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Dellea's 'Quiet' Service Trumpeted as BCC Turf Field Named in His Honor
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:19PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Friday afternoon, Berkshire Community College ushered in a new era in Berkshire County sports and recognized a longtime civic leader in the process.

The best part for honoree Gene Dellea? It just may be the fact that his part came at the end of a 45-minute dedication.   "For all of you who know this person, you will say to yourself, 'Of course, this should be dedicated to this person,' " Dellea's friend Emil George said moments before revealing the name of the long-awaited artificial turf field at BCC. "Because this field is important not just to Pittsfield but to Berkshire County, it should be dedicated to someone who has given

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@theMarket: September's stock market
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
Next week, Wall Street's big boys return to their offices. Campaigning for mid-term elections moves to the front burner, and tariff threats between the U.S. and China will likely escalate. Welcome to one of the worst months of the year for stocks.   It is true that both September and October tend to be negative months for the averages. Since 1945, the S&P 500 Index has, on average, lost 1 percent. In addition, it is a mid-term election year where Septembers are almost always rocky months for the market.   One could say that investors face an entire fall season of potential risks. Besides those I have already listed above, there will be the implementation of the new Iranian

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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North Adams Schools Set Opening Day 2018
03:21PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Elementary and high school students in the North Adams Public Schools in Grades K-8, and Drury students newly transferring from another school, will begin school on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2017. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, all students in kindergarten through Grade 12 will attend.

Both days are full days of school. Breakfast and lunch will be served at all schools starting on Tuesday and one breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge. Additional meals may be purchased for a fee. Contact Cory Nicholas, food service director, at 413-776-1631 or cnicholas@napsk12.org with any questions.

Lunch menus are also posted here.


North Adams School Bus Routes

Cancellations

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North Adams Public School Bus Routes 2018-19
03:00PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools open Tuesday, Sept. 4, for Grades kindergarten through 8 and transferring Drury High students; school will be open for all grades on Wednesday.

More information can be found here.
 

Colegrove Park Elementary School   Purple 8:10     Wheel Estates              8:12     West Shaft at A Street 8:13     West Shaft at B Street 8:14     West Shaft at E Street 8:15     239 West Shaft Road 8:16     392 West Shaft Road      8:17     West Shaft at Tunnel Brook Apts 

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Berkshire Money Management Welcomes New Community Development Director
01:59PM / Friday, August 31, 2018

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management, a locally based investment advisory firm, announces that Berkshire native Nichole Dupont has joined the firm's growing team of investment and business professionals.

Dupont is a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant whose work has appeared in multiple regional and national publications including Berkshire Magazine, The Take, Rural Intelligence, the Berkshire Eagle, Newsday and the Huffington Post. She has also helped businesses and nonprofits — Simon's Rock college, Emma Willard School, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and many others— "find" their stories and bring this unique

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Holiday Hours: Labor Day
11:30AM / Friday, August 31, 2018

Labor Day is being celebrated Monday, Sept. 3. Labor Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress and is held on the first Monday of September. Read a history of Labor Day here.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The union encouraged the development of a workingman's holiday and a number of states began setting a day aside. Parades and picnics or similar events were not uncommon in its early days; it is now seen as part of the last three-day weekend of the summer prior to the start of school in many localities. 

Massachusetts was among the first states to

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Two Grand Marshals Chosen for 'Year of Dog' Fall Foliage Parade
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Friday, August 31, 2018

Judging the finalists were David York, Kurt Kolok and the Rev. Mary Curns. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This year's annual Fall Foliage Festival Parade will have not one but two grand marshals — both of the canine persuasion.    Seymour, a Texas mutt, and Curby, a dapper little pooch, were selected on Thursday from nine finalists to represent the parade's theme of "Year of the Dog."   "When we heard about the grand marshal competition, we really thought it would be Curby's opportunity to shine," said owner Nico Dery. "We also thought it would be a great opportunity to show the world that shelter pets — a stray — that

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'Puzzle': She's Come A Long Way, Maybe
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
07:38PM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
We are reminded in Marc Turtletaub's "Puzzle," about an unappreciated housewife who finds meaning and identity in doing jigsaw puzzles, that if you want to find truth, look to fiction. We Homo sapiens have been doing it since time immemorial. No one's feelings get hurt, at least not until their misdeeds are exposed for what they are. So bless the metaphors — purveyors of honesty by illustration. Civilizations rise and fall by them, proving in their finest example that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.   Building his case from a sensitively adept script Polly Mann and Owen Moverman adapted from the Argentinian film "Rompecabezas,"

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The Independent Investor: How Prepared Are You to Sell Your Company?
By Bill Schmick,
07:24PM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
If you are a small-business owner and are toying with the idea of someday selling your company, you should pay attention. Only one in five small businesses put up for sale result in a closing. How do you become one of those success stories?   Where I live and work, nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, there are relatively few large companies. We are over-populated with "Mom and Pop businesses." As such, I meet and talk to plenty of these enterprise owners daily. An overwhelming number of these entrepreneurs have saved little or nothing towards their retirement.   Instead, they believe that at some point, someone would swoop in and buy their business,

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Polito Joins Local Officials to Celebrate Adams Rail Line Extension
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:48PM / Thursday, August 30, 2018

Despite challenges throughout, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said the administration had kept the project on the front burner to get it completed.  ADAMS, Mass. — It was a unique concept in 2011 when state and local officials posed the question: is it possible to connect the downtowns of North Adams and Adams though both a scenic rail service and a bike trail.   Seven years later the answer is yes. It most certainly is possible.   On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito joined local and Berkshire Scenic Railway officials to cut the ribbon on the completed extension of the Adams Branch Rail Line and platform for passengers to board the Hoosac Valley Service.   "This

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Vermont Health-Care System, College Partner on Nursing Program
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Thursday, August 30, 2018

Southern Vermont College will also open its four-year nursing program to SVHC nurses with associate's degrees.  BENNINGTON, Vt. — The demand for registered nurses is expected to grow by at least a quarter over the next decade or so — and the state is looking at 3,000 vacancies.    "I sit on the Vermont Business Roundtable," said Thomas Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, on Tuesday. "They see the crisis that's brewing: 3,000 vacancies in nursing positions in Vermont.  It's a big number ... it's a huge number.     "So what we're saying is 'how do we get ahead of that

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Baseball in the Berkshires Honors Drury's 1978 State Championship Baseball Team
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:48PM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Retired coach Tom McGrath coached the '78 Blue Devils to a state championship and was the force behind their once-in-a-lifetime trip to play in Taiwan.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Winning a high school state championship is the kind of thing that gives most people a lifetime of memories.   But it was just one of the once-in-a-lifetime events for members of the Drury High baseball team in 1978.   Both the North Adams Blue Devils' state crown and their exhibition games in Taiwan were recognized Sunday in a ceremony marking their 40th anniversary at the Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at the Berkshire Mall.   "That were a lot of things happening that

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