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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Lee Sac Bunt Keys 11th-Inning Rally for SteepleCats
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
10:02PM / Tuesday, August 04, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In a game that saw both teams misfire on multiple bunt attempts, Hunter Lee finally dropped one down in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Then Joe DeLuca lifted the North Adams SteepleCats up for a 2-1 win over the Sanford Mainers that kept the ‘Cats’ season alive for one more night.


DeLuca’s RBI single to left drove home Graham McIntire to tie North Adams’ best-of-three New England Collegiate Baseball League playoff series at one game apiece.


The SteepleCats and Mainers will play on Wednesday night in Maine to decide who goes on to play for the Northern Division championship against either Vermont or Laconia.


The winning


Adams National Night Out Event Honors Public Servants
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:00PM / Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Adams Selectman Joseph Nowak presents a certificate of thanks to Trooper Gail Buck of the Massachusetts State Police on Tuesday during the National Night Out celebration in Adams. See more photos here.

ADAMS, Mass. — The town of Adams made national news last month with the high-profile arrest of a resident suspected of plotting a terror attack.

Local law enforcement assisted the FBI at the scene that night, but that's not why Richard Blanchard, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, was happy to honor the town's public servants on Tuesday night.

"For me, it wasn't for that one event. It's what they do all year round," Blanchard said after presenting


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

The Classical Beat: Thrilling Music at Tanglewood
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
09:33PM / Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be joined by violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Emanuel Ax on Thursday at Tanglewood.

With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the music festival season.

Programs at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of chamber music by Brahms featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos and Emanuel Ax; violin concerti by Sibelius and Glazunov; 20th century and contemporary vocal music; ballet music of Stravinsky; Schubert’s immortal song cycle “Winterreise,” and much more.


At Tanglewood this week

• Thursday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: The three timeless piano trios (violin, cello and piano) of Brahms comprise this


Gene Wein 'What High School Athletics Should Be About'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
09:48PM / Monday, August 03, 2015
Top, Gene Wein, bottom left, watches the action at Drury's 2010 Gene Wein Holiday Tournament. Left, he presents the tourney trophies in 2007.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eugene Wein may have bled Drury Blue Devil blue, but he had a heart for all high school athletes.

"Everyone talks about him being Drury's No. 1 fan, and he was, but he showed you what high school sports fans should be," former Drury athletic director and girls basketball coach John Franzoni said on Monday night.

"He was just there to support the kids. ... Of course, he wanted Drury to win."

Wein, 93, died on Sunday at Williamstown Commons surrounded by his family.

It would taken a larger


'Cats Drop Playoff Opener, Come Home Tuesday
09:39PM / Monday, August 03, 2015
SANFORD, Maine -- Sanford, Maine's, Dalton Thomas singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to send the Mainers to a 5-4 win over the North Adams SteepelCats in the New England Collegiate Baseball League playoffs on Monday night.   North Adams rallied from deficits of 2-1 and 3-2 to tie the game, the last time on Graham McIntire's RBI single in the top of the seventh.   McIntire went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to lead North Adams' nine-hit attack.   Charles Bryson took the loss on the mound in relief of starter Dakota Edwards, who went six innings. Hoosac Valley graduate Tanner Bird pitched 1-2/3 innings of no-hit relief, striking out


Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $2.1 Million in Summer Grants Cycle
03:50PM / Monday, August 03, 2015

SHEFFIELD, Mass.—The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the recipients of the second round of grantmaking for 2015.

The foundation distributed a total of $266,234 in grants to individuals and nonprofits and $445,444 in scholarships to high school, college and graduate school students in the four-county region it serves. Grants from donors with charitable funds at the foundation totaled $1.4 million.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Fund for Williamstown and the James and Robert Hardman Fund, two of Berkshire Taconic’s 11 area funds serving specific towns or regions; the New World Fund for newly arrived


Southwestern Vermont Readies Pownal Campus
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:45PM / Monday, August 03, 2015

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center hopes its new facility in Pownal, Vt., just north of the Massachusetts state line, will increase access for people in the Vermont/Massachusetts/New York corner.

