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Berkshire Opera Festival Debuts in August
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:53AM / Tuesday, August 02, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County offers summer visitors a world-renowned symphony, Tony Award-winning theater and important works of art from the Renaissance to the contemporary.   The region truly has it all ... almost.   Actually, there is at least one hole in the county's arts scene, a hole that Jonathan Loy and Brian Garman are aiming to fill.   "Absolutely, the Berkshires are the most culturally rich place in the country," Loy said recently. "For there not to be opera here is unfortunate and maybe even a problem.   "Opera is an art form that deserves to be heard and seen and supported. By bringing fully produced opera back, what

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Ace of Seasons, Central Radio Win in Giorgi League
10:42PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Richard Johnson scored 20 points and grabbed 20 points, and Collin Parrott added 19 Monday to lead Ace of Seasons to a 61-50 win over Atlas Private Wealth Management in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Jeff Sprague scored 16, and Cam Lesure added 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Atlas.   In Monday's other game, David Vidal led three players in double figures for Central Radio in a 67-44 win over Drury.   Vidal scored 20. Travis Severs and Nick Dabrowski added 16 and nine respectively, in the win.   Reece Racette scored 20 for Drury.   Play continues on Tuesday at Noel Field with one game in the league's Women's


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

North Adams Airport Hiring New Engineering Firm
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:00PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission has voted to hire Stantec as its new engineering firm after airport construction is complete.   Chairman Jeff Naughton recommended last week that the commission vote to bring on Stantec, ending an 18-year relationship with Gale Associates.    "We have had a very long, 18-year relationship with Gale and it has been a very positive relationship, but we just thought it was time to take a look," Naughton said at Tuesday's meeting. "We thought there were different strengths that Stantec brought to the table."   Naughton said a subcommittee was created comprised of commissioners, the airport manager and


Berkshire Tidbits: Farmstands and Fairs
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
06:38PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

Market Manager Jessica Conzo Vecchia takes coupons from a shopper at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers' Market in 2015.

In this height of farmers' market season — stands full of local corn, tomatoes, lettuces, herbs, zucchinis and so much more — farmers' market coupons for income-eligible seniors 60 and over are finally being distributed in Berkshire County starting this week.

The coupons are also available for disabled people under 60 who live in congregate housing that has a meal site such as Crossway Tower in Lee, Providence Court in Pittsfield and Heaton Court in Stockbridge.

The income level for farmers' market coupon eligibility is 185 percent of the


'Star Trek Beyond': Once More Into the Allegory
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:09PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

Justin Lin's "Star Trek Beyond" has a built-in likability factor, just a few notches below Mom and apple pie. Therefore, in the never-ending quest for objectivity in film criticism, the question must be posed: If one had been in a coma since before Gene Roddenberry created the "Star Trek" phenomenon, and upon awakening were shown this latest venture to where no one has gone before, what would he or she think of it?

Don't dwell on the inherent sadness of how young our viewer must have been when lapsing into a coma. It's hypothetical. But his name is Billy.

The contention here is that, more than likely, while dining on the requisite graham crackers and


McCann Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
04:02PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2015-16 school year.

Grade 9 High Honors go to: Bedini III, Raffaele; Bednarz, Ryan; Blake, Hannah; Blake, Hope; Daub, John; Demastrie, Nichole; Devito, Cortney; Fink, Elissa; Furlon, Krista; Goodell, Morgan; Goyette, Megan; Harrington, Madison; Lesure, Elisha; Marino, Emma; Norton, Matthew; Parks, Samuel; Rondeau, Caleb; Tetlow, Aubrey; Thurston, Rutger; Vallone, Brandon; Vigiard, Joseph; Wojcik, Abigail; Wood, Kirsten.

