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The Independent Investor: Diamonds Should Be at Top of Christmas List

Chances are, I don't have to sell you on diamonds, since most Americans are in love with this precious gem and always have been. Diamonds make men into heroes, while nothing says to a woman "I am deeply loved" than a sparkling stone that required millions of years to make.

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Mazzeo Claims Irregularities as Reason for Mayoral Recount

The recount is being requested by Melissa Mazzeo, who lost the hard fought race against Linda Tyer by 529 votes on Nov. 5.

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Adams Taps Three Finalists for Long-Vacant DPW Position

Town Administrator Jay Green sees the hiring of the long vacant position as a huge opportunity.

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Cheshire Selectmen Trying to Set Consistent Hiring Process

There had been a slight delay in the process as Chairman Robert Ciskowski had missed the previous two meetings and the board wanted to wait for his input.

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Mohawk Trail Woodlands, Forest Service Team Up on Conservation

The Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership encompasses 361,941 acres of state and private land across 21 communities in the northwestern corner of the state. About 28 percent of that land is permanently protected.

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Red Cross Offers 10 Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires in the United States, and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts urges everyone to never leave cooking food unattended — which is the most common cause of kitchen fires.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Humance Society Hosts 100 Cats for Christmas

The program is the shelter’s largest and most successful low-cost spay/neuter effort for kittens and cats in the Berkshires and surrounding areas. Without the support of the license plate program, this invaluable service would not be possible.

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Where to Find a Thanksgiving Meal

As Thanksgiving approaches, many community organizations are serving dinner for the public. Let us know if we've missed one by emailing us a info@iberkshires.com.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 22-28

The Colonial presents Tramps Like Us, a high-energy band that delivers Bruce Springsteen's iconic rockers and ballads including "Dancing In the Dark," "Born in the U.S.A.," "Thunder Road," "Badlands" and more. Tramps Like Us is the only tribute band to be endorsed by members

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019

Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

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North Adams Finance Advises More Information on Sullivan Proposal

The council put the sale of Sullivan School to the newly organized Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center, or BAMTEC, on pause last week even as it approved the sale of two other city properties.

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Pittsfield School Committee Mourns Faculty Losses

Before opening up its meeting Wednesday, the committee members held their typical moment of silence but made a special mention of Harrington who passed just last week.

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Neighborlies Celebrate Good Deeds in North County

The Northern Berkshire Community Coaltion's Neighborlies Awards was event the largest so far in more than a decade — or longer.

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North Adams' Historic Valley Parks Closes After Successful Season

Historic Valley Campground has closed after a successful season.

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Pittsfield Environmental Group Looks to Eradicate Invasive Kiwi

The Parks Commission voted Tuesday to move the Greenagers initiative to CPA project eligibility review.

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Halloween Accident Prompts Safety Discussion in Williamstown

The board responded to letters signed by more than two dozen residents and the comments of five residents who attended Monday's meeting, including the father of the child who was struck this Oct. 31.

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Pittsfield Mayoral Election Recount to Start Next Week

City Clerk Michele Benjamin said Tuesday that the recount will begin Monday at 8:30 a.m. and continue until the recount is complete.

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Williamstown Fire District Voters Choose Moresi, Reynolds

Moresi received 137 votes to the 39 received by his opponent, Gerald Smith. Reynolds notched 114 votes to the 64 votes of his opponent, Bruce MacDonald.

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Power Shutoff Leaves Cheshire Mobile Home Park High & Dry

Residents in Pine Valley Mobile Home Park found their water abruptly shut off Tuesday morning over an apparent billing disagreement between the park's owner and National Grid.

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State Police Arrests Uncover 1,000 Bags of Heroin

In total, approximately 1,000 bags of heroin was located in the vehicle, as well as several items with cocaine residue in Harrington's possession. All three were placed under arrest and transported to state police barracks in Cheshire for booking.

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North Adams Happenings:Nov. 20-26

NOVEMBER 27th - North Adams Annual Tree Lighting Join us as we celebrate the holiday season with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown North Adams on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 6:00PM! The rain date will be Friday, December 6, 2019. https://www.facebook.com/events/942141622814491/

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Education Task Force Continues Study on Countywide School District

The task force meeting at Berkshire Regional Planning's office Saturday morning certainly didn't solve any problems but did try to outline where those challenges may arise.

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Adams to Consider Bellevue Cemetery Expansion

Cemetery Commissioner Bruce Shepley asked the commission last week to consider future projects to include in a five-year capital improvement plan for the town’s cemeteries.

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20 New McCann Graduates Welcomed Into Nursing Profession

Christa Berthiaume, the practical nursing coordinator, said the students took their first steps on their career pathway on Jan. 2 and made it through the rigorous 10-month program.

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Messy Mix of Ice, Rain, Snow Expected Monday Night

The Berkshires missed any messy commute on Monday but that doesn't mean we're out of the woods. More sleet and freezing are on the way.

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