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National Grid Using Sound Cannon in North Adams to Disperse Crows
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Residents near Brown Street should be prepared to hear some booms and pops over the next few evenings.    National Grid will be using a sound-emitting propane cannon to dislodge a murder of crows that's been roosting around its Brown Street facility.    The sonic cannon will be aimed at the flock beginning Tuesday and through Saturday between 4 and 6 p.m.   "The crows tend to return to our facility at that hour. We want to make them think this is a not a place they should go to," said Bob Kievra, a spokesman for National Grid.    The area is fairly quiet — it's adjacent Joe's Field at Massachusetts

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Letter: North Adams Needs Resolution on Children's Artwork
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Monday, November 12, 2018

To the Editor:

Just a note to the community and to all who have lent support to the efforts of restoring our schoolchildren's art project located on the Marshall Street pillars located in North Adams.

We began our efforts with a small group of four concerned citizens who opposed Mass MoCA's illegal paint over of the children's artwork, which by the way, is located on public property and had the approval of the city. Our group consisted of one artist, one teacher and two community activists. From that passion, we have grown with the support of some 400-plus area petition supporters as well as the collaborative efforts of community educators.

Although there has been sacrifice

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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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Berkshires Beat: Vessels for Change Returns to Aid Immigrant Center
12:18PM / Monday, November 12, 2018
Vessels for Change

This fall, 70 area artists joined creative forces to make and sell 100 hand-crafted and hand-painted ceramic mugs, the proceeds of which benefit the Berkshire Immigrant Center.Now in its second year, Vessels for Change culminates in a celebration at Bright Ideas Brewing on the Mass MOCA campus in North Adams on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. For a $100 donation to the Berkshire Immigrant Center, donors receive a one-of-a-kind handmade mug, locally brewed beer, and a celebration. To make a donation and reserve a mug, visit the website. www.vesselsforchange.com

In September 2017, ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd, one of the event organizers, was inspired after a

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Biz Briefs: Big Y Helps Fund Books for North Adams, Pittsfield Elementary Schools
11:56AM / Monday, November 12, 2018
Book donations

As the result of a partnership with Big Y, a family-owned food retail company with stores across Western Massachusetts, schools in Berkshire County received 1,000 new books for school and classroom libraries. The six elementary schools benefiting from this generous donation included Silvio O. Conte Community School, Morningside Community School and Crosby Elementary in Pittsfield and Brayton Elementary, Greylock Elementary and Colegrove Park Elementary in North Adams.

"Like schools in the Greater Springfield area, Berkshire County faces challenges increasing reading proficiency at the elementary level. That is why it has long been a goal of ours to expand our

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Drury High Senior Present With Superintendent's Award
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Monday, November 12, 2018

Alicandri with Mayor Thomas Bernard, left, Drury Principal Timothy Callahan and her family. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas remembers the first time she met senior Vincienza Alicandri.   It was a barbecue at Hancock Shaker Village and they chanced to sit down next to each other.   "I then got schooled on exactly what needed to happen to promote our district and to promote Drury High School," she said. "By the end of our dinner, we had decided that Vincienza would be working on an internship of helping us to develop materials that we will be able to use in our future for recruitment purposes."   Alicandri's

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Pittsfield, North Adams Observe Veterans Days
By Andy McKeever & Tammy Daniels,
03:39PM / Sunday, November 11, 2018

Robert Rhodes was the keynote speaker in Pittsfield. More photos are available here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A parade marched down North Street Sunday afternoon as the city gathered to honor veterans of all wars.   The annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony stepped off at 1 p.m. and concluded at the Veterans War Memorial on South Street. There the Berkshire Veterans Coalition was joined by city officials, residents, and veterans to recognize the day.    Robert Rhodes served as the keynote speaker, reflecting on exaction who is a veteran.    "He or she is someone who will do the duty that many will try their utmost to avoid. He or she will do the work

