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Williams Brings 'BioEyes' Back To Lanesborough Elementary
It starts with a question: what do baby Zebrafish look like? Then observation, noting what adult Zebrafish look like and how they can. Then a hypothesis, an educated guess on what the babies will look like. And finally, an experiment, breed the fish and see.

Berkshire Planning Receives DLTA Funding To Help Towns With Projects
BRPC finally got its local assistance funding and more than 25 towns have requested help. The funding for District Local Technical Local Assistance program was questionable over the last few months as the state pondered budget cuts to address shortages of revenue. The state provides $2.8 million to regional planning committees to help towns with an array of planning projects.

Lanesborough Elementary to Keep Narcan Kit in Nurse's Office
Yes. This is the world we live in. The School Committee on Thursday approved having a Narcan kit in the nurses office just in case an adult in the school overdoses on heroin. The kit is being provided by the District Attorney's office and schools throughout Berkshire County are receiving kits.

Neal: Democratic Party Needs a 'Reset'
The Democratic Party can't "sugarcoat" its disastrous results in November, says U.S. Rep. Richard Neal. And the pain lies deeper than the loss of the presidency and failure to make inroads in the Republican-controlled Congress.

Neal Visits Hoosac Valley, Says Will Attend Inauguration
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says he will attend Friday's presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump. The Springfield Democrat and staunch Hillary Clinton supporter told students at Hoosac Valley High School on Tuesday morning that while disappointed with the results of the election, he felt it important to be at the transition of power.

Civil Rights Leader John Lewis Speaking at MCLA Commencement
This year's keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, a leader of the Civil Rights Movement who, as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was one of the "Big Six" leaders of groups to organize the 1963 March on Washington. Lewis will receive an honorary doctor of public service.

North Adams Library Trustees To Address Building Issues
The library trustees plan to meet with the city administration to go over some maintenance concerns. Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees Wednesday that the city is now completely in charge of addressing structural issues with the library.

Cariddi Updates Maple Grove Civic Club Legislative Goals
State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi updated the Maple Grove Civic Club on some of the work she has done in 2016 and what she plans to advocate for in 2017. At the club's monthly meeting Sunday at the PNA, the North Adams Democrat spoke of her goals for the upcoming year and fielded some of the membership's question.

Four Towns Sharing Economic Development Planner
BRPC is looking to "rapidly expand" a shared economic planner job. Four towns, Hinsdale, Great Barrington, Clarksburg, and Lanesborough, had signed onto a project to bring on a full-time economic development specialist. William Compton was hired for the position and now splits his time working with the various communities.

King, Kingdom of God Remembered at Williams
Attendees at Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Williams College were reminded of King's humanity and the divine message he preached. Williams junior Naomi Francois of the school's Black Campus Ministries group told the crowd gathered in the Paresky Center that, as a Christian, she was offended by the way the name Christian is co-opted by people in who society who are anything but.

Late Don Quinn Kelley Presented MLK Peacemaker Award
The late Don Quinn Kelley, historian and documentarian, had long been involved in social justice and community empowerment. Mayor Richard Alcombright described him as the type of person who was always looking for ways to help people, state Sen. Adam Hinds as someone who exemplified the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "march toward equal justice, the march toward fulfilling our cherished principles and fundamentals for this country."

Williamstown Planners Seek Public Input on Housing Bylaws
The Planning Board has opened a months-long effort to gather public feedback about potentially changing zoning bylaws to open up options for new housing.The Planning Board has opened a months-long effort to gather public feedback about potentially changing zoning bylaws to open up options for new housing. Working with a grant from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, the board has created a website to collect public comments and plans at least two public events to solicit input — the first

Cheshire to Pursue Blight Removal Grant
The Selectmen have agreed to apply for a District Local Technical Assistance through the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to identify processes and possible funding to remove dilapidated homes. Town Administrator Mark Webber recommended to the board last week that they team up with Hinsdale and through BRPC apply for a grant that will provide guidance to remove blight in the community.

Bruins Bag Banner With OT Win in Kittredge Tourney
The Berkshire Bruins' Bantam team came from behind to defeat Avon, Conn., in overtime on Sunday night at the Boys & Girls Club.

North Adams Third-Graders Get Free Swimming Lessons
All North Adams third-graders will be provided free swim lessons through a donation from All Saints Episcopal Church and the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA. According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1 through 14.

BCC Enters Home Stretch Of Renovation Project
The state's oldest community college is starting to look more like the newest. Berkshire Community College is wrapping up renovations to two academic buildings. The $30 million renovations have been underway since the spring of 2015. The renovated Melville Hall was opened on June 1 and construction workers are putting the final touches and equipment is being moved into Hawthorne Hall in anticipation for an opening later this month.

