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Substance Abuse Prevention Part 2: The Efforts
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Monday, April 24, 2017
Part 1 reviewed the results of a countywide survey related to teen drug and alcohol use. The article and survey results can be found here.   LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Berkshire district attorney's office is now training educators on a specific curriculum to prevent drug use.   The office's grant-funded Community Outreach and Education Program is now teaching "Life Skills," a three-pronged approach to help students make better decisions when presented with drug use. The curriculum is eyed to be rolled out into all schools and help prevent students from going down the path of drug use.   "The Life Skills Program in itself has three components,

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Substance Abuse Prevention Part 1: The Data
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:46AM / Sunday, April 23, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Prevention is just one aspect of tackling drug abuse issues in Berkshire County. So far, signs show local efforts are working, but there is still a lot more to be done.   Over the last 10 years, data collected from the Berkshire United Way is showing a decreasing percentage of county students using alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco products. However, compared to the national average, Berkshire students are still using those substances at a greater frequency than national averages.   The data is pulled from the biannual prevention needs assessment, which polls students with pointed questions designed to shed light on issues.    Since 2006, the

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
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New Gallery Drawn by North Adams' Air of Contemporary Art
by John Seven, iBerkshires Contributor
05:58AM / Saturday, April 22, 2017

The gallery is located at 44 Eagle, in the Flatiron Block.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new art gallery in downtown North Adams is the result of the city's unique relationship with contemporary art as a lure to artists from other places.

Gravity Gallery co-owners Lynn Richardson and Paul McMullan first became acquainted with the city in 2012 when both artists displayed work in Downstreet Art.

  Richardson's installation, "Arctic Garden," addressed climate change in context of Richardson's hometown, Winnipeg. McMullen's work was also featured in a pop-up gallery from Gallery 107, ceramic work that functioned as the "guardians of the

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MCLA Makes It Official With Inauguration of President Birge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:33PM / Friday, April 21, 2017

Birge takes the oath of his office from Susan Gold, chairman of the board of trustees. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — James F. "Jamie" Birge hadn't intended to become a college president.    After interviewing dozens of presidents of colleges large and small, private and public, for his dissertation in leadership studies, he came away with the impression it was too difficult, too demanding and fraught with financial pressures.   "Why would anyone want to do that job?" he joked on Friday afternoon as he gave his inaugural address as the 12th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "After finishing my dissertation

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Husband's Ex-Girlfriend Charged in Case of Missing Clarksburg Woman
By Tammy Daniels,
12:44PM / Friday, April 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The husband of missing Clarksburg woman Joanne Ringer is the "sole suspect" in her disappearance, say authorities.    Ringer went missing on March 2; her husband, Charles "Chad" Reidy, was found dead on April 7 in the couple's garage.    "From the beginning, we have suspected foul play and have approached this as a homicide investigation and we have considered Joanne's husband, Chad Reidy, as the sole suspect," Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said a press conference in Northern Berkshire District Court on Thursday. "Reidy's apparent suicide on April 7 has not changed that

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Superior Court Briefs: April 18 - April 20
Staff Reports,
11:24AM / Friday, April 21, 2017
Cases heard before Judge Daniel ford on Tuesday, April 18.   Sandra Ramirez, 60, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine in connection to the execution of a search warrant on her Francis Avenue home and a single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws for allegedly conspiring to sell cocaine between September 1, 2016 and January 6, 2017.   She was released on personal recognizance.   Francis Taikowski Jr., 25, of Warrensburg, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed robbery while masked and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.   He was ordered to be

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Clarksburg Seeking Write-In Candidates for Empty Posts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Friday, April 21, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — This town of 1,702 is heading for a crisis on May 23.    That's the day of the town election and five offices will have blank spaces next to them on the ballot, including for the Select Board. Three are on the Planning Board, and if there are no write-in candidates, that board effectively won't exist on May 24.    "It takes a village to run a village," said Town Administrator Carl McKinney on Thursday. "And I will have no Planning Board after the election. The state demands we have five people on the Planning Board.    "I will have one. Nobody took out papers to run."   Like many small towns,

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The Independent Investor: Should College Be Free?
By Bill Schmick,
07:15PM / Thursday, April 20, 2017
Recently, New York became the first state to offer a tuition-free college education to middle-class students at two- and four-year public colleges. Tennessee, Oregon and the city of San Francisco have also given similar benefits to students attending community colleges in their states. It's about time.   The headline of this column was taken from a series of articles I first published six years ago. At the time, I argued that the benefits of a college education today were about equivalent to the worth of a high school degree back in the 1940s and 1950s. Back then, graduating from high school opened the door to a good job, while creating a population of largely, law-abiding citizens

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Clarksburg Country Club Owner Denies Accusation of Waste Dumping
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:15PM / Thursday, April 20, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The owner of the former North Adams Country Club is dismissing accusations that the property was used to dump contaminated waste.    "I can't imagine why anybody would bring material in from somewhere else when we have 80 acres worth of material up there," Todd Driscoll told News10 on Thursday.    He said the paper pulp seen on the site was pre-engineered top soil that grows grass really well and that the complaints were because residents don't like the large solar array installed on the property.   iBerkshires had tried to contact Driscoll at his business and was told he was out of town.   Resident John Arigoni on

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United Way Program to Provide Kindergarteners With Supplies
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:24PM / Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gary Levante is co-chairing the day of caring this year.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Every child entering kindergarten next year will have a backpack full of supplies.   Berkshire Bank employees will be filling 1,200 backpacks with books, supplies, reading lists, and informational fliers as part of the Berkshire United Way's day of caring. The literacy kits will be given out at locations throughout Berkshire County on June 21 at a series of "pop-up parties."   "Each kindergarten party will have a variety of family friend activities. There is going to be food and fun and all types of good stuff," said Berkshire United Way CEO Kristine Hazzard

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'Farm to Hand' Food Truck Wins MCLA's First Entrepreneur Challenge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:41AM / Thursday, April 20, 2017

Judges J.D. Chesloff, Jack Wadsworth and Nancy Fitzpatrick prepare to give their feedback to the contestants.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The three judges had a tough decision to make on Wednesday night: which young group of entrepreneurs would walk away with $10,000 to jump-start their idea.    "I feel like J. Lo, everybody's great!" said J.D. Chesloff, channeling the singer/star from "American Idol."   Twenty-seven teams of two to five students entered the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge last fall, the first-ever competition held by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and funded by the Feigenbaum Fund and Jack and Susy

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North Adams, Clarksburg Among Newest Green Communities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:38PM / Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mayor Richard Alcombright welcomes state and community representatives to City Hall for a Green Communities presentation. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams has received a Green Communities Grant of $194,580 that will help it save that and more in energy costs every year.    "All told, the five-year plan will cut energy consumption by an estimated 6,800 MBTUs, which is equivalent to taking 110 cars off the road and an estimated energy savings of $225,000 per year," said Commissioner Judith Judson of the Department of Energy Resources in the presentation at City Hall on Wednesday.    The city was one of five communities presented with certificates, big

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