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North Adams Fire Department Reels in $625K in Grant Funding
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The department got a dozen sets of turnout gear from a grant two years ago; many of the new and replaced items within the fire house came from grant funding.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 200 area firefighters will be receiving turnout gear thanks to a nearly $600,000 federal grant made through the North Adams Fire Department.    "That's over 200 sets of personal protective equipment for firefighters and it's about safety," Fire Chief Stephen Meranti said. "You can't go into a burning building without it."   The regional Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security totals $588,655 and will

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Cheshire Questions Odor, Water Usage at Proposed Marijuana Farm
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
01:09AM / Wednesday, September 25, 2019
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Planning Board again continued a public hearing on an outdoor marijuana cultivation site, asking the applicants to come back with plans for dealing with water and odor concerns.   Stafford Green Inc. is seeking a special permit to grow organic marijuana on about five acres of land at 80 Stafford Hill Road. Frank Maguire, president of the company, and his team were on hand to hear concerns and questions from the board and residents.   Mike Larabee, whose wife, Lynn, operates a day care on neighboring Sandmill Road, asked the board to consider that a lot of the children's activities happen outside their house and this would put the growing operation

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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
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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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North Adams Fire Department, Red Cross Team Up for Smoke Alarms
04:17PM / Tuesday, September 24, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city of North Adams will partner with the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross and the national Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to install smoke alarms in city residences on Tuesday, Oct. 8.    "Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire and we have witnessed that tragedy several times in Western Massachusetts," said Mary Nathan, disaster program manager for Western Massachuusetts. "Smoke alarms save lives."   Teams consisting of a North Adams firefighter and Red Cross volunteer will visit pre-registered homes in the city to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well as

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 25-Oct. 1
11:02AM / Tuesday, September 24, 2019
SAVE THE DATE OCTOBER 4th - Fall Foliage Children's Parade: There's No Place Like Home!
Join us for the Annual Fall Foliage Children's Parade! 
This event is FREE to the public.
This year's theme is "There's No Place Like Home... in the Berkshires!" 
We can't wait to see the creative costumes you all come up with!
Registration begins at 4:30 in front of the First Baptist Church North Adams.
Line-up starts around 5pm
Parade begins at 5:30 pm
Parade route goes down the north side of Main

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How Can You Make Your Money Last During Retirement?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:58AM / Tuesday, September 24, 2019

It's probably safe to say that many of us are concerned about having enough money to cover our retirement years. In fact, some surveys have shown that we are more frightened of running out of money than we are of dying. What can you do to help alleviate these fears?

Your first move is to create a retirement income strategy, and you will want to develop it well before you need to use it. While there are many ways to develop such a strategy, you may want to consider these three key elements:

* Withdrawal rate: Your withdrawal rate is the percentage of your portfolio you use every year during your retirement. So, for example, if you retire with a portfolio worth $1 million and you

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Clarksburg Selectmen Interview Two For Town Administrator
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Lisa Blackmer was first to be interviewed. She says she understands the needs of small communities and how to be effective in grants and state aid.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The two candidates for town administrator were each interviewed Monday as town officials seek to fill a post that's been empty all summer.    The Select Board interviewed finalists Lisa Blackmer, treasurer/tax collector in the town of Buckland, and Rebecca Stone, town administrator in Otis, and plan to pick one of the two Wednesday to replace former Town Administrator Carl McKinney who resigned in May.   Both candidates were given an hour time slot to be asked questions,

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Drury Students Take Lead in Healey's Violence Prevention Program
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Monday, September 23, 2019

Mayor Thomas Bernard, left, Else Yannett of the AG's office, AG Maura Healey and Sandy Hook Promise's Mark Barden listen to a student.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Student leaders at Drury High School are trying to be the change they envision to create a world that's friendlier, more supportive and focused on positive achievements.    Sixteen students from varying sectors of the school were selected to offer their perspectives to Attorney General Maura Healey and Sandy Hook Promise co-founder Mark Barden on their efforts and what more could be done. The roundtable in a high school classroom with students and local officials on Monday morning marked the launch

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Voices for Recovery Raising Awareness of Addiction
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, September 23, 2019

Stephen Murray speaks at Saturday's Voices for Recovery event. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Stephen Murray is tired. In the past five years, the paramedic has responded to more than 100 overdoses.   "Many of my colleagues are burnt out by the constant barrage of substance-related calls," he said. "And I understand how they feel because I'm tired. ...   "I'm tired of seeing people my age die. I'm tired of seeing parents bury their children. I'm tired of seeing kids who lose their parents."   But Murray, a former addict himself, sees overdose reversals as an opportunity.   "Maybe this is rock bottom, maybe waking up and

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MCLA Volleyball Earns Pair of Non-League Wins
07:33PM / Sunday, September 22, 2019
DERRY, N.H. -- The MCLA volleyball team swept a pair of non league matches Sunday afternoon as they defeated Farmingdale State, 3-1, in the opener before defeating host Delhi, 3-0, in the nightcap.   The Trailblazers improve to 7-4 on the season.  They have won seven of their last eight games.   MCLA (7-4) took the opening two sets against Farmingdale by scores of 25-23 and 25-19 to take the early lead. The Trailblazers dropped the third set, 25-19 before closing the match out with a 25-20 fourth set victory.   Kelly Moczulski continues to lead the offense. She collected 15 kills and 16 digs in the win for MCLA. Tessa Sestito returned from injury to finish with 31

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North Adams Installs Sister City Signs Recognizing Tremosine
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:11PM / Saturday, September 21, 2019

The signs were paid for out of the Sister City account. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two signs at the southern and western entrances to the city now proudly proclaim its relationship with Sister City Tremosine sul Garda in Italy.   The 3-foot by 4-foot signs were installed Tuesday near the signs marking the  North Adams border — one at Hardman Industrial Park and other near Harriman & West Airport.   The two communities have been in the Sister City program since 2005, when the late Dr. John Moresi and Ed Morandi led the first of what would become an annual trip to scenic Northern Italy.   Many North Adams residents have ancestors who grew up around Lake

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'I Want You to Panic': Youths Lead Williamstown Climate Strike Event
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:09AM / Saturday, September 21, 2019

Williamstown Elementary School fifth-grader Adele Low speaks about needing adults to 'step up and act now to save our planet.'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The petite fourth-grader made her way up to the microphone. In a voice that belied her small frame, she explained why she took the opportunity to speak in front of the several hundred people who came out to the front steps of the Paresky Student Center at Williams College for the Williamstown Climate Strike on Friday.

"When I learned about climate change, I wanted to cry," said June, a fourth-grader at Williamstown Elementary School. "All the animals are going extinct. And it's just terrible."

Then her

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Kennealy Points to Lack of Quality Housing as Economic Threat
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:38PM / Friday, September 20, 2019

Secretary Kennealy, seen with BRPC Chairman Kyle Hanlon, was the keynote speaker at the annual dinner.  DALTON, Mass. — Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Michael Kennealy ticked off a long list initiatives of the Baker administration that included investments in broadband, education, workforce development and transportation.   And while there's still work needed in these areas, the administration is looking at what Kennealy is describing as a "major threat to the economy" statewide: Housing.   "So since 2010, we've added 300,000 people, 400,000 jobs, and less than 100,000 housing units," Kennealy told the annual dinner of

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