Lanesborough Neighbors Opposing Day Care On Residential Street
Should a day care operate in a residential neighborhood? That is a question facing officials in Lanesborough as a day care opened in a Sunrise Street home and the neighbors are worried about the impacts it will have on the neighborhood. Those opposing the day care say it is operating as a business and needs to be treated as such - and therefore isn't allowed by zoning laws.

Pittsfield Council Questions Snow Plowing Operation
Cars on the road, sidewalks being plowed in, and speeding are all continual concerns for the City Council when it comes to the city's management of snow storms. The council called on Commissioner of Public Services David Turocy Tuesday to discuss the snow plowing procedures. Turocy outlined the process and answered questions regarding issues relating to the efforts to clean up the roads during a storm.

Acitivities Planned for King Day of Service on Monday
Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday will feature events and volunteer efforts across the county. In North Adams, the Martin Luther King Day Committee welcomes volunteers for its 24th annual Day of Service and celebratory lunch.

Mount Greylock Building Committee Hears Good News, Prepares for Worst
The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Tuesday approved a series of potential cost reductions that officials hope never to implement. By a unanimous vote, the panel OK'd the recommendations of its value engineering working group, which was charged with evaluating design elements that could be modified or eliminated if bids on the project come in over budget.

Clarksburg School Building Committee See Initial Plans
The School Building Committee got its first look at plans for a new or renovated school — and the cost gave members pause. The initial project estimates range from $12 million to $24 million on the high side; most put the town's cost at about $8.75 million to $12 million.

Small Business Revolution Spending 2 Days in North Adams
The Small Business Revolution is a movement spearheaded by Deluxe Corp. to highlight the challenges and opportunities of small towns and local businesses across the nation. For the second year, it's picking one small town to highlight. North Adams made the semifinals along with seven other communities for a visit by the team and Amanda Brinkman, Deluxe's ‎chief brand and communications officer.

Clarksburg Board OKs Police Officers Swapping Positions
Sgt. Peter Wheeler asked to be demoted to patrol officer, and Sherry Burdick was promoted in his place. "Officer Wheeler had made the request as he has future endeavors that he is pursuing and he would like to assist in the transition of the sergeant," said Police Chief Michael Williams in presenting the request.

Adams-Cheshire District Faces $500K Budget Gap For 2018
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is looking at a $370,000 gap going into fiscal 2018, with the likelihood of adding another $130,000 on top of that because of required hirings. Interim Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee on Monday that he feels there isn't much that can be cut without reducing services.

Pittsfield Awarded 73K To Continue Youth Mentoring Programs
The city was awarded $73,000 dollars to continue its young violence prevention programming. On Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the next round of Charles E. Shannon Grant funding, of which $73,000 will be coming to help continue to Pittsfield Community Connection.

Clarksburg Officials Skeptical of Budget Gap Numbers
Town officials are requesting help from the state Department of Revenue and its outside auditor to track down a $240,000 error in the fiscal 2017 budget. Town Administrator Carl McKinney has taken the responsibility for the error, saying he overestimated revenue and underestimated charges from the state.

Adams Arts Group Win State Award
The Adams Arts Advisory Board's efforts to create an economic economy will be recognized next week at the Massachusetts Municipal Association's annual meeting. The town of Adams will be presented the Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award at the Hynes Convention Center.

Pittsfield Delays Needle Exchange Vote Until March, Maybe Longer
At the request of the mayor and City Council, the Board of Health has put the brakes on the opening of a needle exchange program. Just one month ago the board was ready and planning to vote in favor of giving the authorization to allow Tapestry Health to pursue opening one somewhere in the city in tandem with the state Department of Public Health.

Contractors Will Work On Sand Mill Road Bridge During Winter
Contractors plan to work on the Sand Mill Road Bridge through the winter. Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that he issued a notice to proceed to SW Construction Enterprises, which was awarded the project late last year, and it is preparing to start the project.

Pittsfield Approves New Fire Truck But Questions Police Station Future
The City Council authorizing the purchase of a new ladder truck. But, some councilors are wondering what that'll mean for the future of the police station. The city has been without a ladder truck for some six weeks after its front-line piece was in need of repair and the reserve was taken out of service. The City Council on Tuesday approved taking $200,000 from a bond authorization for engineering on a new police station and put it toward the purchase of a new truck instead.

North Adams Council Re-Elects Officers
The City Council on Tuesday re-elected Benjamin Lamb as president and Nancy Bullett as vice president during the annual organization of government. The meeting lasted almost a half-hour and dealt with a light agenda of approvals, including a first reading on revised compensation plans for firefighters and part-time employees.

Small Business Revolution Coming to North Adams
Local officials are encouraging residents to put a smile on this Thursday and Friday to welcome representatives from the Small Business Revolution. The program is doing a scouting trip in and around the downtown this week to weigh the possibility of North Adams making the final cut for a $500,000 downtown marketing and makeover boost.

North Adams Man Honored for WWII Service at NHL Game
David Shaker, a lifelong North Adams resident now retired and living in Boca Raton, Fla., was recognized on the jumbotron at Saturday's Boston Bruins-Florida Panthers game as part of the Panthers' "Heroes Among Us" program.