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Berkshire County Remembrances on World War I Centennial
Staff Reports,
11:00AM / Sunday, November 11, 2018
Three years after the end of World War I, the United States followed the lead of other powers involved in the war by dedicating a tomb to an unknown soldier as a way to memorialize the many casualties who would not return home in any form.    The day, Nov. 11, 1921, was filled with somber pomp and ceremony as the cortege wound its way from the Capitol to Arlington National Cemetery. The War Department had gone to great lengths to ensure that this soldier — who would represent all U.S. servicemen and women — was truly unable to be identified.    His body was accompanied by a host of dignitaries and national leaders including three presidents and Gen. John

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Adams Great War Veteran Made Sure Others Not Forgotten
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Sunday, November 11, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. — World War I veteran Roy Carpenter not only served his country overseas but also when he returned home.   Local historian Eugene Michalenko said Carpenter was one of the nearly 140 soldiers from Adams who served during the final months of World War I, and like his fellow National Guardsmen in Company M, he was excited to go.     "Oh definitely," he said. "They were all hyped up. There definitely were no slackers. Everybody was ready to go."   Like many in Adams, Carpenter was a young mill worker in the Renfrew Mills before being deployed on July 1917. After training, the group landed in France in October where the war was well

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'I Wonder If I Will Ever See Pittsfield Again': WWI Letters From Lt. Tremblay
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Sunday, November 11, 2018

Hector R. Tremblay in uniform. He was nearly 40 when he re-enlisted to serve in World War I. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thirty-four minutes. Dug into a hole for the night in France under heavy shelling in November 1918, Hector Richard Tremblay wrote to his wife that he'd give "half his life" for 34 minutes in the city of Pittsfield.   "As I sit in my little hole, my feet are wet and I am cold as the devil. I wonder if I will ever see Pittsfield again," he had written in a letter dated Nov. 9, 1918. "I would give half my life if I could be in Pittsfield for 34 minutes but I must be patient and my time will come."   Tremblay was born on Jan. 4,

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Springfield Women's Basketball Tops MCLA in Opener
09:42PM / Saturday, November 10, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Four Springfield College starters scored in double figures as the Pride women's basketball team opened up play with a 76-37 win over the MCLA Trailblazers in non conference action on Saturday.   The Pride and Trailblazers traded blows in the first quarter that ended with Springfield holding a slim 17-15 lead after Chelsea McAllister made a pair of free throws heading into the second quarter. MCLA's Mckenzie Robinson (Hoosac Valley) drilled a 3-pointer to open the second quarter to put the hosts on top 18-17, but that was followed by a Pride rally that MCLA had no answers for.   Springfield outscored MCLA, 21-4, to close out the quarter and amass a

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@theMarket: Stocks Take a Breather
By Bill Schmick,
06:23PM / Friday, November 09, 2018
Stocks are in the process of consolidating after the big gains over the last week or so. So far, the October sell-off has led to a recovery of about half of what was lost. In the two months ahead, we should see even further gains.   No matter how much we would like it to, the stock market rarely goes straight up. It is one reason why I constantly advise clients not to check their portfolios on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. And never check them in down markets. Why put yourself through that emotional turmoil — especially when you have no intention of using the money anytime soon.   As we now know, the Democrats regained the House this week. As I, and everyone else

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'Bohemian Rhapsody': Fate, Free-Will and Rock 'n' Roll
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:32PM / Friday, November 09, 2018
I once knew a rock band, The Original Kounts, and, because lead singer Howard "Richard" Tepp was my best friend, I was sort of the manager for a while sometime in the late 1960s. That was before Bob Crewe's Larry Brown ("Tie a Yellow Ribbon") walked into Newark, N.J.'s Indian Pizzeria and heard Howie singing to the jukebox. I think I was eating a tuna sub. Well, before you could say rock star, Howie became Richard of Richard and The Young Lions, had a number one hit in Cleveland, Detroit and D.C. with his single, "Open up Your Door" and, as the apocrypha goes, might have also had a career-propelling hit in NYC were it not for the DJ strike.   No

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