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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Grants from Williams College
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has awarded the 2020 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development to nine area schools.   Each entity will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.   The schools and districts are Hoosac Valley Regional School District in
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North Adams Board of Health Authorizes Police as Health Agents
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's police officers were deputized Thursday as health agents on to assist the health inspector during the pandemic.   "It's just something to address our current situation to expand, I guess, the capabilities of the Board of Health since the Health Department is one person,"
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Clarksburg Holds Off on Budget Review, Police Chief Salary
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are hoping to have more clarity in two weeks about where the annual town meeting can held.    Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher said at Wednesday's meeting that he and Town Administrator Rebecca Stone had spoken with Norman Rolnick of the Board of Health. The closure of town
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'Rain Man': If We Only Used Our Brain
I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that
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The Independent Investor: The Culling of America
As the death toll attributed to the coronavirus breached 100,000 in the Unites States this week, among the hardest hit Americans are those in the elderly population. The numbers simply illustrate what we all know. Eighty percent of the known fatalities were at least 65 years old. As such, the virus appears to be very good at selective
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BMC Cancer Center to Host Survivor Thriver Event on Zoom
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Medical Center Cancer Center will present its annual survivor thriver event using the Zoom online platform.  "Celebrate & Thrive: Health and the Rhythm of Life" will be presented by Dr. Mark Pettus, medical director of Population Health for BMC, on Thursday, June 4, from 4 to 5
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North Adams Cancels All Summer Events for 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The year 2020 was supposed to be a year of celebration for the North Adams to mark the 125 years since it had incorporated as a city.   But the arrival of the novel coronavirus has put all those plans off now — along with a host of beloved summer activities.   The city of North Adams
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North Adams City Council Endorses Voting by Mail
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday endorsed a resolution supporting bills in the Legislature that seek to expand voting by mail.    The resolution passed 7-2, with Councilor Robert Moulton Jr. and Wayne Wilkinson voting against.    There are a number of bills in the Legislature addressing
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North Adams Trying to Determine 'Worst Case' Budget Picture
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city administration is looking at what kind of scenario North Adams can operate under without knowing how the state budget will play out.    Mayor Thomas Bernard told the City Council on Tuesday night that "worst case is a hard thing to project right now simply because with 44 percent of our
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Biz Briefs: SABIC Donating to Local United Way to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts
SABIC donation SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, is donating $25,000 to the Berkshire United Way to help serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from $1 million in monetary donations to food banks and community-based agencies in the communities where the company operates, SABIC, whose head office is based in
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