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The vacant building, seen in this file photo, is being relocated to serve as an administrative building for the airport.

North Adams Airport Administrative Building Being Moved In January

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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The Airport Commission is updated on the project at its most recent meeting.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The former medical practice building on State Road should be moved closer to the airport runway by mid-January once prep work is complete.
 
Peter Enzien of Stantec Consulting Services, the airport's engineer, told the commission recently that contractor DA Sullivan & Sons was working through the week of Christmas to have the building ready to move for the second week of January.
 
"It's moving," he said. "So far so good." 
 
The city plans to move the vacant medical building on the north side of the Harriman & West Airport campus and use it as a new administrative building. The 8,700-square-foot facility was constructed in 2001 on leased airport land and was donated to the city by Berkshire Health Systems.
 
Enzien said construction is well underway and as of now the inside of the building is completely gutted and workers are putting finishing touches on the new foundation.
 
"As everyone can see it is well under construction and they are getting really close to finishing the foundation work," he said. "Their goal is to by the end of this week to have the complete perimeter of the main building done…and hopefully, by the end of the Christmas week, most of the concrete will be there for them to move the building."
 
He said after this it will take a week to prep for the actual move, which will be entirely done by remote control. During the move, the airport will be temporarily closed because power will need to be shut off.

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MountainOne Marks 175 Years Since Founding

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Board Chairman Daniel Bosley calls the meeting to order.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MountainOne ended a successful 175th anniversary year approaching $1 billion in assets and a future that looks to be "busy."
 
"So with all this you might say we're busy, except for MountainOne, we're not allowed to say we're busy. You've got to work, you're supposed to be busy, right?" said President and CEO Robet Fraser after ticking off a list of positives. "So we're not busy. We're fulfilled, and this year is going to be incredibly fulfilling."
 
The banking institution held its demisemiseptcentennial, or maybe it was a septaquintaquinquecentennial, business meeting on Wednesday night. Whatever the preferred Latin is for 175 years, MountainOne was marking a significant milestone with more than 120 guests and bank members at Norad Mill and another grouping at the Weathervane Golf Course in Weymouth. 
 
Fraser, speaking via livestream from the South Shore, joked that "we have this unique business model where we give you the money — but you have to give it back."
 
That's been the standard since April 1848 when Isaac Hodges, Thomas Robinson and William Brayton founded the North Adams Savings Bank on Main Street. 
 
The first merger occurred in 1962 between North Adams Savings and Hoosac Savings banks, later becoming simply Hoosac Bank in 1998; Hoosac acquired True North Financial and Coakley, Pierpan, Dolan & Collins Insurance a year later; in 2002, MountainOne Financial Partners is formed as holding company for Hoosac and Williamstown Savings and MountainOne begins its South Shore adventure with the merger of South Coastal Bank; a year later, all three banks change their names to MountainOne. The investment and insurance arms also come under the MountainOne moniker and the newest affiliate, a Longmeadow insurance agency, was acquired in February.
 
"When I think about MountainOne, I think of one organization that was comprised of three different banks, two insurance agencies and investment division," said Fraser. "And we've been able to come together and be incredibly successful working with each other. 
 
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