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Cheshire Needs Architectural Study Before Leasing School
The town was told that it would have to undergo this study that would consider all possible uses and list needs that would have to be addressed. This could mean fire and safety doors as well as other upgrades.

Cheshire Needs Study T+o Lease School

North Adams Group Short 500 Wreaths for Veterans Ceremony
Southview Cemetery alone has 2,867 at last count. So, the group's changed tactics to focus on Southview alone but it's still come up about 500 wreaths short.

WTBR Inching Closer To The Airwaves, New Studio Built
Since June 89.7 FM has been silent but it is expected to make a lot of noise soon. Because during that time, Pittsfield Community Television has built a new WTBR studio, established new policies and procedures, lining up new shows, and is now waiting just a few more things before the Brave FM returns after these messages.

Pittsfield ConCom Says No Deal on Berkshire Flower Shop Plan
The Conservation Commission denied a proposal from Mazzeo's restaurant to use the Berkshire Flower Shop property instead of having it turned into conservation land. Then the city reached an agreement with the Gordon Rose family to conserve property located at 910 South Street back in 1997. The deal called for the land on the city's southern entryway to eventually be converted into conservation space.

Williamstown Fire District Special Meeting to Look at Expanding Committee
A special district meeting is scheduled for Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at Williamstown Elementary School to consider a couple of changes to the district’s charter.

ConCom Denies Permit For Pontoosuc Lake Country Club Solar Array
Emotion isn't often shown during Conservation Commission meetings, a board known for its technicality and dullness. But Michele Rivers-Murphy could barely hold it in Thursday night, sitting the City Council Chambers because as the snow fell outside, Rivers-Murphy and what seemed like the entire Ridge Avenue neighborhood were yet again fighting a 6.5 megawatt solar project proposed for the Pontoosuc Lake Country Club and at the end of the night, the Conservation Commission unanimously sided wi

Adams Fire District Given Extension on Well Upgrades
After the boil water order in August, the DEP mandated that the district install permanent injectors on all four of their wells which upped the price to $950,000.

Long-Closed Gas Station to Reopen in North Adams' West End
The former Getty station at 330 State Road is being reopened as a Valero station and its convenience store will have some upgrades.

The White Stuff Is Coming! The White Stuff Is Coming!
One week before Thanksgiving, the first Winter Storm Watch of the season is upon us from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon.

North Berkshire Waste District Transfer Stations Pass Inspection
Transfer stations in the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District have passed their inspections with flying colors.

Community TV Stations: Proposed FCC Rule Could Gut Funding
Local public access stations fear that a potential new Federal Communications Commission rule will allow cable companies to obliterate their operating funds. Public, educational, and government access (PEG) stations are mostly funded through franchise fees cable subscribers pay in their monthly bill. Communities negotiate those fees, typically every 10 years.

Williamstown Planning Board Debates Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw
The Planning Board last spring withdrew a more ambitious proposal to liberalize the town's housing bylaw in the face of vocal opposition. In the summer, it decided that the ADUs were one area where the town could make incremental changes to allow a little more housing flexibility.

Harrington Announces First Assistant, Transition Team Chair
Andrea Harrington has started to build her team. On Wednesday, the district attorney-elect announced Karen Bell as her first assistant district attorney. Bell is currently an assistant district attorney in Hampden County with some 20 years of experience. She's said to have worked in the appellate division, the district court, grand jury, and the superior court divisions.

Signs of the Season: Christmas Trees Have Arrived at Carr
Carr Hardware received its annual delivery of trees on Wednesday afternoon that manager Don Disbrow said typically come from upstate New York or Vermont near the Canadian border.

North Adams Council Approves Public Safety Roof Replacement
The City Council took a deep breath on Tuesday and voted to borrow $351,000 to put a new roof on the deteriorating 63-year-old structure on American Legion Drive.   1 Comment

Pittsfield Council Approves Tax Rate Cut
Tax cuts make for more agreeable City Council meetings. The council easily approved a plan to lower property taxes across the board - both on the average bill and on the rate.

