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North Adams Arts Commission Seeking More Authority
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Tuesday, October 11, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The new Public Arts Commission is already seeking to expand its limited abilities.

The commission will ask the City Council to consider ordinance changes that will allow it to be more active in promoting public art in the city.

"We have a change to the ordinance that we have drafted to become a more active commission," said Chairwoman Erica Manville at a recent meeting. "Right now, we're sort of passively waiting to ask for people to put stuff up in public places.  

"The ordinance is kind of static and we'd like to actually look for people, have budget, perhaps have grants ... to become a more active part of the community


Berkshire Planners Remain Concerned About DLTA Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Monday, October 10, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission remains concerned about the funding for its District Local Technical Assistance program.   The organization lobbied for the state fund the program at $3.4 million during the budget season but ultimately the state Legislature funded it at $2.8 million — level with previous years. But, the administration hasn't released those funds yet and state revenues have been coming in lower than hoped.   Now, many are expecting mid-year cuts from Gov. Charlie Baker and BRPC fears part of those 9C cuts will include that program.    "We think we will know more about DLTA next week, the 15th or so of


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

Clarksburg Brings on Jones Whitsett for School Study
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:46AM / Monday, October 10, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Building Committee has hired Jones Whitsett Architects Inc. to do the feasibility for a new or renovated school.

The committee's first choice easily passed muster with the Massachusetts School Building Authority at its last meeting.  

"We all agreed on Jones Whitsett to be our architect," Superintendent Jonathan Lev said on Thursday.

Lev had gone to Boston two weeks ago with School Committee and Select Board Chairman Jeffrey Levanos and Laura Wood, another member of the School Building Committee. They had expected there might be another meeting and more interviews but were pleased to find the MSBA was fully on board.



Bator Leads MCLA Golfers to Victory
08:28PM / Sunday, October 09, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- In a rare head to head matchup Sunday afternoon, the MCLA Golf team defeated the Russell Sage Gators, 338-462, in a match played at Berkshire Hills Country Club.   The match was played in windy and wet conditions on the 6,600=yard, par 72 layout. Drury HIgh School graduate Nick Bator took home medalist honors for MCLA after shooting a solid round of 83.   Three Trailblazers, Josh Fortier (Mount Greylock), Doug Sigsbury (Drury), and Reese Dwyer, each carded 85s to round out the scoring for MCLA.     Other Trailblazers competing were Drury grad Nolan Bird (92) and Taconic grad Liam Nolan (94).   Casey Fitzpatrick led Sage with a 99.   The


Zogics To Senate President: Lack of Skilled Work Force Biggest Setback
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:44AM / Sunday, October 09, 2016

For more than an hour on Friday LeBlanc spoke about his company with Rosenberg and Hinds. LEE, Mass. — With the state of current technology, a company can basically operate from anywhere. So can employees.   The current workforce wants more out of life than traditional jobs. They want to find ways to combine their lifestyles with a career. That's the angle Paul LeBlanc has taken when building Zogics, an e-commerce company based out of a small office in Valley Industrial Park.    "For me, it is all about lifestyle. Whether it is the company I've created, the location I've chosen to build the company or anything else. We are all faced with choices

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MCLA Volleyball Team Drops Five-Set Decision
08:11PM / Saturday, October 08, 2016
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA volleyball team dug a deep hole after dropping the opening two sets, rallied back to tie the match but fell to Wells, 25-15, 25-16, 12-25, 23-25, 15-9, on Saturday at the Amsler Campus Center.   Wells (14-5) cruised through the first two sets before MCLA came alive. The Trailblazers (10-12) got back in the match by winning the third set decisively and then edging the visitors in set No. 4.   The Trailblazers received a great performance from Allison Clark as the senior had team bests of 15 kills and 23 digs in defeat. Rebecca Godbout also notched a double double with 11 kills and 18 digs for MCLA. Beatrice Lechler and Taylor Wiese combined for


Appalachian Trail Gathering Draws More than 400 to Williamstown
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:02AM / Saturday, October 08, 2016

The gathering is something of a homecoming for hikers and is held in different locations around the country.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — More than 400 long-distance hiking enthusiasts and Appalachian Trail thru-hikers will pass through Williamstown this weekend for the 35th annual Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association Gathering.

Hikers from all over the country will travel to Carmelite Fields this Columbus Day weekend, some by car and some by foot, for a homecoming of sorts.

"I'm ready for them," said Carmelite Fields owner and long-distance hiker Dr. Eric White, also known as "Mini Mart," said. "This is the third time they have used my property so


Downing, Rosenberg, Olver, Rally Support For Hinds Senate Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:13AM / Saturday, October 08, 2016

State Sen. Benjamin Downing endorsed Hinds on Friday to follow in his footsteps. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The common theme Friday night, when Adam Hinds relaunched his campaign for state Senate, was unity.   Hinds won the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing. Hinds now takes on Republican Christine Canning-Wilson in the Nov. 8 general election.   On Friday, Hinds held a kickoff for the general election campaign featuring Downing, former U.S. Rep. John Olver, and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg. To a crowd full of elected officials and local leaders, the three rallied support for Hinds around the concept of


MCLA's Improving Teacher Quality Grant Extended
01:38PM / Friday, October 07, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the lead partner for the Berkshire Early Learning Lab Improving Teacher Quality program, has had its ITQ grant extended for another two years, which will allow more than 40 additional educators to participate, and an expansion of existing programming.

The grant, which began in 2013, serves Berkshire County preschool through second grade teachers by providing rich opportunities for them to learn about and implement the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education model.

Sites presently being served include North Adams Public Schools, Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, Northern Berkshire


Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 30 - Oct. 6
Staff Reports,
12:41PM / Friday, October 07, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 30.   Aaron Tarjick, 40, of Windsor pleaded guilty to 25 counts of larceny over $250, 13 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime, nine counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, seven counts of unarmed burglary, three counts of larceny of a firearm, two counts of larceny under $250, and a single count of larceny of a motor vehicle.   The charges stem from a series of housebreaks in Berkshire County between October 22, 2010 and November 13, 2012.   He was ordered to serve 15 to 17 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the breaking and entering and


MCLA Professor to Receive 'Friend of Art Education of the Year Award'
12:29PM / Friday, October 07, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lisa Donovan, a fine and performing arts professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has been selected to receive the Massachusetts Friend of Art Education of the Year Award for 2017 at the 2016 Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) Conference.

The conference, titled "Redefining Art Education," is set for Saturday, Nov. 12, at Lesley University in Cambridge.

Donovan was selected for her passion and dedication to creative learning and the arts, for the great work she does in the field of art education, and for her contributions to teaching and learning in Massachusetts, according to the MAEA Awards Committee.

An affiliate of the


Berkshires Beat: Grant Helps Farmers Market Continue Its Mission
12:24PM / Friday, October 07, 2016

Farmers market grant: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has awarded the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market $10,000 to support its work in fostering good eating habits, active lifestyles, and healthy environments,

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market was started with the belief that everyone in our community should have access to healthy food. With 50 percent of city residents being low-income, the market was located in the Morningside neighborhood, which has even lower rates, where more than 80 percent of elementary school students qualify for free lunch and where there are no grocery stores in walking distance.

Two years ago, the market launched its Double Value Program, a


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