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NYSERDA offers tips to save energy with pools and fans

NYSERDA offers tips to save energy with pools and fans

Summer is almost here and with it comes the use of swimming pools and ceiling fans to try and keep cool.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering tips to save energy this summer:

Pool Pumps

·        Upgrade.  Upgrade.  Upgrade. If you own a pool, you know it consumes a lot of energy. If you’re using a standard single-speed pool pump to circulate clean, clear water, you can cut your energy use in half by upgrading to an energy-efficient, two-speed or variable-speed pump. Two-speed and variable-speed pumps are also more durable and offer better performance and water filtration.

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Rare Chinese artifacts to be displayed

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Sterling and Francine Clark Museum will be exhibiting rare chinses artifacts that were unearthed in China in 2009.

The exhibit will run from June 16- October 21.

The exhibit will feature objects recently excavated and never before seen outside of China, including a full size stone sarcophagus.

For more information on this and other exhibits at the museum, PLEASE VISIT.

3rd Thursdays return

PITTSFIELD - The largest free event series in Western Massachusetts kicks off its sixth year on Thursday, May 17.

Third Thursdays are a free, family-friendly street festival held on the thrid thursday of each month form May to October.

The festival will be held in the newly designated Upstreet Cultural District of Pittsfield.

For More Information, PLEASE VISIT.

Berkshire County school counselor pleads not guilty to raping girls

A school counselor from Berkshire County, accused of raping two, young girls and sexually assaulting another, has pleaded not guilty.

Scott Muir was arraigned Tuesday on four more additional. He remains free on $10,000 bail.

The alleged attacks took place between 2003 and 2005 at the Stockbridge Plain School where Muir worked as a counselor.

Prosecutors say there may be more victims.

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Pittsfield man faces fall trial in fatal shooting

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - An approximate trial date has been scheduled for a Pittsfield man who fatally shot another man but is only facing firearms charges because a grand jury determined that he fired in self-defense.          

The Berkshire Eagle reports that a judge on Monday told defense lawyers and prosecutors that Kurt Hudson's trial would be scheduled in October or November after a Sept. 12 pretrial conference.          

The 25-year-old Hudson is facing charges of illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with a prior conviction in connection with the Dec. 4 shooting death of Nikolas Carnute.          

He has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $100,000 bail.          

Voters go to polls to decide school budgets

Voters are going the polls and speaking out about their school budgets. The polls opened Tuesday morning, and they close at various times Tuesday night, depending on the district.

Voters are deciding the fate of the proposed 2012-2013 budgets.

This year, many school budgets are calling for deep cuts in spending, programs and staff.

Protesters gathered in Averill Park Monday afternoon. It was a last minute push to get Averill Park's budget passed.

The proposed budget would slash 30 jobs, cut programs, increase class size, and it includes a 3. 95 percent tax levy increase but some residents say a contingency budget would be much worse.

Budget cuts are also on the line in Bethlehem. That district is proposing to cut 57 jobs and raise the tax levy by 3.99 percent.

Dr. Thomas Mather talks tick awareness

Have you been finding a lot of ticks on your pets, or even yourself this year? Experts say there's been a tremendous amount of tick activity.

Dr. Thomas Mather is the director of 'The Vector-Borne Disease at the University Of Rhode Island.

Mather is trying to raise tick awareness.