POWNAL, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's new primary care facility on Route 7 just north of the Vermont-Massachusetts state line is planned to help fill the health care gap in the region.

But the need is probably bigger than one new outlet can satisfy.

"There's a problem now and a growing problem in that most of the practices in our area are not taking new patients or there's a really long waiting list," SVMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Trey


Paul Scores 28 to Lead MCLA to Giorgi League Win
09:02AM / Monday, August 03, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Khalil Paul scored 28 points and Merel Darling added 20 to lead MCLA to an 87-45 win over Waubeeka Golf Links in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League on Sunday evening.   Brandon Davis led Waubeeka with14, and Garret Harvey added 12 with eight rebounds.   Brendon Kordana scored 20 to lead Moonlight Diner to a 75-63 win over Yard Work by Dan.   Tank Roberson backed up Kordana with 18 points, and Tyler Benoit added 17 in the win.   Steve Bopp scored 16 for Yard Work by Dan, whih got 12 apiece from Robert Jutras and Trevor Alibozek. Alibozek also grabbed 15 rebounds.   Bud Light defeated BFAIR/North Adams Law, 57-36, behind 16 points and 15


Quadland's Flowers Seeks New Owners for Its Next Century
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:28AM / Monday, August 03, 2015
The owners of Quadland's are looking to retire after operating the flower shop on Holden Street for more than 50 years.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The owners of Quadland’s Flowers & Gifts are looking for someone willing to expand the business and continue its 110-year legacy.

Cynthia Martin, who owns the flower shop with her husband, Thomas, said it is time to retire after operating the shop for more than 50 years.

"We are getting old and it is time to retire if we can," Martin said last week. "The shop needs new younger blood and there is a lot you can do in a flower and gift shop."

The business is listed for $310,000. It is located at 90 Holden St.,


Clarksburg Bridge Bid High; Town Hires 2 Police Officers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Monday, August 03, 2015
Town officials are hoping to do more to improve the front of Town Hall.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The third round of bid solicitations for the Gates Avenue bridge saw the price go up by $30,000.

Town officials have been struggling to find a solution for the failing culvert that connects a half dozen homes to Houghton Street.

When the first round of bidding came in too high, the town tried bidding again, receiving a bid of $525,000. That was still outside the town's maximum of $380,000, so a third bid was tried in hopes that a company could come within the parameters.

However, the single bid received from Caracas Construction Corp.of Holyoke came in at $557,765.

The initial


Volunteers Clean Up at North Adams' First Annual Appalachian Trail Day
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:02PM / Sunday, August 02, 2015
Common Folk play at a picnic for trail cleanup volunteers on Saturday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After cleaning up parts of the Appalachian Trail that run through the city, volunteers enjoyed food and music at the first annual North Adams Appalachian Trail Celebration.

City Councilor Joshua Moran, who spearheaded the project, said the group of nine started early at 9:30 and later met at Greylock School for a cookout with volunteers and hikers coming down from the trail.

"There has been a lot of work going on ... We did some cleanup this morning and now we are here to do a little celebrating," Moran said. "We have music from Common Folk, it's a super nice day, and we

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SteepleCats Win Regular Season Finale
10:08PM / Saturday, August 01, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Michael Babb hit a two-run home run to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 4-0 win over Newport in New England Collegiate Baseball League on Saturday at Joe Wolfe Field.   With the win and a loss by Laconia, the SteepleCats (21-21) clinched third place in the NECBL Northern Division. North Adams will face second place Sanford, Maine, this week in the first round of the playoffs.   Jim Haley went 2-for-3 with an RBI in an eight-hit attack for North Adams, which won its second straight to close the regular season.   Matthew Kostalos earned the win with three innings on the mound. Mount Greylock graduate Rob Buffis pitched two innings of one-hit relief as

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