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BHS Gifts North Adams Airport Building
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Thursday, October 19, 2017

A file photo of the former Northern Berkshire Family Practice building on Budd Dougherty Drive.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With state approval, the Airport Commission officially accepted the former family medicine building as a gift from Berkshire Health Systems to use as the new administrative building.   The commission voted Wednesday to officially accept the building as a creative solution to a funding issue that nearly stopped the administrative building project from taking off.   "This didn't have to happen and I think it was the creativity of this commission to say that we can do this for $2 million less than you can," Mayor Richard Alcombright


Clarksburg Sets Saturday Town Meeting for School Project Revote
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Thursday, October 19, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The $19 million elementary school project will be back before voters at a special town meeting to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. at the school.    The Select Board on Wednesday night set the date for the special town meeting, which was prompted by a citizens' petition that garnered nearly 300 signatures after the first vote failed to reach two-thirds passage by one vote.    Town officials say they're working to prevent the confusion and overcrowding that occurred at the first special town meeting vote on Sept. 27. A record number of voters tried to cram into the small gym/cafeteria room at the school; at least 100 had to stand


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

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
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

Letter: Mass MoCA Paint-Over Is Unresolved Issue
Letters to the Editor,
11:00PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

To the Editor:

Although Mass MoCA painted over the school children's historic depictions of Northern Berkshire mill
workers and the textile dolls on the pillars on Marshall Street in North Adams, to our knowledge the
issue still remains unresolved.

Over the past month, I have attended the North Adams Art Committee meetings in which two issues
were discussed relative to the paint-over. The first, was that a meeting was to be held between Joe
Thompson and the artist who supervised the children's project. Secondly, there was discussion
concerning removing a small sample of the gray paint that Mass MoCA unilaterally used to cover over
the children's art works. This sampling was


BRPC Launching Search For New Executive Director
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:27PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nathaniel Karns is looking to retire in the first half of next year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC's search for a new director will begin in earnest next month.   Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Nathaniel Karns is planning to retire in early 2018. A search committee has been formed to find who will become the agency's third executive director.   Karns said he wants to retire no earlier than Jan. 1 and no later than Sept. 1, 2018, but is "pretty flexible" with what that date will be.   "I think a realistic goal at this point is to try to have someone selected, so we know exactly where we are moving forward, by March,


MassWildlife Offers Tips for Aggressive Turkeys
03:36PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Because of recent inquiries and reports from the public about turkeys acting aggressively toward people, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is offering information about turkey behavior, tips to prevent turkey conflicts, and what to do if your town has an issue with an aggressive turkey.     Wild turkeys live in a variety of habitats in Massachusetts, including suburban and urban areas. They roost in large trees at night to avoid predators and you may see turkeys roosting on on railings, roofs, or vehicles in residential areas. Wild turkeys live in flocks (or rafts) organized by pecking order.


Put Lessons From 'Retirement Week' to Work
03:05PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

To raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement, Congress has designated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. What lessons can you learn from this event?

First of all, save early – and save often. Too many people put off saving for retirement until they are in their late 40s – and even their 50s. If you wait until you are in this age group, you can still do quite a bit to help build the resources you will need for retirement – but it will be more challenging than if you had begun saving and investing while you were in your 20s or early 30s. For one thing, if you delay saving for retirement, you may have to put away large


North Adams Happenings: Oct. 18-25
01:01PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
North Adams Happenings:
Oct 18th - Oct 124th    Save the


Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017
11:04AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This is the season of harvest bazaars, holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to


Saturday, Oct. 21

CRAFT FAIR AND BAKE SALE, Dalton, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: The annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale at the Dalton Senior Center, sponsored by the Friends of the Dalton Council on Aging to support programs at the Senior Center, will include quilts, woodwork, paintings, homemade soaps, jewelry and other items produced by local crafters. There will also be a bake sale of the Friends of the Dalton Free Public Library. A hot lunch may be purchased from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Senior Center is located at 40


Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2017
10:45AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns that are crossed out have not been confirmed so check back. If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at

There are also plenty of other fun holiday-related events happening in the Berkshires, too! If your organization is holding something Halloween related,


Who Withdrew?: MNA Mixes Up Labor Board Complaints
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Massachusetts Nursing Association has withdrawn one of the multiple unfair labor practice charges it filed against Berkshire Medical Center.    In July, the registered nurses' union filed a charge against a new absentee policy the hospital's administration had established. The claim was that there was a modification to the contract because the new policy was not negotiated. The union said the hospital broadened the circumstances around absences for discipline.   However, according to a union spokesman, it was later learned that the policy was not going to be implemented for the union's membership. Last week, on Oct. 13, the union

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Education Task Force Panel Answers Questions at NBCC Forum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Panelists Jake Eberwein, left, Paul Butler, Douglas McNally, Robert Putnam and Tony Mazzucco, all members of the task force. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population.

The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.   But task force members are hoping that officials, parents and community members will see the benefits of at least


Clarksburg School OKs 'Blizzard Bags' to Case of Snow Days
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:35PM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — School officials are preparing for another snowy winter with "blizzard bags" to keep students on track.   The School Committee on Oct. 5 approved a pilot program that would send predetermined school work home with children so up to five school snow days could be treated as instructional days.   "It's a way where you don't have to make up snow days at the end of the year, which is kind of a waste," Superintendent Jonathan Lev explained recently.   The discussions on the pilot took place over several meetings.    Clarksburg School had make up seven snow days this past year, extending the school year to June 23. The


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