Cheshire Selectman Threatens to Resign Over Town Administrator Candidate
The withdrawal of a favored town administrator candidate and the threatened resignation of one of the two remaining selectmen if he was hired has town officials wondering how to move forward.   2 Comments

Cop On Top Returns to Pittsfield On Dec. 1
Cop on Top will return to Walmart on Dec. 1. In a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, law enforcement officers from throughout the county will be camp out on the roof Wal-mart. The officers will stay there until the goal of $55,000 is reached.

Adams Cemetery Garage Project to Got Out to Bid Next Year
Commissioner Bruce Shepley read a letter from interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan at Thursday's meeting stating that architecture firm EDM is working on construction documents and public bidding materials and hope to go out to bid no later than the end of January 2019.

Michigan Company Looking to Buy Beacon Cinema
A Michigan company is looking to buy the Beacon Cinema. Insight Management Consulting has made an offer to purchase the building and the business from owner Richard Stanley. Stanley had redeveloped the North Street building to the theater in 2008, becoming an anchor to the city's future vision of revitalizing North Street when it opened its doors in 2009.

National Grid Using Sound Cannon in North Adams to Disperse Crows
National Grid will be using a sound-emitting propane cannon to dislodge a murder of crows that's been roosting around its Brown Street facility.

Mount Greylock School Committee Hears MCAS Reports
Lanesborough Elementary School is the only one of the three Mount Greylock Regional School District schools that met its targets in the state evaluations released this fall.

Lanesborough Couple's Efforts to Keep Family Farm Continues
About a month ago Kristen Tool returned home to find a for sale sign in the yard. Tool and her husband Chris Wheeler are more than a year and a half into an effort to keep the Olsen Farm. Wheeler's great-grandfather had established the farm in 1938 and it was passed down to future generations.

Drury High Senior Present With Superintendent's Award
Alicandri's motivation, eagerness to accept challenges and high academic standards were recognized on Wednesday when she was presented the Certificate of Academic Excellence. She and her family attended the presentation.

Cheshire to Make Final Approval of Board Increase Documents
The initiative began in 2015 with a citizens petition that looked to expand the board. The process was delayed because the increase could not simply sail through with a citizens petition. After understanding that they had to solicit the state legislature to make the change, the town restarted the process.

Pittsfield, North Adams Observe Veterans Days
Sunday was also the centennial of the armistice for World War 1. Tyer read a special proclamation to honor the anniversary and later bells were tolled to recognize it.

Berkshire County Remembrances on World War I Centennial
Massachusetts honored her sons and daughters in 1933 with the dedication of the Mount Greylock War Memorial Tower on the state's highest peak in Adams. The 93-foot tall monument was recognized this year as one of 100 national monuments by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.

Adams Emergency Road Repairs Almost Complete
Interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan told the Selectmen on Wednesday that she expected J.H. Maxymillian Inc. to have completed work on the washouts on Glen Street and East Road by week's end.

Clarksburg Board-Gaming Event to Benefit Soldier On
The second annual "Soldiers, Dice, & Dragon" event hopes to match or succeed last year's benefit for homeless veterans that netted $2,500.

Wahconah Alum, Olympic Team Coach, Addresses Student Assembly
Whitcomb told the students that no matter what they were doing — whether athletics, academics or some other pursuit — the secret to success is to surround yourself with successful people and feed on them.

Albert Honored With Superintendent Award at Mount Greylock
Whether it be sports, academics, and giving back, Maddison "Maddie" Albert is a leader. That's the Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School Senior was awarded the Superintendent's Award on Thursday evening. The annual award is given to one top student in the senior class at high schools throughout the state

Adams Water District Forced to Upgrade System
Water District Superintendent John Barrett told the Board of Health on Wednesday that DEP has ordered the district to install chlorine injection systems at all their pumps and said it is unlikely they will meet the Dec 31 deadline.

