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North Adams Librarian to Retire After 30 Years
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Tuesday, February 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Longtime library employee Robin Martin intends to retire in early May, and library officials say they'll feel her absence keenly.

Not only are they losing an experienced employee of 30 years, but her departure as adult reference services librarian may lead to a cascade of staffing issues.

"She has been with the city for 30 years, and I would like to do something communitywide [to recognize her]. There are a lot of patrons who would like to honor her service," Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees Monday.

"I am dreading her leaving because she is the keeper of all of our institutional knowledge and she has done a superb

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Berkshire Tidbits: Chinese New Year Banquet, Food Events
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
07:51PM / Monday, February 08, 2016

It's midwinter and full of food delights! Events, holidays and special deals on delicious foods.


Yogurt-marinated wings at Bombay Grill in Lee.

For football fans, Sunday is Super Bowl in more ways than running through a stadium field with a pointy-ended ball. It's super bowls and bowls and platters and pans of gooey and rich, crunchy and spicy, salty, smoky, savory and sweet everything comfort foods. I'll go into local wings later.

Monday, Feb. 8, is the beginning of the 15-day Chinese Spring Festival or Chinese New Year when food offers symbolic help for health, prosperity and overall good fortune in the coming year. I arranged to have a banquet with friends at Panda House

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

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Price Chopper in North Adams to Close
Staff Reports,
02:28PM / Monday, February 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Price Chopper on State Road is expected to close by the end of the month, putting some 57 mostly part-time employees out of work.

Employees were reportedly informed Monday morning that the nearly 60-year-old supermarket would close on Feb. 27.

"Price Chopper has a long history in the North Adams community and we value the relationships that we've built with our customers, local community partners and teammates," said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services, in a statement posted on Price Chopper's website late Monday afternoon. "After thoroughly reviewing the store's current and future viability,

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J Star Gymnasts Earn Medals at Manhattan Classic
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:18AM / Monday, February 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The J Star gymnasts brought home an assortment of medals from the Manhattan Classic, their biggest competition yet.  

Twelve J Star athletes, ages 7 to 12, traveled to New York City last weekend to compete against gymnasts from across the country.   

"It is the biggest meet we have ever gone to," J Star owner and head coach Jon Girard said. "We usually do some small ones where there is no more than 500 competitors; this one had 3,500. We really upped our game this time around."

The gymnasts competed over a two-day period in six different gyms. The athletes faced off from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. and competed on the bar, the beam,

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Software Gets North Adams Tweens Thinking About Careers
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Monday, February 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — What do you want to be when you grow up?

It's a question children often hear as early as preschool, as they don plastic doctor's equipment or pretend to race cars or fly to the moon, but it's not a serious question often until the second half of high school.

In North Adams, though, a push is being made to introduce students as young as sixth grade to the idea that there is a multitude of careers they can choose to explore based on their strengths and weaknesses.

Molly Meczywor, Drury High School's College and Career facilitator, recently purchased a curriculum for younger students on the district's college/career planning platform, called

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@theMarket: Stocks at Bottom of Trading Range
By Bill Schmick,
08:29AM / Saturday, February 06, 2016

This week was a little more promising. At least it was better than going down almost every day, as we did last month. Is this a pause or can we expect something more?

Something more is my bet, but whether it is up or down largely depends on the direction of oil. I did notice, however, that there were days this week that the oil price was not in lockstep with the markets. There was even talk that stocks and energy prices might decouple in the weeks ahead. Whether that is wishful thinking or a possibility will take more than a day or two of evidence.

I have insisted that no one knows where the bottom is in oil. Yet, a consensus seems to be forming that $30 a barrel, (give or take a few

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Annual Father Daughter Dance Set for Feb. 21
12:07PM / Friday, February 05, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 22nd annual Father Daughter Dance will be held Sunday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eagles Hall on Curran Highway.  

This semi-formal event is for fathers or father figures and their daughters of all ages. People have attended previous events with their fathers, grandfathers, uncles, neighbors or a friend’s father.

There will be dancing with DJ Timmy D as well as door prizes, raffles and a Chinese auction. There will also be a bake sale table where a large selection of baked goods and snacks will be available. Each girl or woman who enters the event will receive a flower and in addition and the hall will be decorated with hundreds of

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Election 2016: Presidential Primary Voting
06:45PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

Wednesday, Feb. 10, is the last day to register or to change party status to vote in the Tuesday, March 1, presidential primary.

There are four political parties in Massachusetts: Democratic (D), Republican (R), Green-Rainbow (J) and United Independent (CC). If you are enrolled in one of these parties, the corresponding initials will be next your name. If you are unenrolled, there will be a U in the party column.

You may change your party enrollment by completing a new voter registration form in person at your town or city clerk's office, by mail, or at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com.

You do not have to be enrolled in any party to vote in its primary; however, you may only vote in one

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Clarksburg Resumes Search for Town Accountant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:59PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are making a second try for a town accountant.

The Select Board on Wednesday interviewed three candidates — all with fairly extensive accounting backgrounds — but felt a key experience was missing for each one: Municipal accounting.

It was a factor that came up during each 20 to 30 minute interview, and an indication of the board's reluctance to entertain any on-the-job training or refreshment courses.

It's not surprising after the small community suffered through several years of fiscal woes, when errors seemed to be multiplying and state forms were not being submitted on time.

"We definitely don't want to go back

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'Jane Got a Gun': Misfires
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:35PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

A few decades ago, before the revisionist Western (i.e. Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," 1971) moseyed into our movie palaces, director Gavin O'Connor's ultrarealistic "Jane Got a Gun" might have fascinated us and even won a few awards.

But I tell you pardner, by this juncture I've just about had a belly full of poor cowpokes and sodbusters trying to scratch out a living in inhospitable country populated by no-account varmints, gunslingers and the precursors of what would evolve into American big business.

Alas, this latest example trenchantly reminds that there's no going back to the idealistic cowboy yarn. Nope, life is tough, and

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The Independent Investor: Is a Recession Looming?
By Bill Schmick,
03:22PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016

The funny thing about declining stock markets is that when they last more than a couple of weeks, talk of recession starts to percolate among investors. It is no different this time.  

I have written before that the stock market has erroneously called six of the last 13 declines as recessions, meaning that weak stock prices do not necessarily herald a weak economy. There have been instances in the past where a prolonged decline over a year or so has contributed to a recession but even then the data is not conclusive.

There is no evidence thus far that the U.S. economy is rolling over. Economic data continues to be spotty, which is consistent with a moderately growing economy.

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NBCC Director Adam Hinds Making Run for State Senate
Staff Reports,
12:30PM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Hinds is tossing his hat in for state Senate.

Hinds, currently executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams, formally announced for the seat on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Hotel on North.

The invitation event included some 50 friends, colleagues and supporters, and local media. His campaign website is here.

"I live in Pittsfield, work in North County, come from Franklin County," Hinds said of his decision to run as the Democratic nominee. "I'm from the small towns, I understand those issues as well. I think I bring a perspective that covers each area of this district."

He is the first candidate

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