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Lanesborough Ambulance to Operate Under Review Period
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:38AM / Tuesday, February 14, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town ambulance will continue to operate under a three-month review period and continue to implement changes to gain membership and financially stabilize the service.   The Selectmen agreed Monday night to hold off on making any changes to town ambulance support and asked Lanesborough Ambulance to update the board with progress monthly.   "There is nothing better than hometown service," Selectman Henry Sayers said. "You know where to go and there is nothing better than that but we just have to look out for our tax dollars.   "But we would like to pull it together and keep it hometown."   The Selectmen have been

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Biz Briefs: Young People Start to Work on Their Own Businesses
04:59PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

Planning on business: The business planning program for young people, which is presented by BerkShares in partnership with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network's Berkshire Regional Office and in collaboration with Berkshire Community College's South County Center, has involved community members as mentors, teachers, and advisors for young entrepreneurs over the past two years. On Jan. 25, this year's program started off with a whole new level of community involvement.
Students in the program, who range in age from 14 to 27, are asked to write business plans that address gaps in the local economy, meeting needs for basic goods and services that we


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

Drury Students to Present Comedy to Grade-Schoolers
04:04PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Feb. 15, the K-5 students in the North Adams School district will be entertained by Drury High School's comedy troupe for an interactive assembly program titled "Stand-up for Comedy."

Thanks to the initial support of Superintendent Dr. Barbara Malkas and Principal Tim Callahan, this comedy initiative will host its inaugural journey within the North Adams School community.

This C.A.S.T. (comedic arts service troupe) is an outgrowth of Drury Stage Company, the theater program that its director, Kate Caton, has spearheaded since 2013. This groundbreaking ensemble is designed for a two- fold purpose: first, a reach out to our elementary school


BCC Announces Fall Semester Dean's List
02:55PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester.

Dean's List status is awarded to full-time students who have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the fall semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

The following 80 students qualified for High Honors:



Canaan: Jackson P. Karpicz



Adams: Colleen M. Baker, Aaron R. Biros, Enrique F. Bouvier, and Jeremy R. Patterson      

Becket: Alexys J.


Berkshires Beat: Displays at North Adams Public Library Tell Story of the Hoosic River Revival
02:32PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

It's a revival: The Hoosic River Revival's vision is to revitalize the Hoosic River, maintain current levels of flood protection and bring the river back as an asset to the residents of North Adams. The North Adams Public Library is currently featuring two displays to learn about the history of the Hoosic River and the Hoosic River Revival's vision for the south branch of the river.

The first floor display includes information about the history of the flood chutes in North Adams and an artist rendering that invites residents to "imagine a revitalized Hoosic River." Also on display are examples of river restorations in other parts of the country that have reconnected


Coalition Forum Focuses on Housing Insecurity in North County
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Monday, February 13, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Around 75 people came to the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forum on Friday to talk about homelessness.

But first, they had to take a quiz.

And the answers to those questions were a sobering lesson in the extent of the problem of housing insecurity in Northern Berkshire County.

According to slides presented that were based on data from Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, for example, 33 percent of people in Berkshire County are renters; that number jumps to 48 percent in North Adams and 41 percent in Adams, while Williamstown numbers match the county average. Of those renters, more than half — 56 percent — fall into the

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North Adams Third in Small Business Revolution Voting
12:35AM / Monday, February 13, 2017

The crowd made snow angels on Main Street adn the lawn at First Congregational. #MyNorthAdams

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A third of the way through voting for a $500,000 downtown boost, North Adams is sitting right in the middle of the five final communities.

The city was selected as a finalist last Thursday morning for a chance at the second season of Deluxe Corp.'s Small Business Revolution — Main Street. Voting started immediately for the contestants for a chance at a prize that would bring funding, technical aid and physical improvements — along with the national exposure — to their downtowns.

Last year, some 180,000 votes were cast for the two finalists. With


Monster Snowstorm Headed for Berkshires; School Closings Coming
Staff Reports,
10:30AM / Sunday, February 12, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The third storm in a week is expected to dump a foot or more of snow on the Berkshires over Sunday and Monday. A foot or more of snow fell over Sunday and Monday, closing or delaying schools and offices across the region.

Call ahead to your destination to ensure it is open


* Adams Library and COA are closed today; Town Hall is open

* Paint and Chat at Mohawk Forest Community Center has been canceled

Fire Departments are asking residents to clear out hydrants to make sure they are accessible. Home and business owners are required to clear sidewalks in front of their properties within 24 hours of a storm.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a


North Adams Preparing Former Plant as Public Services Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:06PM / Saturday, February 11, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city closed Jan. 31 on the former aluminum anodizing plant on Hodges Cross Road with the intent to transform into a public services building.

The price was $995,000, the same amount presented to the City Council last summer. Another half-million also was borrowed for upgrades and renovations to the facility, for a total of $1,498,550.

"We've got a good plan to kind of move this along we're excited about it," said Mayor Richard Alcombright earlier this week. "We're looking at August probably before DPW is committed and moved. ... We think it's a good move for the city long term."

The 85,000 square-foot plant was put


@theMarket: Stock Markets at Historical Highs
By Bill Schmick,
04:16PM / Friday, February 10, 2017

The bears headed for cover this week as all three U.S. indexes made new, all-time highs. That's a good sign and augers well for even more upside ahead.

Credit goes to President Trump and his tweets once again. This time, his promises to address tax reform within the next few weeks had the Algos (algorithmic computer software traders) hitting the "buy" buttons on their machines.

Investors (if there is still such a thing) had been worried that Trump and the GOP would get bogged down in Obamacare repeal and immigration issues. If so, that would be a major distraction and might mean that tax reform and fiscal spending would be pushed back to next year or even later. The tweet


Letter: Quitting Smoking the 'Perfect Valentine's Gift'
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Friday, February 10, 2017

To the Editor:

The Perfect Valentine's Gift: Help Your Loved One Quit Smoking

February is American Heart Month, so before you think about what kind of flowers or type of candy to buy for Valentine's Day, choose the valentine that is better than any box of chocolates or bouquet of expensive red roses: show your love by supporting your sweetheart in quitting smoking.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, smoking is a leading cause of heart disease. Smoking leads to the narrowing of blood vessels and high blood pressure. Quitting smoking greatly improves heart health.

Give Valentine's Day new meaning by helping your loved one become a nonsmoker. If your sweetheart


Berkshire Community College Announces New Hires, Promotions
12:38PM / Friday, February 10, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced new faculty and staff additions as well as recent promotions.

Julia Curletti of Richmond, Mass., has joined BCC as staff assistant to the dean of enrollment management and student success. She previously worked at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston as a program coordinator. She garnered a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and attended New England Law.

Alyssa Felver has been named assistant professor of practical nursing. A registered nurse in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, she previously worked at the Berkshire Medical Center. Prior to that, she was a critical care registered


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