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Biz Briefs: Lowe's, Central Berkshire Habitat Team Up for Women Build Month
Building a future: Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's invite women to build alongside future homeowners during the 10th annual National Women Build Month. Central Berkshire is one of 300 Habitat organizations nationwide hosting Women Build projects during the month of May with support from Lowe’s, a longtime partner in
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McCann School Budget Reflects Hikes in Fixed Costs, Health Insurance
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School budget for fiscal 2018 is up 2.7 percent over this year, largely reflecting increasing fixed costs and level state funding.    The school's budget is up about $250,000, from $9.09 million to $9,340,159, and includes $88,000 in cuts. Some $3.7 million of the spending
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Lenox's Carpenter Wins Big East Mile
Lenox Memorial graduate and Georgetown University senior Scott Carpenter ran a personal record time of 4 minutes, 3.57 seconds Saturday to win the Big East indoor mile championship at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex on Staten Island.   Carpenter helped the Hoyas score big points in the event, where Georgetown
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Hundreds Rally In Pittsfield To Support ObamaCare
State Reps. Paul Mark and Tricia Farley-Bouvier were speakers for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Congress will soon take up bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But hundreds of local residents took to Park Square on Saturday to oppose those efforts, joining thousands across the nation who have held rallies
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@theMarket: Market Stalls at Record Highs
Stock market averages made another batch of new highs this week only to fall back in what may be buyer exhaustion. If the trend continues, investors may be looking at a 4-5 percent decline from here. It is too early to tell, because one day does not make a trend. We could easily experience a rebound next week, but I would still consider
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The Independent Investor: What Happens to Your Pet After Your Death?
If you are one of the 70 percent of the population that considers their pet a member of the family, you should review your estate planning documents. Otherwise, there is a good chance your pet will either end up in the pound, or worse. This hits close to home for many of us. If my wife and I were to die, for example, who would take care of
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'Lion': A Prince of the Jungle
Watching Garth Davis' "Lion," about a 5-year-old Indian boy who gets lost thousands of miles from his home, the innate humanitarian in you wonders just how many years of do-gooding it might take to put a dent in the horrific squalor the tale depicts. The poverty, the social equivalent of that stench-filled restaurant bathroom that
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Adams Sets Challenge to Make 8,400 Recycled Shopping Bags
Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco displays the type of material being used to make the bags. ADAMS, Mass. — The town of Adams is setting a challenge: to create 8,400 recycled shopping bags by Earth Day on April 22. The local BagShare Project uses recycled materials — mainly plastic woven feed bags and used
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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 22 - Feb. 23
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Feb. 22.   Damien Armstrong, 18, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of home invasion, and assault in a dwelling house with a dangerous weapon.   He was released on $5,000 bail. Armstrong is accused of breaking into a house on
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MCLA Professor Begins 'The 50 Card Project'
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every week since Inauguration Day and continuing through the end of 2017, Melanie Mowinski, an associate professor of visual arts at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will print a new letterpress card in a limited edition of 100, using vintage letterpress type, cuts and other printing matrixes. After making a
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