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DAN LITTLE
Nico Lemieux, 6, right, and his brother Tristan, 4, fish for rubber ducks Thursday afternoon while their grandmother Lynda Lemieux, and mother Julia Lemieux look on at the 147th annual Cummington Fair.

Cummington Fair draws large turnout Friday, fun continues through Sunday

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Cummington Fair is living up to its billing as the “biggest and bets little fair in the country,” based on the sizeable crowds that have flocked to the Hilltowns to take part in the first half of the four-day community event that continues through Sunday. The 147th edition of the fair features a host of agricultural exhibits, …

Cummington Fair issues apology, re-invites CRD Metalworks to fair

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CUMMINGTON — In a turnabout, officials with the Cummington Fair want a controversial Williamsburg business to participate in the Hilltowns’ largest annual fair. Hillside Agricultural Society President George Dole and Vice President Bill Perlman met Monday with CRD Metalworks owner Chris Duval to offer an apology for earlier withdrawing that invitation — and …

Seth Isman looking at months of recovery after Cummington accident, wife says

Monday, August 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Erika Hollister of Hadley said her husband’s breathing tube prevented him from speaking when he woke up in the Intensive Care Unit at Baystate Medical Center after his Aug. 5 car accident on Route 9. He started writing notes, she said, and one of the first was, “thank the fire chief.” …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing files legislation to promote clean energy

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A state Senate bill encouraging utilities to adopt policies that incorporate energy storage systems to make more efficient use of solar, wind and other renewable sources is one of several initiatives by Sen. Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield to reshape the state’s energy future and keep its position as …

Cummington voters reduce regional school budget, approve borrowing for high-speed Internet service

Saturday, May 2, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Friday reduced the regional school budget request, and after lengthy discussion authorized the town to borrow $1.4 million that will allow the town to join the WiredWest Cooperative and bring high-speed Internet service to Cummington. A total of 89 …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing receives several honors

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April was a good month for state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who achieved several honors. On Wednesday, he was named the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ legislator of the year for a second time, recognizing his “support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget priorities, such as regional …

Cummington voters to consider budget, postponing broadband decision at annual Town Meeting

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters at Friday night’s annual Town Meeting will be asked to postpone a vote on spending $1.4 million to bring high-speed broadband Internet service to town through the WiredWest cooperative. Also at the annual Town Meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Community House, voters …

‘Last few inches’ of digital divide prove taxing for towns

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

After years of pushing for the state to build out the “middle mile” and help with building the “last mile” to bring broadband Internet service to the most rural unserved and underserved towns, communities are confronting a grim …

Hilltown Voices: Robin Merritt promoted to lieutenant, first woman officer in Williamsburg Fire Department

Friday, April 17, 2015

Williamsburg Fire Chief Jason Connell on Tuesday promoted firefighter Robin Merritt to the rank of lieutenant. Merritt now holds the distinction of being the first woman to become an officer in the Williamsburg Fire Department. Town Clerk Brenda …

Hilltown Voices: Robert Aeschback challenges incumbent Dennis Mimitz for seat on Plainfield Select Board

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At this year’s annual town election, Plainfield voters will have two choices on the ballot for one, three-year term on the Select Board. Robert Aeschback is challenging incumbent Dennis Mimitz who has served on the Select Board for six years and works as the maintenance supervisor for the …

Maple sugaring season comes at long last to Valley, as producers hope for best after long-delayed start

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Easy does it. Now that maple sap is flowing, sugarers hope spring continues to play hide-and-seek in the Valley to salvage a sluggish season. With night freezes and daytime thaws finally here, sugarers are making syrup, …

Central Berkshire Regional School District to maintain preschool in Cummington

Monday, March 30, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Central Berkshire Regional School District has agreed to maintain a half-day, preschool program at the Berkshire Trail Elementary School after the rest of its classrooms are shut down at the end of this school year. The district school committee voted in December to close the …

Area churches announce Holy Week, Easter services

Monday, March 30, 2015

The following is the schedule of Holy Week services in the area provided by churches that responded to a Gazette request for listings: AMHERST First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. March 29, 10:30 a.m., Palm/Passion Sunday, worship with communion April 1, 7 p.m., A service of foot washing …