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The Museum of Dog is needs more room to run.

Museum of Dog Planning Move to Larger Quarters in Pittsfield

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Museum of Dog needs a bigger doghouse.
 
Owner David York had plans to rehabilitate the former Quinn's Paint & Wallpaper building at the corner of Canal and Union streets but now says the historic building isn't large enough for his collection of dog artifacts and art — and to do the programming he's planning. 
 
"We are averaging over 800 visitors per week and we are out of room," York wrote in an email about putting the building on the market. "People are driving 2 to 3 hours for experiences at Museum of Dog with their dogs."
 
York opened his collection in the 8,000-square-foot building earlier this year. The museum has received an enormous amount of fanfare in articles across the country, including in Parade and The Boston Globe. 
 
Plans have been to restore the building to its original condition — since the closure of Quinn's it's seen several uses, most recently as a bar and an antiques store. 
 
"The Union Street building has been great due to its history, location and character," York wrote. "We certainly need more [square] footage on one or 2 levels to accommodate Nat Geo and Sundance dog short films and a few other new collections I've acquired."
 
He purchased the building almost a year ago for $220,000 and has listed the property for $299,000 with Burnham Gold Real Estate
 
York made his fortune in real estate and opened Atlanta's first doggy day-care facility and a couple facilities in Texas. He also had been active with animal rescues in the Atlanta area.
 
Since arriving in North Adams, York has become more invested in the city. He recently opened Bowlin' on the River, a salad and coffee shop on Marshall Street, and has plans for a second coffee shop on Main Street. 
 
He's also become involved with local dog and humane shelter activities, most recently judging the grand marshal for the Fall Foliage Festival Parade. This year's theme is "Year of the Dog" based largely on his museum. 
 
York said the decision of where to move the Museum of Dog has so far been narrowed to two locations but did not yet indicate where those buildings are.  
 
Update 3:27 p.m.: While York did not respond to a query earlier in the day about whether he was leaving North Adams, he later told The Berkshire Eagle that he was looking in Pittsfield because he could not find anything suitably sized in downtown North Adams or that would not require rezoning.

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Clarksburg Town Meeting to Decide CPA Adoption, Spending Articles

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters will decide spending items and if the town should adopt the Community Preservation Act at Wednesday's town meeting. 
 
Voters will also decide whether to extend the terms for town moderator and tree warden from one year to three years.
 
The annual town meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the gym at Clarksburg School. The warrant can be found here.
 
The town operating budget is $1,767,759, down $113,995 largely because of debt falling off. Major increases include insurance, utilities and supplies; the addition of a full-time laborer in the Department of Public Works and an additional eight hours a week for the accountant.
 
The school budget is at $2,967,609, up $129,192 or 4 percent over this year. Town officials had urged the school to cut back more but in a joint meeting last week agreed to dip into free cash to keep the prekindergarten for 4-year-olds free. 
 
Clarksburg's assessment to the Northern Berkshire Vocational School District is $363,220; the figure is based on the percentage of students enrolled at McCann Technical School. 
 
There are a number of spending articles for the $571,000 in free cash the town had certified earlier this year. The high number is over several years because the town had fallen behind on filings with the state. 
 
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