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MCLA Women's Cross Country Competes at Western New England
05:18PM / Saturday, October 19, 2019
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The MCLA women's cross country team ran Saturday morning in the Western New England Invitational.  The Trailblazers finished 15th in the 17 team field.   The meet was won by Mount Holyoke.   Hannah Rieders of MHC took the top individual honors.   For MCLA, they were led by Julie Hammill's 52nd place finish. She covered the course in 25:29. Hannah Poplawski was 70th for MCLA with a time of 26:31.   Jenna Berg clocked in at 100th with a time of 31:42. Domenica Gomez (33:30) and Hunter Schrade (53:40) also ran for the Trailblazers.   MCLA is back in action in two weeks at the MASCAC Championships.   Women's

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@theMarket: Markets Await a Brexit Vote
By Bill Schmick,
10:56AM / Saturday, October 19, 2019
Great Britain's House of Parliament is voting on yet another proposal to exit the European Union this weekend. While Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker, have a tentative agreement, there is no guarantee parliament will vote for it.   In this world of binary events, financial markets are looking at the vote as a black or white outcome. Parliament votes yes and the British pound, world stock markets, and the European Union (EU) celebrates. If, as they have done in the past, the British politicians vote no, then gloom and doom will likely beset the markets.   My own opinion is that a no vote will simply send the various

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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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The Independent Investor: Was There Really a Trade Deal?
By Bill Schmick,
02:52PM / Friday, October 18, 2019
Last Friday a "phase one" trade agreement between the United States and China was announced with great fanfare. The problem is that nothing was written down, nor were the terms agreed upon. In the end, we only have a gentlemen's handshake. Will that be enough?   With the stock market up by over one percent, President Donald Trump spent most of the that day in front of the cameras crowing that China had agreed to buy $40-$50 billion worth of food imports from our nation's farmers. He repeated those numbers over and over, throwing in comments of how famers were going to have to buy bigger tractors to handle the business.   China's Vice Premier Liu He smiled

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Northern Berkshire Coalition Forum Envisions 'Inclusive Development'
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, October 18, 2019

Kerri Nicoll, associate professor of social work at MCLA, introduces the 'inclusive development' topic at the NBCC meeting on Tuesday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In its third forum on the topic of gentrification, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition flipped the script.

Instead of focusing on what people fear when thinking about the challenges of new community investment, participants in the October forum were asked to instead think about what aspects of "inclusive development" they would like to see.

"It was not a good place to get stuck in our fear," said Kerri Nicoll, associate professor of social work in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and

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North Adams' Helme Named Woman of Achievement
10:49PM / Thursday, October 17, 2019

Helme last year receiving the PopCares Community Partner Award for her efforts on behalf of local nonprofits and other groups.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's director of tourism has been named the 2019-20 Woman of Achievement by the Northern Berkshire Business and Professional Women's Club.   Suzy Helme began as the part-time events coordinator in 2015, later becoming the full-time director of tourism and community events. In her role, she organizes much of the city's annual events such as the Downtown Celebration and the concert series at Windsor Lake, as well as coordinating with organizations and institutions such as the Massachusetts  Museum of

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Adams' Berkshire Mill Damaged by Falling Tree
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
06:04PM / Thursday, October 17, 2019

A large tree at the corner of Hoosac and Columbia broke windows in the upper floor of the mill apartments.  ADAMS, Mass. — A large tree blown down on Thursday afternoon has damaged the historic Berkshire Mill at Hoosac and Columbia streets.   Several upper windows on the west side of the building facing Hoosac Street were shattered. A car was also damaged by the tree that fell into Hoosac Street.   Police responded to close off the area and a Department of Public Works crew was cleaning up the debris. No word of any injuries.    The street is currently closed at the Visitors Center and there is a back up of traffic on Columbia Street. Authorities expect

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Bay State Winter Games Return to Berkshires in January
04:36PM / Thursday, October 17, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Bay State Games are set to host the 35th annual Winter Games in the Berkshires in 2020.    The Bay State Winter Games have been held in the Berkshire region each year since 1985 except for one year because of funding. The Winter Games expects to attract hundreds of athletes and families to the Berkshire region to compete in sports like figure skating and masters ice hockey.   The 2020 Figure Skating competition will take place Jan. 3-5, 2020, at Williams College. This is the earliest the competition has ever been held in Bay State Games history. This competition will feature more than 400 skaters from Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New

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Letter: Bernard Has Earned Second Term
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Thursday, October 17, 2019

To the Editor:

The national political picture in these challenging times are characterized by embattled partisans filled with vitriol and empty rhetoric losing their voices in the echo chamber of social media and 24-hour news cycles. It is in this climate that gives me pause to reflect on the notion that late speaker of the House, Massachusetts' own Tip O'Neil, stated: "all politics is local." I appreciate the fact that North Adams has a mayor who epitomizes civility, level-headedness, and competency.

Mayor Tom Bernard is a leader who demonstrates his competencies through hard work, intelligence, open-mindedness and commitment to guiding our city through this period of

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Rain, Wind Heading for New England
, iBerkshires Staff
03:31PM / Wednesday, October 16, 2019

There's bad weather on the way. The beautiful and downright balmy weather over the Berkshires will change in a big way mid-week as a "bomb" cyclone hits along the Northeast seaboard.    Accuweather says the latest indications are the storm will strengthen at a fast enough pace from Wednesday to Thursday to be classified as a bomb cyclone. The barometric pressure has to fall at least 24 millibars, or 0.71 inches, in 24 hours for the bomb cyclone criteria to be met.   Since winds on the front side of the storm are likely to be from the east or southeast, instead of the northeast for much of the mid-Atlantic and New England, it is not likely to be considered

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North Adams Library Trustees to Look at New Policies
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Wednesday, October 16, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees will update some policies to address filming patrons in the library and political events in the meeting room.   The trustees addressed an American Library Association memo in response to filming in the library and agreed to hold off on penning a policy until next month.   "Let's think about it and look at this next month," trustee Don Pecor said at last Wednesday's meeting. "It sounds like we are a little split on this."    The memo was in response to a group of First Amendment advocates across the country who enter public buildings with cameras. When given a building policy mandating that they

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BHS Diabetes Education Program Launches Weight Loss & Lifestyle Change Program
01:41PM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Health Systems Diabetes Education Program has implemented a Weight Loss and Lifestyle Change Program for those with Medicare, with new classes beginning in November, at multiple locations across the Berkshires.

The program is aimed at adults 18 and older who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes by a blood test within the past year. To be eligible for this program, participants must have a need to lose weight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or higher. The program involves 16 weekly classes over the first six-month period, and six monthly sessions over the remaining six months, for a year-long program. Participants must also be willing to log food that they

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Registration Deadline, Absentee Ballots for Municipal Elections
12:32PM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Wednesday, Oct. 16, is the last day to register to vote in the municipal elections being held on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The city clerks' offices in North Adams and Pittsfield will be open until 8 p.m. on Wednesday.   Absentee ballots also are available for the North Adams and Pittsfield elections in the offices of the city clerks in both cities. Deadline for all absentee ballots to be submitted is Monday, Nov. 4, by noon.   The office in North Adams is open from 8 to 4:30 weekdays; voters wishing to have a ballot mailed to them must send a written request to the City Clerk's Office, 10 Main St., North Adams MA 01247.   In Pittsfield, absentee ballots can be obtained during

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