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Con Comm Inserts Stronger Language in Lowry, Burbank Statements
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:29AM / Friday, September 12, 2014
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Conservation Commission Chairman Philip McNight, left, and Commissioner Robert Hatton. McKnight presented a draft statement laying out the history and intent of land under the commission's control. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission on Thursday strengthened the wording that will be used in its statements regarding the town-owned properties under its care, custody, management and control.   At the urging of Commissioner Robert Hatton, the final statements — which could be voted as soon as Sept. 25 — will include language declaring the commission's intent to keep the Lowry and Burbank properties in their current uses: agriculture and passive

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McCann Begins School Year With New Staff, Equipment
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:53AM / Friday, September 12, 2014
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The McCann School Committee is updated on Thursday on projects and hires.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School's administration said the new year is off to a solid start.

Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee on Thursday night that the freshman have already settled in.

"The start of the school year has gone very smoothly," he said."We welcomed the new freshmen in, and they found their way around the building. They seem to be a really nice class, and they seem to be really friendly."

Kratz said he also spoke to the seniors about their new role in the school.

"We talked about what their role is as seniors and how they can help to

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The Independent Investor: The United States of Scotland?
By Bill Schmick,
05:38PM / Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Will the ghost of William Wallace finally see the British thrown out of his country once and for all? If the latest polls on the outcome of the Sept. 18th referendum on Scottish Independence are any indication, Scots are in a dead heat over the political and economic future of their country.

Last weekend, for the first time, polls showed that the majority of voters in Scotland were leaning toward independence. Since then new polls show the public vacillating between yes and no on a daily basis. The news has shocked the world and galvanized the three major British political parties to implement a no-holds-barred program of damage control.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberal Democrat

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MassDOT, Peter Pan Offering Expanded Routes
02:35PM / Thursday, September 11, 2014
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BOSTON — The state Department of Transportation, in partnership with Peter Pan Bus Lines, will be offering regional transportation services as part of the new BusPlus program.

BusPlus is a public/private partnership in which MassDOT provides new regional buses to private for-profit bus companies. The companies in return must deliver regional services improvements and will be responsible for all bus maintenance and operating costs.

New service expected to begin on Sept. 15 includes:

• Providence, Worcester, Springfield, Lee, Lenox, Pittsfield, Williamstown, and Albany; one new round-trip Monday through Sunday. This daily service will increase from two daily round-trips to

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Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club Starts New Session
02:20PM / Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club's learn to skate program is starting a new session Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.  at the Peter Foote Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Rink.

Girls and boys, ages 3 and up, can learn the basics of figure skating, make new friends and become part of a great club while creating lasting memories.

Rental skates are available for a nominal fee. Lesson includes 30 minutes of instruction and 20 minutes of free skate.

Visit our website, www.christmasbrookfsc.org for enrollment forms and more information. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Fuller at 743-9805 or 2kfuller@roadrunner.com.

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Berkshire Trendsetter Awards 2014 Presented
09:37AM / Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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Peter White, center, with Megan Whilden and Mick Callahan, was named this year's Young Professional Making A Difference. See more photos here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The region's "Trendsetters" were honored on Tuesday night their for contributions to the economic, cultural and civic health of the Berkshires.  

Sponsored by 1Berkshire, the county's economic development organization, more more than 275 people attended the fourth annual event held at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport.

The Trendsetter Awards recognize businesses, organizations, and individuals whose outstanding achievements and commitment have strengthened the economy and helped the Berkshires

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Williamstown Toughens Tobacco Regulations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:32AM / Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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The Board of Health on Monday voted to enact new tobacco regulations after a brief public hearing with little opposition. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health on Monday voted to enact new tobacco regulations aimed at cutting back on youth smoking and smoking in public places.   The board held a public hearing on the proposed regulations that drew comments from four members of the public — all in favor of the proposed regulations.   Although no one rose in opposition to the changes, the board did receive written communication from a couple of New England retail merchants associations expressing concern about the rules.   After a hearing that took about

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Coakley, Baker to Face Off in November Election
By Andy McKeever,
10:38PM / Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The slate of candidates in the statewide general election is set.   For governor, Charlie Baker soared to victory in the Republican primary Tuesday over Mark Fisher. And Berkshire native Martha Coakley won in the Democratic primary. Those two will join independent Evan Falchuk in the November general election to choose Gov. Deval Patrick's replacement.   "It is a new day, let's make it ours," Coakley said to conclude a speech to supporters Tuesday night when she outlined a platform based on making pre-K universal, requiring earned sick time for workers, improved mental health services and "regional economies."   "We

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Williamstown Selectmen Look at Making Five Corners Safer
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:26AM / Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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Police Chief Kyle Johnson suggested larger signage at the accident-prone Five Corners intersection. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday evening discussed how to make the Five Corners intersection in South Williamstown safer after a fatal accident at the site last month.   Police Chief Kyle Johnson advised the board about changes he would recommend to make signage more obvious to alert drivers to a reduced speed zone on that stretch of Route 7 and a stop for drivers on Route 43.   "I would like to see all of the signs to be oversized," Johnson said. "It's getting the motorist's attention."   The board agreed and, at

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'Singing Trooper' Dan Clark Performing in Stamford
04:16PM / Monday, September 08, 2014
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The 'Singing Trooper' serenades an audience at the North Adams (Mass.) Public Library in 2010.

STAMFORD, Vt. — Sgt. Daniel Clark, known as "The Singing Trooper," will perform his inspirational program Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at Stamford Community Church.

The performance is presented by the Leo Ethier Memorial Scholarship Fund as a thank you from the Ethier family to the community for its support over the years.

In addition to being a Marine veteran, Clark was a Massachusetts State Trooper for 20 years, retiring in 2005 to pursue a professional singing career. During his time as a trooper, he performed for more than 2,500 federal, state, local and military

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