Elks Club Donates IPOKs to Keep Pittsfield Police Safe
When the bomb went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013 many people were injured but immediately, the scene was inaccessible for EMS. Boston Police officers were carrying tourniquets and gauze to stop excessive bleeding for those injured, which upped the survival rate while the scene was being secured.

Superstructure of New Taconic High Nearly Complete
The superstructure of the new Taconic High School is nearly completed. The city will hold a topping off ceremony next Friday, a tradition in construction projects to celebrate the final beam of the structure being placed. The completion of the superstructure is pretty much on schedule, the hope was to complete it by the start of 2017. A total of 10 subcontractors are currently on site working on the building now.

Williamstown Donates Cole Avenue Site for Affordable Housing
The Board of Selectmen on Monday decided to donate the town-owned property at 330 Cole Ave. to the developer vying to build 46 units of affordable housing at the site.

Lanesborough Considering Privatizing Ambulance Service
The Board of Selectmen have a proposal to privatize the ambulance service. But the Fire Department, which runs the town's volunteer ambulance now, is fighting to keep it. The town's ambulance service has been facing tough financial times for the last few years and slowly depleting its reserves. Selectmen Henry "Hank" Sayers recently reached out to County Ambulance in Pittsfield about a service contract and the for-profit service agreed to provide 24-7 coverage at no cost to the town. County A

North Adams Solar Developer Hopes to Solve Unsightliness
Developers of a solar array project being built off Reservoir Road have agreed to review its visual impact and come back to the Planning Board with detailed solutions. The 1.32-megawatt solar array on 25 acres above Coca-Cola Ledge has drawn scores of complaints because of its high visibility from numerous points on the city's east side.

All Girls Youth Hockey Team Hits the Ice
The Berkshire Blizzard girls youth hockey team played its first ever home game on Sunday in North Adams.

Collins Center Initial Findings Say Adams-Cheshire Has to Change
Initial findings of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District study are clear: Something has to change. The University of Massachusetts' Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management was commissioned to study the state of the school district and supply recommendations for its future.

American Legion Riders Host Appreciation Event for Law Enforcement
The departments were presented with plaques that thanked them "for their unwavering continuous service and support to all within the community." State Police Maj. Barry J. O'Brien, commanding officer of Troop B, was given a certificate of appreciation for contributing to the "advancement of the American Legion programs and activities dedicated to God and Country."

Tyer's State of the City Lays Out Vision of Vibrant Community
Tyer delivered a 50-minute speech Monday afternoon at the Colonial Theater outlining both the successes and the challenges facing the city over the last year. Highlighting a number of partnerships in various sectors, the mayor engaged in myth busting — spurning common narratives about the city — and set the table for her future vision.

Clarksburg School Building Committee to See Plans
Design proposals for the school renovation project will be unveiled this week. Superintendent Jonathan Lev told the School Committee this past Thursday that he and Principal Tara Barnes were to meet with the project manager Friday and get a first look at some possible plans for the project.

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.

Berkshire Photography & Printing Offers Local Printing Option
Berkshire Photography and Printing on Main Street is setting up as a one-stop for local printing needs. Ken Cooper, owner of the new business on 42 Main St., most recently occupied by Common Folk, said he can put just about any image on anything.

Clarksburg Students Give Back To The Community
The School Committee on Thursday heard reports from pupils on fundraising efforts they are involved in to help the community. Second-graders at Clarksburg School used a school project to lead an effort to help local food pantries and Grade 8 is planning another fundraiser for Soldier On.

Long Road to Recovery for Victim in Williamstown Hit-and-Run
The woman struck in what police characterized as a hit-and-run accident last October is a long way from being able to walk, let alone run, herself. Wendy McCarthy was struck by a vehicle outside her home on Cold Spring Road (Route 7) on Oct. 1.

Berkshire Residents Rally in Pittsfield Against Bigotry & Prejudice
It is a different world today that James Roosevelt lives in compared to his grandfather, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But the fight for four basic human freedoms remains the same. It was on January 6, 1941, when FDR delivered what is known as the Four Freedoms address in which he called for a world founded on the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom of every person to worship God in his own way, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Seventy-six years later, James Roosevel

10 New Pittsfield Police Officers Complete Field Training
Ten new officers have finished field training and will be out on the road next week. The city has been trying to build up the Police Department and spent this last year aggressively hiring. Ten officers had been put through the police academy and through field training, concluding on Friday, and there are another seven in the pipeline.

North Adams Schools Preparing for Standardized Testing
While they might not know the name, educators are preparing for a version of the 20-year-old Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System that will be more in-depth and more complex than ever before. "Sometimes the upgrades are really minor, and you as a user might not even notice what has actually changed," Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the School Committee on Tuesday. "This is not one of those situations."

 
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