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North Adams Democrats Host Candidate Shein
09:51AM / Tuesday, January 31, 2012
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Democratic City Committee will host Democratic congressional candidate Bill Shein on Friday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 at the Freight Yard Pub.

Northern Berkshire Democrats and independent voters are invited to attend. Shein will address the gathering, which will also feature greetings from guests and city committee members.
Shein, of Alford, is a syndicated humor/political columnist and political activist. He recently announced his candidacy for the newly redrawn and consolidated 1st Massachusetts District seat.

Also, Greg Maynard, Western Massachusetts coordinator for U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, will speak on her behalf.



Williamstown Election Papers Available Wednesday
By Andy McKeever,
04:10PM / Monday, January 30, 2012
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nomination papers for the town election will be available on Wednesday.

The papers are due by to the town clerk's office with at least 28 certifiable signatures by March 20. The election will be on May 8 and the town meeting will be on May 15. The deadline for warrant article submissions is March 26.

Current Board of Selectmen Chairman Thomas Sheldon is up for re-election for the three-year post. There are two positions on the Elementary School Committee, both three years and are the seats of Jennifer Trainer Thompson and Adam Filson. Christopher Winters' five-year seat on the Planning Board is also up for election.

Additionally, a three-year term on the


Sen. Scott Brown Asserts His Independence At Pittsfield Stump
By Andy McKeever,
06:27PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2012

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is using his election campaign to assert his independence as one of the nation's most bipartisan politicians.

Brown kicked off campaigning last week and stopped in at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center to meet with voters on Wednesday. There the Wrentham Republican assured voters in the heavily Democratic region that he is not a "rock thrower" and can work with Democrats.

"I am doing exactly what I said I would do, which is to read the bills and see how they affect Massachusetts, our country, our debt and our deficit, and vote.


Adams Election Papers Available Jan. 30
Staff Reports,
06:10PM / Tuesday, January 24, 2012
ADAMS, Mass. — Nomination papers for the town election will be available next on Monday.

The papers must be returned to the Town Clerk's office by March 19 for the May 7 election. On the Board of Selectmen, there will be two seats for re-election - one of which is the three-year term of Jason Hnatanko, who will not seek re-election. The other is for the three-year term of current Chairman Arthur "Skip" Harrington.

There are also seats available for moderator, town clerk, assessor, board of health, two library trustees, three parks commissioners, planning board, cemetery commissioner, two redevelopment authority, a Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational School District,


Brown Making Campaign Swing Through Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
02:52PM / Tuesday, January 24, 2012

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is making a campaign swing through Western Massachusetts on Wednesday.

Brown will be in Pittsfield from 3:15 to 4 p.m. to visit with senior citizens at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center on North Street. The senator was last in Pittsfield in August, when he addressed the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.

The Wrentham Republican is closing his second year in office but will have to win in November against a Democratic candidate to get a full six-year term. The former state senator is currently completing the term of the late Ted Kennedy.

The senator will also stop at the

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