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Q&A: Williamstown Barn Restoration Moving to Next Phase

Babcock is in Williamstown this month removing a 19th-century barn from a property on Green River Road (Route 43). In the not-too-distant future, he will be back in town putting the same barn back together on the property of the Williamstown Historical Museum.

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Mass MoCA to Readies for Summer Restaurant, Season

The Mass MoCA Commission on Wednesday approved the seasonal restaurant to occupy the former Gramercy space, specifically the courtyard near the museum entrance. The restaurant would operate from Memorial Day until some time September.

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Adams Aiming for Summer Reopening of Public Buildings

Town Administrator Jay Green told the Select Board on Wednesday that although he does not foresee completely opening until the summer, he thought it was time to start planning.

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Images Presents Annual 'Fresh Fest' on Food, Farming

Produced by Images Cinema, in collaboration with Storey Publishing and the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies, this annual film festival explores the ways farming and food culture impacts our lives in rich and varied ways, and makes links to local farmers and food producers.

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The Retired Investor: Are Inflation Fears Real or Imagined?

What has many investors concerned is that once the inflation genii is out of the bottle, it won't be that easy to put it back in again. Will a 2.5 percent inflation rate, for example, be a transitory event, or the harbinger of something more? And if so, how much more?

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Eagle Newspaper Group Sells Off Vermont Publications

The sale consists of dailies Brattleboro Reformer and Bennington Banner, the weekly Manchester Journal and the 3-year-old award-winning UpCountry, a bi-monthly magazine.

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Four Ward Races Open in Pittsfield Election

Four ward councilors have announced that they will not seek re-election, leaving space for new leadership in those areas and a changeup of at least a third of the council November.

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Pittsfield's New Road Bridge to Reopen Friday

The bridge was closed on Feb. 26, 2020, to allow crews to replace the existing bridge and upgrade existing utilities.

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Williamstown Fire District Officials Respond to Budget Questions

The committee that governs the town's fire district Wednesday finalized the fiscal year 2022 budget request it will send to voters later this month.

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Adams Fire Department Lowers Membership Age

Fire Chief John Pansecchi said with recruitment numbers dipping into the 20s and less availability among current members, the Alert Hose Company is trying to open its doors to a younger generation.

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North Adams FY22 School Budget Draft Leans on Federal Funding

The draft plan presented to the School Committee on Tuesday is also level-funded and includes no cutbacks. The appropriation would be the same as this year: $17,769,074.

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Pittsfield Officials Pick Taconic Grad for Empty School Committee Seat

Slaughter is the Central Massachusetts regional director for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and as a Pittsfield native has "strong relationships with several children, families, elected officials, and community leaders in the city."

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'Stop Telling Women to Smile' Author Speaks on Street Harassment

"Stop Telling Women to Smile" her debut book was released in February 2020 and uses visual art and storytelling narratives to address the daily oppressive experiences of marginalized people.

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Pittsfield Farmers Market To Open In Person

The opening of the outdoor season kicks off on Saturday, May 15. It will run weekly, rain or shine, from 9am to 1pm in the First Street Common through Oct. 9.

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Pittsfield Boards to Select School Committee Replacement

In accordance with the city charter, both committee and council will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. to vote on a replacement to complete the last months of Powell's four-year term.

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Williamstown DIRE Committee Questions Lack of Response from Select Board

The Select Board last summer created what became the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee as an advisory panel. Members of that panel this week questioned why the Select Board has not appeared willing to consider the advice the DIRE Committee has provided.

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Pittsfield O&R Plans Remote Public Participation Beyond Pandemic

Not yet ready to settle on a final plan, the Ordinance and Rules subcommittee unanimously voted to table a petition from Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon requesting that city and council continue to offer a virtual and call-in option beyond COVID-19 for all public meetings.

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Pittsfield Residents Bring Chicken Complaint to Council Committee

Ward 2 residents are going up against a flock of chickens that are reportedly disturbing abutters with sanitation concerns.

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Proposed BRTA Route Changes

BRTA does encourage feedback and questions regarding the proposed service changes

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Berkshire Mantiques Owner Aims to Create Lanesborough 'Destination'

After struggling to reopen and make it work at his first location for a few months, Joe Prince switched gears and went bigger, one town over.

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Northern Berkshire EMS Gets Donated Solar Panels

Northern Berkshire EMS is getting energized with some free solar panels that were installed on the ambulance service's roof on Monday.

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Dalton Town Meeting Passes Town, School Budgets

The lightly attended town meeting was held in the gym of Nessacus Regional Middle School, where voters passed a fiscal 2022 town operating budget of $8,091,026 and an appropriation of $8,130,864 for the town's share of the Central Berkshire Regional School District budget.

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New Selectmen Elected in Adams and Cheshire

Duval and Rosenberg were the clear winners in the town election with both collecting more votes than the third candidate and former selectman Donald Sommer.

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Berkshire County Woman, Local Activist, Murdered in Boston

Former Berkshire County resident and transgender activist Jahaira DeAlto was murdered Sunday in Boston.

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Adams ZBA Approves Music Center Variance

The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a variance for Adams Center for Art LLC to separate from common ownership the former First Baptist Church and parsonage.

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