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Easter Events in the Berkshires
11:00AM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way ... and so are lots of fun family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at


Saturday, March 24

Lenox: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will offer its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $30 for advance reservations and $35 for day-of admission. Children should be at


North Adams Approves Marijuana Ordinances
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Councilors Eric Buddington and Benjamin Lamb as Lamb reads into the record the Public Safety Committee's language for regulating public consumption for marijuana.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council gave final approval on Tuesday to the retail marijuana ordinance and to two related ordinances, with the caveat that at least two of these may see some amendments in the near future.    The process took over an hour as the council tried — but somewhat failed — to stay out the "quagmire" as it again debated amendments of amendments and briefly mulled reopening the lengthy full ordinance passed two weeks ago to consider medical


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

North Berkshire School Union to Begin Search for Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:30PM / Tuesday, March 27, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The North Berkshire School Union will be looking for a replacement for Superintendent of Schools Jonathan Lev.    Lev, who has led the five-town school union for a decade, recently announced his retirement after 10 years with the district.    He said last week that it was time to retire, noting he was now 67.    The school union committee will meet on April 12 with Patricia Correira, a field director for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.    "She will present the process for the superintendent's search and go from there," he told the Clarksburg School Committee last week. "I've agreed


Clarksburg School Holding Information Meeting on Interstate District
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:47PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — An informational forum will be held on Thursday at Clarksburg School at 6:30 to answer questions about the upcoming vote on taking action toward a proposed merger with the Stamford, Vt., school district.   The special town meeting is set for April 5 at the school.    The school has mailed out a brochure explaining the reasons for exploring an interstate school district, including providing more educational opportunities, access to a full-day preschool and expanded space.    The wording of the warrant will be the same as that tabled at December's special town meeting because of objections by the School Committee over the language. The


Colonoscopies: A Worthwhile Effort
By Adnan Sohail, MD,
02:36PM / Monday, March 26, 2018

Dr. Adnan Sohail is a gastroenterologist at SVMC.

Early colorectal cancer often has no symptoms, which is why screening is so important.  Approximately 4.6 percent of men (1 in 22) and 4.2 percent of women (1 in 24) will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime.

Some of the factors that increase risk are age, sex and race/ethnicity. Aside from age and race, many of the known risk factors for colorectal cancer are behaviors traditionally associated with high-income countries such as sedentary lifestyles, Western diet and smoking. Non modifiable factors that increase the risk are related to hereditary and medical history, including a personal or family history of


Biz Briefs: Berkshire Community College Hosts Annual 40 Under Forty Awards
01:35PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
40 Under Forty
This year's awards ceremony will be held Thursday, March 29.

Berkshire Community College, in partnership with 1Berkshire and the Berkshire Eagle, is hosting the third annual Berkshire County 40 Under Forty Awards. The event aims to recognize outstanding young professionals who are excelling in their industries through their leadership roles. The event, taking place on Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m., will be held at Berkshire Plaza Hotel.

The selection process again this year for winners was competitive and nomination driven. Nominees needed to demonstrate a commitment to business success, personal growth and community involvement. The judging panel was made up of


Berkshires Beat: NAMI Berkshire County Raises $15,000 at Cupcake Wars
01:02PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
Cupcake Wars

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County raised approximately $15,000 at its fourth annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Feb. 1, 250 in attendance. The event began with an Italian dinner prepared by UNICO of Pittsfield. Following dinner, three judges sampled the unique confections prepared by the following bakers and bakeries vying for the best cupcake in various categories: Gould Farm; Linda's Pastries; Berkshire Pathways, a Program of Viability; Simply Sweet; Gimme Some Sugar; Sarah's Cheesecakes & Cafe; and Jennifer's Cookies, Cupcakes & Confections.

The winners were:

People's Choice: Simply


Democratic Candidates For Governor Share Views at Pittsfield Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, March 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three Democratic candidates all believe that Republican Gov. Charlie Baker can be beat in the fall.    It is just a matter of which one of them will be on the ballot against him.   Will it be former Newton Mayor Setti Warren, former Secretary of Administration and Finance under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration Jay Gonzalez, or author and activist Bob Massie?   "There is a not a single issue where the majority of people feel he is doing a good job," Gonzalez said of Baker.   Polls have constantly shown Baker as being a very popular governor. But, the Democrats say when it comes to the issues, the Republican is just


MCLA Men's Tennis Drops Opener
08:12PM / Sunday, March 25, 2018
NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- The MCLA men's tennis program opened its 2018 season Sunday afternoon with a 9-0 loss at Norwich University.   The Trailblazers dropped all three doubles matches to dig a hole. Aaron Goldsmith and Jared Freeman fell 8-2 in the top doubles slot, while Norwich (2-1) earned 8-0 wins in the other two matches heading into singles play.   MCLA fell in straight sets in all the singles matches as well. Goldsmith put up a good fight but ultimately fell 6-4, 7-6 in the number one singles match. Freeman fell in the second singles slot 6-1, 6-0 while Charles Najimy lost in the third singles slot 6-1, 6-1. Mohamed Mahrous, Reydel Santana, and Nick Castle also competed


Cutler Scores Eight as MCLA Women's Lax Wins First
06:04PM / Saturday, March 24, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA's Mckenzie Cutler scored eight goals in leading the Trailblazers to a season opening 17-12 win over visiting Dean College Saturday afternoon at sunny Shewcraft Field.   Cutler got MCLA (1-0) on the board in the opening minute of play as she tallid off a Rachel Green assist for an early 1-0 lead. The teams swapped goals, and after Dean's Lauryn Wilks tallied, it was 2-2. The Trailblazers responded with four straight goals to take control of play. Green got the spurt started with her second goal of the game and then Cutler added two more. After Brianna Morris potted her first of the season, MCLA led 6-2. The Trailblazers led 9-6 at halftime as they


Williamstown Elementary Sixth-Graders Win Berkshire Robotics Challenge
05:23PM / Saturday, March 24, 2018

The team from St. Mary's School in Lee was called 'Anything But Last.' The team did not come in last in Saturday's Robotics Challenge.

LENOX, Mass. — A team of sixth-graders from Williamstown Elementary School won the 19th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School on Saturday.

Noelle Dravis, Julia Goh and Grace Winters took turns guiding the team’s Lego robot through seven rounds of competition, capped by a dramatic 110-100 win in the finals over the runner-up from the Berkshire Christian Homeschool group.

Lila Cohen-McFall, Emma Kate Hane and Emma Swoap also participated on the winning team, dubbed WES LegoHeads II, which


@theMarket: Trump's Trade Wars Sink Markets
By Bill Schmick,
08:55AM / Saturday, March 24, 2018
World markets declined again this week. Despite world condemnation, which included most of America's economists and corporations, Donald Trump unilaterally forged ahead in implementing his own brand of protectionism. Investors fear the consequences.   While tariffs on imported steel and aluminum are still being negotiated, the president has upped the ante and is now pursuing China. The United States has long accused China of stealing our intellectual property. The Chinese, of course, have denied that and so, for years the discussions went round and round — until now.   On Thursday, our president announced his intention to slap $60 billion of tariffs on 1,300 product


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