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Senate Candidates Debate at UCP in North Adams
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In the seventh of eight debates in six days, the candidates for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat continued to show their differences.   United Cerebral Palsy held a nearly 3-hour forum Friday night with Executive Director Salvatore Garozzo moderating. The primary election is on Thursday
Local Environmentalist Updates Guide to Berkshire Trails
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lauren R. Stevens has been traipsing through the Berkshire mountains for more than 40 years. And he wants others to find the same joy has in exploring the trails that weave throughout the county. "I want people to gain an appreciation of the beautiful place we live in," the
@theMarket: A Tale of Two Interest Rates
Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, investors had little to do but bet on how strong or weak the unemployment number would be. It turned out to be weaker than expected and the markets rallied. Yes, we are once again in a "bad news is good news environment." Weaker economic data means the chances of the Federal Reserve Bank raising
Williamstown Elementary Welcomes New Faces for School Year
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As the School Committee held its second meeting in the month of August, Williamstown Elementary School's principal reminded the committee members they're not the only ones devoting time to the school in the "off season." "People think that summer comes and teachers go on vacation, and
Williams College Students Cleanup, Paint Up in North Adams
Leading Minds students had lunch at the UNO Center. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — At Hillside Cemetery, William College students set to work straightening out gravestones and scrubbing them clean. On Main Street, they were painting the vintage-looking light poles shiny black and a crosswalk in bright colors. Still more were over
The Independent Investor: The VA Political Football
It is an election year and as such veterans are a voting block that neither side can resist. Both candidates are promising to overhaul Veterans Affairs once elected. The questions are whether to hand it over to the private sector or just try and fix the government organization's short-comings. We all remember the terrible scandal back
Mount Greylock Committee Declines Chair's Request to Step Down
Dorothy Presser of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees conducts a workshop at Wednesday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Wednesday declined a request from its chairman to allow her to step down from the position.   Carolyn Greene asked her
Polling Stations in Berkshire County
Polls are open in Massachusetts from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for state & federal elections, including primaries; municipal election times vary. Where to vote: Adams: Department of Public Works garage, North Summer Street Becket: Town Hall, Main Street Cheshire: Community Senior Center, 119 School St. Clarksburg: Senior Center, Cross
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Berkshire Mall Set to Be Sold
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Berkshire Mall is set to be sold to a New York investment firm which specializes in distressed malls.   Mehran Kohanseih, also known as Mike Kohan, said he will close on a sale of the mall Friday for $3.5 million. His goal is to be a "hands-on" owner and bring new
Golfweek Recognizes Williams College's Taconic
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.  -- For the sixth consecutive year, the Taconic Golf Club, home to both the Ephs' men's and women's golf teams, has been ranked No. 2 nationally by Golfweek magazine.   The Taconic Golf Club has been ranked behind top-ranked The Course at Yale University in each of the last six
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