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Cecropia, Our Sylvan King
By Tor Hansen, Guest Column
07:15PM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — So majestic is Hyalophora cecropia in appearance and biology that our sylvan king of the realm is a fitting title.   Just how this regal silk moth can engineer survival despite an inborn handicap is to its credit all the more remarkable. That such a resourceful creature can change form, starting with a tiny egg advancing to an enticing armored caterpillar, to a slumbering pupa inside a silken cocoon, emerging transformed into a wondrous moth is totally amazing.     Cecropia is an ancient moth, but its remote origin remains a mystery. So named by the father of binomial nomenclature, the taxonomist Carrolus

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State House Passes Act That Helps Preserve Family Farms
02:46PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli joined state Rep. Kate Hogan of Stwo and colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass a bill that aims to preserve family farms across the commonwealth.

H.3915, An Act to establish estate tax valuation for farms, would change the method for assessment of the estate tax valuation for agricultural land. Pignatelli, of Lenox, worked with Hogan to include the agricultural estate tax reform bill as part of a larger environmental bond bill that seeks to address the commonwealth's climate change preparedness and response plans.

"The agricultural estate tax is possibly one of the most important pieces of legislation

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Spring Harbinger Butterflies Abound on Mount Greylock
By Tor Hansen, Community Submission
05:44PM / Saturday, April 28, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Under azure blue skies our sun is warming the ground story all around the woodlands of Mount Greylock, and the native butterflies are responding. Drawn out of winterlong hibernation, resident species are actively flitting about, searching for mates, and sipping both ground moisture and sap from oak and beech trees.

As April warmth pervades the trailside glens, as winter's remnant snows remain and recede, one may find joy in witnessing these showy denizens basking in vernal warmth, and dashing and zooming hither and yon, in pursuit of conjugation or coupling so to procreate their progeny or offspring.  

  Here nature shows us

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North Adams Committee Mulling Plastic-Bag Ban
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Monday, April 09, 2018
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General Government Committee members Paul Hopkins, left, Rebbecca Cohen and Chairman Eric Buddington were seeking more input before continuing the discussion. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The General Government Committee wants more feedback as it considers a ban on single-use plastic bags.    Nearly three dozen people attended last Wednesday's meeting in City Council chambers, and giving views both for and against the proposal. Wide-ranging discussion lasted nearly an hour and led committee members to hold off on any discussion that evening.    "We've heard compelling arguments in several directions," said member Paul Hopkins. "I'm going to

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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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