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North Adams Elks, Veterans Office Host Picnic for Veterans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:01PM / Friday, June 15, 2018

Donald Gagne was wounded in combat in Korea. He still has a tiny piece of shrapnel near his right eye.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Friday's picnic at the Elks Lodge was an informal affair. Plenty of food — salads, burgers, dogs and cookies — and some good company at the picnic tables set up under a tent.    But the attendees were also taking away more than just food and conversation. This first annual picnic was offering a "goodie bag" of wellness supplies and a gift certificate for each veteran who attended.    The outing was a collaboration between the local Elks Lodge 487and the Veterans Service Office at City Hall. The

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Hinds Named 2018 Legislative Leader by Arts|Learning
11:51AM / Friday, June 15, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) received Arts|Learning's 2018 Legislative Leadership Award during the organization's 31st annual Champions of the Arts Advocacy awards ceremony at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham on May 30.
"In western Mass, we see firsthand the impact of investing in the arts and artists. With a strong creative economy, we also understand the importance of arts education. That is why the mission of Arts|Learning, the programs administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and strong advocacy overall for the arts are critical for the commonwealth," Hinds said. "For these reasons I am honored


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 Welcomes New Leadership
11:40AM / Friday, June 15, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has appointed four new leaders on campus, to fill new and existing positions.

Dr. Christopher MacDonald-Dennis is MCLA's chief diversity officer, and Gina Puc, Class of 2007, will move from her position as director of admission to assume a new role as the college's dean of enrollment management and community relations. In addition, Robert P. Ziomek, Class of 1989, will return to his alma mater to assume the role of vice president of advancement, and Dr. Emily Allen Williams will be the campus's vice president of academic affairs.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is thrilled that MacDonald-Dennis, Puc,


Theater Review: Love Versus Broadway at the Barrington Stage
By Nancy Salz, Special to iBerkshires
09:48AM / Friday, June 15, 2018

Three generations of Cavendish women face a conundrum: Should they marry and leave their stage careers behind? Or forsake love for a life on the Great White Way?

In song, dance and frequently hilarious performances, love and Broadway are the heart of their conflicts in the world premiere comedic musical "The Royal Family of Broadway" at Barrington Stage Company. While not always perfect, the production is huge, dazzling and great fun.

William Finn (music and lyrics) and Rachel Sheinkin (book) took on a daunting challenge when they decided to turn the Richard Greenberg adaptation of the 1930 play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber into a musical. There are 10 major characters:


Schooners Hand SteepleCats Sixth Loss
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:30AM / Friday, June 15, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Mystic Schooners brought a cold ocean breeze to North Adams Thursday Night, blowing by the SteepleCats and handing North Adams their sixth loss this season.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the first, the SteepleCats feel behind in the 5th and never recovered, losing to the Mystic Schooners by the score of 6-2.

AJ Landis made the start for the SteepleCats, throwing six innings where the most damage from the Schooners wasn’t done until late into his night. The Colorado Mesa University senior held Mystic scoreless in the first three innings, yet in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings the Schooners were able to get a total of four runs across the plate, with the


Spitzer Center, Armory Work to Begin This Summer
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:00PM / Thursday, June 14, 2018

Parts of the Armory have been wrapped in plastic for nearly two years to prevent water getting into the building. Bidding for repair work will be going out soon.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Work on the Mary Spitzer Center and final exterior repairs on the Armory should both be underway by mid-summer.    The city is using Community Development Block Grant funding for fiscal 2017 to do the first phase of improvements at the senior center and the last phase, No. 12 to be exact, on the Armory on Ashland Street. The work on both projects should be completed by this fall.    Michael Nuvallie, director of special projects, gave an update on Tuesday of the items being


'Ocean's 8': What's Bad for the Gander is Bad for the Goose
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:42PM / Thursday, June 14, 2018
Watching director Gary Ross' "Ocean's 8," starring Sandra Bullock in a feminine spinoff of the "Ocean's 11" (1960) franchise, I couldn't help but get cynically philosophical. Did I somewhere along the way of reviewing movies fall into a Rip Van Winkle-like sleep, only to awake and find that stealing obscene amounts of valuables was now not only OK, but lauded? I'm not talking politicians who'd back up their trucks to Fort Knox if they could. I refer to our unelected criminals earning mass approval at the Bijou.   Of course, there is a sliding scale of acceptability, with Robin Hood earning a 10. Shh! While a bit out of favor lately, he gave


The Independent Investor: How to Avoid Recession? Emigrate to Australia
By Bill Schmick,
03:13PM / Thursday, June 14, 2018
  — "New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus (Statue of Liberty)   This "land down under" has escaped an economic recession for 26 years in a row. An open immigration policy in a nationalist world that demands just the opposite is one of the key drivers to their success. An abundance of natural resource wealth has also helped.   Readers would need to go back to the late 1980s, early 1990s, to find two quarters of negative growth (the definition of an economic recession) in Australia. Back then, Australia was noted for its boom and bust economy. Throughout their 160-plus year history, mining booms in gold, gas, sheep and other commodities left


Colegrove Kindergarten Educator Named Kelley Teacher of the Year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:11PM / Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sharon Sylvester was honored on her retirement as a teaching assistant in preK and kindergarten. Principal Meehan says Sylvester, 'knows her students well. She anticipates their every need even before they do.' NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public School's named a surprised Roberta Sullivan as its Teacher of the Year on Thursday morning at Colegrove Park Elementary School.    The kindergarten teacher, who is retiring after more than 28 years in the public schools, was feted with the Marion B. Kelley Teacher of the Year Award during the school's end-of-the-year assembly. Also recognized was pre-kindergarten teaching assistant Sharon Sylvester,


Donna Todd Rivers Hired as 'Berkshire Workforce Czar'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, June 14, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are agencies, companies, and organizations throughout the county focused on workforce development. Each of them has their own set of offerings for job seekers and employers.    Donna Todd Rivers is now eyed to become the person who knows them all and gets them all on the same page.   Rivers has been hired as Berkshire County Regional Employment Board's Berkshire recruiter -- or as state Sen. Adam Hinds has dubbed it, the "workforce czar." The position was created through state funding and is intended to help tackle the issue of there being some 2,000 jobs available at any given time and an equal number of job seekers who just

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SteepleCats Fall To Blue Sox Amid Pitching Struggles
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:17AM / Thursday, June 14, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass —While the rain held off in North Adams, the Valley Blue Sox offense came to Joe Wolfe Field with a full head of steam.

Pitching blunders and a struggling offense led to an 11-0 loss Wednesday night for the North Adams SteepleCats courtesy of the visiting Valley Blue Sox.

SteepleCats starting pitcher Stanley Vargas’ night ended quite early in the 2nd after the right-hander allowed six runs to cross the plate off of four hits and four walks. Harvard’s Grant Stone then took the mound for North Adams, pitching 2.2 innings where the Blue Sox extended their lead to 8-0. Two-way player Jackson Coutts of Rhode Island also saw the mound, tossing two innings


Popular Music Scene Awakens in the Berkshires
By Grace Lichtenstein, Special to iBerkshires
02:01PM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Please allow me to introduce myself: My name is Grace and I will be your guide each week this summer to the best in pop concerts, jazz and musical theater throughout the Berkshires.

I'm a lover and student of all genres of music and a Berkshires regular. My background is as a news and feature reporter for The New York Times. I've written and/or collaborated on six books and my work has appeared in numerous magazines. Most importantly, in recent years I have specialized in writing about music, books and culture.

You can look forward to this column as a tip sheet about upcoming shows. I won't review them; I will preview them, and I'll try to persuade you to attend a concert


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