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Housing Authority investigates heating issues: NORTH ADAMS -- The Housing Authority plans to start a "multi-faceted" investigation into heating in some Ashland and Spring street high-rise units.
The initiative springs from a report -- compiled by an independent engineering company, Hesnor
Gospel Fest gets going Saturday: The Campbell Brothers headline the Margaret A. Hart ‘35 Gospel Fest at the MCLA Church Street Center on Saturday. Opening acts include Zion and the Allegrettos. The one-night only festival is the fundraiser for the Margaret A. Hart ‘35 Scholarship named in honor of the college's first black graduate.
On solid footing: WILLIAMSTOWN -- While presenting the proposed fiscal 2014 budget, Town Manager Peter Fohlin said the town is in a strong financial position.
"For the last few years, we have been focused on building our financial capacity in anticipation of building a new high school and a new police station, which we all know are down the road somewhere," he said Thursday.
The proposed budget includes an increase in spending of 2.4 percent to balance the 2.4 increase in revenue. In addition, the town currently has reserves of $1.27 million, in the form of $544,418 in unused levy capacity and a stabilization fund of $727,000.
Moving through the years with the Mausert Block: In the first of a three-part series on the history of the Mausert Block in Adams, the Transcript takes a look at the building's genesis at the turn of the 20th century.
ADAMS -- A pair of brothers from Albany, N.Y., had Park Street's Mausert Block building erected in just eight months in 1900-01.
The structure one sees there today, in the process of a soup-to-nuts renovation, remains fundamentally unchanged.
"That building is such a strong structure," Steven Stenson, of the developing company REDPM, said recently. "You don't see steel so thick in buildings today. ... You could drive a truck on the ground floor with no problems whatever."