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New England News
8:00 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Berkshire Forum Focuses On "Age Friendly" Communities

Bobbi Orsi, of Home Instead Senior Care and chair of Pittsfield's Board of Health, speaks during Friday's forum.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

A forum in North Adams Friday brought attention to a countywide effort to make the region “age friendly.”

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Berkshire Planners Release Master Plan

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Chair Sheila Irvin speaks to those gathered at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield Thursday for the public hearing on the Sustainable Berkshires plan.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

After three years of work, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has unveiled its master plan.

With the input of the county’s 32 communities, the Sustainable Berkshires plan provides a 20-to-30-year outlook designed to replace the one adopted in 2001. The project was funded by a $590,000 federal Housing and Urban Development grant. Amy Kacala is senior planner.

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8:18 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Berkshire Communities Join In PCB Cleanup

Several Berkshire, Massachusetts County communities are banding together, figuring there's strength in numbers when it comes seeking financial compensation from General Electric during the PCB cleanup of the Housatonic River.

Lenox last week joined Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Sheffield to join the effort, and Pittsfield is expected to join Tuesday.

Nathaniel Karns, executive director of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, tells The Berkshire Eagle that together the communities can hire a law firm to negotiate with GE.

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New England News
5:40 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Scenic Byway Campaign Aims to Discover Hidden Gems

The Western Massachusetts Scenic Byways marketing campaign aims to attract visitors with an interactive website listing region, culture, history, and recreation opportunities.
Credit Western Massachusetts Scenic Byways

Scenic roads are a staple of western Massachusetts, and a new marketing campaign is trying to make sure people know what that part of the state has to offer.

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New England News
5:48 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Berkshire County Planning Efforts Focus On Transportation, Life Sciences

Planning efforts surrounding economic development through the life sciences and transportation in the Berkshires are about to head into their next stages.

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is asking county residents to weigh in on planning efforts examining potential station locations for North-South passenger rail between Pittsfield and the state border with Connecticut, as part of a $240,000 federal grant. 

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