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Pine Cobble Forest Project, Dinner Celebrates Utility of Goats
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
06:52PM / Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Morgan Hartman with one of the goats that is clearing the forest around Pine Cobble School of invasive species. Photos by Judith Lerner. Goats in the Wood Dinner: April 25
• 4 p.m. walk to visit the goats
• 5 p.m. dinner featuring goat meat in North African and Sub-Saharan presentations.
• 6:30 p.m. talk by Peter J. Smallidge about the original Goats in the Woods project
• Cost is $15, check or cash; register here.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Goats in the Woods Dinner: A Study in African Goat Cuisine.

The name caught my attention. I read more.

This Friday, April 25, the Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program at Williams College, Pine

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North Adams Approves Taxi Rate Hikes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:38PM / Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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The agenda and report of the Public Safety Committee can be found here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday night approved a rate increase for taxi service within the city limits for the first time since 2007.

The eight councilors present were unanimous in passing the ordinance change; Councilor Jennifer Breen was absent.

The change increases the charges within the city's two taxi zones from $4 to $6 for Zone 1 and from $5 to $7 for Zone 2. The rate was requested by Tunnel City Taxi owner Guy Cariddi, who appeared before the Public Safety Committee last Monday.

Cariddi currently operates the only full-time taxi service in the city after acquiring some assets of

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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
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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St. Luke's Nursing Scholarships Available
02:59PM / Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The St. Luke’s Alumni Association will be awarding scholarships to those who are pursuing education in the nursing field, including an associate degree, a baccalaureate or a master’s degree or a nurse practitioner program.  

Any applicant must have completed at least one year of clinical practice in nursing.
 
Relatives of dues-paying members of the alumni group will be given preference; however, others are encouraged to apply. The scholarships are funded by members’ dues, bequests and other donations.
 
St. Luke’s School of Nursing closed in 1974 but the alumni association has remained active by supporting the scholarship

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MCLA honors Three Berkshire County Educators
02:47PM / Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the fourth annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award.

The award, given by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

This year’s recipients will be recognized on Thursday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center Social Hall on the MCLA campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The recipients are Jo-Ellen Height (elementary education), Patricia Robie (early childhood education), and Brad Whateley (middle/high school education).

“All educators touch the future by working

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North Adams Hospital Closure Stretching Medical Services
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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The weekly meeting of the Save NARH group gives a standing ovation to Michael O'Brien, former head of the local 1199SEIU chapter at NARH, for his efforts in organizing to protest the hospital's closure. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — First-responders and medical entities are continuing to be stretched a month after the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.   The Brien Center is extending its hours and going seven days a week to serve mental health patients in crisis, emergency medical technicians are reporting increased hours to make the long trip to Pittsfield and back, and Berkshire Medical Center has had one or more periods when it hasn't had enough beds because of

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Green-Rainbow Statewide Candidates Launch 'Listening' Tour
Staff Reports,
10:37PM / Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Local Green-Party activist L. Scott Laugenour, center, accompanied candidates Danny Factor, left, and Ian Jackson to submit their nomination sheets at Pittsfield City Hall.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A trio of Green-Rainbow Party state candidates toured the Berkshires on Tuesday, meeting with citizens and filing their papers at Pittsfield City Hall.

The group kicked off the day in front of the closed North Adams Regional Hospital to press a focal point of the party's platform: Universal health care.

"Health care is a human right," said Danny Factor of Acton, who is running for secretary of the commonwealth. If the government can bail out a corporation, it can find funds

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Adams Community Bank Supports Medical Shuttle Service
11:53AM / Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank is partnering with several organizations to ensure that individuals from the Northern Berkshire County do not go without health care because of a lack of transportation.

With the bank's financial support, partners including the Adams, North Adams and Williamstown Councils on Aging, Berkshire Community Action Council, Elder Services of Berkshire County and BerkshireRides, will work together to augment the services offered by Berkshire Regional Transit Authority to provide transportation to and from non-emergency medical services that have moved to Pittsfield as a result of the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital.

BCAC will shuttle

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Lawmakers File Report On Lowering Student Debt
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:38AM / Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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State Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, has chaired a subcommittee looking into student loans.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It used to be that going to college was a surefire way to get ahead economically.

High school students across the state  get those acceptance letters in the mail, celebrate, fill out all of the loan paperwork and then head off to college to make a future.

But after the degrees are passed out, the first loan payment comes due. The new graduates find that for years to come, a significant amount of the salary they worked so hard to earn goes right to the creditors.

"People assume that the student loans will be worth it. But that's not necessarily the case,"

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Berkshire Runners Compete at Boston Marathon
By Stephen Dravis,
10:30PM / Monday, April 21, 2014
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BOSTON — Pittsfield's Stephen Foley was the fastest Berkshire County finisher in Monday's 118th Boston Marathon.   Foley, 42, covered the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 1 minute, 53 seconds, which was good for 404th place in his division at the event, which drew 35,671 entrants.   Of the 31,805 finishers, Foley finished 2,663rd, according the website of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race.   He was the 2,509th man across the finish line and one of 10 runners from Berkshire County to finish in fewer than four hours.   The event was won by American Meb Keflezighi, a native of Eritrea, who finished in 2:08:37. Kenya's Rita Jeptoo was

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Clarksburg Egg Scramble 2014 Winners
10:05PM / Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The annual Clarksburg Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the VFW, was held at town field on Saturday. See more photos here.

Finding the winning eggs were Cooper Schadler, Landon Lavigne and Caden Zoltok (age 5 & younger);Emma Dupuis, Zamira Saimbert and Anastasia Girard(Ages 6-9); and Kayla Therrien, Brandon Girard and Heaven Williams (ages 10-12).

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