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Our Neighbors: An Explosive Story
As frequently happened with such enterprises, the Mowbray Nitroglycerine Works blew up from time to time.

Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Looks at Collaboration Among Schools
"In looking at the districts individually, I can't help but look at them in a collective." — Douglas Dias

Pittsfield OKs Cumberland Farms Expansion on First Street
"It sounds state of the art and a welcomed improvement." — Nicholas Caccamo

Pittsfield Mayor-Elect Tyer Crafting Transition Plans
"It's been a bit of an adjustment to shift from being in competitive campaign mode to now starting to think about transition." — Linda Tyer

Moulton Clan Grows Thanksgiving Football Tradition
"This all began when I was about 10 years old, we'd go out in the back yard to play football and it's sort of evolved and evolved." — John Moulton

Reid Middle School Class Throws Thanksgiving Feast
"It's one thing the kids will always remember." — Pam Garwood

North Adams Officially Begins The Holidays
Residents flocked to Main Street during the annual tree lighting to gear up for the holiday season.

North Adams Firefighters Deliver Turkeys to
"There are just a lot of people out there that are a little less fortunate than others." — Stefan Lamarre

Williamstown Planning Board Narrows Focus for Waubeeka Zoning Change
"It doesn't bode well for everything we need to do in town if our only revenue comes from residential homeowners." — K. Elaine Neely

North Adams Sees 4% Tax Rate Hike; Average Bill Up $65
The increase from last year's $16.69 is expected to cost the owner of an average single-family home valued at $134,500 an extra $65 a year.

Lanesborough Sets Tax Rate, Extends Town Administrator Contract
"There was relatively no change in the average value." — Kelly Tolisano

Pittsfield Sets Tax Rate; Holds Back Money For Reserves
"I really feel we need to look at all options of cost savings so we can maintain services." — Christopher Connell

Clarksburg Board of Health Demands to East Road Cleanup
"You would think writing a letter would be a simple task." — Cynthia Schock

MassPIRG Warns of Dangerous Toys For Holiday Season
"We need to protect America's youngest consumers from unsafe toys." — Michael Basmajian

Former Coyote Den in Lanesborough to Become Package Store
"This will put me out of business plain and simple." — Bruce Conuel

Brayton Students Thank — And Get Thanks From — Returning Veteran McCarron
"I want you all to set goals for yourself. Can you do that? And be thankful for everything you have." — Michael McCarron

Williamstown Selectmen Discuss Parking Woes on South Street
"I was jogging one day, and I took my life in my hands to go down South Street to Gale Road." — Elizabeth McGowan

North Adams Housing Program Transferred to City
"They didn't pay their mortgages — bottom line this is a failed program." — Jennifer Hohn

Greylock Works in North Adams Approved for New Year's Event
The 10,000 square feet dedicated to that portion could seat 150 for meals or accommodate 950 for a dance party.

Adams Free Library Gains New Trustee
"She has been here in Adams for a long time." — Deborah Bruneau

Volunteer Efforts Feeds 1,400 Local Families For Thanksgiving
"It is a community effort." — Mary Wheat

Berkshire Food Project Volunteers Prep for Annual Thanksgiving Meal
"We wouldn't get this off the ground if we didn't have them." — Valerie Schwarz

Williamstown Fire Officials Want Another Look a Repair Plan
"We ordered one thing, and we're getting something else." — Ed Briggs

North Adams Employees Collect 816 Pounds of Food for Pantry
"Keep one for yourself, maybe put one away — and give the other to the food pantry." — Mayor Richard Alcombright

Seven Children Find Forever Homes To Celebrate National Adoption Day
"The adoptive parents are not just heroes. They are superheroes." — Joan McMenemy

BRPC: $815 Million Invested In Berkshire County Since 2012
"I expect that to be underestimated because that is just the stuff we know." mdash; Brian Domina

North Adams Airport Construction Winding Down
He said contractors still have to apply markings, take aerial photos, and properly seal new paving.

Mount Greylock Committee Advances Pared-Down School Building Budget
"We can go to the voters and say, 'We will continue to bring the numbers down." — Carolyn Greene

North Adams Firefighters, Red Cross Install Free Smoke Detectors
"I think it is an excellent program, especially for these older houses that are all wood." — Joyce Wrend

Clarksburg Homeowners May See Drop in Tax Bill
"On the average single-family home, that is assessed at $155,119, you would actually see a reduction in the total yearly tax bill of $152." — Ross Vivori

Pittsfield Considering Group Purchasing For Electricity
"Right now the savings could be tremendous in the marketplace." — Mark Cappadona

Adams Looks At Eliminating Dispatch Service
"It would be a very positive move for the town." — Tony Mazzucco

Williamstown Economic Development Committee Looks at Regional Efforts
"One of the starting points for us is to think about where we are with the commercial districts and where we see them in the future." — Jason Hoch

Cheshire Wants to Sell Reservoir Land to the State
"The state has expressed an interest in the past and ... you will never know the difference if you own it or the state owns it." — Mark Webber

Residents Share Visions of Rural Health to Mark National Rural Health Day
"We'll have this great collection of pictures of people who filled out signs." — Kirby Lecy

Berkshire Medical Center Demonstrates Surgical Robotic Arm
"The robotic system, with a very high degree of accuracy and precision, ensures that we are placing the implants exactly where we want them to be."   1 Comment

Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Answers Civic Club Questions
"Last year was a very difficult budget process and this year is not going to be easier." — Kristen Gordon

Williamstown Approves Amended Mount Greylock Agreement
The revised agreement uses the same student population/property value split but readjusts those numbers each year.

New Adams Library Director to Be Selected in Spring
"Hopefully, we can get another director who be with us for a long period of time." — Tony Mazzucco

Colegrove Park Elementary on Track for Jan. 4 Opening
"We are really confident now with the Jan. 4 date." — Mayor Richard Alcombright   3 Comments

McCann Students Gather Veterans' Memorial Flags
"They will stop and read them, especially the older stones. There is a lot of education." — William Schrade

Lanesborough Officials Endorse Amended Mount Greylock Agreement
Although, we've gotten input from a number of people, I've gotten more input from townspeople who want to stay with Mount Greylock." — Robert Ericson

Park Square Gets Christmas Tree; Pittsfield Sets Tree Lighting
The tree will be lighted on Friday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.

Hoosac Valley Student Found With BB Gun on Campus
Ames added that the student who brought the pellet guns was dismissed from school.

Recount Confirms Rivers as Pittsfield Ward 5 Councilor
"The recount is done, the voters' decision has been confirmed and I've got a lot of work to do." — Donna Todd Rivers

Berkshire County Arc Celebrates Accomplishments
"This is a culture ... a culture of acceptance, a culture of understanding." — Marc Bourassa

Coalition Forum: A Healthy Future Is In Our Hands
"A lot of the new money has been attracted into this community. Maybe sometimes it seems a little quiet, but there’s a lot going on." — Cathleen McElligott

St. Stan's Class Connecting With Adams Police Officers
"These kids are having fun, and we like being around positive people ... it's a nice change of pace." — Officer Gregory Onorato

Pittsfield Superintendent Wants School Officials to Review 'Unfiltered' Budgets
"We just think there's a great power in hearing directly from the principals." — Jake McCandless

Talk to Focus on Proper Development of Young Athletes
"There's a philosophy out there that if you're having fun you're not getting better. It's absolutely the opposite." — Roger Grillo

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