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Budget Amendment Includes Increase For Rural Schools

The Rural School Aid grant program helps school districts with low population densities and lower-than-average incomes address fiscal challenges and take steps to improve efficiency.

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Berkshire Conservation District Receives State Grant

The Baker-Polito Administration announced more than $8.7 million in grant awards to municipalities and land trusts to support the acquisition and conservation of over 676 acres of land throughout the Commonwealth.

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Berkshire Grown Awarded $68K to Support Local Farmers

In Berkshire County, Berkshire Grown of Great Barrington received $67,719 to support farmers and food access in the time of COVID-19 with consumer-supportive winter farmers markets, increased recognition of Massachusetts agriculture, and strengthen the business enterprise of local farms.

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DPU Assessing Future of Natural Gas in Massachusetts

As part of the investigation, the DPU will assess the role of gas companies in ensuring a low-carbon future and explore strategies that enable the Commonwealth to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions while safeguarding ratepayer interests and securing safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas service.

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State Announces Land Use Planning Assistance Grants

Through this program, the Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) provides municipalities funding to undertake public processes and hire technical expertise to improve their land-use practices, diversify housing choices, mitigate and prepare for climate change impacts, and conserve and sustainably develop land.

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RMV Further Extends Designated Hours for Older Customers

The senior hours are held on Wednesdays (hours vary by location) for customers 75 years of age or older whose driver's license or ID card expires in September, October, November and December including customers whose licenses / IDs were originally extended earlier this year and are expired.

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MassDEP Issues Penalty to Cretecrew Concrete Services for Waste Site Cleanup Violations

On Sept. 20, 2019, the Chicopee Fire Department notified MassDEP regarding the spill of up to 15 gallons of hydraulic oil associated with the failure of a hydraulic hose on a concrete form truck owned and operated by Cretecrew. The spill occurred at a construction site at 114 McKinstry Avenue in Chicopee.

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State Announces Rule Prohibiting Use of HFC Pollutants

HFCs are currently used in certain end-use products, such as aerosols, air conditioners and chillers, refrigeration units and foams. The regulations will help to significantly reduce local GHG emissions and will place the Commonwealth in line with 16 other states adopting comparable HFC regulations or legislation, coordinated by the U.S. Climate Alliance (USCA).

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MassDOT: October Is Distracted Driver Month

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is highlighting October as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the importance of the "hands-free" law, signed by Governor Charlie Baker, which took effect on Feb. 23, 2020.

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Great Barrington Recruiting Dispatchers, Shoppers for Senior Programs

Town residents 60 and over are encouraged to apply for these positions through the town's Senior Tax Work-off program, which provides a property tax reduction in exchange for hours spent working on town projects.

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Great Barrington Sets Winter Overnight Parking Ban

The town's winter parking ban will be in place from Nov. 15 to March 30, 2021.

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