 and so began a new day in that office.

Cheshire Selectmen Review 2019 Draft Budget
The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday reviewed the $6,272,575 budget that is $179,119 more than fiscal 2019's $6,090,255 spending plan.

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