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Berkshires Set to Dodge Full Impact of Nor'easter

While the eastern part of the state can expect over a foot of snow, there should be less than 6 inches of snowfall in Berkshire County.

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The Retired Investor: Crypto Crashes (Again)

Bitcoin, the grandaddy of crypto currencies, is trading around $36,900 per coin as of Jan. 27, 2022. It has suffered a 50 percent decline since its record high in November 2021. Ethereum, the second most popular coin, has dropped from almost $5,000 to $2,498. In total, the combined crypto market has lost $1.4 trillion over the past week.

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New Smoke Alarm PSAs Geared Toward Older Adults

The "Dear Grandma / Querida Abuela" campaign started this month on television and radio stations in the Boston, Worcester, and Springfield media markets.

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Former Pine Cobble Teacher Charged With Assaulting Student

According to the Bennington (Vt.) Banner, Peter Hirzel, 60, of Pownal, Vt., was arraigned in Vermont District in Bennington on Wednesday. The middle school student was allegedly assaulted repeatedly over a 10-month period at the suspect's home.

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North Adams OPM Search Committee Picks Three Candidates

Bids were opened on Friday and packets sent out to the committee members; interviews are being scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday with a School Building Committee meeting set to vote the recommendations on Thursday. The district expects to submit the choice of OPM to the Massachusetts School Building Authority by Feb. 4.

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Police Investigating Threat Made at BArT Charter School

Staff and students at Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School were instructed to shelter in place on Thursday after a student received a threat via cellphone.

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Adams Officials Consider Scope of Government Review Committee

Selectwoman Christine Hoyt said one outcome she hopes for with the committee is modernizing gendered language within town governance. She said reviewing and updating the language in the town's founding documents is crucial and hopes these changes can be in the works a year from now.

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Pittsfield's Historic 4th of July Parade to Return

Marchetti said musical units and celebrities of varying degrees were always a part of the show but have dwindled over the years. To come "Back With a Bang," the committee would like to amp up those aspects.

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Supply Chain Issues Prompt Reprieve From Williamstown Styrofoam Ban

He told the Board of Health that Cumberland Farms has been scrambling to maintain its supply of recyclable cups that conform to Williamstown's bylaw, but it is at the point where it needs relief from the code.

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Mayor Tyer Elected President of Mass Mayors Association

Tyer was elected by her mayoral colleagues to lead the Mayors' Association, which meets regularly throughout the year so mayors of the state can discuss and strategize on issues facing cities and towns, including local aid, transportation, education, housing, economic development, and job creation. She will serve a one-year term.

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Officials Cut Ribbon on New Wahconah Regional High School

The building project was approved in April 2019 by the voters of the school district by a narrow margin of just over 51 percent. Two years prior, an $850,000 feasibility study was approved that laid the groundwork for the building.

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Berkshire Communities Receive Firefighter Equipment Grants

This program enables fire departments to purchase a variety of equipment that will make firefighters' jobs safer.

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Greylock Glen Gets Additional $2.8M in Funding for Outdoor Center

Duval and other Adams officials announced the new funding Wednesday morning while officially signing Adams-based Souliere & Zepka Construction as the contractor.

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Pittsfield City Council Tackles 11 Agenda Items in Under an Hour

The City Council on Tuesday went through 11 agenda items in under an hour, accepting a free cash appropriation for the Pittsfield Municipal Airport and four grants.

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Vt. Senate Candidate Says He's All in For Adams Pot Dispensary

Several residents asked Raheb about his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Vermont and his background as a stockbroker. Raheb is running as an independent in Vermont, hoping to take the seat of the retiring Patrick Leahy, who announced last year that he would not be seeking re-election.

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Williamstown's Renewed Town Manager Search 'On Pace'

The town's search for a permanent town manager is "moving on pace," the Select Board was told on Monday night.

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Gov. Baker Gives Final State of the Commonwealth Address

To prepare for this, I did something I'm sure no one else has done. I went back and read all seven of my previous State of the Commonwealth speeches. They were brilliant. They were all different, given the times and the work to be done. But they were positive and optimistic. They touted the special qualities of our people, our communities, and our institutions. They marveled at our success as a Commonwealth. They spoke about our challenges and our setbacks. But mostly, they focused on our o

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Mayor Rejects Mohawk Theater Bid, Makes Plans for New RFP

Mayor Jennifer Macksey on Tuesday night stated her intention to withdraw from the current bid and seek more input before releasing a new request for proposal.

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Pittsfield Panel OKs Free Cash for Airport Easement Acquisition Project

The funds will be used for consultant work from Gale Associates to remove safety hazards on non-city-owned property around the airport. Obstructions mostly trees need to be cut from the defined approach areas extending outward from the airport's runways, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Cheshire Annual Census Mailed

The Census is mandated by Massachusetts General Law and is valuable to have a current and correct residential count. The population count is important to the Town to apply for state and federal aid and grants.

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Dalton Select Board Votes in Favor of Town Salary Increases

The Select Board on Monday approved a pay and classification report that recommends a raise in town salaries to be more desirable for recruitment and for retaining existing employees.

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Berkshire Health Group to See 8 Percent Rate Hike in FY23

The Berkshire Health Group Board of Directors on Monday voted to raise health insurance premiums by 8 percent for the fiscal year that begins on July 1 while offering a one-month "premium holiday" in the current fiscal year.

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Adams Dissolves Memorial Building Subcommittee; Renovations Near Completion

The board voted to dissolve the subcommittee on Wednesday as the building moves toward a tentative re-opening for public use in the spring. Eight years after its formation, Duval said the subcommittee has finally completed the goal it set out to achieve.

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Pittsfield Fire Department Reminders on Thawing Frozen Pipes

The following tools: hair dryer, hot towels, portable space heater (ensure that there's a 3-foot clearance), heat lamp (do not leave unattended), and electrical heat tape are acceptable to thaw pipes.

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Tyer Releases ARPA Invitations for Proposals

The city will begin to accept applications for eligible programs, services, and capital investments on Feb. 28 through its website.

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