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New York/Berkshire Rail Group Begins Research Into Passenger Service
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:44PM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The working group is looking for ways to bring seasonal weekend rail service between NYC and the Berkshires. LENOX, Mass. — The working group looking to develop New York-to-Pittsfield passenger rail is beginning a deep dive into collating data and reaching out to possible stakeholders.   The initial focus will be on local connections, market potential, and railroad capacity issues as the group prepares a report to be delivered to the Legislature in March.    "It's an exciting charge that we have before us," said state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, who is spearheading the project and authored the legislation directing it. "The highlights are


DownStreet Art Set for Thursday, Sept. 28
12:09PM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017
DownStreet Art Thursday   September 28, 5-8pm DownStreet Art is a program of
MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center   DownStreet Art Thursday Events: Featured Event:
Halloween Magic-Lantern Show  Game On  | 66 Main Street  Travel back in time


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

Health Matters: The Hidden Benefits of Local Food
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12:03PM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Farmers market displays are colorful and eye-catching.

Some local food enthusiasts have called September "the best food month." All of the summer's produce — tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and sweet corn — is still available locally, and the fall vegetables, like squash and parsnips, are coming ready too.

If you are not accustomed to shopping at a farmers market, it is a great time to check it out. What you'll find there — in addition to the festival atmosphere, friendly neighbors, live music and delicious ready-made ethnic foods — are conditions that make it easier to eat healthfully.

As you enter the market you will notice the beauty


Biz Briefs: Citizens for a Greater Bennington to Support the Putnam Block Project
11:23AM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Around the block: The Citizens for a Greater Bennington, in partnership with Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Vermont Natural Resources Council, are giving a $100,000 grant to support the Putnam Block Redevelopment Project. The CFGB Grant will be made through the Southwestern Vermont Hospital Foundation and will leverage an additional $100,000 contribution from the Bank of Bennington.

The Putnam Block Project is a vibrant, mixed-use downtown space with offices, in-town living, restaurants and retail.  The Putnam Block Redevelopment is a community-led development. The civic leaders of Bennington together with the town, state and key tenants are providing the investments and


Here's Your Retirement Countdown
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:51AM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017

If you want to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you don't need to have been born rich or even to have earned scads of money during your working years. But you do need to make the right moves at the right time – which means you might want to start a "retirement countdown" well before you draw your final paycheck.

What might such a countdown look like? Here are a few ideas:

Ten years before retirement: At this stage of your career, you might be at, or at least near, your peak earning capacity. At the same time, your kids may have grown and left the home, and you might even have paid off your mortgage. All these factors, taken together, may mean that you can


North Adams Happenings: Sept. 27-Oct. 3
10:29AM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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North Adams Youth Basketball Sets Registration Dates
09:21AM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams Basketball League has announced registration for its 2017-18 season for boys and girls.   Registration for the Instructional Division (Pre K - 2nd grade Co-ed), Whitney Girls Division (3rd grade - 8th grade) and the John Gaudreau Memorial Boys Division (3rd grade - 8th grade) will be on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the North Adams Armory.   The registration fee is $40 for the first child and $25 for any additional children in the same family (Instructional fee is $25). For information, call Jim Sarkis at (413) 652-1060.


MCLA Golfers Post Season-Best Score at Westfield State
07:21AM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The MCLA golf team shot a season best 327 Tuesday afternoon at the Brett Williamson Invitational hosted by Westfield State University at Tekoa Country Club.   The host Owls won the event with a score of 295.   MCLA had all four golfers shoot 84 or better on the par 71, 6,438 yard layout.     Matt Lawrence continued his strong play with a round of 79 to lead the team. Liam Nolan and Josh Fortier posted their best scores of 2017 with 82's on the day. Reese Dwyer checked in with an 84 to round out the Trailblazer scoring.   Kyle Fairbanks of Westfield State shot even par, but was tied with Derek Devereaux and teammate Matteo Godek as they headed


Ciccolo Case Delayed Another Two Months
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Tuesday, September 26, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A technical glitch and a technical legal question are the latest causes of delay in the case against an Adams man accused of plotting terrorist attacks.   The lawyers in the case of the United States vs Alexander Ciccolo were back in Judge Mark G. Mastroianni's court on Tuesday morning.   The attorneys have spent months hashing out the issues of discovery, i.e., what information the government is required to give the defense prior to trial in light of the fact that much of that evidence is covered by the Classified Information Procedures Act.   It was apparent at the start of the 15-minute hearing that even the internal workings of the federal

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Clarksburg to Decide School Project Borrowing Wednesday
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:51AM / Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The plans for the school would add on a gym and science and music room, seen to the image's left, and rebuild the 1970s wing on the right.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters will decide on Wednesday whether to move forward with a $19 million project to modernize the 50-year-old elementary school — and take on the 40 years of debt that go with it.    A special town meeting is being held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the school to vote on two articles.  You must be present to vote at special or regular town meetings because articles can be amended or passed over on the floor.   The first would authorize the town to appropriate,

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Local Democrats Rally Against Latest Federal Health Care Bill
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:30PM / Monday, September 25, 2017

Park Square was lined with people opposing the new federal health care proposal. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Republicans are attempting to once again repeal and replace the ACA with a new health care program.    The so-called Graham-Cassidy bill, sponsored by Republicans Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, is the latest attempt at a new federal health care program.   Republicans spent much of the weekend attempting to round up the votes needed to pass, but the bill is looking to fall short -- with three Republicans already indicating they will leave the bill short on votes.   But that didn't stop a few dozen local Democrats from taking to Park Square in protest


Letter: Stephanie Bosley Best Person for Representative
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, September 25, 2017

To the Editor:

The election for state representative for the 1st Berkshire District hasn't received much press, but it is an important election to replace Gail Cariddi. The Berkshires have many needs and we need someone who will go to Boston and work with the other members to make sure we get our fair share. I think the best person for this job is Stephanie Bosley. She has been talking about her political and work experience and how that has shaped her ideas as well as her commitment to this area in a way that is refreshing and different.

At one of the forums that the candidates have attended, I heard a couple of supporters of another candidate talk about Stephanie's age and lack


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