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Cupcake Reward Tops $10K Northern Berkshire United Way Drive
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:51PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A chance to be a "United Way hero" — and get a box of homemade cupcakes — drove the School Department's donations to Northern Berkshire United Way across the $10,000 line last week.    The hero was Robin Grandchamp, librarian at Colegrove Park Elementary School, who was first to pledge the $14 that would take it to the $10,000 mark.    "I only wanted to help and I made an initial donation," she said on Monday as she accepted the chocolate cupcakes. "When I heard Ellen [Sutherland's] baked goods were at stake, I couldn't hit that enter fast enough."   Campaign coordinator Ellen

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McCann Tech Inducts Honor Society Students for 2017
02:52PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School inducted 28 juniors into the National Honor Society on Nov. 14.    These students were selected for membership based on scholarship, service,  leadership, and character.    The students are Raffaele Bedini II, Hannah Blake, Hope Blake, Andrea Brucato, John Daub, Nichole Demastrie, Cortney Devito, Elissa Fink, Krista Furlon, Nicholas Glidden, Megan Goyette, James Guiden, Madison Harrington, Holden Hopkins, Elisha Lesure, Emma Marino, Matthew McGrory, Jacob Newton, Matthew Norton, Samuel Parks, Ayrian Quinones, Caleb Rondeau, Aubrey Tetlow, Rutger Thurston, Brandon Vallone, Joseph Vigiard, Abigail Wojcik, and Kirsten


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

Biz Briefs: BCC Offers Micro-Grants to Help Students Get Out of Debt
02:38PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
Helping hand

Berkshire Community College, with sponsorship from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, is offering select students micro-grants to help them pay their past-due debts and stay on track to graduate. The program is called the "Guardian Value Scholarship," which identifies students who are in good academic standing but unable to re-enroll due to college debt.

The scholarship can help reduce or remove a student's debt to the college which in turn allows them to register for upcoming spring 2018 classes at BCC. The maximum value of the scholarship is $1,500. If a student owes more than $1,500, they are expected to pay down the remaining balance of their debt


Coalition Forums Tackle Different Aspect of Addiction Epidemic
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Monday, December 04, 2017

'Faces' debuted in 2016. At the December forum of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, the sequel, 'Voices for Recovery,' will be screened.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Friday, Dec. 8, in place of its regular monthly forum, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will host a screening of a new film about how the community has responded to the local epidemic of addiction.

At the coalition's November forum on Nov. 17, participants heard about a different aspect of the addiction issue: law enforcement. The issues are intertwined because, according to Al Bianchi, assistant deputy superintendent for programming with the Berkshire County sheriff's


Clarksburg Elementary Holocaust Exhibit Runs Wednesday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:42AM / Monday, December 04, 2017

Inge Auerbacher, seen here in 2013, is returning to Clarksburg School on Wednesday to talk about her experience in the Holocaust. 

CLARKSBURG, Mass. –  Clarksburg School eighth-graders will host the school's 14th annual Holocaust Exhibit with Terezin survivor Inge Auerbacher on Wednesday night.

English teacher and exhibit organizer Michael Little said this year's exhibit will be different and instead of exploring the Holocaust purely academically, students will create a "poetic puzzle" based on Auerbacher's book "I Am A Star" and the book "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" which is a collection of poetry and art from children that

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Bird Leads MCLA Men Past Elms
02:20PM / Sunday, December 03, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA's Hayden Bird came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points in leading the Trailblazers past visiting Elms College, 77-72, Saturday afternoon in the Amsler Campus Center gym.   Bird was 9-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-6 from behind the 3-point line. Four other Trailblazers scored in double figures, including three with 12 apiece.  Antoine Montgomery, Noah Yearsley, and Corey Jackson all posted 12 points. Mike Demartinis chipped in with 10 for the Trailblazers (2-4).   Elms (0-7) was paced by D.J. Edelen's team high of 17 points while Diomanni Fernandez and DeAngelo Cousar had 12 and 10 respectively.   Elms led 37-31 at halftime as


Total Access Computers Serves Adams' Tech Needs
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Saturday, December 02, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Dan and Andrew Maynard, owners of Total Access Computers, on 16 Hoosac St., want to be your friendly neighborhood tech experts.

The Maynards have one mission: to help people navigate the often-confusing waters of an ever-changing tech world.

"We like to help people, and we don't just fix your computer and send you on your way," Dan Maynard said. "We show you how to keep it clean and running properly because it is the right thing to do."

He started the business in the early 2000s in North Adams and it has been growing ever since.

"I put together a business plan, went in a with a few other people, started a little company and was doing sales


North Adams, Village Ambulance Services Approve Merger
11:06PM / Friday, December 01, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The boards of North Adams Ambulance Service and Village Ambulance have cleared the way for the two organizations to become one on Jan. 1.   Officials of the two services announced their intention to merger in September. The boards' approval on Nov. 29, an agreement has been signed effective at the start of the new year.    The merger was largely driven by the financial difficulties encountered by Village Ambulance, which serves Williamstown, Hancock and New Ashford. In early 2017 it became apparent that, despite the same volume of calls, Village's revenues were decreasing to the level that threatened its sustainability despite significantly


Moulton Leads MCLA Women Past Southern Vermont
07:39PM / Friday, December 01, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Eleven different Trailblazers broke into the scoring column as the MCLA women's basketball team jumped out to a 17-0 lead and never looked back as they defeated the visiting Southern Vermont Mountaineers, 65-29, in the Amsler Campus Center Gym.   MCLA evens their mark at 3-3 on the season while the Mountaineers fall to 1-6 on the season.   Three Trailblazers ended with 10 points apiece. North Adams' Emily Moulton scored her 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting and the senior grabbed a team high nine boards. Courtney Pingelski and Sam Gawron each added 10 points with Pingelski collecting six steals as well.   The Trailblazers (3-3) shot out to the early


The Independent Investor: The Bots Are Coming
By Bill Schmick,
04:43PM / Friday, December 01, 2017
One no longer needs to imagine a post-apocalyptic world where humans are hunted into extinction by intelligent robots. While a shooting war may not break out between the two sides before 2030, a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute indicates that as many as 375 million human workers will be replaced by automation.   Most readers are already aware that companies using high degrees of automation, such as Amazon, are decimating the brick and mortar method of selling products. Most analysts believe it is inevitable that this trend will extend to all kinds of products. Pharmaceuticals and food are just the most recent items to be transitioned over to the internet. While this will add


Collision With Utility Pole Closes Section of State Road
Staff Reports,
03:32PM / Friday, December 01, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A section of State Road was closed down on Friday afternoon after a sport-utility vehicle took out a utility pole.    The single-vehicle crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m. near George Avenue, just west of Stop & Shop. The late-model charcoal Honda Pilot was headed east when the driver apparently veered across the westbound lane and struck the pole, breaking it and sending the transformer and connected wires into Route 2.    The driver was the only occupant of the Honda and was attended to by North Adams Ambulance personnel. The Honda incurred major damage to the front end and pieces of it were strewn across the road. It was taken from the


Children's Musical Set For Dec. 2-3 in Williamstown
11:47AM / Friday, December 01, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Bible Church will present its annual children’s Christmas musical at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3.

This year’s production is titled “Angels Aware” and tells the story of what came before the night Christ was born - way before. Gabriel calls a meeting to announce God's plan to send his son to Earth. The angels are shocked to learn that Jesus will be sent to Earth as a baby.

“Angels Aware” features two dozen local children ranging in age from 4 to 14 singing, dancing and acting in a Broadway-style musical. It is directed by Connie Sheehy, with musical direction by Trish Clairmont and costumes by


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