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Leadership Academy Offers Revitalization Ideas for North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:04AM / Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Friday morning gatherings offer coffee and conversation. The most recent klatch drew about 80.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Friday morning coffee klatch at the parklet on Eagle Street has grown by leaps and bounds as a stopover to catch up with friends and acquaintances on the way to work.    This past Friday saw a singular bump in attendance as members of the Berkshire Leadership Academy saw an opportunity to share data and impressions they've collected on the city over the past two weeks. Some of the 67 participants of the program at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts mingled with residents, business and community leaders as the gathering spilled onto


Dalton CRA Softball Tournament Draws Dozens of Teams to Town
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:43PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton CRA Invitational Softball Tournament has grown four-fold in nine years, and there is one reason why.   "The biggest thing is just the volunteers," CRA Director of Recreation Dustin Belcher said. "I have an incredible committee of people who really give so much time and effort -- most of them do not have kids playing this weekend, but they've been here since their kids started, and they've kind of stuck it out.   "They've focused on all the other stuff so I can focus on recruiting and getting teams here."   It is a 15-person committee that helps Belcher stage the event, which got under way on Friday night and


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

SteepleCats Drop Another Close One At Home
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
09:28PM / Friday, July 20, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —What started off as a pitching duel turned quickly into a classic Friday night offensive matchup at Joe Wolfe Field.

In their second of three meetings over the next five games, the Upper Valley Nighthawks drove down from Vermont on Friday to face off against the SteepleCats in North Adams. After the Nighthawks held a 1-0 lead for five innings, both squad’s offense broke out, eventually leading to the Nighthawks holding on for a 6-4 win on the road.

Amherst College’s Davis Brown started the night on the mound for the SteepleCats for his fourth appearance in the NECBL. However, The Nighthawks took advantage of Brown in the top of the 1st as the


BCC's Nursing Program Placed on Warning Status
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:58PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nursing program at Berkshire Community College has been placed on warning.   The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing cited the college on a number of issues, which college officials have characterized as "housekeeping," and dropped the state accreditation to "approval with warning."   College officials have now created a blueprint to address the cited issues and are hoping to be back into the board's good graces as early as January.    "These are not student facing issues, it is not about our curriculum. These are procedure and policy issues that we need to address. We have begun preparing our


@theMarket: Markets Remain Range-Bound
By Bill Schmick,
04:18PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
It's the same old song. It has been playing over and over since the end of January. Higher interest rates, a stronger dollar, and, of course, the inevitable and meaningless stream of tweets from our Tweeter-in-Chief are keeping stocks range-bound. How long will this condition persist?   Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index have now posted their longest consolidation since 1984. The two indexes have been in correction territory for 113 trading days. That is a longer stretch than we have seen in decades — including the period of the 2008 Financial Crisis.   In 1984, it took the S&P 500 Index 122 days to emerge from the swamp, while the Dow


Berkshire Community College Breaks Ground for Turf Field Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Friday, July 20, 2018

The project is already underway and is expected to be completed in six weeks. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Friday night lights will shine a bit brighter in the county.   Berkshire Community College celebrated the groundbreaking of a new turf field sports complex on its campus. In just six weeks, the county will have a top-notch sports facilities for youth football, soccer, lacrosse, and more for both day and night play.    "This is a community asset, not a Berkshire Community College asset. This field is about bringing together families, athletes, future athletes, and kids just trying out sports to come up here and play on this field and feel this is their field.

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Symptoms of Summer
09:16AM / Friday, July 20, 2018

Here in the Northeast, we love the sun (when it finally comes out). While soaking up the rays and warm temperatures can feel great, there is a common tendency to overdo it. If you have ever lost track of time and gotten a sunburn or felt dizzy when getting up from your beach chair, you know it's true.

Below are a few quick reminders for enjoying summer without the most common health-related pitfalls.

Pass the water. Dehydration is one of the most common summer health problems, especially among the elderly and athletes. It happens when we don't have enough fluid in our bodies to perform basic functions. While the problem can happen year round, it is more common when the weather is


SteepleCats Welcome Pedro Sierra To Joe Wolfe Field On Sunday
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
08:43AM / Friday, July 20, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As the New England Collegiate Baseball League season nears its end, the North Adams SteepleCats will welcome former Negro League and Major League Baseball player Pedro Sierra as a special guest at their last Sunday home game of the season on July 22nd.

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1938, Sierra joined the Negro Leagues at age 16 as a member of the Indianapolis Clowns in 1954. The following three years Sierra spent time on the Detroit Stars, one of the four remaining Negro League teams at the time. As the Stars didn’t have a stadium of their own, they played in Briggs Stadium, the home of the Detroit Tigers, when that team was on the road.

While records of


100th Game Saturday in LaFesta Baseball Exchange
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Friday, July 20, 2018
One of many newspaper clippings Canales has saved and preserved over the years. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Of the many supporters of the LaFesta Baseball Exchange, none comes up in conversation with co-founder George Canales more than former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.   So it was particularly concerning to Canales when the five-term mayor was AWOL in the moments leading up to the 2003 game in the North End.   "I said to [Boston's] John Romano, who started the exchange with me, 'Where's Mayor Menino?' " Canales recalled this week. "And he said, 'Don't worry. He'll be here.'   "All of a sudden, an ambulance


MAGICon Returns This Weekend at Greylock Glen
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Friday, July 20, 2018

MAGICon features vendors, entertainment, refreshments and, this year, some classes on wizarding, potions and fantastic beasts.  ADAMS, Mass. — A celebration of everything Harry Potter returns to the Greylock Glen this weekend with twice the magic.   Fans of the "Harry Potter" franchise will gather beneath the shadow of Mount Greylock, home of the Potterverse's Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to celebrate all things mystical at the Mischievous Appreciation of Greylock and Ilvermorny Convention.   "We wanted to offer the fans more than last year so we've really expanded the music, activities, and merchandise vendors,"


SteepleCats Come Up Short In Winnipesaukee
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
11:48PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018

LACONIA, NH. —It seems as if it’s come to the point in the season where the SteepleCats have thrown everything but the kitchen sink from the mound.

For their last meeting of the season, the Winnipesaukee Muskrats hosted the North Adams SteepleCats on Thursday night in a battle of northern division squads. The SteepleCats, low on arms, had three position players take the hill in what turned out to be a high scoring contest where the Muskrats held off a 9th inning rally by North Adams for a 9-8 victory.

Unlike the SteepleCats game prior against the Upper Valley Nighthawks, the offensive production began right away for both teams. After outfielder Greg Cavaliere reached on a walk,


Vidal Leads McCann Tech Boys to OT Win in Giorgi League
09:24PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Keeghan Vidal scored 24 points Thursday to lead the McCann Tech boys basketball team to a 54-53, overtime win over Hoosac Valley in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League at Noel Field.   Vidal grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a shot, and Lucas Jamros scored 14. Bruce Davis had a double-double for the Hornets with 11 points and 10 rebounds.   Hoosac Valley was led by Casey Meczywor with 13 points and eight rebounds, and Izaha Stubbs with 10 points.   In Thursday's other high school boys division game, Scott McGuire and Reece Racette each scored 21 points to lead Drury to a 73-63 win over Mount Greylock.   McGuire pulled down 10 rebounds, and


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