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Clarksburg Splitting Administrative Assistant Position
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:48AM / Wednesday, March 04, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials see the retirement of longtime Administrative Assistant Debra Choquette as an opportunity to split her position back to two positions.   Choquette's retirement on May 4 after more than 30 years working for the town was announced in early February. The Select Board is hoping to get her post filled before she leaves.    "I'd like to see the position stay 32 hours," Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher said at last week's meeting. "I'd like to hear everybody's input on it, because I think we have some time. I don't want to rush into something a little time, but we don't have a lot of


Officials Explain Steps Being Taken to Address Coronavirus
Staff Reports,
10:27PM / Monday, March 02, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Officials say Massachusetts is well positioned at this point at address any expansion in the state of Covid-19, a coronavirus that's killed more than 3,000 worldwide.

"Massachusetts remains at low risk and has had only one confirmed case to date so far," said Gov. Charlie Baker in a press briefing in Boston on Monday afternoon. "Our top priority remains the health and safety of our residents."   Appearing with Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Monica Bharel and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, the governor said the Department of Public Health has launched a website to apprise the public of news and updates on

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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

MCLA Spring Theatre Season Kicks Off With 'Topdog/Underdog'
05:01PM / Monday, March 02, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts theater program kicks off its spring season with Suzan-Lori Parks' "Topdog/Underdog."

The play will be directed by visiting guest artist Rodney Creech, with student John Archer-Harvey serving as assistant director.

"Topdog/Underdog" opens on Friday, March 6, with additional shows on March 7, 10, 11, and 12. All performances begin at 8 p.m. There will be additional matinee performances at 2 p.m. on March 7 and 8. A talk-back with Creech and the cast will be held after the March 8 matinee performance. General admission tickets are $15.

The play explores the lives of two brothers, Lincoln and


Physical Therapy Assistant Joins CHP
04:05PM / Monday, March 02, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has expanded its physical therapy staff in Great Barrington with the addition of Jennifer Valente.

A licensed physical therapist assistant, Valente worked most recently at Berkshire Rehabilitation Skilled Care Center and the Farmington River School. She also works as a tutor and lab assistant in the physical therapist assistant program at Berkshire Community College.

She earned her associate degree in physical therapist assistant at Berkshire Community College, and received clinical training at Baystate Neurological Rehabilitation, Columbia Memorial Rehabilitation and Genesis Rehabilitation at Hillcrest Commons in


North Adams Democrats Hold Caucuses
03:57PM / Monday, March 02, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Democratic City Committee is holding two caucuses to elect delegates to the 2020 Democratic State Convention, to be held in May in Lowell.

Ward 4 will caucus on March 5 at 6 p.m. at the UNO Community Center, 157 River St. Wards 1, 2, 3 and 5 will caucus March 7 at 10 a.m. in the Community Room of the Ashland Street Hi-Rise, 150 Ashland St. All are welcome at both meetings, but only registered Democrats can only vote in their assigned ward caucus.

Following the election of delegates to the convention, members of the city committee will elect delegates to attend a caucus in Pittsfield on March 21 to elect representatives to the Massachusetts State


Massachusetts, Vermont Vote in Presidential Primary Tuesday
03:15PM / Monday, March 02, 2020
Voters in Massachusetts and Vermont will finally get their chance to weigh in on the candidates running for party nominations for president.    They'll have a long list of candidates to chose from on the Democratic side but recent events have whittled active campaigns down to just five.   As of Monday afternoon, only former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts' own U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren are still in it to win. In Vermont, the Democratic candidates also include Mark Stewart of Farmington, Conn.   The number of failed campaigns is much


West Stockbridge Fire Chief Pays $5,000 for Violating Conflict of Interest Law
02:59PM / Monday, March 02, 2020

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. -— West Stockbridge Fire Chief Peter Skorput, a former Select Board member, has paid $5,000 to settle accusations that he violated the state's conflict of interest law.

The State Ethics Commission has accepted Skorput’s payment of a $5,000 civil penalty and dismissed the adjudicatory proceeding against him.

The charges stem from Skorput continuing to serve as fire chief after his election to the Select Board; deciding payment amounts for himself, his daughter and his nephew; voting as a Select Board member to reappoint himself fire chief; terminating a firefighter who had filed a complaint against him; and through other actions, according to a news


Berkshire Theatre Group to Hold Auditions for 'Peter Pan'
12:20PM / Monday, March 02, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group seeks child and adult actors, musicians, backstage crew, technical support, usher staff and parent volunteers to participate in its upcoming non-equity production, "Peter Pan."

This production will be directed by Travis Daly, with music direction by Jacob Kerzner, and will run July 2-26 at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Auditions will take place Monday, March 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, March 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.The Colonial Theatre. Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition time slot, call 413-448-8084, ext. 80.

The roles are open to actors of all ethnicities, second grade through adults. Student


Williams Celebrates Stephen Sondheim's Impact on Musical Theater
12:06PM / Monday, March 02, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Renowned lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim is known for the remarkable range of musicals he has worked on, from "West Side Story" to "Sweeney Todd" to "Into the Woods." A class of 1950 graduate of Williams College, his life and legacy have influenced generations of people throughout the world — including countless Williams students — and the impact of his contributions to the field of musical theater is immeasurable.
On the occasion of Sondheim's 90th birthday in March 2020, Williams College will present a series of events on campus titled Sondheim@90@Williams. The events are free and open to the public


Wildlife Hazards Being Tracked at North Adams Airport
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:28AM / Monday, March 02, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Deer, crow and bald eagles are a few of the wildlife incursions that are being tracked as part of a yearlong hazardous wildlife assessment at Harriman & West Airport.    Randy Christensen, an environmental scientist with engineering firm, Stantec, told the Airport Commission last week that airports are asked to undergo said assessment after certain triggers such as a wildlife strike, observations of wildlife on the runway, or knowledge of wildlife attractants in the area.   North Adams was specifically flagged for deer on the runway. He said a dead deer was found on the ramp last year.   Christensen said spends eight hours at

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Veteran Spotlight: Gen. Sullivan Lead Army Into Information Age
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:08PM / Sunday, March 01, 2020

Retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan with participants in the inaugural Sullivan Cup precision tank gunnery competition held in 2012 at Fort Benning, Ga.    FALMOUTH, Mass. — This will not be your typical Veterans Spotlight, simply because this gentleman is not your typical veteran.   It was an opportunity of a lifetime. What an honor and true pleasure to sit and interview retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan.   The former Army chief of staff and retired four-star general served his country from 1959 to  1995. Born in Boston, he grew up in Quincy and graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., later earning a master's degree from the University

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Child Care of the Berkshires Celebrates 50 Years
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:06AM / Sunday, March 01, 2020

President and CEO Anne Nemetz-Carlson speaks at the annual meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Child Care of the Berkshires could be celebrating the milestone of its 50th anniversary by looking back at what the agency has accomplished over the last half-century.

Instead, it's looking forward — particularly to the completion of renovations to its home, the Sarah T. Haskins School in North Adams.

At the agency's annual meeting on Feb. 25 at the Williams Inn, Liz Costley, chairman of the board of directors, said $1.8 million has been raised for the renovations to "transform" the building into the "bright, clean and safe space that our children, our families and

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