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Cleanup, Remediation Part of Greylock Works Redevelopment
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Monday, November 06, 2017
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An entrance was dug out to reach the future cheese cave under the Weave Shed. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock Works is nearing the end of its first phase of redevelopment of the former Cariddi Mill on State Road.    The owners of the mill recently reviewed some of the actions taken to remediate contamination found on the site during Phase 1, the renovation of the Weave Shed as an event space and artisanal food production site, and exterior upgrades.   The 240,000 square-foot mill was purchased about two years ago by Karla Rothstein and Sal Perry. Former owner James Cariddi had also done some work in remediating the mill.    "The work has really been

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North Adams May Become a Pollinator-Friendly Community
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:42AM / Sunday, October 29, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Services Committee is gathering information before making recommendations about North Adams becoming a pollinator-friendly community.    The committee on Thursday determined to get data from the Department of Public Works as part of its research.    City Councilor Eric Buddington introduced the resolution on Oct. 11 to the City Council on Oct. 11, which referred it to the Public Services Committee to vet. Yhr    "We have a lot of community gardens in town and I would very much like to see the future of agriculture protected because I don't think we can count on California to give us our produce forever,"

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State Asking For Input On Outdoor Recreation Plan
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04:08PM / Thursday, October 05, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — What type of outdoor recreation would you want to see created?   That's what the state is asking right now. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is updating its Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, which makes it eligible for about $2 million per year from the federal government.    The National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund program has been ongoing since 1965 and has paid for a number of outdoor recreation projects in the county. Locally, the money has purchased land along the Appalachian Trail and at Onota Lake. North Adams received a quarter of a million dollars to build a park on River

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Grant Helps Spread the 'Bee Friendly Williamstown' Buzz
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Friday, September 29, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town has received a $9,120 grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at University of Massachusetts at Lowell to further its efforts to become "Bee Friendly Williamstown."

Last May, Williamstown residents approved a non-binding resolution declaring the town a pollinator-friendly community. The resolution seeks to change residential and institutional landscaping practices by promoting ways to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides that scientists believe are killing bee populations.

Building on that, the town has partnered with several local organizations - Caretaker Farm, the Clark Art Institute, Images Cinema, Sam and Elizabeth Smith,

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North Adams Council Approves Resolution Backing Climate Accord
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Friday, August 25, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to support the Paris Climate Accords.   The resolution, based on a request submitted by Vincent Melito, a former city councilor, passed 7-1, with City Councilor Keith Bona voting against.    The accord, a voluntary agreement among nations to reduce carbon emissions and to aid developing nations in meeting goals, is being backed by consortiums of mayors, governors and business leaders in the wake of the president's announcement that the United States would withdraw.   "I feel as though the city of North Adams has a very small part in addressing this monumental problem," City

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Chenaille Neighborhood Unhappy With North Adams Bike Path Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, July 14, 2017
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Mayor Richard Alcombright speaks with residents of Chenaille Terrace. City Councilor Robert M. Moulton Jr. also attended. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Residents of the Chenaille Terrace cul-de-sac remain unconvinced that changes on the proposed bike path would ensure their privacy and security.   More than a dozen neighbors walked the roughly outlined pathway that skirts their back yards on Thursday with city and state officials.    "This is a dead end street, there's nobody on and off our street except for residents," said Hewitt Rand. "We have no problems in our neighborhood, we all get along, we have no fences ... it's totally

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Hoosic River Revival's New Executive Director Welcomes Challenges
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:50PM / Thursday, July 06, 2017
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Judith Grinnell has led the Hoosic River Revival effort since 2008. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After nearly a decade of trying to restore and revitalize the Hoosic River, the nonprofit board leading the charge has faced its share of twists and turns.   The Hoosic River Revival’s new executive director welcomed the most recent challenge.   Earlier this year, the organization learned of plans to move a proposed model railroad museum onto property adjoining the proposed floodplain of the restored South Branch of the Hoosic.   “We were in the process of interviewing [finalists] when we learned about the railroad museum having moved its location. To say we were

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Senate Chair on Global Warming Takes Input on Energy Policy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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State Sens. Adam Hinds and Marc Pacheco visit Seth Nash of Blue Q on Monday afternoon, before the hearing. Nash is one of the private-sector businesses to install a photovoltaic array to power his business.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Marc Pacheco has chaired the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and thought he had heard everything about the environment.   Until 11 years ago, when he saw Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."   "I saw the reality come to life on a movie screen," Pacheco said.   He signed up to become a "climate messenger" and went to a training in Nashville, Tenn.

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New Brochure Identifies Invasive Species at Windsor Lake
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:21PM / Monday, June 19, 2017
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The trifold brochure, with illustrations by Kailynn Clark, has information and identification information for seven common varieties of invasive plants. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A student environmental project at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has produced a brochure and more extensive booklet identifying invasive species at Windsor Lake.    The project by Karen Witek and Kailynn Clark got a passing grade from the Windsor Lake Recreation Commission after reviewing the trifold brochure and booklet they produced.    "They've spent a lot of time and energy on the project," Chairman Arlen Cellana said. "For what it is for me, I appreciate

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North Adams Event Tries to Link Local Vendors with Anchor Institutions
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Friday, May 12, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Last Friday's foul weather was just fine with Jeffrey Thomas.   "I've never hoped so hard for rain," Thomas said as the crowd filtered in to a Buyer/Supplier Meetup event he planned at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts' Club B10.   Thomas is the executive director of North Adams non-profit Lever, which seeks to foster entrepreneurship throughout the region.   On Friday, Lever hosted the first-ever event to try to form connections between small- and mid-sized businesses and the area's major "anchor" institutions, like Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Berkshire Medical Center,

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