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Hinds, Pignatelli Field Questions at Kimball Farms Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Monday, February 18, 2019

State Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli share their thoughts on the upcoming legislative session at the Tuesday morning forum. LENOX,  Mass. — Despite the challenges the Berkshires face, state Sen. Adam Hinds is "bullish" on the economy.   Hinds cited Wayfair's expansion into the area, the Berkshire Innovation Center, Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, and growth around Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams as "reasons for hope" in the county.   The Pittsfield Democrat said Wayfair's CEO has signaled interest in doing more and there are other aspects of the company that could eventually

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WinterFest Draws Hundreds to Downtown North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:35PM / Sunday, February 17, 2019

Don Boudreau's 'Four Seasons' ice sculpture one first prize. See more photos from Saturday's WinterFest here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hundreds of area residents crowded Main Street on Saturday for the 22nd annual Winterfest.    The mild mid-winter temperatures, blue skies and even some snow provided a setting for sledding, ice sculpting and shopping. And, of course, sampling chowder from more than a half-dozen eateries.    Ramunto's Pizza and McCann Technical School duked out for the top spots in the contest, with each racking up one first place in separate categories.    This year's annual Chowder Cook-off saw 348 ballots cast

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

Jobs
by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball/Softball Opens Registration
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05:41PM / Sunday, February 17, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball and Softball is open to boys and girls ages 4 (before Sept. 1, 2019) through age 12 (as of April 30, 2019, for baseball or Dec. 31, 2019, for softball) who live in Northern Berkshire County and border towns in Vermont and New York.   The following divisions are available:   Grant Division: Ages 4 - 6 (Pre-K and Kindergarten) The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball and softball in a supportive team environment. Batters hit from a tee when needed, but also hit coach (or machine) pitched baseballs when possible. We place 4 year-olds in Learn-to-Play to provide the most

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In Pursuit of Beetle Happiness: Part 2
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
04:38PM / Sunday, February 17, 2019

A sacred scarab of Egypt. Interfering with beetles pulling a dung ball across the desert sands may have aroused the anger of the gods in Egyptian superstition and ancient folklore. Thus the beetle is not pierced but rather held in position by the pins.    One spring day in Truro, Cape Cod, in the late 1980s, I looked with remorse over the sand dune between my residence and Cape Cod Bay. The 60-foot dunes here are cloaked in Rosa rugosa and beach plum, and many green leaves still budding with declining white blossoms showed devastating defoliation by a rampant lasiocampid invasion. The silken tents house scores of growing beautiful blue-spotted larvae that can quickly

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MCLA Men, Women Finish with Road Losses
07:57AM / Sunday, February 17, 2019
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Emmanuel Payton scored 38 points Saturday to lead the Framingham State men's basketball team to an 82-74 win over MCLA in their season finale.   Quran Davis scored 25 to lead three Trailblazers in double figures. Mike Demartinis scored 14, and Drury graduate Hayden Bird had 17 rebounds and five assists.   MCLA finishes the regular season 5-19 overall and 4-8 in the MASCAC.   Women's Basketball FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Emily Velozo scored 31 points to lead Framingham to an 80-52 win over MCLA.   Karina Mattera scored 16 to lead the Trailblazers (5-19, 1-11), who got 10 points from L'Rae Brundige.

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'The No-Collusion Oscar Picks 2019'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:23PM / Saturday, February 16, 2019
The phone rang, as it usually does whenever I'm sitting in the third-floor witch's hat of my haunted Victorian home in some gothic-like, small New England town with a dark past, anguishing over my Oscar picks. The voice at the other end sounded like Alec Baldwin at first.   "Want to get all your picks right this year, Iceberger?" the caller asked.   "The name's Goldberger."   "Iceberger, Goldberger, what's the difference? You want to get them all right? Want to get them so right that you'll be tired of winning?"   "Well, sure, but who are you and what's in it for you, and how do I know you know who will

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Clarksburg Officials Want Solar Arrays to Pay Taxes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:05AM / Saturday, February 16, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town is moving to assess personal property taxes on two industrial solar arrays — but is girding for rejection at the state level.    Town officials estimate that taxing the two ground-mounted arrays could bring in upwards of $27,000 but a ruling by the Appellate Tax Board has found in favor of industrial solar arrays because of a state law exempting solar facilities. Several other towns also have appeals before the board.   "There was some precedent-setting decisions by the Appellate Tax Board, which the Department of Revenue did fight, but the ATB did what they wanted," explained Town Administrator Carl McKinney at

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1Berkshire Calls For 'New Narrative' of Berkshire Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:23PM / Friday, February 15, 2019

Tyler Fairbank was an integral part of both the original blueprint and the new one. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire economy is growing, according to 1Berkshire.   The economic development agency said some $1 billion worth of investment has been made in the county in just the last three years. Now, the organization is asking the business community to embrace a "new narrative" of the county's economic future and has put forth Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, an economic development plan for future growth.   "We think it is time for a new narrative. When this project began many here in the county were working off the aging narrative that often referred to the

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@theMarket: Markets Gain on Hope & a Prayer
By Bill Schmick,
04:39PM / Friday, February 15, 2019
Investors remain cautiously optimistic that the wall of worry that has been plaguing us for months may now be crumbling. That's no sure thing, but at least we did have some good news this week.   While most investors were not expecting a repeat of last month's partial government shut-down, it was still a relief to see that issue put to bed on Friday. The president reluctantly signed the budget bill that Congress passed over his objections.   Granted, the president did not get his wall, although now he is threatening to get the funding by declaring a national emergency on our southern border. Whether there is or is not such an emergency, by declaring one, he bypasses

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 13
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04:12PM / Friday, February 15, 2019
Cases heard on Wednesday, Feb. 13.   Isaiah Calderon, 22, of Holyoke was arraigned on charges of illegal possession of a firearm - his second offense - illegal possession of heroin with intent to distribute, armed career felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.   The charges stem from a traffic stop in Pittsfield on November 10, 2018. Calderon was ordered to be held on $10,000 bail.   Kacey Caprari, 38, of North Adams was arraigned on charges of heroin, trafficking in cocaine, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
02:00PM / Friday, February 15, 2019

Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775.

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 18.

The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of the federal holiday remains Washington's Birthday, it is more often referred to as Presidents Day to include the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12.

Washington was born in 1732 (or Feb. 11, 1731, according to the old-style calendar) in Colonial Virgina. A Founding Father, he would lead the new nation as head of the Continental Army in the Revolution and as

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Packer Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Shakespeare Theatre Association
01:00PM / Friday, February 15, 2019

LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company's founding artistic director, Tina Packer, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Shakespeare Theatre Association.

She received the Douglas N. Cook Lifetime Achievement Award while attending the 2019 STA Conference in Prague. The award honors STA members who have made and are still making significant contributions to the field of Shakespeare Theatre.

"It was one of the greatest pleasures of my life to introduce Tina for the presentation of the Cook Award at the Lobkowicz Palace at the STA annual banquet in Prague," said STA Executive Director Patrick Flick. "The first sentence of my introduction was,

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