BERKSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Lenox State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli (left) and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker pose for a selfie during a 2015 event in Great Barrington, Mass.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

It appears a commission charged with looking at the future of transportation in Massachusetts will have a representative from Berkshire County. That came after stinging criticism from some western Mass. lawmakers.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The union representing about 800 nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield is voting whether to authorize a second one-day strike. The union says it's frustrated about contract talks with Berkshire County's largest hospital.

Figurines in snow.
Peter Lee / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/oldpatterns

Western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut can expect snow and wind Thursday. But the weather's not likely to generate the blizzard conditions eastern New England could see.

Easthampton Mayor-elect Nicole LaChapelle, center, greets supporters at the Brass Cat in Easthampton on November 7, 2017.
Chris Marion / The Republican

Three new mayors will be sworn in the first week of January in western Massachusetts.

The Sheffield, Massachusetts town line.
Jimmy Emerson, DVM / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/auvet

The owners of the Sheffield, Massachusetts, water system are looking to increase rates by 58 percent. And that will be the subject of a public hearing Wednesday, Jan. 3 in the Berkshire County town.

Outgoing North Adams, Massachusetts, Mayor Dick Alcombright poses in his office. Alcombright decided not to run for a fifth term this year and will be replaced in January, 2018 by Tom Bernard.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The new year brings new mayors to three cities in western Massachusetts: Agawam, Easthampton and North Adams. In North Adams, Tom Bernard will replace Dick Alcombright, who decided not to run for re-election after eight years in office.

The Massachusetts Senate president's office, bedecked with evergreens and lights, was open to visitors on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Our look at the week's news starts with some of the work done by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. The panel is charged with developing regulations for the state's marijuana industry, and began the process of setting policy, which could allow for cannabis cafes, and even home delivery. 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
AlexiusHoratius / Creative Commons

A Massachusetts appeals court judge has extended an injunction, which blocks the Berkshire Museum's planned auction of parts of its art collection.

Fire destroyed the Sandisfield, Massachusetts, Department of Public Works garage on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.
Otis Police / via Masslive

Sandisfield, Massachusetts, is scrambling to prepare for a snowstorm expected Tuesday after a fire destroyed its snow trucks.

The sign outside Crane Currency's Dalton offices in Dalton, Massachusetts. The manufacturer is the only supplier of paper for United States currency.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Crane Currency, the Boston-based company that makes the paper used for U.S. currency at its Berkshire County facility, is being sold for $800 million.

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