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Locals Have Springfield College Football in National Rankings
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:56AM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018
A trio of Berkshire County football alumni have helped Springfield College to a 2-0 start and the No. 25 ranking in the country according to D3football.com.   Pittsfield High graduate Chad Shade, Pittsfield resident Jonny Bianchi and Hoosac Valley graduate Zach Wright each is contributing for the Pride, who have outscored opponents by an average of 42-11.   Shade was recognized by the region’s college football writers after an eye-popping Week 1 performance against Western New England.   Shade was recognized with the New England Football Writers Association’s Gold Helmet Award after rushing for 247 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-21 win. Last week, the junior

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North Adams Planners OK Cumberland Farms Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018

An illustration of what the convenience store will look like.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday approved plans for a 5,800-square-foot Cumberland Farms with eight pumps on Ashland Street.    The approval paves the way for the city to finalize the purchase-and-sales agreement with Cumberland Farms for the one-acre parcel that was the City Yard for more than a century.   Cumberland Farms last October offered $575,000 for the Ashland Street property, one of six the city put up for sale at the time. The offer was $100,000 more than the appraisal. The Department of Public Works moved out the older complex last year and into the former anodizing

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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: SVMC Corridor Gallery Exhibits the Work of Bennington Murals Project
02:10PM / Monday, September 10, 2018
Mural work

The Bennington Murals Project will exhibit work from their first mural at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Corridor Gallery through Oct. 17. The exhibit is open to visitors daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The show will feature work by the nine artists who contributed to the project, which depicts animals native to Vermont in a scene that progresses from dawn to dusk. Among the artists are Bennington Murals Project Founder Forest Byrd of Bennington, Cristal Call of Bennington, Crystal Harris of Bennington and Katya Harris of Albany, N.Y.

Visitors to the show will be able to purchase prints of parts of the mural. Proceeds benefit both the Bennington Murals Project and the

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Biz Briefs: Greylock's Lee Wildcats Debit Card Generates $2,130 for School
12:48PM / Monday, September 10, 2018
In their debit

In July 2016, Greylock Federal Credit Union introduced a new debit card featuring the Lee High School Wildcats logo and school colors. Since then, every time a credit union member signed up for a Wildcats debit card, Greylock made a donation to Lee High School, generating $2,130 for the school.

Lee Middle and High School Principal Gregg M. Brighenti said the funds have been used to purchase furniture for the library, to fund students who couldn't afford school trips, to pay for two dinners the students served to senior citizens, and to buy a small cookie oven for the Lee High School booster clubs to use at games as a fundraiser for their programs.

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Clarksburg Officials Want More Answers on Briggsville Water Takeover
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Monday, September 10, 2018

The Briggsville Water District is served by the Red Mills spring. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The new Select Board is hitting the pause button on the decision to take over the Briggsville Water District.   Chairman Ronald Boucher and Karin Robert are holding off on any further decisions on hiring a system operator until the October meeting and asked that town counsel review the agreement again.    "I'm not willing to take on something I know nothing about," said Robert at last week's meeting. Her concerns were prompted by a resident who had called and questioned her about why the town was operating a private water system.   The members of the water

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Monument Mountain Cup Soccer Tourney Returns Sept. 22
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09:59PM / Saturday, September 08, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Monument Mountain Cup Soccer Committee will host a 3-on-3 youth tournament on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   Boys and girls divisions will be contested in the under-10, under-12 and under-14 age groups.   All teams of three to four players are guaranteed at least three matches with the top four teams in each division advancing to the semi-finals.   The final games for each division will be played under the lights.   The entry fee is $100 per team. Each division is limited to 16 teams.   Teams from around the region are expected to attend.   For information and registration forms, visit

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MCLA Volleyball Picks Up Two Wins on Vermont Trip
09:15PM / Saturday, September 08, 2018
CASTLETON, Vt. -- The MCLA volleyball team earned a pair of wins Saturday afternoon with 3-0 sweeps over Castleton University and Lyndon State.   MCLA (4-3) took care of the host Spartans (0-4) in three sets by scores of 25-12, 25-12, and 25-16.   Sara LaFreniere paced the offense in the opener with nine kills and eight digs. Mackenna Jordan collected 15 digs while Reagan Scattergood notched 13. Beatrice Lechler had a team best six assists.   In the nightcap against the Hornets (0-8), MCLA cruised once again. The Trailblazers took the first set 25-12, and then the second 25-10.  They closed the match out with a 25-17 win in the third set.     Alyssa Keegan

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MetLife Wins Torchia Softball League Title
01:04AM / Saturday, September 08, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MetLife Friday rallied for nine runs in the seventh inning to break open a close game and earn a 24-11 win over Bigg Daddy's Philly Cheesesteaks and claim the Pat Torchia Softball League Championship.   The win snapped a 1-1 tie in the best-of-three championship series and gave MetLife its fifth straight league title.   Eight straight batters reached base and scored to open the seventh inning for MetLife, which shut down Bigg Daddy's in the sixth and seventh innings. Pitcher Melissa Girard stranded three and allowed no runners over the final two innings.

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BCC's Director of Nursing Resigns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Friday, September 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Director of Nursing Tochi Urbani has resigned from Berkshire Community College.   Dean of Enrollment Management Christina Wynn confirmed on Friday that Urbani submitted his resignation letter on Sept. 4 and will be leaving the college on Oct. 3. The resignation comes in the midst of college officials working to elevate the program's accreditation from a recently issued "approval with warning" status.   "At this point, we are placing a high priority on finding an interim director of nursing," Wynn said.    Wynn said the change will have no impact on the students who have just returned for the semester nor does she expect

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North Adams' First K9 Officer Molly Dies
12:04PM / Friday, September 07, 2018

Molly at the 10th anniversary memorial of 9/11 in the town of Florida. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's first K9 officer, Molly, has died.    According to the Police Department posting on Facebook, Molly was put to rest because of complications of old age.    "Molly served the City of North Adams and its citizens for several years with her handler Sgt. Albert Zoito. Upon retirement Molly was left in Sgt. Zoito's care to live out a comfortable and well-loved life," stated the post. "The members of the North Adams Police Department want to send our deepest condolences to Sgt. Zoito and his wife for opening up their hearts and home for

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 6 - Sept. 7
Staff Reports,
11:42AM / Friday, September 07, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 6.   Dylan Litchfield, 24, of Peru was found not guilty by a jury on single counts of mayhem, armed assault with intent to murder, and aggravated assault by means of a dangerous weapon.   The charges were related to an incident in Windsor on June 13, 2016 involving a 29-year-old man.    Austin Litchfield, 20, of Peru was also found not guilty - through a direct motion approved by Agostini and not by a jury -on a single count of attempt to commit murder in connection with the same incident.   Brandon Griffin, 22, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault by means

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Harrington Reflects On DA Race, Looks Toward Transition Into Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Friday, September 07, 2018

City Council Vice President John Krol was particularly excited with the Williamstown numbers when they came in. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Andrea Harrington entered the district attorney's race, she knew she could do it. She fully expected to win the race.   She didn't think she was an underdog, but she was.    "I didn't realize how improbable my winning was until I actually won," Harrington said on Thursday.   Harrington entered the race in March after former District Attorney David Capeless had maneuvered to place Paul Caccaviello into the office. Caccaviello had strong support from the local business community and many well-established

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