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Stamford/Clarksburg Merger Consultants Plan Public Meeting
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Monday, January 07, 2019

Committee members Cynthia Brule, left, Chairwoman Patricia Prenguber and Laura Wood hear reports at Thursday's meeting.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Consultants are already at work sussing out the challenges and benefits of an interstate school merger with Stamford, Vt.    Public Consulting Group will hold its first public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg School for both towns and will set a series of meeting with focus groups.    "That town meeting will be for that feasibility group to share some information with both towns and any questions people have just as they're starting their work and they'll be back at the end of

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BRPC Looks to Kick Start Mountain Biking Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Monday, January 07, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC is hoping to kick off an effort to bolster mountain biking in the area.   Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is joining with two others Western Massachusetts planning organizations in a grant application to map, analyze, identify trail conditions, and lay the framework for a marketing effort to make Western Massachusetts known as a mountain biking hub.   The hope is that the Mass Trails grant will kick off the project and a previously secured $800,000 in an environmental bond bill by state Sen. Adam Hinds can follow. Those funds have not been released by the administration.   "The senator is a strong advocate for mountain

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Pittsfield Police Hosting Expo on Law Enforcement Careers
Staff Reports,
04:23PM / Sunday, January 06, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Want to fight crime? Because the Pittsfield Police Department is looking for candidates to join the force.   The department is holding a recruitment expo on Tuesday at Taconic High School to answer questions and demonstrate equipment for those who may be thinking of entering the profession. The expo is being held in anticipation of the next Civil Service test for police officers.   The department has been hiring over the last few years as it looks to expand its ranks. The last test was done in 2017 and to get more candidates the department has suspended its residency requirement.    The written examination to become an officer is administered by

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Barrett Scores 16 as Westfield State Women Down MCLA
11:08PM / Saturday, January 05, 2019
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Westfield State sophomore forward Melissa Gray scored a career-high 30 points to lead the way, as Westfield rolled past Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 117-63, at the Woodward Center on Saturday afternoon.   Westfield improved to 6-7 and 1-0 in the league this season. The Owls have won three straight conference titles and were picked to win the title again this season in the league pre-season coaches' poll. MCLA is now 4-7 and 0-1 in the league.   Gray finished 11-18 shooting from the floor, and made six of 12 three-point tries and grabbed eight rebounds. The Owls (6-7, 1-0 MASCAC) finished with five players scoring in double-figures, as Kierra

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Berkshire Registers of Deeds to Standardize Procedures
07:07PM / Saturday, January 05, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The county's three registers of deeds say they will be working together to ensure consistency in procedures in the three offices.    Maria T. Ziemba, Northern Berkshire District Register of Deeds; Patricia M. Harris, Berkshire Middle District Register of Deeds; and Michelle Laramee-Jenny, Southern Berkshire District Register of Deeds, were all sworn into office in the Middle Berkshire District Registry of Deeds on Wednesday, Jan. 2.   All three registers have agreed to identify and standardize any differences in recording requirements and procedures between the registries in an effort to become more accommodating to law firms, financial

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Gov. Baker Highlights Success of Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:10PM / Friday, January 04, 2019

Following the tour of the facility, Baker has lunch with company officials, interns, and local elected officials. The governor was sworn into his second term of office on Thursday and was leaving to attend events in Holyoke, Springfield and Worcester.   LEE, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker blitzed the commonwealth this week as he kicks off his second term in the corner office.   On Friday, Baker visited Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing where the state had played a role in helping the company both expand and bring on interns.   Baker toured the facility, met with the interns, heard from company officials about future plans, and highlighted it as an example of the

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MCLA to Hold Girls and Women in Sports Day Feb. 2
MCLA,
02:49PM / Friday, January 04, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts athletic department will hold its 30th celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb. 2.   A day of sports clinics is free for girls in grades 3 through 8 and a $5 pickleball clinic and tournament for women will be held at the Amsler Campus Center starting at 8:15.   The day includes lunch and admission to the Trailblazers women's basketball game against Worcester State at 1 p.m.   The girls clinic includes instruction in volleyball, softball and lacrosse.   NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the

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Edward Jones Office Administrator Accepts Limited Partnership
11:40AM / Friday, January 04, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Patricia Kolis, a branch office administrator at Edward Jones in North Adams, has accepted an invitation to become a limited partner in The Jones Financial Cos., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial services firm.

Edward Jones currently employs 45,000 associates in all 50 states and through its affiliate in Canada. This is the firm's 17th limited partnership offering in its 97-year history.

Kolis joined Edward Jones in 2011.

"I am thrilled to receive this invitation," she said. "I've always enjoyed my job -- it's both challenging and rewarding -- but being an owner in the firm is really exciting."

The Jones

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Clarksburg Officials United Over School Building Woes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, January 04, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Local officials are trying to eliminate the fingerpointing over the condition of the elementary school and offer a united front to both the town and state in raising funds to address the 50-year-old structure's many needs.   "We have to change that message that's coming out of Clarksburg that we're at odds," said School Superintendent John Franzoni. "We have to change that message to that we're working together to make this school stay open, to continue to educate our students in the best possible way and to find a way to make it happen so this building is not viewed as being in decline."   Addressing the significant

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State Police Investigating 2 Separate Head-on Collisions
09:07PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019

Route 20 was closed for more than three hours after a head-on collision seriously injured three people.  HANCOCK, Mass. — Two separate head-on crashes occurred on Thursday evening that required the transportation of at least one person by medical helicopter.    The first occurred around 5 p.m. on Lebanon Road (Route 20) near the Overlook parking area in Hancock. Three people were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries. Traffic on Route 20 was detoured until the road was reopened shortly before 9 p.m.    The second accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Route 7 in New Ashford, near the Springs inn. Route 7 is closed in both directions from Mallery

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Baker Upbeat, Stresses Bipartisanship in 2nd Inaugural Speech
06:19PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his second inaugural address from the House Chamber on Thursday, stressing the benefits of bipartisanship and the initiatives he'll be pushing in the coming months.    Baker, who easily won a second four-year term in November, welcomed the new and returning legislative members who were sworn in on Wednesday to the ongoing work on behalf of the state.   "I'm quite sure you've heard about the good work that goes on here, as well as those areas in which we fall short," he said. "We all strive to build a commonwealth of hope, opportunity and possibility. ...    "And in this era of snapchats,

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for January
02:45PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Blandford and Lenox for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Blandford Town Hall, located at 1 Russell Stage Road Legacy Room of the Lenox Library, located at 18 Main St. All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if they have an idea, question or comment about state government

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