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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

@theMarket: Who Is Next?
By Bill Schmick,
07:59PM / Friday, June 24, 2016


The vote is in and all you have to do is look at world markets to discover the verdict. The citizens of the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union. Chaos reigned for today but tomorrow may be a different story, at least for U.S. investors.

Do not panic. Most of my readers are heavily invested in the U.S. equity and bond markets. As such, the fallout from Brexit will be short-lived here at home as investors come to the realization that, for now, the United States is the only game in town. As I look at Friday morning's damage to our markets, I am impressed at how well we are doing compared to Europe. Essentially, all we have done is give back a week's speculative


North Adams Museum Hosts 'Old Peppersass' This Weekend
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:06PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

The cogs, or pinions, keep the engine on the rail rack.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Museum of History and Science is hosting a pioneering steam engine this weekend.

The "Old Peppersass" cog steam engine that once chugged up New Hampshire's Mount Washington will be on display at Western Gateway Heritage State Park on Saturday and Sunday.

It's presence is part of a three-year celebration marking the 150th anniversary of Mount Washington Cog Railway, said Pam Sullivan, organizer for the tour and events.

Sullivan reached out to the city to host the 1866 steam engine after learning about the city's railroading history, said Charles Cahoon, president of


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MountainOne Bank Appoints Senior Operations Officer
03:09PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Stacy Litke has been appointed senior vice president, senior operations officer, of MountainOne Bank.

“Stacy comes to us with a wealth of banking and operations experience," said Robert Fraser, president and chief executive officer. "For the past several years, she has served as a Consultant for MountainOne regarding core technology systems and has intimate knowledge of our programs, products, and processes. This transition to a member of our senior management team has been seamless.”

As senior operations officer, Litke will manage operations staff, have responsibility for operations process improvement, and oversee system and technology


Berkshire Food Festival Offers Up Tasty Fare on Sunday
02:46PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams will play host to the 14th annual Berkshire Food Festival on Sunday, June 26, from noon to 4 p.m. on Main Street.

This year's Berkshire Food Festival is presented by 1230-AM WNAW and WUPE-FM and features the cuisine from numerous area restaurants and food vendors along with a selection of beer.  Some of the restaurants represented will be Boston Sea Foods, Bousquet Catering, Gramercy Bistro, Krispy Kone, Lickety Split, Mint Indian Lakeside Cuisine, Oh Crepe, Papa John's, Slick Willie's and The 413 Grill.

Attendees will also be treated to the live music between 1 and 3 p.m., along with a corn hole tournament and other entertainment,


BCC’s Swimming Pool to Open Daily Starting June 25
01:35PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The swimming pool at Berkshire Community College will officially open for the season on Saturday, June 25, and will be open daily from noon to 5:45 p.m.

The pool, which is staffed by a certified lifeguard at all times and is handicapped accessible, is 3.5 to 8 feet deep and is approximately 70-feet-long. Male and female locker rooms, equipped with showers, are also available.  

BCC students and staff may use the pool and all of the other Paterson Field House amenities for free with a valid BCC ID.

Daily rates are $5 for individuals and $20 daily for families (five or more). Season rates are $75 for individuals and $200 for families.

For more information


Drury Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
01:27PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its fourth quarter honor roll.

Grade 12 high honors: Andreatta, Emily; Bator, Nicholas; Boulger, Nicholas; Carlson, Olivia; Darkins, Lakeria; Dupee, Jocelyn; Eastman, Elliott; Gavazzi, Jenevieve; Koperek, Celene; Lacosse, Katelynn; Lesure, Alexis; Marceau, Madison; Marko, Brady; Martinez, Gabriella; Massari, Isabella; Maselli, Jennafer; Mazzu, Michael; Mendez, Jordan; Michaels, Amanda; Moulton, Molly; Poirot, Carolyn; Richardson, Alyssa; Rumbolt, Logan; Tarsa, Madison; Tietgens, Jillian; and Toomey, Katlyn.