North Adams Trees Donated in Memory of Peter Wright
The annual tree lighting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, Thanksgiving Eve, on Main Street. A number of events are planned to coincide with the tree lighting, which Santa Claus will attend.

BCC, MCLA Align Community Health Programs
As the population ages, there is a burgeoning need for community health educators. Berkshire Community College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has recognized that need and on Tuesday signed an articulation agreement to start training those professionals.

State Allocates $150K To Berkshires For Overflow Sheltering This Winter
The state allocated $150,000 to provide more shelters for those in need this winter. The Department of Housing and Community Development is providing the funds to ServiceNet to provide overflow sheltering. ServiceNet will subcontract with other organizations in the county including Soldier On in Pittsfield, Construct in Great Barrington, and the Lousison House in North Adams to serve the homeless population this winter.

Cheshire Selectmen Split on Town Administrator Candidates
They went over some of their thoughts Tuesday regarding selecting one of the three candidates for the post — but before their regularly scheduled meeting — and agreed to hold off their decision.

Tyer Proposes Property Tax Rate Cut
Do you remember where you were in 1993? That's the question Mayor Linda Tyer asked in her office Wednesday morning. Because 1993 was the last time the tax bill for the average single-family home in Pittsfield decreased. It was 2007 when the city's tax rate had declined from the previous year.

The Twists and Turns of the District Attorney's Race
The night hadn't been as late as many expected because, in just about every town, Harrington's numbers were above what Caccaviello could get. The race was over and while Caccaviello hadn't yet conceded, Harrington knew it and celebrated.

Adams Planning Board Continues O'Geary Expansion Hearing
The Planning Board asked James and Michael Geary on Monday to clarify some aspects of the site plan and come back to a December meeting.

Ziemba Wins Six-Year Term as Northern Berkshire Register
Ziemba will succeed Frances Brooks, who has worked at the Registry for more than 56 years, 14 of them as register.

Mount Greylock School District Elects New School Committee
Conry was the top vote-getter among the three, collecting 1,788 nods from voters in Williamstown and Lanesborough. Regina DiLego finished second with 1,737. Michelle Johnson finished eight votes out of the money with 1,729 votes.

Harrington Claims Victory in Berkshire District Attorney Race
While her opponent, Paul Caccaviello has not conceded, Harrington has opened up enough of a lead that her supporters feel confident that she will carry the day.

Berkshire County Election 2018
Voter turnout maybe being driven by the handful of races on the ballot, the three ballot measures Massachusetts is deciding or the wave of competitive races across the nation sparked by the current administration.

State Releasing Extra Funds to Help Rural Schools
Rural schools will receive additional support this year after Sen. Adam Hinds successfully secured a $1.5 million budget allocation for additional aid. The budget line provides districts below certain incomes and density $100 extra per student. The sparsity aid program helps rural schools with funding struggles keep up with larger schools throughout the state.

Berkshire Food Project Now Accepting Turkey Donations
The food project has provided a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings to anyone who wants one for years. Last year, it cooked up 24 turkeys to feed around 250 people.

North Adams Planners Approve Greylock Works Condos
The Planning Board on Monday approved the renovation of the west end of the more than century-old mill on State Road into 51 apartments — a switch from initial plans that had included hotel rooms.

Cheshire Approve COA Vehicle Agreement With Adams
The vehicle was donated to Adams in March by Fallon Health, a nonprofit provider based in Worcester. Girgenti said the Rogue can go places the normal COA vans can't.

District Attorney Write-In Campaign Could Delay Results
City clerks say they're ready for what's expected to be a long night of hand-counting. It won't add too much time to the smaller towns that have always counted their ballots by hand but for the larger communities, it means thousands of ballots.

BC Arc Celebrates Successes at Annual Meeting
Those with autism, and for brain injured and the developmentally challenged should be treated just like everybody else and BC Arc tried to do just that. Through numerous programs throughout the county, BC Arc doesn't just provide support and advocacy for those people, they work hard to integrate them back into the world.

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