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Rep. Paul Mark Opts Out of Senate Run
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:16AM / Thursday, February 18, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark will not run for the open state Senate seat being left vacant by Benjamin B. Downing.   The Peru Democrat has spent the last several weeks considering whether he should take on the sprawling Senate district. On Thursday, he said he didn't want to lose the traction he has gained in the House nor did his family think it was the right position.   "There was an overwhelming outpouring of support from people asking me to run ... But, the person I need the most didn't think it was the right race at the right time," Mark said Thursday morning.    He is in his third term representing the 16 towns of the 2nd


North Adams Figment Fest Taking Shape; Disc Golf Course Moving Forward
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:45AM / Thursday, February 18, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's first Figment festival is taking shape for April 30 at Windsor Lake. The event will be all-volunteer, family friendly, participatory and free.

The organizers are currently calling for artist proposals for the one-day event; the deadline is March 6. Artists and volunteers can find out more about the event at

Launched in 2007 with a one-day immersive event on New York's Governors Island, the platform for participatory art has grown to involve hundreds of communities across the country with events ranging from one to several days.

Krystal Henriquez, an MCLA arts management student who is organizing the festival,


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

Solid Waste District May Receive Free Senior Help
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:48PM / Wednesday, February 17, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District may utilize the senior worker program to ease the transition to a new program coordinator.

Program Coordinator Sandy Totter told the commissioners Thursday that the district may be able to hire a senior that she can teach before her retirement at the end of the year. This senior would still be on board when the district hires a new coordinator.

"If we could get such a person lined up to be in our office that person would be here when the new coordinator comes on," Totter said. "I could teach that senior worker how to do the paperwork and somewhat how to deal with the public so there will be some


North Adams Partnership Announces New Director
11:59AM / Wednesday, February 17, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Partnership, a nonprofit whose mission is to enhance the economy of North Adams, has selected Valerie Hall as its new director.  

"We are very pleased to announce this appointment," said John DeRosa, the CEO of the North Adams Partnership.  "Valerie’s background in working with the Northern Berkshire community combined with her project management experience will help the Partnership grow economic opportunities in North Adams."

Hall and her family have enjoyed living in the Northern Berkshires for 14 years. She has been devoted to working with local schools in many capacities, including serving five years on

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Watch for Changes to the FAFSA
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:29AM / Wednesday, February 17, 2016

If you have a child in college, you’re probably familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed to help ensure that students don’t miss out on federal and state grants, work-study jobs and loans.

But you might not know that some important changes will be coming to the FAFSA during 2016 – and these changes can affect both the process of filing for aid, and, possibly, the amount of aid your child will receive.

Here are three key changes to watch for:

* Earlier availability of the FAFSA: Currently, you need to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1 – which means you’re probably filling out the form even

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Hinds Talks Senate Run Before Teens Lead Coalition Forum
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:43AM / Wednesday, February 17, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Before turning the floor over to the teenagers leading the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forum, Executive Director Adam Hinds had to address a very grown-up topic.

On Feb. 3, Hinds announced he was running for the state Senate seat being vacated by state Sen. Benjamin Downing, who decided not to seek re-election this year. The decision by Hinds to seek public office comes just a few months after taking over the helm at NBCC.

At Friday's forum, Hinds said he wanted to be "very transparent" while leading NBCC and running for Senate.   "There's a firewall between my role here and my decision to run there," he

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Roberson Returns to Berkshires, Scores 36 in Win Over MCLA
11:20PM / Tuesday, February 16, 2016















NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Former St. Joseph Central School standout Taverick "Tank" Roberson scored 36 points, including 26 in the second half, to lead Pine Manor to a 107-102 win over MCLA on Tuesday night.

Roberson, who last month was named the Association of Division III Independents men's basketball Player of the Week, went 14-for-22 from the field, passed out five assists and had three steals.   His St. Joe teammate Joe Wiggins scored 24 poins to lead the Trailblazers (6-18). Paul Maurice scored 19, including five 3-pointers, for

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North Adams Woman Injured in Collision With Box Truck
By Andy McKeever,
03:10PM / Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The RAV 4 was peeled open to extricate the driver. Photos provided by a reader. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A 19-year-old North Adams woman is expected to be taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after her vehicle collided with a box truck Tuesday morning.   Police say Samantha Scutt, 19, of North Adams was southbound on Route 8 when she veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a 2010 Chevrolet box truck driven by Carl Gasco, 50, of Millbury. The crash occurred at about 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Route 8 and Old State Road. The box truck, owned by Linders Inc. of Worcester, also hit a utility pole and electrical wires were hanging "dangerously


North Adams Winterfest Returns for 19th Year
Staff Reports,
01:46PM / Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's 19th annual Winterfest kicks off this coming weekend with community events and the ever-popular Chowder Cookoff.

New this year will be a Winterfest Farmer & Artisan Market that organizers hope will become an annual event. It will be held at 66 Main St., the former Sleepy's in the L-Shaped Mall.

The market will feature more than 40 farm, food, and craft vendors from the area including many North Adams Farmers Market seasonal vendors. Shoppers can expect to find a wide range of local goods including wine, eggs, vegetables, meats, honey, maple syrup, relishes, pastries, breads, granola, shortbreads, natural body care products, herbal


Ski, Tourism Business Not Chilled by Mild Winter
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Tuesday, February 16, 2016
This week's cold and snow came just in time to remind fans of winter why they like living in the Berkshires.   But those who make their living from people traveling to the Berkshires say winter's late arrival has not been as bad for business as you might think.   At Lanesborough ski shop Ski Fanatics, manager Danielle Carter said last week that the rental business has been going strong despite the high temperatures and lack of snow that has marked most of the season.   "I don't think it's been that bad," said Carter, who has been at the Route 7 shop for 10 years. "We've been doing a lot of rentals. The amount of people I've been told is


North Adams Historical Commission Fears Fate of Fort Massachusetts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A plaque marking Fort Massachusetts was placed on a boulder for the bicentennial.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Price Chopper's imminent closure after nearly 60 years in the city has the Historical Commission worried about a far older property: Fort Massachusetts.

The commission agreed Friday to reach out to the supermarket to thank it for its support — and apprise the company "that [the fort] is very important to the commission, it's very important to the community."

"I would be heartbroken if anything was built over it," said Commissioner Wendy Champney. "I would hate to see somebody cover the site."

This August will mark the 270th


Stamford Accident Sends 2 to Hospital
Staff Reports,
05:51PM / Monday, February 15, 2016

STAMFORD, Vt. — Two North Adams, Mass., residents were injured after their car slammed into a tree on Main Road on Sunday morning.

Joelle M. Peterson, 34, and her passenger, Zachariah Chaffy, 36, were northbound on Route 8/100 in a 1999 Subaru Legacy before noon when Peterson lost control of the vehicle.

"The vehicle hit an icy patch of snow that had accumulated on the roadway. The operator was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and left the roadway before striking a tree," according to the report by State Trooper Alex Saxby.

The weather was clear but Saxby reported blowing snow across the highway.

The Subaru veered across the southbound lane, hitting the tree on


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