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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Local Man Rides Bike Across North America
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:32PM / Saturday, May 02, 2015
Robert Tolar of North Adams is setting off on a yearlong cycling tour of North America, inspired by his late mother, Betty Jo Antonio, left.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A North Adams man will pedal across the continent and follow a route determined by his late mother.

Touring cyclist Robert Tolar does not have a natural habitat. He has a tendency to keep moving to the next town, city, state, country, or continent. Something has always been pushing at his back and giving his bike a little more momentum.

Asked on the spot, Tolar can rattle off a quick retrospect of his tours that include Canada, Spain, France, Andorra, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, Malaysia, Belgium and,


BVB Launches 'Tourism Matters' Social Media Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:39AM / Saturday, May 02, 2015
The Berkshire Visitors Bureau is urging Berkshire residents to participate in a social media 'Tourism Matters' campaign on Monday.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Visitors Bureau President Lauri Klefos' whole career starting with her first job as a waitress has been based on the tourism industry. 

That's why tourism matters to her and now she wants to know why it is important to everybody else.

On Tuesday, the BVB is launching a campaign to help spread the message about the important of tourism. It is asking residents to change their Facebook and other social media profile pictures to a "tourism matters" logo from the website and write a personal reason


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


Clarksburg Brush Fire Contained on Third Day
By Tammy Daniels,
11:49PM / Friday, May 01, 2015
The fire burns up The Dome on Friday in this image taken by Fire Director Stephen Meranti.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 50 firefighters from around the region spent a third tough day finally containing a blaze that has burned an estimated 300 acres in the Clarksburg State Forest.

The brush fire had torched 189 acres on Thursday but crews had left the forest in the late afternoon believing it was contained and nearly out.

Clarksburg Fire Chief Kyle "Chip" Chesbro, who had coordinated efforts on Thursday, said the Department of Conservation and Recreation had planned on going in on Friday morning and ensuring it was extinguished.

"This morning at 6 o'clock I


Adams' Meczywor Scores Winning Run for MCLA in Playoff Opener
09:57PM / Friday, May 01, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - MCLA's Abby Lucas lifted a sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the 15th inning scoring Adams' Amanda Meczywor as the Trailblazers outlasted the Bridgewater State Bears 4-3 Friday afternoon in the 2015 MASCAC Softball Championship tournament.   The second seeded Trailblazers (13-20) move on to face top seeded Worcester State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Worcester, while the third-seeded Bears will face fourth-seeded Salem State in an elimination game at 11 a.m. All tournament games remaining will played at Worcester State.   Neither team could crack the scoreboard through nine innings as MCLA's Rachel Quackenbush and BSU's Kelly


Tourist Booth Volunteers Sought in North Adams
03:49PM / Friday, May 01, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With the closing of the North Adams city office of tourism on Main Street, volunteers are especially needed for the North Adams Tourist Booth (Union Street at Windsor Mill).

The city is looking for people who know North Adams and the surrounding area and like to talk to people. The volunteers are ambassadors for our area. Often the tourist booth is the first place visitors arriving in the area or just passing through stop.

The volunteers give directions to known spots and so many times are asked for suggestions for places to eat, hike, walk, picnic, shop and more while they are in the area.

Those interested in being either a weekly regular volunteer or just


McCann Tech's Fuller Signs to Play Soccer at St. Rose
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
01:54PM / Friday, May 01, 2015
McCann Tech senior Shane Fuller is joined by his sister, Hanna, and parents, Lori and Everett. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — From the time Shane Fuller was a freshman, it was obvious that he was a special athlete at McCann Tech.   On Friday, he did something that few — if any — at the school have done before.   "We have had a few students here at McCann, male and female, in soccer who have gone on to play DIII at state schools, but this is a first for us: a DII player being recruited for soccer," McCann Athletic Director Robert Guettler said on Friday morning.   "So you're a ground-breaker — in more ways than one," Fuller's


Superior Court Briefs: April 27 - April 30
Staff Reports,
10:40AM / Friday, May 01, 2015
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, April 27.   Jason Fuller, 38, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to four counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, three counts of larceny over $250, two counts of larceny from a building, two counts of breaking into a depository, and single counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, illegal possession of a firearm, receiving or possessing a stolen motor vehicle, and common and notorious thief.   He was ordered to serve concurrent three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on all of the charges except the weapon charge. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of


Bike Path Projects For North Adams, Pittsfield Pushed Back
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:32PM / Thursday, April 30, 2015
The Metropolitan Planning Organization was informed about the readiness of projects on Tuesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Expanding the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail into North Adams or Pittsfield is going to have to wait an extra year.   According to state Department of Transportation, the design and permitting process is not close enough to completion for the 2016 and 2017 construction seasons.   Expanding into Pittsfield's Crane Avenue was eyed for 2016 and an extension from Lime Street in Adams to North Adams was penned in for 2017. Both projects are now being pushed back a year.   "It is based on the status of where the current projects are. They were all


The Independent Investor: Does Another Trade Pact Make Sense?
By Bill Schmick,
03:30PM / Thursday, April 30, 2015

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the United States winds down, politicians in both houses of Congress need to decide whether the proposed Trans-Pacific, 12-nation trade pact makes economic sense. It does and we should jump on it.

Through the years I have been in favor of more trade, rather than less. At the same time, I recognize that trade agreements, by their nature, means that in every country some sectors win and some lose. If you can produce something better than I and at a lower price, why shouldn't I take advantage of that?

Yet, there is always vocal opposition from those who perceive their position will be threatened. Those who stand to gain usually keep a


'Ex Machina': It's Alive! It's Alive! Maybe
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:18PM / Thursday, April 30, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Ava ponders being — or is it just programming — in Alex Garland's thoughtful take on artificial intelligence.

It was in a diner late at night in a time long, long ago, after the bars had closed, when, opining about current events and the perceived circumstances of my reality, a waitress pressed her hands onto the counter, peered deep into my eyes and asked, "Who's to say what's real?"

Oddly, while he was doubtfully privy to said event, writer-director Alex Garland nonetheless expounds on the waitress' provocative query in "Ex Machina," his


Clarksburg Officials Hoping to Invest in Infrastructure
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:42AM / Thursday, April 30, 2015
Town officials are looking to use some of the free cash built up over the past three years to use for capital projects.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — After years of determining what to cut, town officials now have the happier — if just as difficult — task of deciding where to spend.

The Finance Committee and Selectmen on Tuesday informally endorsed the idea of asking voters to spend some $125,000 from free cash on much needed infrastructure repairs and to pay off debt. Town officials are also weighing the wisdom of borrowing up to $300,000 to fix the failing Horrigan Road.

"The town needs roads to be repaired," said Selectman William Schrade. "We're not


Youth Baseball Leagues Plan Opening Ceremonies This Weekend
08:56PM / Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Youth baseball fields will be humming around the county this weekend.   On Saturday morning, season-opening ceremonies are planned in North Adams, Williamstown and Lanesborough.   The North Adams Little League will hold its ceremonies at Fallon Field (near Greylock Elementary School) on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Mayor Richard Alcombright is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial firs pitch.   In Williamstown, the Cal Ripken League will hold its annual parade from the elementary school to Bud Anderson Field a 9 a.m. with a brief ceremony and flag raising beginning at 9:25.   Lanesborough's Cal Ripken gets going at 10:30 with a parade to Bill Laston Field. Lanesborough


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