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North Adams Church Welcomes New Pastor & Music Director
"I found myself being drawn, unbeknownst to me, to the ministry, and I wanted to explore it." — ehe Rev. Carolyn Peck

Lanesborough Outlines 250th Celebration Calendar
"You guys are doing a lot of work and you should be commended for it." — Selectman Robert Ericson

Williamstown Chamber Executive Director Departing
"I just feel like in the past 2 1/2 years, I've really helped the chamber transform into something great." — Jennifer Civello

Selectmen May Seek Peer Review of Dollar General Traffic Study
"I have never made a decision of this importance with so little information, and I am not going to change my mind." — Carol Francesconi

Oh Be Thankful Pie Auction Raises Funds for Charities
The annual event at the American Legion auctioned off some 40 Thanksgiving pies to raise funds for local charities and food pantries.

Pittsfield Council Accepts School Budget Law, Denies Hiring Authority Plan
"It is a safeguard for the educational system." — Churchill Cotton

Pittsfield Installs 2014 Christmas Tree
"They've elected to have a veteran light it." — Rebecca Manship

Williamstown Looks into Signage to Boost Safety on Bee Hill Road
"Signs are not a panacea. ... We can festoon Bee HIll Road with signs." — Peter Fohlin

Liquor Licensee Limbo For Pittsfield's Polish Club
"Basically, they just want me to come to the [Licensing Board] meetings." — John H. Barrett

Mammography Screenings Resume in North Berkshire
"They are so happy to be back, so happy everything is being opened here." — Deb Corkins

Berkshire Food Project Serves Early Thanksgiving Dinner
"This is maybe their only Thanksgiving meal and then we are open tomorrow so they get to have leftovers." — Valerie Schwarz

Berkshire Arts & Tech School Celebrates Successes
"Just like we encourage our students to climb one mountain and look for another, that's what we do as a school." — Principal April West

Pittsfield Committee Recommends Against School Budget Law
"It nags at me that I can't find a community that's adopted this." — Council President Melissa Mazzeo

Holiday Farmers Market Freshens Up Williamstown
"This place is hopping today." &mdashl Kate Swift

Pittsfield Manufacturer Celebrates Growth In New Facility
"Contrary to popular belief, manufacturing is alive and well, and we're a very good example of that." — Tony Liporace

Adams Man Starting Organization to Target Animal Abuse
"They dont have a voice and it is up to us to protect them — they deserve it." — Roy Thompson

Williamstown Housing Trust Asked to Help With Cable Mills Bond
"We have a bunch of unknowns at this point."— Thomas Sheldon

North Adams Workers, Students Donate 800 Pounds of Food to Pantry
"Any help from the community is appreciated and is important to us. Our members, they're grateful for anything we will offer them." — Kevin Tyree

Pittsfield Parks Light Up With Memorial, Holiday Events
"It is the largest candle-lighting ceremony on the globe." — Robin Burnell

Louison House 25th Anniversary Fetes Namesake
"Terry did not provide just expertise and good judgment. She provided inspiration." — Mark Gold

New Clark Exhibit Marries Contemporary, Traditional Art
"It's a perfect marriage between our traditional Impressionist bent at the Clark and our burgeoning interest in modern and contemporary art." — Richard Rand

Adams Hires New Town Administrator From Maine
"It is fortunate that we have the ability to hire a person of such good quality and character." — Arthur 'Skip' Harrington

House Rejects Governor's Request To Cut Local Aid
"We have a healthy rainy day account. We should do everything we can to avoid cuts mid-year." — state Rep. Smitty Pignatelli

Clarksburg Considers Two Possible Solar Arrays
"There are 77 acres of land that really do not have much purpose. ... There is a lot of cool stuff we could do with that." — Carl McKinney

Pittsfield Schools Grapple With Enrollment Drop
"I think that we have to take a look at very strategic, specific and well-reasoned redistricting." — Jason McCandless

Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District Picks Interim Superintendent
"Basically, I like people. I like teaching. I like to think I hit the ground running and I'm quick to learn." — Gordon Noseworthy

Friends of St. Mary's Tour Endangered Pittsfield Church
"We've knocked down a lot of buildings that we shouldn't have. I'd like to see us stop doing that, if we can." — Councilor Lisa Tully

Luma's and New Creperie May Open in North Adams
"We've wanted to do this for a long time, and it was one of those things where you need to hit the iron when it's hot." — Benjamin Lamb

Adams Begins Interviews of Town Administrator Finalists
The three candidates were chosen by the Town Administrator Search Committee from more than 40 applicants.

Northern Berkshire Santa Fund Kicks Off Annual Fund Drive
"There is a need in the county. Last year, we served more than 600 kids." — Brendan Bullett

Clarksburg School Committee OKs Pre-K Feasibility Study
"I still would want to move full steam ahead on the VFW. I don't think anyone wants to put the pre-K aside another year." — Jeffrey Levanos

Adams Mulls Tourism Director Post, Street Parking Permits
"We are going to miss her. In a very short time she has really created a lot of energy. She has done a terrific job." — Donna Cesan

Lanesborough Education Research Committee Loses 3 Members
Lanesborough School Committee member Robert Barton and Mount Greylock School Committee member Richard Cohen — have chosen not to serve.

Pittsfield Councilor Files Petition To Restrict Mayoral Employment
"They can't work it during City Hall hours." — Barry Clairmont.

Pittsfield Sets Fiscal 2015 Property Tax Rates
"I am totally disgusted with this council. Every year, we keep raising taxes." — Robert O'Connor

Lanesborough Elementary Top Level School in MCAS
"That is not easy to accomplish." — Principal Ellen Boshe

Pittsfield Committee Supports Changing Public Health Nurse Position
"In our attempts to fill the position we've had real challenges finding qualified nurses." — Gina Armstrong

North Berkshire Waste District Reports Successful Paint Collection
"I'd say we had another wildly successful collection this year." — Sandy Totter

Pittsfield Rules Panel Rejects 'Debate' Idea, Gets Records Tip
"Once you say those three words, 'public records request,' the public records law applies. If you don't say it, it doesn't." — Kathleen Degnan

Clarksburg Selectmen Revisit Special Gravel Removal Permit
"I'm not an attorney, but it is not too often I see 2 plus 2 equals 4." — Willam Schrade Jr.

Area Responders Prepared for Possible Ebola Cases
"There is nothing fast about dealing with an ebola patient." Lucy Britton

Williamstown Planners Mull Zoning Change for College Hotel
"Change is going to come. The thought was to have that change be as thoughtful as possible." — James Kolesar   1 Comment

Downing, Bianchi Launch Toys For Tots Collection Competition
State Sen. Benjamin Downing and Mayor Daniel Bianchi are in a battle over toys.

MSBA Moves Taconic High School Project To Design Phase
"I think a new career, vocational high school fits in with everything else we are trying to do." — Mayor Daniel Bianchi

Williamstown's Mather House Moves to New Location
Mather House is moving around the corner to 63 North St., where Guntlow & Associates will use it for offices and possibly apartments.

County Goes Wild Over Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees
"I am always so impressed with the commitment and the creativity that is displayed by so many during this festival." — Kristen Wampler

Williamstown School Committee Preps for Superintendent Uncertainty
"I don't want to be in violation of the law because of our dependence on a partner that might be in a position where they can't make that decision." — Richard Reynolds

Bianchi Maintains Support For Pipeline Despite Complaint
"If they become uncompetitive, that concerns me." — Mayor Daniel Bianchi

Cheshire Looking to Prevent Feeding of Nuisance Geese
"If I had that many geese in my back yard, I would be concerned, and this is not the first time this has come up." — Carol Francesconi

 
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