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Guest Column: Shared Services Are the Future
After nearly a year of preparation, and just a few short months since 17 South Berkshire communities came together in a historic Community Compact signing, we are starting to see the successful work of so many coming together. As community leaders, we have to be willing to have a serious conversation about our region's financial
PEDA Planning Three Open Houses for Stanley Business Park
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority will host three open house events on Aug. 24, Aug. 31, and Sept. 14 at the William Stanley Business Park to showcase the park's developable building sites. PEDA is encouraging potential developers, builders, existing businesses and community members to attend and learn
PEDA Extends Negotiation Period With Waterstone
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority has extended the timeframe to reach a land lease agreement with Waterstone Realty for the development of a Walmart Supercenter.   On Tuesday, PEDA approved the extension to the letter of intent. Executive Director Corydon Thurston said the original 60-day
Berkshire STEM Network Snags $65,000 State Grant
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Network has received $65,000 from the Massachusetts STEM Pipeline Fund to promote STEM education in the region. The funding is part of more than $250,000 in recent grant awards to support the commonwealth's regional STEM networks. This
As Tanglewood Season Wanes, Music Still Fills the Mountains
During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival, the spotlight will focus on a wide range of both standard and unusual fare in varied genres: from Stravinsky, Mozart and Verdi, to Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev and contemporary composer George Tsontakis (b. 1951). Come late August, classical aficionados are saddened to
Consider All Aspects of College Savings Options
It's almost back-to-school time. If you have young children going to public schools, your biggest expenditures may be on pens, pencils and notebooks. But if you want those same kids to go to college someday, you'll eventually face considerably larger costs – so you may want to start preparing soon. College is costly. For the
Summer League, Travel Team Open Lacrosse Opportunities
DALTON, Mass. -- For the record, ODB defeated the Wahconah boys lacrosse team Tuesday in the championship game of the Berkshire Summer League.   But the league is really less about records and more about having a chance to play.   “The kids just want to stay active,” Wahconah varsity coach Zach
Debates, Forums Slated for State House & Senate Candidates
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are several forums and debates being held over the next several weeks for candidates running for the state Legislature. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts hosts a debate at the Church Street Center beginning at 7 p.m. sharp on Wednesday for state Senate candidates. The three candidates seeking the
Organ Recipients Speak to Need for Donations of Life
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Denise Swistak owes her life to a man from Oklahoma whom she'd never met. And it's all because he had checked off the box to be an organ donor on his driver's license application. "A man from Oklahoma saved my life. I'll never know him, I thanked his family for his generosity and
Pittsfield Airport Raises Landing, Tie-Down Fees
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Airport Commission has implemented new fees in hopes to raise revenues.   Airport Commission Chairman Chris Pedersen told a research group looking to the operations on Monday that a number of the fees have gone up — including more than a 60 percent increase for tie-downs and a complete revamping
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