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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 18.

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Williamstown Planning Board Advances ADU Bylaw Proposals

On a vote of 4-1, the planners agreed on a proposal that would create the potential for more detached accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, in the town of 7,800.

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Adams Board of Health Wants Memorial Building Inspection

The Board of Health want to make sure the Memorial Building meets all standards before allowing it to be the town's emergency shelter.

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North Adams Library Resumes Search for Library Director

Rich Remsberg, acting chairman of the library trustees, reported Wednesday's trustees meeting that the initial search did not solicit enough candidates for the mayor to make a selection.

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Hinds Given Committee Assignments: Chairing Revenue, on Ways and Means

State Sen. Adam Hinds will serve as the first stop for many of the big initiatives coming from the State House this year. Hinds was given his committee assignments on Thursday in which he'll chair the Joint Committee on Revenue, vice chair Senate Committee on Redistricting, and will serve on the Senate Ways and Means, Joint Committee on Education, Joint Committee on Tourism Arts and Cultural Development, Senate Rules, and Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.

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The Independent Investor: Trump's War on Drug (Prices)

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump called on Congress to do something about the escalating drug prices in America. The president is doggedly pursuing this campaign promise in the face of an army of special interest groups and big drug companies. Hurrah for you, Mr. President.

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Big Y Supermarkets Selling Adams Location

In a statement released on Thursday just after noontime, company officials said the 16,000-square-foot structure in downtown Adams cannot support the items and types of services the grocer now offers.

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Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation Of Spectrum Health In Pittsfield

A bomb threat forced the evacuation of Spectrum Health on Merrill Road Thursday morning. Police say an individual called the facility at 10:10 a.m. saying there was a bomb in the building was would explode 10 minutes later. Police, fire, and paramedics responded and performed a search of the building.

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Adams Selectmen Approve Russell Field Project

This project has been in the hopper for some time and for at least the past five years, the Parks Commission has steadily had it on its priority agenda.

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Activists Press Neal to Support Green New Deal

Three of the activists all students at Mount Greylock Regional School in Williamstown went inside to make their case to a member of Neal's staff.

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Pittsfield Schools to End 'Welcoming Day' For Grades 6 & 9

The long-standing tradition of "welcome days" is coming to an end in the schools after the state cited the district for not providing enough class time for all students. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education performed a coordinated program review last year and found that the practice of bringing incoming sixth graders and ninth graders in a day earlier to get acclimated to their new schools meant that the other students were falling short of the required 180 days of learning.

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Berkshire Athenaeum Unveils Mural Inspired by Ty Allan Jackson Book

Berkshire Athenaeum Director Alex Reczkowski has found a fitting way to make the library more fun and welcoming to children. The library unveiled on Monday a massive mural inspired by local author Ty Allan Jackson's book When I Close My Eyes. Jackson is a nationally recognized author and founder of Big Head Books.

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North Adams Hosts 22nd Annual Winterfest Celebration

There's fresh snow on the ground, and just in time, the 22nd annual Winterfest celebration, which offers many indoor and outdoor, family-friendly activities, will be held Saturday, Feb. 16.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 13-19

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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New Committee Looks to Assist Victims of House Fires

In April 2012, Rabbit David Weiner of Knesset Israel watched in horror as his home burned, as firefighters broke window after window, and also as a neighbor wrapped him in a coat. It was a kitchen fire in his Wendell Street home. He remembers having to borrow socks from a friend the next day because he had lost everything.

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Public Arts Commission Offers to Broker Talks With Pillar Artists

At Monday's Public Arts Commission meeting, the commissioners and artist Christina King agreed to discussions to find an alternative site for something similar to the pillar art.

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Williamstown Assessor Barkin Leaves Department in Good Shape

Williamstown's assessor/educator will leave his second-floor office at Town Hall for the last time this week as he retires, just shy of 33 years in the job.

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Adams Man Charged in Drug Importation Scheme

Borer, 42, and his alleged accomplice, postal worker Josephine McLaughlin, 65, of Stoneham, were arrested Thursday by law enforcement officials and arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessey in Boston.

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Williamstown Panels to Review Proposed Pot Planter

Ryan Wimpee, the attorney for Colorado-based Euflora Cannabis Dispensaries, has applied for permission to start an outdoor cannabis farm on 20 acres at 295 Blair Road, a property known as River Rock Farm and owned by Eric Reinhard.

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Lanesborough Looks to Temporarily Close Police Station

The Board of Selectmen are looking to temporarily move the Police Department to another location. The town's insurance company issued a report recommending the current Police Station be vacated by employees because of the condition of the building. Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association inspected the building in October and cited a number of concerns and ruled that it is unsafe.

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North Adams Winterfest Returns for 22nd Year

The celebration offers indoor and outdoor, family-friendly activities, all of which are free to attend.

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Three Students Receive VFW Scholarships

Dozens attended the award ceremony Monday held at the American Legion building banquet hall where a combined $2,950 in scholarships were given out to Hannah Berkel, Kailey Sultaire, and Kathrine Wilson.

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Berkshires Beat: Rockwell Museum, Collective Arts Brewing Host Student Art Contest

Eight winning entries selected by a jury of representatives from Collective Arts Brewing, Norman Rockwell Museum and contemporary illustrators will be showcased on a Collective Arts Brewing can series, distributed across North America.

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10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival Celebrates Eighth Anniversary

Organized by the City of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development and Barrington Stage Company, the festival features 62 events in 14 different venues, highlighting dozens of artists, actors, musicians, playwrights and performers.

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