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Drury High Class of 2019 Offers Inspiration to Future Classes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Friday, June 07, 2019

Vincienza Alicandri tells the that Drury has given them the tools to face the challenges ahead. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Vincienza Alicandri in her valedictory address on Thursday night lauded Drury High School and its teachers for setting the class of 2019 on the road to success.    "Drury is an excellent school. We have a great community here," she told the gathering of family and friends in the high school gym. "I believe Drury has all the tools to push out good students for competitive colleges. It's all up to us to use those tools."   Alicandri recalled the craziness of junior year testing and the worry about

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The Independent Investor: Long-Term Planning Is Crucial to Caregiving
By Bill Schmick,
05:37PM / Thursday, June 06, 2019
The family is headed toward a crisis in caring for the elderly. It will impact all of us, so if you have aging parents, don't think you can just close your eyes and hope for the best. You are likely setting yourself up for a world of hurt.    All too often, the adult children of aging parents are blind-sided when presented with the realities of taking care of parents in need. This is usually precipitated by some sort of health crisis. In my own business, I see it time and time again. What follows is pure chaos, anxiety and hard feelings. There is no way to stop the inevitable, because aging and declining health are part of living, so what can you do?   "It is

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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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
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Drury High School Scholarships & Awards for 2019
04:50PM / Thursday, June 06, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented during Awards Night at Drury High School on Wednesday, June 5.    Valedictorian: Vincienza Alicandri   Salutatorian: Kelby LeSage   Bernadino Ocampo Memorial Scholarship: Jenah Janz   Jocelyn E. Leclair Memorial Scholarship: Maya Giron, Laura Thomas, Hayley Shook and Obilio Rodriguez   Richard 'Buckwheat' Lefave Scholarship: Jude Collins, Helen Lawson and Reece Racette   Anna Yan Ji Arabia Scholarship: Kelsey Haley   Shayley Estes Memorial Scholarship: Erin Marceau   Crew of '02 : Yvonne Koperek;Hayley Shook   North Adams Youth Basketball League

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Mass MoCA Director Facing Charges in Fatal Crash
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03:26PM / Thursday, June 06, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is being charged in the fatal accident last year that killed an Adams man.    According to reports in The Berkshire Eagle on Thursday, Joseph Thompson is scheduled to be arraigned on June 19 on a charge of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation in Northern Berkshire District Court.    A 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Steven Fortier, 49, of Adams collided with Thompson's 2015 Audi on Church Street near the intersection with Ashland. Fortier was heading south and Thompson north the evening of July 20, 2018.    A show-cause hearing was held on May 9.

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SteepleCats Open Season with Win
06:35AM / Thursday, June 06, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Two pitchers combined on a one-hitter Wednesday as the North Adams SteepleCats opened the season with a 13-0, rain-shortened win over Sanford, Maine, at Joe Wolfe Field.   Tyler Hayes started and went 5-1/3 innings, striking out 10, before handing the ball to Jacob Abbott, who struck out one in 2/3 of an inning of relief.   And then came the rain, which was the only thing that could stop the North Adams offense on Wednesday night.   Sam Punzi went 2-for-4 with four runs batted in, and Brian Picone was 3-for-3 in a nine-hit North Adams attack.   The SteepleCats stole three bases as they opened New England Collegiate Baseball League play with a

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McCann Tech Class of 2019 Holds 'Golden Key' to Unlock Future
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:38PM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School's class of 2019 is filled with firsts and achievements: state vocational championships in baseball and softball, the first individual gold medal for carpentry in SkillsUSA, gold for 3D animation. The first student in 30 years to win a state Herter Memorial Scholarship. Second place in TIG welding from among 75 competitors from all over New England. And the best youth oxen driver at the 2017 Cummington Fair.    Not to mention all the other gold, silver and bronze medals in business and skills competitions, scholarships and awards.    "They go on and on and I could list many, many more and if I left you out

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North Adams School Committee Renews Contract With Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019

MASC District VI Chairwoman Andrea Wadsworth of Lee talks with the School Committee on Tuesday about upcoming events.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday signed a new three-year contract with Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas.    Malkas was hired three years ago in May to take over the public school district after the retirement of longtime administrator James Montepare.    There was little discussion as the committee voted to approve the contract negotiated in executive session. The administrative letter of employment states Malkas will be paid a salary of $141,166 beginning July 1 and $143,283 in the second dependent on her

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Berkshires Beat: CATA to Break Ground on Future Home
12:07PM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019
CATA groundbreaking

Community Access to the Arts will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the organization's future home at 420 Stockbridge Road on Monday, June 10, at 11 a.m. The new arts center will establish a permanent home for CATA and allow the organization to expand its innovative arts programs for people with disabilities.

"After 26 years of renting space, CATA will now have a true home--one that will double our existing space for artists with disabilities," said Margaret Keller, CATA's executive director. "With the growth we've achieved in recent years, we have been bursting at the seams. Now, after intensive planning, we are ready to take this pivotal

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Do You Have a Business Succession Strategy?
10:34AM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019

If you own a business, you've always got plenty to think about: sales, marketing, employees, competition, industry trends, consumer preferences – the list goes on and on. It's easy to get so caught up in your work that you might not take time to think about retirement. But if and when that day arrives, you'll want to be prepared – which means you need a business succession plan.

And you will have to put considerable thought and effort in selecting such a plan, because you've got several choices. You could keep the business in your family. You could offer it to an employee or an outsider. You could design a plan that will take effect while you're alive or

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Collaborative Program Provides on the Job Training in the Classroom
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:47AM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Instructor Rick Bergendahl says the students went from learning about tools and fasteners to re-assembling an engine.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Seven people received certificates on Tuesday after completing a collaborative workforce development pilot training program at McCann Technical School.   They are ready to join the workforce after completing the pilot manufacturing training project through a joint MassHire Berkshire Career Center and McCann Technical program.   "We thought it would work and obviously you feel as though it did and this will prepare you for a job out there," state Rep. John Barrett III told the students. "There are a lot of jobs

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North Adams Council Election Garnering Interest
02:50PM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Thirteen people have so far pulled nomination papers for City Council and Mayor Thomas Bernard has announced he will seek re-election.    Bernard will make a formal announcement on Thursday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. He pulled his nomination papers on Friday for second two-year term.    "I look forward to working with the residents of North Adams as we continue to build our shared future on a foundation of economic development, community revitalization, and sustainability," he said in a press release. "I look forward to building on the strong foundation my team and I established with the support of so many in our

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Pittsfield Girls Softball Hosting Two Big Tourneys this Month
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11:38AM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Girls’ Softball Leaguel once again will be very busy over the next few weeks as dozens of teams descend upon the Doyle Softball Complex on Benedict Road for two separate softball tournaments.     “Battle in the Berkshires III” will take place from Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23, for divisions U14, U12, and U10. Following that tournament, PGS and the Doyle Complex will be hosting the Babe Ruth New England Super Regional Tournament from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30.  The tournament will feature all age divisions from U8 through U16.   In the “Battle of the Berkshires III”, the first

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