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Berkshire Thunder, BBA Come Back to Win Berkshire Adult Baseball League Crowns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
05:18PM / Sunday, August 25, 2019
CHESHIRE, Mass. -- Seven innings of solid defense allowed the Berkshire Thunder to get to a deciding game in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League on Sunday.   One big offensive inning gave it a league title.   The Thunder topped the Adams Aces by scores of 5-4 and 17-12 to win the league’s 35-year-old division crown in a best-of-three series.   The Thunder roared back after dropping the first game of the series on Saturday in Dalton on a day of comebacks in the BABL.   Down in Dalton on Sunday, the Berkshire Baseball Academy, which blew a four-run lead in an extra-innings loss on Saturday, came back to twice beat the Lenox Bulldogs, 1-0 and 11-1, in the BABL

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Microcosm Holds Surprising Pollinators' Diversity
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
04:51PM / Sunday, August 25, 2019

Note the underwing camouflage gray and the upper-side wing of sky blue for this spring azure on a red maple. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — During May and June at various sites in the Berkshires, close examination of the floral bloom reveals some welcome surprises regarding pollinating insects.   Just pretend to drop down in scale until you are a tiny person, like in "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift, walking among the mushrooms and fleabanes in bold bloom towering above. What a dynamic environment is the microcosm surrounding you with its assorted insect fauna.   Before long you may encounter one of our smallest butterflies, a spring azure (Celastrina ladon)

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

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North Adams Schools Set Opening Day 2019
03:21PM / Sunday, August 25, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Elementary and high school students in the North Adams Public Schools in Grades K-8, along with Drury students newly transferring from another school, will begin school on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. On Wednesday, Sept. 4, all students in kindergarten through Grade 12 will attend school. 

Both days are full days of school. Breakfast and lunch will be served at all schools starting on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and one breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge daily. Additional meals may be purchased for a fee. Contact Cory Nicholas, food service director, at 413-776-1631 or cnicholas@napsk12.org with any questions.

Lunch menus are also posted here.


North

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Clarksburg Sees Fiscal 2019 Revenues Increase
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Saturday, August 24, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town looks to end its fiscal 2019 budget with about $35,000 more in revenues.    Town Accountant Donna Estes told the Finance Committee on Monday that the two largest drivers were motor vehicle excise tax and delinquent property tax fees.    Excise taxes brought in about $15,000 more and fees and back interest on delinquent taxes more than $20,000.    "So you better start paying your taxes on time," Estes joked.    Treasurer/Tax Collector Ericka Oleson said she has been working with property owners who have fallen behind.   "There were a lot of older years when I came in, so I've been going through

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Downer's Walkoff Lifts Lenox in BABL Finals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
02:40PM / Saturday, August 24, 2019
LENOX, Mass. -- Mike Downer picked the right time for his first time.   The Lenox High School graduate blasted a 1-1 pitch over the fence in left field Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Field to give the Lenox Bulldogs a 7-6 win over Berkshire Baseball Academy in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League championship series.   “That is actually the first one I ever hit here,” Downer said of the home run. “All throughout high school, all throughout this, it’s the first one I ever hit.”   The walkoff homer capped a four-run comeback for Lenox and gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three-series. The two teams will meet again on Sunday at 10 a.m.

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Be Alert for Opportunities When Preparing for College Costs
10:16AM / Friday, August 23, 2019

Now that summer is winding down, it will soon be "back-to-school" time. When children are young, your logistics for the new academic year may involve little more than a trip to buy school supplies.

But if you would like to send your kids (or grandkids) to college someday, you need to plan far ahead to meet the financial demands. And, as part of your planning, you also need to be on the lookout for all opportunities to help pay those sizable college bills.

Specifically, you will need to be ready to take action in these areas:

Financial aid: You should start thinking about financial aid at least a year before your child heads off to college. For example, you can begin submitting

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Navigating the Farmers Market: Best Food, Best Deals
By Ashli Minor,
10:07AM / Friday, August 23, 2019

As summer marches on and the harvests come in, we are surrounded by a growing bounty at farmers markets and local produce stands. What's the best way to shop at a farmer's market? How do you get the best food, for the best price?

Let's start with what we know: There are almost two million farms in the United States, and most are small; many are family-owned. Dozens of these farms operate right here in the Berkshire region, so if you want the freshest food, buying from farmers close to your home is a great first step. These nearby farms offer the freshest produce with the longest shelf-life. Why? Because the travel time between the pick and the plate is short. And getting to

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McCann Ready to Start New School Year With a Few Changes
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
02:26AM / Friday, August 23, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann School Committee met Thursday night in North Adams for what will be the last meeting of the year before students report in a week.   The meeting was also the last for Aaron Dean who will be taking over as superintendent of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.   "He's a remarkable young man who has given his all to this committee, he has the ability to handle many issues at once," said Superintendent James Brosnan. "Thoughtful. Perceptive. That's probably a reason why [he was hired], he was so good here that the selection committee said 'Hey, he's our guy.' ...   "He'll be missed on a

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'Blinded by the Light': Guidance From Asbury Park
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:31PM / Thursday, August 22, 2019
When, what and where was your coming-of-age episode, the epiphany that heralded your entrance into adulthood? You better know, just in case someone decides to film a biographical sketch detailing how you came to be you. I venture to guess that for many folks, at least in the Western World, it had to do with learning, y'know, the truth about Santa. Shh! I won't say what, just in case some readers haven't gotten the memo. And for many others, the game-changer was perhaps the controversy regarding Santa's boss.   Thusly, I was prompted to scour my beleaguered memory bank for my particular turning point as I watched director Gurinder Chadha's "Blinded by the

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North Adams Hosts 9th Annual Motorama
02:03PM / Thursday, August 22, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The downtown will be filled roadsters, jalopies, muscle cars, vintage vehicles, and pretty much anything on with a motor on Sunday as the city of North Adams hosts the 9th annual Motorama Car Show.   The event is free and open to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street, Holden Street and Eagle Street, which will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic.    Last year's Motorama brought close to 500 vehicles to the streets of North Adams, and this year hopes to draw record attendance. Those interested in exhibiting their vehicles can register beginning at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. The cost to enter a vehicle is $15.   In

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Clarksburg Officials Approve Road Projects From $1M Borrowing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Thursday, August 22, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Officials are hoping to address some of the town's roads by this fall — but more likely it will be spring before paving can begin.    Road Foreman Kyle Hurlbut has been chomping at the bit to get bids out for shimming and paving on three roads: Henderson, School and Gleason. But, he said, he wanted to make sure the Select Board would endorse his choices since it would be coming out of the $1 million borrowing authorized earlier this year.    "I want your approval to move forward on least my debt exclusion stuff. I'd like to go to bid on this road work," he said. "I was at all these meetings and everybody had to be on

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North Adams Airport to Approve RFP Next Month
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Thursday, August 22, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission expects to approve a request for proposals for the terminal restaurant in the next month.   Although the commissioners had no substantial changes to the draft RFP on Tuesday, they agreed to sit on it for another month.   "We would like to have it ready at next month's meeting so we can get it out the door," Chairman Jeffrey Naughton said.   The vacant medical building donated to the city by Berkshire Health Systems was moved farther back onto the airport campus and is currently being renovated to serve as Harriman & West Airport's administrative building.    Along with housing airport offices,

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