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North Adams Happenings: June 22-28
12:19PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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Outstanding Regional Classical Music Being Offered
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
12:08PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In the three preceding weeks, I previewed the musical offerings at six leading music venues: in Massachusetts: Tanglewood (Lenox,) Mohawk Trail Concerts (Charlemont,) and the Bang On a Can Music Festival at Mass MoCA (North Adams); in New York: Tannery Pond (New Lebanon); in Vermont, there’s the eponymously located Manchester Music Festival and Marlboro Music.

This week, I’ll turn the spotlight on three more: South Mountain Concerts in Pittsfield, Music Mountain in Falls Village, Conn., and the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y.

If, like me, you’re a devotee of the string quartet, you’ll want to attend programs at the two preeminent venues in the region that


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

Leave the Fireworks to the Pros, Officials Urge
12:06PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Last Fourth of July weekend, two members of the National Football League demonstrated just how dangerous fireworks can be.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C. J. Wilson was forced to retire from a promising football career after losing two fingers from fireworks on the Fourth of July weekend. That same weekend, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul mangled his hand with fireworks. Both of these national athletes set a negative example for impressionable youth.

Closer to home, on July 4, 2015, the Saugus Fire Department was called to 7 Oak Point Road for a hand injury to a 23-year old man. The man was lighting off commercial and consumer grade fireworks in his backyard. An explosion


Gen Xers Must Juggle Both Money and Time
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:56AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

If you’re an older member of Generation X – that is, if you were born in the early- to-mid-1960s – you may have a lot of “balls in the air.” You are saving for your own retirement – which might not be that far away – while at the same time possibly wanting to help pay for your children’s college education. And you may also be assisting your aging parents in some ways.

How can you manage this juggling act?

To begin with, you need to emphasize your retirement. Now that you are likely in, or near, your peak earning years, you should contribute as much as you can afford to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. Your plan


Plymouth Outslugs SteepleCats
10:23AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats (6-5) and the Plymouth Pilgrims (4-7) combined for 18 runs and 28 hits on Tuesday night at Joe Wolfe Field with the SteepleCats coming up on the short end of a 10-8 loss.   ‘Cats starter Peter Lannoo lasted 3-⅓ innings and surrendered seven runs off 10 hits and struck out two. Pilgrim starter Thomas Lane went four innings and gave up three runs off six hits and struck out four.   The Pilgrims got the bats going in the third inning when they scored two runs to tie the game at two. They then jumped on top in the fourth with a five run inning in which they sent nine hitters to the plate and took 7-2 lead. They added an


Windsor Lake Closed Two Days for Weed Treatment
01:30AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Curly leaf pondweed is an invasive nonnative plant that's infested ponds and lakes across North America.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Windsor Lake will be closed Thursday and Friday for herbicide to be applied to invasive species in the lake.

The treatment along areas near the shoreline with an aquatic herbicide registered with the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will target non-native curly leaf pondweed.

The entire lake will be closed to all water uses (including swimming, fishing and boating) on those two days of treatment. The lake shoreline will be posted with printed signs warning of these restrictions, in advance of treatment.

Pets or wildlife that may

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Boys and Girls Club, Moresi/Mingo's Pick Up Wins
11:44AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Keland Cross scored 23 points Monday to lead the Boys and Girls Club to a 75-54 win over MCLA in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Tank Roberson added 17, and Lavante and Joe Wiggins each had 12 for MCLA.   Collin Parrott, Merle Darling and Richard Johnson each scored 12 for MCLA.   In Monday’s other game, Vern Cross scored 14, and Todd Hunt had 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead Moresi Associations/Mingo’s to a 43-36 win over Central Radio.   Dave Wellington led Central Radio with 12.   Play continues Wednesday at 6:30 with two more games in the Open Division at Noel Field.


Decrepit North Adams Apartment Building Coming Down
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The nearly 4,000 square-foot building is sandwiched between two other large apartment buildings in much better condition.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Cliff Street apartment building that's seen better days is finally coming down this week.

The six-unit building at the top of Cliff has been vacant for some time and was blocked off with jersey barriers a few weeks ago when the front threatened to collapse.

Mayor Richard Alcombright said an "all-call" was sent out to neighbors to let them know staging for the demolition would begin Tuesday or Wednesday.

"The road will always be open but people may want to avoid it," he said.

The property was taken for taxes last


Final Bay State Games Girls Basketball Tryout Wednesday
08:48PM / Monday, June 20, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - The final tryout for the Bay State Games Western Massachusetts girls basketball team will be Wednesday, June 22, at McCann Tech from 6 to 8 p.m.   Interested players must participate in at least one tryout to be considered for the team, which will compete at the Bay State Games July 15-17 at the Reggie Lewis Center in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury Crossing.   The team is open to all girls in ninth through 12th grades (2016 graduates welcome) who either live in Massachusetts or attend a Massachusetts school.   The cost to try out is $37. The finalist fee is $50.   For information, contact one of the Western Mass coaches: Amy Cyr at


Biz Briefs: Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce Honors Its Members
05:34PM / Monday, June 20, 2016

With great thanks: The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce honored its members during the annual member appreciation event held at the Unicorn Theatre on June 15.

Michael Duffy, Chamber president, gave thanks to their hard-working volunteer members. Special recognition during the evening was given to Margaret Kerwsill, who has been a Chamber member since 2013 when she opened with her partner Laureen Vizza Mutability in Motion, found in the Mews off Main Street, Stockbridge. The gift shop features the works of regional artisans and craftsmen. She is also an independent business owner, Margaret D. Kerswill Design & Marketing, overseeing all creative aspects of design and advertising, from


Mancinvalano Leads Team to Narrow Win on Giorgi League Opening Night
04:57PM / Monday, June 20, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Mike Mancinvalano scored 16 points, and Andrew Harmon scored 15 to lead Frame all to a 53-51 win over Yard Work By Dan on Sunday on opening night of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Robert Jutras scored 15 points, and Trevor Alibozek added 11 with seven rebounds and a pair of blocks for Yard Work By Dan.   In Sunday’s other games, Moonlight Diner and Dagnoli/Troiano and Sons Building each picked up wins.   Brendan Kordana scored 17 points, and Khalil Paul scored 14 to lead Moonlight Diner past the Celtics, 60-38. Kordana and Paul each had eight rebounds in the win.   Keith Czubryt led the Celtics with 15 points.   Sedale Jones


Northern Berkshire Phenoms Wrap Up Successful Spring
04:42PM / Monday, June 20, 2016
The Northern Berkshire Phenoms put the bow on their third season over the Father's Day weekend.   The 17-and-under team finished second in the varsity division at the inaugural Summer Heat Check Invitational tournament hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield. The 14-and-under team kept busy too, winning the 8th-grade division in Pittsfield and losing in the semi-finals at the Basketball Summer Tip-Off Classic in Springfield.    After a short break from the winter season, the two teams hit the gym again in April to play a six-tournament schedule. The 17u's took home second place honors in their final two tournaments, while the 14u team finished with three


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