Grade 12 honors: Brown, Haley; Burchard, Nicholas; Czarnecki, Sarah; Decker, Alex; Durant, Devin; Kelly Jr., David; Kline,


Celtics, Pete's Earn Giorgi League Wins
11:37AM / Friday, June 24, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Jermain Gomes scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked a shot to lead the Celtics to a 55-47 win over Yard Work by Dan in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League on Thursday night.   Cam Warren scored 11 with five boards for the Celtics.   Steve Bopp scored a game-high 16, and Trevor Alibozek and Slayter Aubin each had 10 points and nine boards for Yard Work by Dan.   In Thursday’s other game, Pete’s Gun Shop/Maselli & Field topped Pizza House, 49-40.   Greg Vreeland scored 10, and Wyatt Tucker added seven points and 10 boards for Pete’s.   Avery Hall and Caleb Cunagin each scored seven for Pizza


North Adams Seeking Grant to Add Spray Park to Noel Field
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Friday, June 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Work is expected to began soon on the new skate and BMX bicycle park where the former Modern Liquors was located.

The State Street building was razed last week to make way for the $676,000 skate park, which will in turn open up space at Noel Field Athletic Complex for a proposed splash pad and bocce and pickle ball courts.

"As soon as that is down and out I believe work on that skate project should begin relatively soon," Mayor Richard Alcombright told the City Council last week. "We have to spend the money by June 30 next year."

The skate park has been under consideration for some years and was initially sparked by a group of young people


The Independent Investor: Pet Insurance & Why You Should Have It
By Bill Schmick,
05:44PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Whether you are adopting a pet or buying that pure blood breed, the first thing you should consider is pet insurance. Skipping this step could cost you several times the purchase price of your new pet each year. Better be safe than sorry.

Pet insurance is like any other insurance, human or otherwise. The cost of coverage is based on your pet's age, health profile, breed and however much insurance you want to purchase.

You will pay a yearly premium, have a deductible, co-pays and a maximum cap on how much your insurance covers per year.

The best time to take out insurance is before your pet develops health problems. Learn from my mistakes. In my case, Titus our seven-year-old,


'Finding Dory': It'll Find You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:23PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Watching "Finding Dory," the sequel to the 2003 megahit "Finding Nemo," it occurs that perhaps even children of John Birchers and Ku Klux Klan members exposed to the high-minded sentiments of this sugary tutorial in liberalism will leave the theater a bit more tolerant.

However, while colorful, intelligent and starring the witty articulations of Ellen DeGeneres as the winsome title fish, Andrew Stanton and Angus Maclane's undersea metaphor could have better tickled its target audience's funny bone. I laughed more than the kids did.

Granted, my observations are anecdotal. Maybe it has something to do with cell phones and unconscious multitasking. But the mostly


Oparowski Leads Team to Win in Giorgi League
11:17AM / Thursday, June 23, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Paul Oparowski scored 26 points Wednesday to lead Frank Field Contracting to a 63-54 win over Drury High in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   C.J. Field scored 12, and Bob Malloy added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Frank Field.   Drury got 19 points and nine boards from Reece Racette and 14 and eight from Hayden Bird.   In Wednesday’s other game, Atlas Private Wealth Management defeated Meet you at the Rock, 52-44, behind 16 points from Jeff Sprague.   Mike McMahon scored 11 points for Meet You at the Rock.   League play continues Thursday at Noel Field at 6:30 with two games.


SteepleCats' Bird Saves Win at Danbury
11:09AM / Thursday, June 23, 2016
DANBURY, Conn. -- Just like the previous couple of games, the North Adams SteepleCats (7-5) found themselves in another high scoring game Wednesday night. This time, North Adams defeated the Danbury Westerners (6-6), 12-10, at Rogers Park.   The SteepleCats completely dominated early on scoring in five of the first six innings to take a commanding 12-1 lead. All nine starters for the ‘Cats reached base safely at least once during the game and eight of the nine starters scored at least one run.   The Westerners got their bats going in the bottom of the sixth scoring four runs to cut the lead to 12-5. They kept it going with two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to


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