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Clarksburg Awards Final Contract for Gates Avenue Bridge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:52PM / Thursday, December 10, 2015

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — After nearly three years of waiting, the Gates Avenue bridge may finally be fixed.

The Select Board on Wednesday night awarded the bid to replace the failing span to Clayton D. Davenport Construction for $346,722.

It was the fifth time the project had been out to bid because state Department of Environmental Protection had mandated the old boiler sitting in the brook be replaced by a pricey open-bottom culvert. The cost of the project ballooned to nearly four times the initial cost.

Last month, the town was informed that Town Administrator Carl McKinney's constant lobbying of state officials over the requirement had paid of - not only was the open-bottom


Crane's Stationery Operations to Become Employee-Owned
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:01AM / Thursday, December 10, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Crane & Co.'s Stationery Division will become a separate entity owned by its management team and employees by the end of the year.

The announcement was made to employees at the Curran Highway plant by Crane Stationery President Katie Lacey on Wednesday. The company was holding the public announcement until all the employees and customers could be notified.

"This marks the continuation of Crane Stationery's commitment to our employees, our retailers and our industry. I am excited to be working with our employees to write the next chapter of a company with such a strong American heritage," Lacey said in a statement. "I would like to


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

Berkshire Chamber Calls To 'Change Narrative' of Berkshire Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:00AM / Thursday, December 10, 2015
LENOX, Mass. — It is easy to point to the headlines proclaiming the loss of 300 jobs impacting the Berkshire economy as examples of the county's decline.   But if the county wants to grow its economy, it needs to "change the narrative" and recognize and build on its strengths.   That's the message Berkshire Chamber of Commerce President Jonathan Butler delivered to nearly 100 people gathered at the annual meeting at Cranwell on Wednesday night.   In October, Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp. announced it would depart Pittsfield, taking 300 jobs and leaving two empty facilities.    "This news that broke in October is certainly

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MCLA Women Win Seventh Straight
10:15PM / Wednesday, December 09, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA women's basketball team extended its program best winning streak to seven games after defeating non-conference foe Mount Holyoke, 68-37, on Wednesday in the Amsler Campus Center Gym.    MCLA (7-2) was led by Courtney McLaughlin who ended with a game high 17 points and 4 steals. She was joined in double figures by Courtney Pingelski with 11 points and Kayla Hotaling with 10.  Hotaling snagged a team high 9 rebounds.   The Lyons (0-9) were paced by Genelle Green's team-high 11 points. She added eight caroms.   MCLA forced a season high 33 turnovers in the win and shot 38 percent. The Trailblazers attempted 34 more field goals

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MCLA Students Identify Qualities in College Presidential Candidates
By Nicholas Swanson, iBerkshires Intern
03:24PM / Wednesday, December 09, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Five candidates for president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, selected by the search committee, visited the college last month. Last week, the board of trustees named two, Jaimie Birge and Alan Ray, as the finalists.

Student leaders voiced their thoughts about which qualities the five candidates portrayed that were most imperative for further success at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. All five visited the college campus last month for a two-day visit consisting of multiple Q&A sessions and a final interview with the trustees.

"I think the biggest thing is the ability to compare each candidate. Unfortunately not all students were able

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Check Out These End-of-Year Investment Tips
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:49AM / Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Who knows where the time goes? Although 2015 is almost in the books, you can still make some year-end investment and financial moves that may help you get off to a good start in 2016. Here are a few suggestions.

* Boost your 401(k) contributions. Ask your employer if you still have time to add more to your 401(k) before the year ends. If not, at least increase your contributions in 2016, especially if your salary goes up.

* Consider “tax-loss” selling. We experienced considerable turbulence in the financial markets this past year, so you may own some investments that have lost value. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to hold these investments if they still meet your

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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 9-15
10:45AM / Wednesday, December 09, 2015
North Adams Happenings:
December 9-15
  We've teamed up with Destination Williamstown to bring you a list of not to be missed Holiday Happenings in and

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Letter: Councilor Breen Thanks Constitutents
Letters to the Editor,
10:00AM / Wednesday, December 09, 2015

To the Editor:

As the New Year approaches, I wanted to say a huge thank you to my constituents for their support during the four years I served on the North Adams City Council. I know that I have been notably absent since May due to the premature birth of my son.

As some of you know, I gave birth to my son, Joseph A. C. Breen, in May at 29 weeks gestation due to the onset of severe pre-eclampsia. He was born at 2.68 pounds and lived in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baystate Medical Center from May 11, 2015, until July 1, 2015. I moved to Springfield to be with my baby for those two months and took a maternity leave from the council.

When we left the NICU in July, Joey was still on

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High School Student-Athletes Attend Leadership Summit
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:53AM / Tuesday, December 08, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Before they could learn to stand up as leaders, 10 dozen local high school students had to lie down on the floor of the Boys and Girls Club gymnasium.   Tuesday's fourth annual Berkshire County Leadership Summit began with a brief yoga session led by Kripalu instructor Iona Smith, who reminded boys and girls from throughout the county of the importance of breathing, focus and listening.   "A lot of yoga is about listening," Smith said.   And after leading the group through a series of breathing and stretching exercises, Smith had them pair up and practice active listening with a boy or girl whom they had never met.   "We want

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Baker Administration Introduces 'Modernization' Bill for Municipalities
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
10:51PM / Monday, December 07, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a raft of legislative amendments on Monday designed to remove outdated obstacles to efficient local government.

Baker and Lt. Gov. Karen Politio introduced "An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government" after months of meetings with municipal officials across the state. The measure is supported by, among others, the Massachusetts Municipal Association and the Massachusetts Mayors Association.

"As two former local officials, the lieutenant governor and I promised to make partnership with cities and towns a focus and priority of our administration," said Baker. "We were proud to establish a Community

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Ocean State Job Lot Holds 'Three Square Meals' Food Fund Drive
01:17PM / Monday, December 07, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ocean State Job Lot has begin its annual "Three Square Meals" food fund drive.

Customers at all Ocean State Job Lot stores are invited to make a donation at the registers, a portion of which will be matched by Job Lot to help combat food insecurity in their community.

The chainwide in-store fundraising effort supports Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation's Three Square Meals family assistance program, which benefits food banks
throughout the Northeast, and local food distribution programs.

All 120 Job Lot stores in eight states are participating.


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MCLA Offers New Option for Transfer Students From New York State
01:14PM / Monday, December 07, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has a new opportunity for New York state residents who wish to transfer to the campus.

The New York Transfer Program provides guaranteed admission, as well as a reduced cost of attendance for students looking to enroll at MCLA.  

“We’re excited to streamline the transfer process for New York students,” said Gina Puc, director of admission at MCLA. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for those with an associate’s degree to seamlessly transfer to MCLA and enjoy our New York Tuition Reduction Program rate while they earn their bachelor’s degree. It’s a great

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