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According to municipal leaders from around the Berkshires and the state, it seems the supply of trained, experienced town professionals is running mighty low. When Clarksburg lost three town employees, it took more than a year to rebuild the ranks, and they’re still lacking one position. Williamstown needed to find a town manager. It took 14 months and two searches to hire another.

Over 50 volunteer firefighters and first responders from 10 area departments recently participated in a practice drill shuttling water from Maynard’s Pond — the only year round accessible source of water for the town of Savoy — to a staging area seven miles away on Chapel Road.