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Pignatelli Secures Funds for County Initiatives, MassPike Study
05:48PM / Tuesday, May 02, 2017
BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, secured funding and language for the 4th Berkshire District in the House of Representatives' version of the fiscal 2018 state budget was passed last week.   It includes language that would require the state Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of building a new exit between Exits 2 and 3 of the Massachusetts Turnpike and report back to the Legislature by next January. There are 29 miles between those two exits — Lee in Berkshire County and Westfield in Hampden County.    "The distance between Exits 2 and 3 of the turnpike is the longest on the state highway,"

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Clarksburg Election, Town Meeting Set; Wednesday Last Day to Register
03:18PM / Tuesday, May 02, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Citizens have until Wednesday (tonight) at 8 p.m. to register to vote in the annual town meeting and election.    Voter registration hours are being held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall.   The town election will be held on Tuesday, May 23, at the Senior Center on West Cross Road from noon to 7 p.m. Town meeting is Wednesday, May 24.     The following returned nomination papers to have their names placed on the ballot:   Board of Selectman, two years: Carlyle C. Chesbro Jr School Committee, three years: Laura D. Wood Library trustee, three years: Linda J. Hurlbut War Memorial trustee, three years: Joseph Bushika III Tree

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

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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North Adams Struggling to Recruit, Retain Police Officers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:58AM / Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Police Director Michael Cozzaglio, left, explains some of the difficulties in recruiting and retaining police officers. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Low pay and high call volume are making it harder to attract and retain police officers in the city. 

"There are two things against us," Mayor Richard Alcombright told the Finance Committee last Thursday. "If the city of North Adams wants to attract and retain police officers, then they're going to have to pay more than $38,000 a year to start."   Plus, he said, "we have some of the, if not one of the, highest call volumes in the commonwealth." Even if North Adams doesn't some of the major

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Berkshires Beat: Adams Native Stars in ‘Peppa Pig’ Stage Show
10:54PM / Monday, May 01, 2017

Pigging out: Adams native Evan M. Pinsonnault is an actor with Peppa Pig's first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, "Peppa Pig's Big Splash." The show splashes down in Springfield for the final performance in its spring 2017 tour (peppapigliveus.com). The show will be at Symphony Hall on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m.

Pinsonnault, stage name Evan Michael, plays the roles of Daddy Pig, Mr. Bull and Danny Dog in the live show. Springfield is one of more than 30 cities in the United States and Canada on the spring tour. Pinsonnault also played the roles of Daddy Pig, Mr. Bull and Danny Dog in the 2015-2016 tour, which visited more than 90 cities.

Pinsonnault is a 2001 graduate of Hoosac

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Biz Briefs: Lee Outlets Join In 'More Than Pink' Movement
03:07PM / Monday, May 01, 2017

Thinking pink: Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets across New England, including the Lee Premium Outlets, is holding its Spring 2017 More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. As part of its pledge to donate $1 million each year in 2017 and 2018, more than 180 participating Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets nationwide will be participating in a range of activities throughout the month of May.

Visitors to Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets will notice the pink theme carried throughout the shopping centers with features such as pink-lit entrances, pink flowers on display, pink ribbon parking and more. Staff will also be donning

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MCLA Names Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition
01:06PM / Monday, May 01, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the seventh annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. This award, given by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

This year's recipients will be recognized on Thursday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218, on the MCLA campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The recipients are Lisa Kelly Kane (Early Childhood – Community Setting), director of St. Paul's Children Center of Stockbridge; Robin Poirot (PreK-Grade 2), a kindergarten

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Local Economic Specialists See Mall Site As An 'Opportunity'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Monday, May 01, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nathaniel Karns posed a question to David Curtis: Does the county have a place for a manufacturer to construct a 150,000 to 200,000 square-foot facility?   "Yes until you impact the environmental issues that surround the parcels which make it unusable. So the answer is no," Cutis, the economic development specialist with 1Berkshire, responded.   Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's executive director prefaced the question by saying most of the county's homegrown manufacturing companies expanded 10 to 15 years ago. The next step would be to double again but there is no industrially zoned and developable land available in the

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Lenox Named Best Northeastern Small Town
10:51AM / Sunday, April 30, 2017
LENOX, Mass. — Lenox has been voted the Best Northeastern Small Town in USA Today's Best Small Town contest.    This town of 5,000 will be promoted across USA Today Travel Media Group's digital and mobile products, as well as via social media. Nominees are also promoted across the USA Today travel sections and other Gannett Media outlets.   "We all knew that Lenox is a special place and the best small town, but to hear a national outlet like USA Today and their many readers agree is a great feeling and a big win for us," Spaulding said. "This award, combined with the recent acknowledgement by Expedia, who named Lenox one of the top 26 luxury

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Lanesborough Couple Fighting to Save Historic, Family Farm
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:39AM / Sunday, April 30, 2017

Chris Wheeler had dedicated the last two years to cleaning up overgrown sections of the farmland and growing fruit trees and berries.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Thomas Olsen grew up on a farm in Norway.   In 1923, he and his wife, Randi, immigrated to the United States, landing in New York. But the city life wasn't for him. He told his wife, "it's no way for a man to live" and every week he'd stash money aside in hopes to move to the country.   The Depression or some other factor would hit and he'd lose the savings and build it back up. And every week he'd stop at the bank and browse the real estate listings.   In 1938, one of those

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Red Lion Reopens Dining Room With $1M Renovated Kitchen
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:24AM / Saturday, April 29, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Red Lion Inn bakes more than 6,000 muffins and some 1,300 of its famous apple pies every year.

So when the bakeshop in the multiroom kitchen showed signs of structural distress, inn management decided if it was time to revamp this very important area, why not do the whole kitchen over?   After more than two months of construction, inn officials cut the ribbon on the newly renovated $1 million kitchen on Thursday afternoon, capping the latest update of the historic structure whose roots date back to the 1770s.   Owner Nancy Fitzpatrick joked it was the kind of project done only about every 75 years or so.    "So you're all

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Sociology Major Names Newman Civic Fellow at MCLA
07:50PM / Friday, April 28, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts sophomore Maggie Whited of Lincoln, Mass., was selected by the Campus Compact as the College’s 2017 Newman Civic Fellow.

According to the Campus Compact, Fellows tackle community challenges, provide fresh energy and perspective, inspire and mobilize others, and develop their own skills and potential. Through service, research and advocacy, Newman Fellows make the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

As one of this year's Newman Civic Fellows, Whited – who majors in sociology at MCLA, with

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'Baseball and the Berkshires' Moves to Berkshire Mall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:17PM / Friday, April 28, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Right alongside an athletic shoe retailer where today's high school baseball stars would feel at home, the stars of Berkshire County's yesteryear have a new home.   "Baseball and the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond" holds its grand opening on Saturday and Sunday and will be open Friday through Sunday for the foreseeable future at its new digs at the Berkshire Mall.   After spending parts of the past two years at Arrowhead in Pittsfield, including last year's run as a traveling exhibit, curator Larry Moore hopes the mall location will be a permanent home for the exhibit, which features artifacts celebrating the game's

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