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The Independent Investor: The Student Loan Crisis

Since the financial crisis and Great Recession over a decade ago, student loans have grown by almost 157 percent. Compare that to auto loans, which have risen 52 percent. In the case of mortgage and credit card debt, we have seen a decrease by about 1 percent. click for more

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Lanesborough Bridge Dedicated to Vietnam War Hero

As a kid, Gregory Aloysius Noonan would meet up with his best friend Tom McKnight and head to the miner road bridge to fish and crack jokes. As they grew older and the Vietnam War came, Noonan was far from that brook. But he was there with pride, defending the United States of America. He was... click for more

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Town of Lee Awarded $4.9M to Support Eagle Mills...

In total, $7,789,664 has been awarded to the Fourth Berkshire District towns of Lee, Tolland, Monterey, and Sheffield through the 2018 MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program. click for more

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Williamstown Officials Confront Issues Related to...

In response to reports by a local resident about past issues related to the event, board members Jane Patton and Andrew Hogeland voted against authorizing the closure. click for more

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Neighbors Mount Coordinated Opposition to...

The neighbors around the Pontoosuc Country Club have mounted a coordinated attack in opposition to the proposed solar array. The Boston-based solar developer Nexamp Inc. is proposing a 6.5-megawatt solar array on 25 of the course's 131 acres of land. The plan takes over the southern portion of... click for more

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Adams Property Owners See Tax Rate Drop for Fiscal...

The rate for residential will be $21.39 per $1,000 valuation; the commercial rate will be $25.40, a 14 cent drop from this year. The commercial and industrial shift will increase from 1.12 to 1.15. click for more

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Pittsfield Continues to Stumble Over Trash...

Box, bundle, barrel, bag, whatever, just keep it orderly. That's what Ward 3 City Council Nicholas Caccamo is now proposing for a trash ordinance after re-writing the existing laws from top to bottom looking to focus only on health and aesthetics. His new version does not include any limits on... click for more

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 17-23

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

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Berkshire Money Management Donates $2,500 to...

Thanksgiving really isn't that far away. At the South Congregational Church, volunteers are already gearing up for the Thanksgiving Angels program, which provides turkeys and all of the sides to thousands of local residents in need. On Wednesday, Berkshire Money Management helped kick off the... click for more


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North Adams Airport Commission Set to Award...

Peter Enzien of Stantec Consulting Services, the airport's engineer, told the commission Tuesday that once the signed standard contract form is sent back to the state Department of Transportation, the city can award the project to low bidder DA Sullivan & Sons, which bid $3.6 million.

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Knight Backs Caccaviello in District Attorney's...

Judith Knight isn't going to be the next district attorney. But she hopes Paul Caccaviello will be. Knight, who finished third in the Democratic primary in September, is putting her support behind Caccaviello's write-in campaign. Knight made the announcement on steps of the Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday.

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Fall Foliage Event Winners Listed for 2018

Here's roundup of winners of some of the events; see the story on the Children's Parade for those winners.

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UPDATED: Arrests Made In Robbins Ave Stabbing

A city man was murdered on Robbins Avenue Monday evening. According to the District Attorney's Office, William Catalano, 34, of Pittsfield was found lying on the sidewalk in front of 219 Robbins Avenue at about 5:28 p.m. Monday. Catalano was suffering from multiple stab wounds and died shortly after 7 p.m. at Berkshire Medical Center.

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Adams Woman Charged in Fatal Hit & Run

An Adams woman has been charged in the hit-and-run accident last month that resulted in the death 38-year-old Jerome "Jeremy" Berard.

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Lanesborough Briefs: Special Town Meeting Next...

A special town meeting will ask voters for approval to fund renovations to the police station, restore the cupola on town hall, and switch the regular town meeting to Saturday, among other topics. The special town meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23 at 6 p.m. to vote on 10 articles. Three of the articles asks to move money around for the police station renovation, a project already done but is missing a source of funds.

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North County Community Dedicated to Continuing...

Nelson's work on that project and his inspiration within the community in leading by example won't be forgotten. During a tribute on Monday night for Nelson, who died in July at age 83, the pantry's new name was revealed as the Al Nelson Friendship Center.

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Adams-Cheshire Pleased With New MCAS Test Scores

Superintendent John Vosburgh told the School Committee on Monday that the district has received a rating of 59 percent "partially meeting targets" that means although there is much work to do, the district rating with the state is improving.

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PopCares Inspiring Next Generation to Volunteer

These youngest supporters are a testament to the impact that PopCares has had, largely shown by the 600 or so diners at the annual gala who enthusiastically bid up to $330 for platters of whoopie pies, dropped thousands of tickets for a chance at gift certificates and baskets in the chinese auction and penned in bids at the silent auction. Last year's event raised $43,000.

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Pittsfield Car Rolls Over In Driveway, Hits...

Police and fire responded to a somewhat unique accident Monday afternoon. In the driveway of a Columbus Avenue multi-family apartment building was an overturned Subaru, leaning on the neighbor's home. There were no injuries as the woman got out of the vehicle with only minor bumps and scratches.

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Berkshires Beat: BSO Going 'Into the Forest' for...

Hosted by Sean Rafferty, "Into the forest, In Tune," Pleasant Valley edition, also will feature segments on the natural history of forests and the intersection of forests, music, and the arts.

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for October

The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Otis and Shelburne for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Registration, Early Voting Deadlines Set for...

The last day to register to vote or change voting affiliation for the Nov. 6 state election is Wednesday, Oct. 17. ces.

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Nixes Overflow...

At issue was a patch of land currently occupied by trailers related to the $64 million building project. As construction winds down, construction manager Turner Construction plans to remove the trailers and return the land to its natural state.

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New Men's Group Piques Interest at Coalition Forum...

The most visible of the efforts made since March is the formation of Men Initiating Change In North County (MIC INC), a group founded by North Adams City Councilor Benjamin Lamb that aims to fill a "gap in the ecosystem" of support for victims of relational violence.

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McCann Does Well on MCAS; Skills Chapters Update...

The problem is the school has been high achieving for some time so evaluations based on advancing students is more difficult because of the high number of proficient student.

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Adams Officials Say Infrastructure Needed to Deal...

Two rainstorms on Sept. 12 and 18 overwhelmed some of the town's flood control system. Flooding affected the Lime, Davis, North Summer, and Charles street areas damaging people's property and causing over $2 million in damage to public infrastructure.

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Pittsfield Sells $875K Worth of Tax Liens

The tax lien auction brought in another $875,000, adding to about $800,000 the city had taken in ahead of time in back taxes. According to Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood, 61 liens were sold by Strategic Auction Solutions at City Hall Thursday afternoon accounting for $875,770.61.

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2018

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours and/or events on Halloween.

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Clarksburg VFW Unveils New Sign, Name for Town...

Town meeting voted to rename the field last December to memorialize Cook and the town's veterans and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, also named after Cook, raised the funds to install the sign.

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