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The Independent Investor: Pet Insurance & Why You Should Have It
By Bill Schmick,
05:44PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Whether you are adopting a pet or buying that pure blood breed, the first thing you should consider is pet insurance. Skipping this step could cost you several times the purchase price of your new pet each year. Better be safe than sorry.

Pet insurance is like any other insurance, human or otherwise. The cost of coverage is based on your pet's age, health profile, breed and however much insurance you want to purchase.

You will pay a yearly premium, have a deductible, co-pays and a maximum cap on how much your insurance covers per year.

The best time to take out insurance is before your pet develops health problems. Learn from my mistakes. In my case, Titus our seven-year-old,


'Finding Dory': It'll Find You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:23PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Watching "Finding Dory," the sequel to the 2003 megahit "Finding Nemo," it occurs that perhaps even children of John Birchers and Ku Klux Klan members exposed to the high-minded sentiments of this sugary tutorial in liberalism will leave the theater a bit more tolerant.

However, while colorful, intelligent and starring the witty articulations of Ellen DeGeneres as the winsome title fish, Andrew Stanton and Angus Maclane's undersea metaphor could have better tickled its target audience's funny bone. I laughed more than the kids did.

Granted, my observations are anecdotal. Maybe it has something to do with cell phones and unconscious multitasking. But the mostly


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

Oparowski Leads Team to Win in Giorgi League
11:17AM / Thursday, June 23, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Paul Oparowski scored 26 points Wednesday to lead Frank Field Contracting to a 63-54 win over Drury High in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   C.J. Field scored 12, and Bob Malloy added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Frank Field.   Drury got 19 points and nine boards from Reece Racette and 14 and eight from Hayden Bird.   In Wednesday’s other game, Atlas Private Wealth Management defeated Meet you at the Rock, 52-44, behind 16 points from Jeff Sprague.   Mike McMahon scored 11 points for Meet You at the Rock.   League play continues Thursday at Noel Field at 6:30 with two games.


SteepleCats' Bird Saves Win at Danbury
11:09AM / Thursday, June 23, 2016
DANBURY, Conn. -- Just like the previous couple of games, the North Adams SteepleCats (7-5) found themselves in another high scoring game Wednesday night. This time, North Adams defeated the Danbury Westerners (6-6), 12-10, at Rogers Park.   The SteepleCats completely dominated early on scoring in five of the first six innings to take a commanding 12-1 lead. All nine starters for the ‘Cats reached base safely at least once during the game and eight of the nine starters scored at least one run.   The Westerners got their bats going in the bottom of the sixth scoring four runs to cut the lead to 12-5. They kept it going with two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to


Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival to Enchant in Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:20AM / Thursday, June 23, 2016


ADAMS, Mass. — The signs have been around the area for weeks: tiny doors to enchanted realms, fairy princesses, visits from the Fairy Queen Deidre and wardings from the Wizard Grulaach.

It's all leading up to the Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival this Saturday at Bowe Field for a day filled with music, magic, parades and activities that will be capped off that night around a dragon fire pit. And, of course, fairies.

The idea for those tiny doors that have been appearing in businesses and municipal buildings around the area literally opened the way for the festival that organizers are hoping will become at tentpole attraction for the area on par with the Massachusetts


Berkshire Tidbits: Summer BBQs & Garden Tours
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
09:37PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Eat on North kitchen in Hotel on North, 297 North St. in Pittsfield, 413 358-4741, will present another Kids Cooking Class of no more than 20 students ages 6 to 15, from 2 to 4 on Wednesday, June 22. $25 per child by advance reservation. The first class was well received.

This time they'll be making quesadillas and Rice Krispie treats. Fun food.



Pittsfield's summer food program at which all children 18 and under can come in and eat breakfast and lunch for free without reservations starts Wednesday, June 22, and runs through Wednesday, August 24 at four locations in the city. Starting Monday, July 11, activities will be offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.



Guest Column: Bans on Plastic Bags Gaining Ground
By Rinaldo Del Gallo, Guest Columnist
09:24PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I am pleased to announce that at last night's town meeting (Monday, June 20), Adams banned single-use plastic bags. (Article 25). It was a remarkable unanimous vote by the members of the town meeting.
Recently, there have been a series of single-use plastic bag bans. There has been a ban in Lee, a ban in Lenox, and last night a ban in Adams. Lenox was done by the Board of Health. In Lee, the ban on single-use plastic bags was done by town meeting — where it won by a considerable margin. In a similar manner, Lee and Lenox banned the use of Styrofoam.
What is less commonly known is my role in these bans. The ban on Styrofoam and single-use plastic bags in Lee and


Alcombright Endorses Hinds for Berkshire Senate Seat
09:00PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — North Adams Mayor Richard J. Alcombright has endorsed Adam Hinds for state Senate in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District. Hinds is running for the Democratic nomination for the office.

"I am very pleased to support my colleague and community leader Adam Hinds," said Alcombright.  

Pointing to Hinds' vast experience working shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most under-served members of the region, Alcombright said, "Adam's work in Pittsfield with at-risk youth was inspirational and his transition to working with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition — in some of the most challenged neighborhoods of


State Development Program OKs Incentives for State Road Projects
03:14PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two in-development projects on State Road have been approved for development incentives through the city and state.

The Beyond Place LLC and Greylock Works LLC entered into tax incremental financing agreements with the city; the state's Economic Assistance Coordinating Council on Wednesday approved both agreements and 16 other projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program.

All 18 projects are expected to create 855 new jobs and retain 2,958 jobs throughout Massachusetts, while leveraging approximately $199 million in private investment.

"Massachusetts boasts a robust, pro-growth business environment, and our administration


Savoy Loop Run Returns Sept. 10
01:28PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016
SAVOY, Mass. -- The Emma Miller Elementary School will hold its fourth annual Savoy Loop Race fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 10.   The event includes a 5-mile road race, 1-mile walk and kids’ fun run.   Registration is from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. with the race at 10. The kids’ fun run begins at 11:30.   Registration is $20 before the event, $25 the day of. The kids’ fun run registration is $5. Prerigistration can be sent to: WMAC, P.O. Box 356, Adams MA 01220. Checks payable to Emma L. Miller School with “Savoy Loop” in memo.   Awards, prizes, free kids’ activities, entertainment and timing by the Western Mass Athletic Club. All proceeds


Northern Berkshire United Way Names Interim Director
12:54PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gerald Desmarais has been named interim director of the Northern Berkshire United Way.

Desmarais will fill the vacancy created by Joseph McGovern, who accepted a new position as executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County in Aberdeen, Md.  

Desmarais recently retired from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) after a 40-year career. He served in several capacities, including director of Admissions, director of Financial Aid and most recently as treasurer.

In addition, Desmarais served NBUW for more than 15 years as a board member, VP for Allocations, and VP for Finance.

“How fortunate we are to welcome Jerry back to

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Center Offering Free Obstetric Ultrasounds
12:46PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — New Direction Pregnancy Center is offering free obstetric ultrasounds the weeks of June 23-25 and June 27-30.

Women who are 6 to 22 weeks pregnant are welcome to view a window into the womb and get your free ultrasound pictures. Gender determinations are not provided.

Call New Direction at 413-346-4291 to set up an appointment.

New Direction offers is located at 98 Church St. and offers free laboratory quality pregnancy tests (immediate results), information on pregnancy, abortion and alternatives, confidential peer counseling, prenatal and parenting classes, adoption support and referrals, and more.


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