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Berkshires Beat: Save Stockbridge Bowl Campaign Nears Goal
01:06PM / Monday, May 02, 2016

Close to the goal: The Stockbridge Bowl Association expects to complete its $2.8 million Save Stockbridge Bowl capital campaign in 2016, as the organization celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1946.

The SBA has raised more than $2.4 million of the estimated $2.8 million cost to pay for Phase 2 of the Town of Stockbridge Lake Management Plan. The work will include dredging to remove silt that has built up over many decades, and to permit a significant winter drawdown to kill the roots of invasive non-native plants clogging many areas of the lake.

"If the Town of Stockbridge cannot dredge decades of accumulated sediment and enable a winter drawdown to kill the invasive


Biz Briefs: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Wins TV Award
12:05PM / Monday, May 02, 2016

SVMC patient John Kasper and Orion Howard, MD, pose with the 2015 Telly Award.

'Telly' It Like It Is: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, with its agency Jennings, have received a 2015 Telly Award for its Partnership is Powerful Medicine campaign video featuring cancer patient John Kasper.

In the video, John, an auto detailer in Bennington, shares his emotional story about battling cancer with SVMC’s team. The video was part of a series of patient videos, all of which can be viewed online.

“We are pleased to win this award and grateful to the team of doctors and nurses at the Cancer Center for the inspirational work they do every day,” said Ray Smith,


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

Barrett Contributing on Two Sports at Westfield State
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
02:52PM / Sunday, May 01, 2016

WESTFIELD, Mass. -- After helping the Westfield State women’s basketball team earn a MASCAC Championship this winter, Mount Greylock graduate and Owls freshman Lucy Barrett switched gears to lacrosse.


And Barrett has not missed a beat.


She scored two goals on Saturday as Westfield State defeated Framingham, 17-4, in the Owls’ regular season finale. For the year, she has eight goals and six assists despite missing the team’s preseason training due to the extended basketball season.


Westfield State is the top seed in the MASCAC tournament and on Thursday will host the winner of Tuesday’s quarter-final between Worcester State and


Long Timelines Not Uncommon in Domestic Terrorism Cases
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:23AM / Sunday, May 01, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — It has been more than nine months since an Adams man was arrested and his Murray Street apartment was searched by the FBI.

It has been nine months since the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that Alexander Ciccolo was charged with violating a federal weapons possession law and released a detention memo outlining the ISIS sympathies of the 23-year-old man who also went by the name Ali Al Amriki.

But to date, there have been no terrorism charges leveled against Ciccolo, and it is weeks away from the next status conference at which additional charges could be announced.

"Because of the nature of the case ... it involves a lot more people," U.S. Attorney Kevin


MCLA Men's Tennis Falls in Conference Semis
09:44PM / Saturday, April 30, 2016

CASTLETON, Vt. - The Colby-Sawyer men's tennis team clinched its spot in the North Atlantic Conference East Division Championship Saturday afternoon with a 9-0 victory in the semifinal round over the fourth-seeded MCLA Trailblazers.

The Chargers dropped just five points in doubles play and notched six straight-sets singles victories to secure their spot in the final for the fifth straight season. The Trailblazers, meanwhile, finished their season at 4-7 overall.

The appearance in the NAC semifinals were the first for MCLA since they joined the NAC back in 2014.

Colby Sawyer went on to capture the league title, defeating the host Spartans 5-0, later in the


@theMarket: It May Be That Time Again
By Bill Schmick,
01:12PM / Saturday, April 30, 2016

For traders, the old adage to "Sell in May" is now upon us. Over the past 40-plus years this recommendation has worked over 70 percent of the time. Should you go with the statistics or ignore them?

As regular readers know, the S&P 500 Index has already reached my target of 2,100. We did so over two weeks ago and until yesterday the bulls have been trying to break over that line and get back to the historical highs around 2,134.

The perfect excuse to do so should have occurred on Wednesday when the central bank's Federal Open Market Committee announced their latest decision to keep rates where they are.

The wording of the news release was almost identical to last


North Adams Pupils Help With Windsor Lake Trout Stocking
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:40AM / Saturday, April 30, 2016

See more photos from Friday's fish stocking here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Their enthusiasm more than made up for their lack of bucket skills when it came to fish stocking.

A few times they dropped the fish on the lawn, sometimes on the beach but most often in the water.

Several times they nearly dumped the trout on themselves and once had MassWildlife officials ducking as the foot-long fish came squarely at their heads.

The trout seemed to take it in stride.

"They'll be fine," said Andrew Madden, Western District manager of Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, as he tossed an errant trout into Windsor Lake. "They're tough fish."

The city's


BFAIR Meeting Shows How Far Services Have Come
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:35PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was a different world when Doris and Aldo Sartori began raising three boys with developmental disabilities.

Their second child, Dennis, was born with special needs in 1953. Twin boys, both with developmental impairments, came along 12 years later.

"Services available to help a family with their children consisted of little more than institutional care," BFAIR Executive Director Rich Weisenflue said on Friday morning. "That was what was recommended often by physicians.

"In Doris' case, that wasn't going to happen."

Berkshire Family and Individual Resources on Friday recognized Doris Sartori and her family with BFAIR's


The Independent Investor: What Do Prince, You and a Will Have in Common?
By Bill Schmick,
03:05PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

What do Prince, you and a will have in common? The short answer is maybe nothing, unless, like so many of us, you still have not finalized such a document. If you haven't, get on the phone with a lawyer and get it done.

The passing of Prince was a sad day, but even sadder is the fact that this week his sister just opened a probate case in Carver County, Minn., the home of the late rock star.

"I do not know of the existence of a will and have no reason to believe that the Decedent executed testamentary documents in any form," Tyka Nelson wrote in her filing.

Prince had no spouse or children but he does have several siblings and an estate valued at $300 million. There is


North Adams Library Names DiLego as Assistant Director
01:36PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Longtime Youth Services Librarian Kim DiLego rose to the top of a field of candidates and will be named to replace Robin Martin in a combined position of assistant director/reference librarian for the North Adams Public Library.

The selection committee, including Harris Elder and Hulda Jowett from the Board of Trustees and Mindy Hackner and Carole Perras from the library staff, sifted through 22 submissions and interviewed six strong candidates. Although each of the candidates brought something valuable to consider, DiLego was the unanimous choice based on her 20 years of experience at the library, her familiarity with library procedures, and the depth of her


MCLA Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law
01:28PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has signed a 3 + 3 articulation agreement with Western New England University School of Law to establish a joint program leading to a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree.
With this agreement, signed Tuesday by MCLA President James F. Birge, WNEU Provost Linda Jones and WNEU School of Law Dean Eric Gouvin, qualified undergraduates at MCLA may substitute the first year at the law school for their senior year at MCLA. As a result, they may earn their bachelor’s degree and juris doctor degree in six years instead of the typical seven.

According to Birge, this new partnership allows both MCLA and WNEU


Carr Hardware Joins Forces to Expand into Connecticut
01:22PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Brightwood Hardware out of Longmeadow has forged a partnership with Carr Hardware & Supply Co. of Berkshire County, both members of the True Value Co-op.

Moe Fieldstein, of Brightwood Hardware, started out in the hardware business at the age of 8, working for his father Jacob at his store located in the Brightwood sector of Springfield. Brightwood Hardware would later move to its current location in Longmeadow.

During that same time period, Marshall Raser was making his way in the hardware industry. After discharge from the Army, Marshall worked at his family’s hardware store in Quincy before relocating to take over Carr Hardware in Pittsfield in


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