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Jeffrey Stays Perfect, SteepleCats Win in 11
08:21AM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019
KEENE, N.H. -- Madison Jeffrey threw four innings of scoreless relief Tuesday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 4-3 win over Keene in 11 innings.   Jeffrey struck out five, walked two and allowed just one hit to improve to 2-0 on the season and keep his earned run average at 0.00 over four appearances.   Josh Loeffler drove in a pair of runs, and Tre Kirklin, who started the 11th inning on second base per the New England Collegiate Baseball League's new extra-innings rule, scored the winning run.   North Adams (9-4) is home on Wednesday at Joe Wolfe Field to face Sanford, Maine, at 6:30.


North Adams Council OKs $41M Budget, Hopes for Lifeguards
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Councilor Marie T. Harpin tried to amend the airport budget as a way to get funds for lifeguards at Windsor Lake.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a $41 million spending plan for fiscal 2020 — but not until spending nearly an hour debating where to find $14,000 for lifeguards.    Councilor Marie T. Harpin moved to reduce the airport budget by $14,000 — first from its miscellaneous line and then from its maintenance salary line — as a way to find money to keep lifeguards at the public beach at Windsor Lake.    In the end, Mayor Thomas Bernard said he would be willing to discuss the use of reserve account funds

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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

Investment Strategy Can Be Your GPS as You Travel Toward Goals
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:15PM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Summer is here at last. For many people, it's time to get the car ready for a long road trip. And with GPS-enabled smartphones, it's now a lot easier to navigate these drives without getting lost.

During your life, you may take many journeys – one of which is the long road you will travel toward your financial goals. But even on this path you can benefit from a "GPS" in the form of your goal-oriented, personalized strategy.

Your investment strategy can function this way by helping answer these questions:

How far do I have to go? Your smartphone's GPS can quickly tell you how many miles you need to travel to arrive at your destination. And a well-constructed


Tanglewood's Learning Institute Opens This Week
12:03PM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The summer concert season has arrived, and how fortunate are we music lovers to be living right here, in the Berkshires or Southern Vermont, at what can only be described as "music and cultural central." It's clear that this will be an especially exciting and brilliant festival season.

Here are my recommended picks of the week for the upcoming concerts and related events to be experienced in venues at three of our most noteworthy regional music festivals.


One of the most anticipated events of Tanglewood's 2019 music season - the official opening weekend of the Linde Center for Music and Learning and Tanglewood Learning Institute programs - will take place June


Gearing Up for Old and New Pop Idols
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:32AM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Alan Freed. Queen. Earth, Wind & Fire. Southside Johnny. These are among the treats awaiting Berkshire pop and dance enthusiasts in the week before July 4.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Older folks surely remember the pioneering DJ Alan Freed, who practically invented rock 'n' roll radio (for white listeners) back in the day. The music was considered dangerous in the beginning and Freed was a pied piper leading teenagers astray. Now, at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, the Berkshire Theatre Group and Caiola Productions presents a new musical, "Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story," starting Thursday June 27. The show runs through July 21.

Even those who don't


Cross' Big Night Lifts Team in Narrow Giorgi League Win
09:08AM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Keiland Cross scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Sunday to lead Lifting Standards to a 46-43 win over Flynn & Dagnoli/Kingsbread in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Javi Osorio scored 10 points to back up Cross.   Sedale Jones had 13 points, and Lawrence Carrier contributed 11 points and eight boards for Flynn & Dagnoli. Lavante Wiggins finished in double figures with 10 points.   In Monday's other game, Pizza House topped RJ's Taxi, 78-48, behind 25 points and nine rebounds from Deshawn Hamlett. Clayton Palmer had a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Khalil Paul scored 13 in the win.   Reece Racette


Something New Under the Sun: Solarize Project Begins in North Adams, Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:24PM / Monday, June 24, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Six years ago, the Solarize Williamstown initiative helped 79 homeowners add solar photo-voltaic panels to their properties.   Six years later, Solarize Plus looks to replicate and expand on that model thanks to more options, a wider pool of property owners, new technology and a greater need than ever to reduce the use of fossil fuels.   It seems like weekly new evidence is released about the threat of climate change, which the scientific community overwhelmingly agreed is fueled in part by human activity.   Just last week, a study by the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development found that in the next 20 years, U.S. coastal communities

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BArT Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
11:27AM / Monday, June 24, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

High Honors: Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin,


Summer Reading Programs Abound at Berkshire Libraries
11:18AM / Monday, June 24, 2019

The kids might be out of school, but there are still plenty of opportunities to keep them learning and engaged throughout the summer.

Around Berkshire County, most libraries are participating in the summer reading program "A Universe of Energy." Following are some of the libraries' plans; be sure to check with your town's library, as well:


Adams Free Library is Hosting Danna Banana on Tuesday, June 25, at 5 p.m. to kick off its Summer Reading Program, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.  Danna Banana brings his usual wit and wackiness to all things space-related in this year’s summer theme “A Universe of


Gentlemen, Check Your Engines: Why Men Don't Seek Preventive Care and Why They Should
By Dr. Leigh LoPresti,
10:41AM / Monday, June 24, 2019

Gentlemen: When did you last have a medical check-up?

If you are like a lot of men, you may be skipping this health care ritual of getting "checked out." And if you are a man under 40, you might be missing the opportunity to improve and maintain your health and prevent disease later in life.

As a family practice physician for 33 years, I enjoy treating all the members of a family, of all ages. But I routinely don't see the husbands, dads or male partners unless a health problem arises. Younger men, in my experience, are infrequent visitors to the medical office, and, in general, men are less connected to their health and wellness than women. I sometimes hear my male

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SteepleCats Lose Second Straight
07:22AM / Monday, June 24, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Cole Frederick went 4-for-4 with a double and a home run Sunday to lead the Upper Valley Nighthawks to a 7-1 win over the SteepleCats at Joe Wolfe Field.   Brian Picone was 2-for-4 for the SteepleCats, who used three different pitchers. Starter Gordon Graceffo went 4-1/3 innings, striking out six and allowing nine hits.   The SteepleCats (8-3) are at Keene on Monday and Tuesday before coming home to face Sanford, Maine, on Wednesday.


Berkshire Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award
07:28PM / Friday, June 21, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  Berkshire Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award. 

This is the third straight year BMC has been recognized with this honor, which places the medical center among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted


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