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MCLA to Offer Violin Repair Workshops
11:46AM / Friday, June 10, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts  once again will welcome violin repair expert Hans J. Nebel to campus as he presents four week-long workshops in June.

The workshops will include “Introduction to Proper Violin Set-Up” June 6-10, “Tonal Improvements” June 13-17, “Fitting New Upper and Lower Block June 20-24, and “Crack Repair and Crack Reinforcements” June 27-July 1.

Nebel is the fourth generation of violin makers in his family, and a graduate of the Bavarian State School of Violinmaking in Mittenwald, Germany.

Nebel started his professional career at Rembert Wurlitzer, Inc., in New York City, where he worked


Bashevkin Tapped Interim Director of Louison House
10:19AM / Friday, June 10, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — With the parting of Louison House Executive Director Lindsay Errichetto, the Board of Directors has appointed Al Bashevkin to serve as the interim executive director.

Bashevkin is most notably recognized as the founding executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition for 29  years. Exiting his post last summer, Bashevkin is ready to roll-up his sleeves and work for an organization that he is quite familiar with and passionate about during this transition.

Louison House is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that runs a Transitional Housing Program (Louison House Shelter) in Adams, Massachusetts and a Permanent Supportive Housing Program


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

McCann Technical School Sets New Goals for New Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Friday, June 10, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann School Committee accepted the school improvement plan for next year designed to beef up honors courses, integrate new software and focus on behavior.

Principal Justin Kratz presented the four school improvement goals Thursday that the School Council, a group made of students and teachers, decided to focus on for the upcoming school year.

He said the first goal is to increase the rigor of honor level classes and clearly organize the honors curriculum.

"We are going to get our department heads together and look at what we have been doing the past two years in our honors classes ... and really look to beef up those classes," Kratz said.

He said


Drury High Graduates 92 Superheroes in the Class of 2016
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:52PM / Thursday, June 09, 2016

Olivia Carlson takes the scissors to her valedictorian sash. See  more photos here. A list of awards and scholarships is here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was an evening of surprises and superheroes at Drury High School on Thursday night as 92 graduates crossed the stage to receive their diplomas.

It included a heartfelt thank you to everyone from family to faculty from valedictorian Olivia Carlson, a rousing speech from Spider Principal and ended with a burst of cheers and high fives as the class belted out the alma mater and exited stage right.

"Thank you to the extended community of North Adams, although I know a few of us are running for the hills as soon as we get a


Drury High Scholarships & Awards 2016
05:05PM / Thursday, June 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented at class night, June 8, to graduating seniors of the Drury High School Class of 2016.

Valedictorian: Olivia Carlson
Salutatorian: Michael Mazzu

Dr. Richard Ziter Science/Pre-med Scholarship: Olivia Carlson

Dr. Richard Ziter Music Scholarship: Elliott Eastman and Michael Mazzu

Bernadino Ocampo Memorial Scholarship: Gabriella Martinez, Nicholas Boulger and Jennafer Maselli

Bolt Excellence in Language Award: Olivia Carlson

Shayley Estes Memorial Scholarship: Olivia Carlson, Nicholas Bator, Jenievieve Gavazzi and Nicholas Boulger

Jocelyn E. Leclair Memorial Scholarship: Matthew Stewart and Destiny


The Independent Investor: How Does the Stock Market Perform in an Election Year?
By Bill Schmick,
02:34PM / Thursday, June 09, 2016

There is quite a bit of worry over this year's presidential elections. Most of that angst centers on the possibility that Donald Trump might be elected to the office and that this could be a disaster for the stock market. If history is any guide, those concerns may be misplaced.

Granted, we haven't seen a candidate quite like the "Donald" in modern history. Some would like to point out that Ronald Reagan, a movie star best known for co-acting with a chimp, did not give many Americans a warm, fuzzy feeling either. Others say Reagan was a pillar of common sense compared to Trump. A President Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, would be a down right relief.

Supporters will


Drury High Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2016
01:07AM / Thursday, June 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has named Olivia Kathleen Carlson as valedictorian and Michael Robert Mazzu as salutatorian of the class of 2016.

Both will speak at graduation exercises at the high school on Thursday, June 9.

Carlson, daughter of Darrell Carlson and the late Patricia Carlson of Stamford, Vt., will be graduating this year with an overall grade average of 101 and has taken a full honors course load, including seven Advanced Placement courses as well as courses at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

While attending Drury, she has been involved in myriad activities, sports and organizations. She is a three-sport athlete, participating in the soccer,


McCann Tech Graduates Asked to Keep Berkshires In Mind
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:56PM / Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Valedictorian Amanda Vallone told the class that challenges can be overcome through perseverance. See more photos here. Scholarships and awards can be found here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School sent 119 graduates out into the world on Wednesday night. And asked them to consider coming back.

"You're really an impressive group of young people and you're all capable of accomplishing a lot," said Principal Justin Kratz, speaking the class of 2016 in the crowded Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "This group is off to do amazing things."

While some will be staying right here to make their futures, most of the class


Students Spruce Up Long-Closed Drury High Courtyard
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Wednesday, June 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School students will, for the first time in a long time, be able to use the school's courtyard thanks to a recent service learning project.

For at least the past 10 years, Drury students have looked longingly at the locked-up courtyard and dreamed of the convenient passage through the building and a little sunlight between classes.

However, thanks to Melanie Rancourt's math class and Michelle Darling's academic success class, students will be able to pass through.

"To be honest it looked like crap and we made it look like something," said student Emily Eichorn.

Rancourt said the recent "lip dub" video passed through the

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Berkshire Tidbits: Hawaiian Dining, Italian Cooking
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:01PM / Wednesday, June 08, 2016

For the first time, this Saturday, June 11, starting at noon, the James A. Modolo Post 8348 Great Barrington VFW, 800 South Main St., 413-528-9701, will be holding a clambake and barbecue benefit, on their fields by advance sale ticket only. No walk-ins. VFW bartenders have the tickets.

Food made by Smokey Sweet and GB Mobile Catering will start being served at 1 p.m. Adult tickets are $35 and include clams, barbecue and draft beer. Children 12 and under have their own menu and eat free.

The band On the Rocks will perform from 2 to 5. There will be a tug o' war tourney at 4.


Wilburton Inn in Manchester, Vt., hosts a weekly Farm Night served on the terrace through


June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month
02:40PM / Wednesday, June 08, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new feline family member is waiting at Berkshire Humane Society or Purradise Feline Adoption Center.

BHS and Purradise have adoption counselors to help people find the right match. Their adoption fee includes spaying/neutering, micro-chipping, age appropriate vaccinations, and so much more.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, about 3.4 million are cats and only 1.3 million of them are adopted.

Although BHS's multiple low-cost spay and neuter programs have drastically reduced feline overpopulation in Berkshire County, hundreds of kittens and cats are still brought to the


Greylock Announces BCC 'Marilyn Sperling Greylock Scholar' Scholarship
02:36PM / Wednesday, June 08, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has established the “Marilyn Sperling Greylock Scholar” Scholarship to honor the credit union’s recently retired president and CEO.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a recent female high school graduate, or non-traditional woman student interested in studying business at Berkshire Community College (BCC). It provides a maximum award of $5,000.

This year’s scholarship recipient is Lori Cormier, a non-traditional student who is studying Business Career Health Information Management and plans to graduate with her associate's degree from BCC in December 2016.

“The ‘Marilyn


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