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Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Southern Section to Reopen; Northern Section to Close
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The southern section of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail will be re-opened to the public beginning on Saturday, June 27, which includes access to the Berkshire Mall Connector Road parking lots.   Meanwhile, on Monday, June 29, the northern section of the trail will temporary close to the public in order to
Child Care Leader Recognized by State Women's Commission
Jane Winn, seen in this file photo, was also nominated as a Commonwealth Heroine for her environmental efforts.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic presented unheard of challenges for non-profit service agencies.   North Adams-based Child Care of the Berkshires faced more issues than many. But
Clarksburg Town Meeting Passes $4.6M Budget, OKs Truck Purchase
Select Board member Allen M. Arnold is sworn into office by Jeanne Moulthrop, voted temporary town clerk for the meeting. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A sparse town meeting burned through a 19-article warrant on Wednesday night under sunny skies.    The meeting, held on the lawn of the Senior Center because of
State Guidance on Start of School Year Expected Thursday
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — School officials across the commonwealth are anticipating a Thursday announcement of state directives regarding the 2020-21 school year.   But they have been disappointed before.   "We were hopeful we would have the [education] commissioner's guidance," Mount Greylock
Report Finds 'Utterly Shameful' Conditions at Holyoke Soldiers' Home
BOSTON — An independent report on the outbreak COVID-19 at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke that cost the lives of 76 veterans is "gut wrenching" to read and "utterly shameful," said Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday.    "Today the loss of life is difficult to even think or speak about. The events
Clarksburg Voters to See Reduced Budget at Town Meeting
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters at town meeting on Wednesday will see a revised budget for fiscal 2021 that would reduce it overall by about $50,000 and raise the estimated tax rate by a much lower figure.   That's if the voters approve both the budget and the purchase of a new truck for no more than
Clarksburg Town Meeting to Decide Budget, Truck Purchase
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters will be asked to approve a $4.6 million fiscal 2021 budget at the annual town meeting.    Town meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center at 712 West Cross Road. The meeting will be set up in the parking lot and there will be provisions for keep people
Berkshires Beat: BNRC Opens New Mahanna Cobble Trail
Mahanna Cobble access Berkshire Natural Resources Council and Mill Town have teamed up to create improved public access to Mahanna Cobble, a conservation reserve owned and operated by BNRC. Mahanna Cobble is free and open to the public, and rests atop the south-facing side of Bousquet Mountain in Pittsfield. Mill Town, which
Your Mental Health During COVID-19: When Should You Seek Help?
Unusual stress or depression. Anxiety about leaving the house or getting sick. Increased use of alcohol or drugs while isolated at home. Obsessive-compulsive behaviors getting worse. Difficulty creating daily structure for self or family. Trouble concentrating, anger, tearfulness. Suicidal thoughts.  For many, mental health during
State's Sales Tax-Free Holiday Set for Aug. 29-30
BOSTON — The annual sales tax-free weekend will still be held this year despite the anticipated drop in state tax revenue because of the novel coronavirus.   The Baker-Polito administration said the tax-free weekend will take place Aug. 29-30. This marks the second sales tax holiday held under the new law signed by Gov.
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