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The Independent Investor: The Droning of America
Whether you call them unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely piloted aircraft or simply drones, these remote-controlled devices are expected to become a big business both here and abroad over the next decade. The question is whether this new technology will impact our lives in ways we are willing to accept. The worldwide drone market in 2007
County Faith Organizations Offer Emergency Rest Center Services
The Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee consists of representatives from an array of organizations including police, fire, Berkshire Medical Center and ambulance services. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Hurricane Irene hit the Northern Berkshires, faith organizations wanted to help but were not
Williamstown Housing Committee Looks at Demographics
The Affordable Housing Committee will hold listening sessions on the town garage and Photech sites. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Committee on Tuesday looked at a recent survey of current and former residents of the Spruces Mobile Home Park and found ample evidence to support its
Mount Greylock Officials Turn Up Heat for New School
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — School officials are encouraging residents in Williamstown and Lanesborough to get informed about the pursuit for a new high school and to let state representatives know what they think. Last week's closure of Mount Greylock Regional High School for humidity problems was
Coakley Talks Education, Economy in Campaign Swing
Attorney General Martha Coakley meets with voters in Pittsfield and North Adams during a campaign swing in the Berkshires to announce her run for governor. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The self-described "Berkshires Girl" was back in the county on Tuesday seeking support for
'Spruces Roof Group' Winding Down
The Spruces Roof Group has decided to continue to meet but on a less frequent schedule. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The controversy over developing conserved land may have died down — for now — but the meetings will continue. The Spruces Roof Group, born of this spring's debate over the potential
529 Plan Benefits: An Education for Your Student, Tax Breaks for You
With the pace of higher-education costs rising faster than the general Consumer Price Index (CPI), it's easy to understand why saving enough money to fund a child's college education has become a financial challenge for many parents and grandparents. The numbers tell the story: The first-year college tuition bill in 2020 is projected to
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Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair Set for Sept. 28-29
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hancock Shaker Village will hold its 16th annual Country Fair on Sept. 28 and 29.   The harvest celebration weekend will feature local food, handcrafts, fresh produce, antique farm equipment, oxen demonstrations, pie contests, a bluegrass band, and more.   In addition, children can participate
Williamstown Con Comm Looking to Create New Hiking Trail
The Conservation Commission heard a presentation on a proposed trail and continued a hearing related to conserved land. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission has decided to open a dialogue with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation about creating a new hiking trail in the northwest part of
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Coakley Visits Berkshire Cities for Governor's Race Kickoff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney General Martha Coakley will announce for governor on Monday at the beginning of a three-day swing through the state that will bring her to the Berkshires on Tuesday. The North Adams native had been among the high-profile Democrats expected to declare — one way or the other — on their interest
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