Grade 10 High Honors go to: Boucher, Mackenzie; Charon, Ryan; Diesz, Natalie; Dowling, Aimee; Esoldi, Julia; Favre, Joshua; Ferrara, Michael; Fuller, Hannah;


Adams Couple Injured in Five-Car Accident
By Jack Guerino,
03:07PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A five-car accident on Curran Highway on Sunday afternoon sent three people to the hospital, two with serious injuries.   Police Sgt. James Burdick said driver Anthony McBride, 83, and his wife, Ruth McBride, 84, of Adams,  were traveling north on Curran Highway around 1:40 p.m. in a 2004 Pontiac Vibe. McBride, former Adams town moderator and longtime businessman, made a left turn to go onto Old State Street to the secondary entrance of Walmart but failed to stop.   Burdick said McBride pulled into the path of Adam Bethoney, 28, of Stamford, Vt., who was heading south in a 2010 GMC pickup truck. Burdick said Bethoney tried to avoid the Vibe but the


Letter: Our Future Is in Good Hands
Letters to the Editor,
03:03PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

To the Editor:

As we all grow a little bit older and maybe a little bit wiser, we often wonder "What has happened to our world?"

We say things like "These kids today are lazy and spend all their time playing with that 'thing.' " Sometimes I would worry myself as to what kind of world my grandchildren would live in.

After this weekend, I feel much better about the future. You may ask why.

First I had the opportunity to attend the production of "The Wiz" at the Berkshire Museum in conjunction with Barrington Stage. The young people that were in the play were some of the most talented and hardest working future citizens I have seen.

I also had the


Biz Briefs: Berkshire Restaurant Rated Third in OpenTable List
02:53PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

Third's a charm: The Old Inn On The Green in New Marlborough has been given a distinction from OpenTable, the national restaurant reservation engine that is used regularly by millions of diners in the United States.

In July, OpenTable touted its newest batch of top ten diners' choices, with the Old Inn On The Green being named third. The list spans from Newport to Martha's Vineyard, and from coastal Maine to the White Mountains, but only one of the ten restaurants is located in the Massachusetts’ Berkshires.

The dining room at The Old Inn on the Green serves dinner nightly except Tuesday between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. through the end of October, when off-season hours are


UCP Golf Tournament Raises More Than $23,000
01:50PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Berkshire County raised more than $23,000 to benefit more than 2,400 children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities throughout Berkshire County at its 18th annual golf tournament on July 18.

More than 136 golfers’ participated, and 18 volunteers assisted with everything from event preparation to providing entertainment.

Winning teams from the event are as follows:

Gross winners: First place, Brian Griffin, Joe Tosches, Bart Guistina, Samir Doshi; Second place, Corbin Brassard, Jeff Brassard, John Bresset, Leo Romanos; Third place, Bob Desanty, Bill Bryce Sr., Jamie Gaffey, John Vareschi; Fourth place, Jamie


Berkshires Beat: Local Girl Crowned Miss Massachusetts Princess
01:08PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

Little princess: Ruby Morin, 5, daughter of Peter and Rachaele Morin from Hancock, was named "Miss Massachusetts Princess 2016" at the National American Miss state pageant held July 21-23 in Springfield. In addition to the title, Ruby was also awarded first runner up for Spirit and second runner up in the Photogenic category.

She will attend the National Pageant in Anaheim, Calif., at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week, where she will have an opportunity to win her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes.

The National American Miss Pageants are for "Today’s Girl" and "Tomorrow’s Leaders." The program is based upon inner beauty, as well as


MCLA Hosts Third 413 STEM Academy
12:22PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the third year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hosting its "413 STEM Ready Academy," from Monday, Aug. 1, to Friday, Aug. 5.

The intensive, summer residency program gives students at the region's community colleges insight into what it is like to attend a four-year institution, and encourages them to earn a bachelor's degree.

The 21 students who will participate – six from Berkshire Community College, seven from Greenfield Community College and eight from Holyoke Community College – intend to major in fields that include biochemistry, biology, biological science, biotechnology, computer science, environmental science,


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