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Berkshires Beat: Fall Foliage Children's Races Winners Announced
01:08PM / Monday, September 25, 2017

Youths participate in the Fall Foliage Children's Races on Sept. 23.

The winners are: Local families took to Noel Field to enjoy a morning of fun on Saturday, Sept. 23, with about a dozen local nonprofits offering games, art projects and giveaways for the annual Fall Foliage Children's Races and Family Fair. The winners of the children's race were presented with medals by Mayor Richard Alcombright at the end of the event. All participants received participation ribbons.

The winners are: Girls 3 & Under, first, Kendall (no last name given), second, Danika Bruno, third, Gianna Briggs; Boys 3 & Under, first, Andre Thomas, second, Wyatt Reynolds, and third, Alex Golin;

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Area High School Golf Products Compete at Williamstown Invitational
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:15AM / Monday, September 25, 2017
It was Berkshire County golf weekend at Williams College’s Taconic Golf Club over the weekend.   Five alumni of area high schools represented their teams in the two-round Williams Invitational.   Jake Foehl (Mount Greylock) carded rounds of 76 on Saturday and Sunday to tie for 15th place as an individual and help the Williams men finish second, five strokes behind team champion Trinity.   Hoosac Valley graduate Chad Alibozek and Salem State placed seventh out of 19 squads competing. Alibozek tied for 44th place after shaving seven strokes off his first round score and going 83-76.   Also on the course were three players competing for Massachusetts College of

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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
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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Readsboro Getting More Broadband Service
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Monday, September 25, 2017

Gov. Scott said his administration was focusing like a laser on the state's economy to attract workers and businesses. 

READSBORO, Vt. — More than 150 homes in Readsboro and Wilmington will have access to broadband thanks to public/private partnerships and grants and the work of volunteers. 

Readsboro officials also touted some of the efforts of the Hometown Redevelopment Committee in restoring some of the shine to what was once called the "jewel of Vermont." Gov. Philip Scott on Friday was given a tour by local historian Al Scaia and greeted by committee Chairwoman Sue Bailey at the historic E.J. Bullock Building, which is undergoing

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Recovery Event Calls for 'Audacious Hope' to Prevent Drug Abuse
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:46PM / Saturday, September 23, 2017

Colin Woods relates his journey from addiction to sober living, saying people who are in recovery can provide aspirational hope to drug abusers. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nearly 200 people gathered at Colegrove Park on Saturday with the "audacious hope" that their loved ones, friends and neighbors can overcome the scourge of addiction.    Voices of Recovery — a vigil, rally and walk — is focused on raising awareness not only of the dangers of substance abuse but on the victories of those who broken the cycle of addiction.   Colin Woods of Clarksburg went from the depths of despair — losing friends, his home, his dreams — to finding a

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Wahconah Grad Dougherty Scores for Westfield Women in Win Over MCLA
05:36PM / Saturday, September 23, 2017
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Westfield State University's women's soccer team posted a 5-0 victory over Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference game Saturday morning at Alumni Field.   The first half was dominated by the Owls (3-2-2, 2-0-0). Westfield State junior midfielder Bella Eduardo scored off of a rebound in the 13th minute of play to get the quick 1-0 lead over MCLA.   The second half proved to be more of the same. Eduardo assisted freshman defender Lydia Kinsman in the 57th minute after a visitor foul was called on the previous play to extend their lead to 2-0.   Wahconah graduate Amelia Dougherty scored for

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Annual Vigil, Walk Making Substance Abuse Recovery Visible
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:05PM / Friday, September 22, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Organizers of Saturday's Voices of Recovery are hoping to "flip the script on what addiction looks like."   Begun as a vigil in 2013 mourning those lost to addiction, the event has grown over the years to focus more strongly on recovery by adding a gathering and walk. It runs from 1 to 3:30 on Saturday at Colegrove Park with the    "You think of death, you think of arrests, you think of broken homes, and that's all part of it," Colin Woods, a former addict now working with Berkshire Transition Network in Great Barrington. "For a young person in recovery it's a scary step to take ... [we need] to show there is

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Registered Nurses Notify BMC of One-Day Strike
Staff Reports,
01:54PM / Friday, September 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Massachusetts Nurses Association delivered a 10-day notice to hospital management on Friday notifying it of the local bargaining unit's intent to hold a one-day unfair labor practice strike beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and running until 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4.   Berkshire Medical Center, however, is characterizing this as a five-day work stoppage because any substitute nurses brought in are contracted for that period of time and will fill the shifts normally worked by union members.   The nurses' union and Berkshire Health Systems have been at an impasse in contract negotiations after nearly a year of talks, with the major

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Local Lawyer Named Fellow at National Association
12:21PM / Friday, September 22, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Chris S. Dodig has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

The induction ceremony at which Dodig became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 900 persons during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the College in Montréal, Québec.

Dodig is a longtime partner in the firm of Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, with offices in North Adams and Pittsfield, Mass., and Bennington, Vt. He has been practicing with the same firm for 27 years, after graduating from Albany Law School in 1990.  His primary area of practice is serious personal injury litigation, with a focus on

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North Adams Airport to Use Vacant Doctors Building
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, September 22, 2017

The Airport Commission meets Tuesday at City Hall.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are plans to move the vacant medical building next to Harriman-West Airport for use as a new administrative building.   "We are going to physically pick it up off of the slab and move it to the fence line," Chairman Jeff Naughton said Tuesday at an Airport Commission meeting. "We are going to put it on a slab or foundation. We are still in the process."    The city's Administrative Officer Michael Canales said the commission had planned to use a $200,000 gift from real estate developer and Turboprop East director Harry S. Patten Jr. to fund the city's

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Democratic House Candidates Sound Similar Themes at Williamstown Forum
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:18AM / Friday, September 22, 2017

A large crowd packs the Meeting Room at Williamstown Town Hall on Wednesday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in three days, the four Democratic candidates for the 1st Berkshire District seat in the House of Representatives sat on the same stage to discuss the issues.   This time around, it was the Williamstown League of Women Voters hosting a forum for the candidates on the ballot for the Oct. 10 primary to face presumptive Republican nominee Christine Canning.   And as it was 48 hours earlier in Lanesborough, the four Democrats tended to agree on far more than they disagreed. There were some differences in approach and, of course, very different backgrounds

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MCLA Women's Tennis Falls to Russell Sage
08:59PM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
TROY, N.Y. -- The Sage Colleges' women's tennis team Thursday defeated MCLA and posted, 9-0 victory, to extend the Gator's win streak to five matches.   With the win, Sage stands at 7-1 overall, while MCLA dropped to 2-4.   The Trailblazers host Johnson State in an NAC match on Saturday.

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North Adams Health Inspector to Step Down
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:43PM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Health Inspector Valerie Bird has officially stepped down from her post to serve in a part-time capacity.   Before delving into her report Wednesday, Bird said because of health concerns she must leave the full-time position.   "I have severe arthritis, which requires me to go the doctor, who isn’t in the area," she said. "In order for me to do that I have to take whole days off and it doesn’t really make sense for me to stay on full time."      Bird said she would stay on part time to help train a new inspector.   "I am going back to a part-time position and I am going to stay on to help train

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