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Berkshire County, Massachusetts

Berkshire County is a county on the western edge of the U. S. state of Massachusetts. As of the 2010 census, the population was 131,219, its largest city and traditional county seat is Pittsfield. The county was founded in 1761; the Berkshire Hills are centered on Berkshire County. Residents are known as Berkshirites, it exists today only as a historical geographic region, has no county government, with the exception of the retirement board for former county workers, certain offices such as the sheriff and registry of deeds. Of the fourteen Massachusetts counties, Berkshire County is one of eight that exists today only as a historical geographic region. Berkshire County government was abolished effective July 1, 2000, most former county functions were assumed by state agencies, there is no county council or commission; the sheriff became a Commonwealth employee, but remains locally elected to perform duties within the county region and retains administrative and operational control over the Berkshire Sheriff’s Office, an independent state agency created after the county government was abolished.

The Berkshire Sheriff's Office runs the county house of correction. Local communities were granted the right to form their own regional compacts for sharing services, the towns of Berkshire County have formed such a regional compact known as the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. Berkshire County has three Registry of one for each district. Berkshire Northern District in Adams contains records for the city of North Adams and the towns of Adams, Clarksburg, Hancock, New Ashford, Savoy and Windsor. Berkshire Middle District in Pittsfield contains records for the city of Pittsfield and the towns of Becket, Hinsdale, Lenox, Peru, Stockbridge and Washington. Berkshire Southern District in Great Barrington contains records for the towns of Alford, Great Barrington, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Sandisfield and West Stockbridge. Berkshire County is in the Massachusetts's 1st congressional district, a rural district that makes up most of Western Massachusetts. Berkshire County has four districts and elected Representatives in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

First Berkshire. – Consisting of the towns of Adams, Florida, North Adams and Williamstown, all in the county of Berkshire. John Barrett III is the current Representative. Second Berkshire. – Consisting of the towns of Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, New Ashford, Richmond and Windsor, precinct B of ward 1, of the city of Pittsfield, all in the county of Berkshire. Paul Mark is the current Representative. Third Berkshire. – Consisting of precinct A of ward 1, all precincts of wards 2, 3, 4, precinct A of ward 5, all precincts of wards 6 and 7, of the city of Pittsfield, in the county of Berkshire. Christopher N. Speranzo, has left for another position. A special election to fill his unexpired term has Tricia Farley-Bouvier as the current representative. Fourth Berkshire. – Consisting of the towns of Alford, Great Barrington, Lenox, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, precinct 5B of the city of Pittsfield, the towns of Sandisfield, Stockbridge and West Stockbridge, all in the county of Berkshire. William Smitty Pignatelli, is the current Representative.

Berkshire County comprises only part of one district for the Massachusetts Senate due to its low population. The district consist of all of Berkshire County and the following cities: Chesterfield, Goshen, Middlefield, Westhampton and Worthington, in the county of Hampshire. Adam Hinds, is the current Senator; the Massachusetts Governor's Council known as the Executive Council, is composed of eight individuals elected from districts, the Lt. Governor who serves ex officio; the eight councillors are elected from their respective districts every two years. Berkshire County is part of the 8th District; the Council meets at noon on Wednesdays in its State House Chamber, next to the Governor's Office, to act on issues such as payments from the state treasury, criminal pardons and commutations, approval of gubernatorial appointments. See the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts page on counties. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 946 square miles, of which 927 square miles is land and 20 square miles is water.

It is the second-largest county in Massachusetts by land area. The highest natural point in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock at 3,492 feet is in Berkshire County. Berkshire County is one of two Massachusetts counties; the two counties are the only ones to touch both the northern and southern state lines. Running north-south through the county are the Hoosac Range of the Berkshire Hills in the eastern part of the county and the Taconic Mountains in the western part of the county. Due to their elevation, the Be

Hazara Express

Hazara Express is a passenger train operated daily by Pakistan Railways between Karachi and Havelian in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The trip takes 33 hours to cover a published distance of 1,594 kilometres, traveling along a stretch of the Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line, Khanewal–Wazirabad Branch Line, Shorkot–Lalamusa Branch Line and Taxila–Khunjerab Railway Line; the Hazara Express was called the Chenab Express before 2006. Pakistan Railways renamed it as Hazara Express and began the express train in collaboration with Pakistan Railways Advisory & Consultancy Services on 15 February 2006. Karachi City–Khanewal Junction via Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line Khanewal Junction–Shorkot Cantonment Junction via Khanewal–Wazirabad Branch Line Shorkot Cantonment Junction–Lala Musa Junction via Shorkot–Lalamusa Branch Line Lala Musa Junction–Taxila Cantonment Junction via Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line Taxila Cantonment Junction–Havelian via Taxila–Khunjerab Railway Line The train has economy class accommodation

Utah State Route 218

State Route 218 is a state highway in the U. S. state of Utah. Spanning 8.2 miles, it serves as an east/west rural connector, connecting the town of Newton on SR-23 with the city of Smithfield on US-91 in Cache County. State Route 218 begins just east of the town of Newton in Cache County. Other than the ends of the route entering towns, the entire route passes through farmland. Beginning as an extension of Main Street, it travels southeast about 1.1 miles before turning due east, crossing a northern arm of Cutler Reservoir and passing the town of Amalga. Just after passing Amalga, the route takes a short jog to the southeast and crosses a bridge over the Bear River. From there, the route continues to the east and enters the city of Smithfield on 100 North, where it ends at its intersection with Main Street; the road from Newton east to Smithfield was first added to the state highway system in 1933 as part of SR-142, which approached the west side of Newton from the south turned east to travel through the town and continued east to Smithfield.

In 1941, SR-142 was rerouted to exit Newton to the northwest, so the former routing along Main Street through Newton was redesignated as SR-218. In 1953, SR-23 was designated, incorporating the southern approach of SR-142 to Newton, SR-218 through the center of Newton, leaving Newton to the northeast along what was SR-192; as a result, State Route 218 was shortened by 1 mile, as it now started on the east end of the town. Save for a minor realignment west of Smithfield to utilize a new bridge over the Bear River built in 1959, the route has remained unchanged since; the entire route is in Cache County. Media related to Utah State Route 218 at Wikimedia Commons