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Kinder Morgan Shrinks Pipeline Size; Public Hearings Scheduled
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Saturday, July 18, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kinder Morgan is prepared to move forward with the proposed natural gas pipeline through the Berkshires, albeit the plan is for a somewhat smaller size.   On Thursday, Kinder Morgan announced it will continue with the permitting process for the Northeast Energy Direct Project, a 30-inch (down from 36 inches) pipeline from New York state through the Berkshires to Dracut. The project is a $3.3 billion investment in which the company says would cure a shortage of energy in New England.   "We are excited that the market path component is moving forward and a determination now has been made on mainline capacity for the project, which is specifically

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Dance, Auction Benefits Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Program
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:22PM / Friday, July 17, 2015
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LENOX, Mass. — Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will be serving up food and music among its scenic woodlands on Saturday to help raise funds for educational programs.

"It's going to be a fundraiser and a fun-raiser," Becky Cushing joked about the first major event of her initial year as director of the three Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries of Massachusetts Audubon, based at Pleasant Valley, the 1,000-plus acre wooded nature preserve hidden in the Lenox hills since the 1930s.

Pleasant Valley and Mass Audubon, with the support of sponsors, are hosting "An Evening in the Woods Summer Party and Barn Dance" starting at 6 p.m. with food, drink and a silent

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Pittsfield ConCom Gives Approval to Fix Brattle Brook Road
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:09AM / Thursday, July 16, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Conservation Commission gave the city approval to fix up the road through Brattle Brook Park.   Resident Alexander Bertelli has been asking the city to fix the road, which has massive ruts making it nearly impassable and washes out when it rains.   "I tried everything to get that road fixed," Bertelli said. "It's the worst I've ever seen it. It's a safety issue. It's bad."   Commissioner of Public Services Bruce Collingwood, however, said the property is under the Conservation Commission's jurisdiction. Collingwood said city workers couldn't do anything to that road without the commission detailing what

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