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100th Game Saturday in LaFesta Baseball Exchange
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Friday, July 20, 2018
 
One of many newspaper clippings Canales has saved and preserved over the years. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Of the many supporters of the LaFesta Baseball Exchange, none comes up in conversation with co-founder George Canales more than former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.   So it was particularly concerning to Canales when the five-term mayor was AWOL in the moments leading up to the 2003 game in the North End.   "I said to [Boston's] John Romano, who started the exchange with me, 'Where's Mayor Menino?' " Canales recalled this week. "And he said, 'Don't worry. He'll be here.'   "All of a sudden, an ambulance

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MAGICon Returns This Weekend at Greylock Glen
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Friday, July 20, 2018

MAGICon features vendors, entertainment, refreshments and, this year, some classes on wizarding, potions and fantastic beasts.  ADAMS, Mass. — A celebration of everything Harry Potter returns to the Greylock Glen this weekend with twice the magic.   Fans of the "Harry Potter" franchise will gather beneath the shadow of Mount Greylock, home of the Potterverse's Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to celebrate all things mystical at the Mischievous Appreciation of Greylock and Ilvermorny Convention.   "We wanted to offer the fans more than last year so we've really expanded the music, activities, and merchandise vendors,"

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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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SteepleCats Come Up Short In Winnipesaukee
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
11:48PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018

LACONIA, NH. —It seems as if it’s come to the point in the season where the SteepleCats have thrown everything but the kitchen sink from the mound.

For their last meeting of the season, the Winnipesaukee Muskrats hosted the North Adams SteepleCats on Thursday night in a battle of northern division squads. The SteepleCats, low on arms, had three position players take the hill in what turned out to be a high scoring contest where the Muskrats held off a 9th inning rally by North Adams for a 9-8 victory.

Unlike the SteepleCats game prior against the Upper Valley Nighthawks, the offensive production began right away for both teams. After outfielder Greg Cavaliere reached on a walk,

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Vidal Leads McCann Tech Boys to OT Win in Giorgi League
09:24PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Keeghan Vidal scored 24 points Thursday to lead the McCann Tech boys basketball team to a 54-53, overtime win over Hoosac Valley in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League at Noel Field.   Vidal grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a shot, and Lucas Jamros scored 14. Bruce Davis had a double-double for the Hornets with 11 points and 10 rebounds.   Hoosac Valley was led by Casey Meczywor with 13 points and eight rebounds, and Izaha Stubbs with 10 points.   In Thursday's other high school boys division game, Scott McGuire and Reece Racette each scored 21 points to lead Drury to a 73-63 win over Mount Greylock.   McGuire pulled down 10 rebounds, and

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'Leave No Trace': Makes Its Mark
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:14PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
It would be silly not to give a full, 4-popcorn rating to "Leave No Trace," Debra Granik's trenchant, contemporary drama about a PTSD sufferer who lives off the grid in the Portland, Ore., woods with his teenage daughter. However, when movies are this good, there is a tendency on the critic's part to judge them against other superb examples of the filmic art, and to cautiously rein-in the ebullience that can't help accompany the welcome rush of provocative truths. The personal tale is devastating, the larger implications, haunting.   So, when quibbling between a 3 or 3 1/2 and a 4, I invoke the Goldberger Rule of Cinematic Significance to tip the balance: Is the

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Demo Underway at Mount Greylock; School on Track for September Opening
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018

While demolition goes on outside, work continues on the interior as the $65 million school is being readied to open for classes in September.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The "cold corridor" is a memory, and soon the rest of the former academic spaces at Mount Greylock Regional School will follow in its wake.   Demolition is well underway at the Cold Spring Road campus, where Holyoke's American Environmental has taken the lead on tearing down the two classroom wings that have been replaced by a three-story addition as part of the school district's $64 million building project.   On Thursday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady and Turner Construction's

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Big Weekend Ahead At Joe Wolfe Field
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
10:45AM / Thursday, July 19, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —As the summer edges closer to its final month, Joe Wolfe Field is jammed full of great summer baseball action this weekend for the whole family to enjoy.

Starting on Friday, the North Adams SteepleCats return home to take on the Upper Valley Nighthawks at 6:30 PM. The SteepleCats look to get back on track as they hope to make a final playoff push in the last few weeks of the season.

Then beginning on Saturday, a North Adams staple in the 28th annual LaFesta Baseball Exchange holds its first game at 6 PM pitting local youth against those from the North End of Boston. As many from around the area have fond memories from playing in the exchange, Saturday’s game

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LaFesta Legacy: North Adams Boy to Follow Father in Annual Baseball Exchange
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Peter Greenbush cannot tell you the scores of his games in the LaFesta Baseball Exchange, and that's not just because the games were played a quarter-century ago.   "I honestly remember it like it was yesterday," Greenbush said this week. "The field in Boston sits right on the bay there. It's an unmistakable right field fence that's 50 feet high. I remember the food they cooked for us, the parade they did for us.   "When they came up here, I remember eating tons of food here and developing friendships and bonds with kids who had never seen grass before, let alone the mountains.   "It's something that at 13

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1Berkshire Announces 2018 Berkshire Trendsetter Finalists
02:05AM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire has announced the finalists for the 2018 Berkshire Trendsetter Awards that will be presented at the eighth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Sept. 13 at the new Proprietor’s Lodge on Pontoosuc Lake.   The 1Berkshire Trendsetter Awards showcase Berkshire-based individuals and businesses who demonstrate excellence in several areas. Each year these winners are the highlight of the annual Celebrate the Berkshires event.    This year saw the most nominations were received this year since the awards began. More than 140 businesses, organizations and individuals were nominated in

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Tony's, Teddy's Earn Giorgi League Wins
11:13PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Morgan Dauk scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds Wednesday to lead Tony's Electric/The Print Shop/Flynn & Dagnoli to a 46-34 win over Williamstown Physical Therapy in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Emily Peckham added eight points and collected 13 rebounds in the win.   Jenna Benzinger had a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards for WPT.   In Wednesday's other game, Peyton Steinman scored 18 points, and Hollie Steinman had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards as Teddy's Pizza picked up a 48-31 win over the Hoosac wWomen.   McKenzie Robinson scored 11, and Madi Ryan had nine for Hoosac.   On

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Nighthawks Walk Off To Defeat SteepleCats
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
10:17PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

HARTFORD, VT. —For the third time this year, the SteepleCats have learned very well why there’s the saying “It ain’t over till it’s over”.

In their first of three matchups over the next five days, the SteepleCats traveled up to Maxfield Sports Complex on Wednesday to take on the Upper Valley Nighthawks. After North Adams was just out away from a big division win, the Nighthawks pulled off some 9th inning heroics to defeat the SteepleCats 5-4.

In his seventh appearance on the mound for North Adams, Chris Cepeda manned the hill for the SteepleCats at the start of the game. After escaping a bases-loaded jam in the 1st, the Nighthawks were able to strike

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Flynn, Post 68 Win American Legion Tournament Opener
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:02PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Jake Flynn was on fire, and the Post 68 bats were red hot as the team opened sectional tournament play with a 12-1 win over Wilbraham on Pellerin Field at Clapp Park on Wednesday night.   Flynn cruised through five innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out nine, and Ian Benoit launched a two-out, three-run double to right center to end the game via the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth.   Post 68 stays in the winner's bracket of the double-elimination phase of the tournament and will go to Greenfield on Thursday night.   Flynn was the story on Wednesday, not allowing a baserunner through the first three innings and retiring the side

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