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Trail Conservancy Cautions Pandemic Care When Hiking

Although most of the Appalachian Trail is still open, hikers are asked to practice common sense during the pandemic while on the trail or to just stay home.

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BHS Honors Employees With Donation to Berkshire COVID-19 Fund

The donation, which was made in honor of all BHS employees and medical staff, will be designated to support two major programs that provide reliable access to healthy food for residents of Berkshire County.

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BArT Grad: 2020 Not a Dream Year, Not 'a Freak Show'

None of the speakers at Saturday's ceremony ignored the elephant in the room, namely, the fact that the 27 grads were in 27 different rooms as they wrapped up their high school careers.

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Berkshire Immigrant Center Celebrates National Immigrant Heritage Month

Since March 20, BIC has raised more than $70,000 for a COVID-19 Relief Fund. Through this fund, BIC has helped more than 140 clients and their families pay for basic needs like rent and utilities.

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Williamstown Moving Ahead With Month-to-Month Spending Plan

He explained the month-to-month spending plan to both the Select Board and Finance Committee in video conferences on back-to-back nights.

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North County High Schools Make Graduation Plans

The administrations at four schools in North County have come up with ways they think will adhere to state guidelines to ensure graduates safety from the novel coronavirus.

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BCC Graduates Recognized in Remote Commencement

Any other year, the graduates of Berkshire Community College and their friends and families would be filling The Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox. But instead of taking the stage, speakers stood alone in front of a backdrop. And instead of being handed their certificates and diplomas, the more than 200 graduates' names were read as their pictures were shown.

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Crane Stationery Leaving North Adams for New York

In a statement released Friday afternoon, company officials said they had made the "difficult decision" to shift operations to parent company Mohawk Fine Papers in Cohoes, N.Y.

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Markey Proposes $25B Boost to Intercity Passenger Rail

Dubbed the "BRAIN TRAIN," Markey is introducing the Building Rail Across Intercity Networks to Ride Around Interior of the Nation (BRAIN TRAIN) Act. The bill will authorize $5 billion a year over five years to invest in "high performance" rail between mid-size cities.

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Grants from Williams College

Williams College has awarded the 2020 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development to nine area schools.

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North Adams Board of Health Authorizes Police as Health Agents

The city's police officers were deputized Thursday as health agents on to assist the health inspector during the pandemic.

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Proprietor's Lodge Given Extended Outdoor Hours

The Licensing Board extended the hours that the Proprietor's Lodge can serve alcohol on its patios to help accommodate social distancing while dining.

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Williamstown Elementary, Mount Greylock Principals Named

Faced with two strong contenders or a single principal position, the Mount Greylock Regional School District hired them both.

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Clarksburg Holds Off on Budget Review, Police Chief Salary

Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher said at Wednesday's meeting that he and Town Administrator Rebecca Stone had spoken with Norman Rolnick of the Board of Health. The closure of town buildings "will remain status quo," he said.

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The Independent Investor: The Culling of America

While the elderly account for about 16 percent of the population, they represent over 35 percent of total health-care costs. Most of these people are oldsters like me.

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North Adams Cancels All Summer Events for 2020

The city of North Adams has made the decision to cancel all annual summer events through Labor Day. This includes the Concerts at Windsor Lake series, Movies Under the Stars at Colegrove Park, the Eagle Street Beach Party, Downtown Celebration, and the Motorama Car Show.

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Williamstown Seeks Feedback for On-Street Dining Plan

The town is thinking about how it might be able to close Spring Street and allow restaurateurs to take over the pavement if and when the commonwealth issues guidance to allow outdoor table service during its phased reopening of the Massachusetts economy.

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State Officials: Pandemic Does Not Slow Transportation Projects

Pollack was joined by Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday morning at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Maverick Station to talk about the soon-to-be-completed work at the East Boston rapid transit station.

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North Adams City Council Endorses Voting by Mail

The City Council on Tuesday endorsed a resolution supporting bills in the Legislature that seek to expand voting by mail. The resolution passed 7-2, with Councilor Robert Moulton Jr. and Wayne Wilkinson voting against.

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Williamstown Select Board Weighs in on Mount Greylock Capital Project

Hugh Daley asked his colleagues to make such a statement, arguing that the board had an obligation to do what it can to preserve a fund intended to protect local taxpayers against future expenses at the recently renovated and rebuilt school.

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Bald Eagle Population Soaring in Massachusetts

MassWildlife has seen a dramatic uptick in newly documented eagle nests and has confirmed nine new nests in Fitchburg, Wenham, Concord, Rutland, Wareham, Medford, Northampton, Hudson, and Barnstable.

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Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on BHS Burglars

Police are seeking the public's assistance with in what they are describing as a "somewhat unusual investigation."

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North Adams Trying to Determine 'Worst Case' Budget Picture

The city administration is looking at what kind of scenario North Adams can operate under without knowing how the state budget will play out.

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Pittsfield Budget Hearings Begin Next Week

The City Council will begin a review of the proposed $169,537,880 fiscal 2021 operational budget in early June.

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