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MCLA Women's Lax Team Wins Program's First Home Game
07:55PM / Tuesday, March 24, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The nascent MCLA women's lacrosse team achieved two milestones on Tuesday afternoon: winning its first ever overtime game and its first ever home game.   If Mother Nature cooperates, the Trailblazers might even have another first this spring: their first game on their own field.   "We're not sure yet how many games we're going to play [at Williams] just because our field is covered in snow," MCLA junior and Hoosac Valley graduate Kaitlyn Brown of Adams said. "We're going to be all over the place for games.   "I hope it melts. This being cold and hot doesn't work -- at least not in our favor."   Not that


BHS Expands Employee Assistance Program to Northern Berkshire
01:54PM / Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Berkshire Health Systems has announced that its Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which provides confidential outreach and support to Berkshire County employees and their family members experiencing a variety of behavioral health problems, is expanding to serve Northern Berkshire.

The EAP provides a safe environment for employees and/or their family members who may be at risk or those affected by mental health difficulty, substance abuse, other health conditions and situational stress. EAP’s goal is to provide prompt intervention for these problems in order to reduce the risk of more severe suffering and/or disability.

The BHS EAP program is available


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

Hoosic River Revival Elects Officers
01:44PM / Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — At the Hoosic River Revival’s recent Annual Meeting, officers were elected to serve for one year.

Elected as president was Judy Grinnell, founder of the River Revival; vice president, Dave Willette, local outdoor writer and sportman; treasurer, Bryon Sherman, accountant at Smith Watson; and clerk, Richard Doucette. Tom Jorling, Brian Miksic, and Fred Moran were each re-elected to serve three-year terms on the 17-member Board.

The board also elected Jake Laughner to join the Board of Directors. A North Adams resident and a Green Business Engineer with the Center for Environmental Technology, Laughner is very familiar with the Hoosic River, having worked on


Spencertown Academy Arts Center Holding Teen Short Story Contest
01:37PM / Monday, March 23, 2015

SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — Spencertown Academy Arts Center has announced its first-ever Teen Short Story Contest.

The contest is open to Berkshire and Columbia County teenaged writers in grades 9 through 12. Contest judges include book editors, authors, and other publishing professionals. The top three winners will receive cash prizes ($100, $75, and $50 respectively) and be invited to read their stories at the Academy’s annual Festival of Books over Labor Day weekend.

Jill Kalotay and Academy Board member David Highfill co-chair the Festival of Books, during which the Academy welcomes numerous acclaimed and well-known writers and nearly 2,000 readers.

“Our mission at


NASCAR Tickets Raffled For Woman Fighting Cancer
01:15PM / Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Four tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 19 are being raffled to benefit a local woman battling cancer.

In March 2014, shortly before her 32nd birthday, Krista Pinsonneault, a high school history teacher at Drury High School, was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma. What was supposed to be a relatively “easy” treatment regime turned much more complicated in July when her rather “traditional” cancer became refractory (a fancy word for extremely stubborn and resistant to chemotherapy). As a result, she has had to endure a much more difficult path toward recovery, one which will include a


New President Named for Coakley, Pierpan, Dolan & Collins
11:57AM / Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Jonathan Denmark has been named president and chief operating Officer for Coakley, Pierpan, Dolan & Collins Insurance Agency.

MountainOne CEO Robert Fraser said Denmark brings strong leadership skills to CPDC and has an impressive track record of success in the insurance agency business.

"These attributes, combined with his deep roots in Berkshire County, make him an excellent choice as leader of our well-respected insurance agency," Fraser said.

At CPDC, Denmark will have overall responsibility for the growth and management of the agency, while also working closely with MountainOne Bank, of which CPDC is a division. Before joining CPDC, he


Senator Warren to Speak at BCC Commencement
11:27AM / Monday, March 23, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 55th commencement exercises to be held May 29 at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Warren was elected to the Senate in 2012 and is recognized as one of the nation's top experts on bankruptcy and the financial pressures facing middle class families. She has introduced the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which, if passed, would allow borrowers to refinance their public and/or private student loans to lower interest rates. The Federal Reserve estimates that Americans have amassed $1.3 trillion in student loan debt.

"We are elated to have Senator Warren serve as


'America's First Hippie': O.B. Joyful Left Indelible Local Legacy
By Joe Durwin, Special to iBerkshires
06:34PM / Sunday, March 22, 2015
Fabulist, hermit, hippie, loveable scoundrel and raconteur O.B. Joyful in 1920.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — "Hermit," "renowned poet-philosopher," "local eccentric," "criminal," "pioneer hippie" — these were all labels applied to him at one time, depending on whose opinion you asked.

Clad in rumpled clothes, typically shirtless and shoeless in the summer, with a wild beard and long hair held back with a rusty nail, he could often be seen traveling the roads of central Berkshire County in a stripped down Model T,  holding court over a checkerboard at the YMCA on Pittsfield's North Street, or at various local landmarks


Take & Eat Food Program Fueled by Growing Need
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
12:45PM / Sunday, March 22, 2015
Serving up meals to go at St. Patrick's Church for the Take and Eat program that serves homebound elderly on the weekends.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It started with Deacon Francis Ryan and his wife, Kathleen, preparing 44 meals in the kitchen of a parish hall on Easter Sunday 2002.

Now, more than 2,600 volunteers at 50 different sites in Western Massachusetts participate in the Take and Eat Program. In 2014, volunteers prepared and delivered 45,000 meals to homebound elderly, free of charge.
Ryan last month recounted the events leading up to the founding of Take and Eat Inc.

"When I was studying to be a deacon, I did some work in the Episcopal Church in North Adams.


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision
01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Workers set up a new public art installation, 'Bus Stop,' by Victoria Palermo as part of 2012 Downstreet Art. The functioning bus shelter will be used by patrons of the BRTA. A ribbon cutting will be held June 28.

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Going, Going ... Gone
by TunnelVision
11:49PM / Tuesday, January 03, 2012
They were removing the letters at Staples on Tuesday, marking the closure of the office supply store in North Adams.

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North Adams City Council for 2012-13
by TunnelVision
12:25PM / Monday, January 02, 2012
Here's the new City Council for the coming year.

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